Aloha Friday Message – June 13, 2008 – Aphorisms


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Happy Aloha Friday, Beloved!!

Just a short note today plus a list of aphorisms I hope you will enjoy. We’ve had a great week with friends visiting. Crucita is working on tearing down the storage shed, removing the mess, and putting up a new one. Here are a few thoughts for the week. Meanwhile, make it a great day! Here are a few aphorisms you might enjoy.
What is the truth?

Yes, but, really how do you know that what you’re telling me is true?

“There’s no way for you to know whether what I’m telling you is true unless you know what the truth is. And there’s no way for you to know what the truth is unless there is a truth that you can know. (If you’re searching for the truth, and there is none, then what are you searching for?) You’ve got to have a truth that true whether you believe it or not. A truth that is true whether you like it or not. It’s true whether you even know about it or not. It’s just TRUE: OBJECTIVE EXTERNAL ETERNAL TRUTH THAT STANDS IN AND OF ITSELF.”

— Frank Perretti

Frank’s witty response is right on the mark. I enjoy little insights like that, especially the shorter one called aphorisms.


Here are a few from my days as a training consultant.

Where you sit depends on
Where you stand.

Accountability = 1 ÷ Number of Participants

This is an E.E.O. JOB — Equal Enjoyment Opportunity


If you look for yourself inside yourself it may be that’s all you will find.

Concurrence is better than consensus. Consensus is better than concession.
Concession is better than nothing, but not much better.

You are the bridge between your past and future.
Are you firmly anchored at both ends,
and supported across the span?
That’s how the bridge was engineered.

Always expect the BEST
for and from
yourself and others.

Never let yesterday use up today.

No matter what comes to you, at you, or from you — at work or not —
always take it seriously but never take it personally.

Listen as though your future depends on it — because it does.

Always seek, expect to receive, and accept
the greater gift — the opportunity to give.

Here is an irony. If you want to change the Universe, change yourself to be more like it.
If you want to change the World, change yourself to be less like it.

Every good thing that happens in your life gets better when it is shared.

There is no right way to do wrong things.

It’s always good in the end. If it’s not good now, it’s not the end yet.

The best way to prepare for tomorrow is to give life my best today.

And a nice list someone sent me. Was it you?
1. The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow.
2. Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.
3. If you don’t have a sense of humor, you probably don’t have any sense at all.
4. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.
5. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep water.
6. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?
7. Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without thinking.
8. Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks?
9. Scratch a cat and you will have a permanent job.
10. No one has more driving ambition than the boy who wants to buy a car.
11. There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.
12. There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 AM … like, it could be a right number.
13. No one ever says “It’s only a game” when their team is winning.
14. I’ve reached the age where the happy hour is a nap.
15. Be careful reading the fine print. There’s no way you’re going to like it.
16. The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket.
17. Do you realize that in about 40 years, we’ll have tens-of-thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos? (And rap and fake reggae music will be the Golden Oldies! There’s a scary thought!!)
18. Money can’t buy happiness — but somehow it’s more comfortable to cry in a Corvette than in a Yaris.
19. After 60, if you don’t wake up aching in every joint, you are probably dead!
20. Always be yourself because the people that matter, don’t mind; and the people that mind, don’t matter.
21. Generally people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

And one more very memorable statement: God never forgets how or why He made you. He gave you family and friends to help you remember: He made you for love.

Thank you for reminding me! Whatever, whenever, wherever, whoever, however, if ever, forever — at your service…

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American Roman Catholic reared as a "Baptiterian" in Denver Colorado.

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