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To my Eldest Granddaughter on Beginning her First Year of College

Over eighteen years ago on the day you were born I first held you in my arms. You are not only much bigger physically now and older chronologically but, although not yet fully mature, you are getting there. Your physical, mental, moral and social development will reach a peak in the next few years and you will be an adult. I am proud of you.

I once was where you are now in life. That was a number of years ago and I have experienced much in life and, hopefully, learned a few things since then. Unfortunately, I can not pass my experiences on to you to save you some of the mistakes I probably made and teach you some of life's lessons I have learned. I have found that experience and living life is the only true way to learn and to begin to understand life. You will have to do that for yourself but you have a solid foundation to begin that journey.

Your life and your experiences and the lessons you will learn and the wisdom you will acquire will be different than mine anyway. I wish you the best because I love you. "No man ever wore a scarf as warm as his granddaughter’s arm around his neck."

All I can do is to leave you a record of my life and my experiences and my thoughts and hope that if you take the time and have the interest to review and to try to understand this, my legacy for you, it may give you a few useful pointers when you reach similar forks in life's road.

We all are given by the universe exactly one life to live. We know not its length but we have, at least to some degree, we think, some control over how we live it. So it behooves us to decide what we want our life to be and how to live to achieve our objectives and to try our best, however flawed our efforts, to do so.

So may your life be filled with joy and friends and family and a sense of accomplishment. As your Irish forebears would have wished for you:

"May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand."

"May those who love us, love us; 
and those who don't love us, may God turn their hearts; 
and if He doesn't turn their hearts, 
may he turn their ankles 
so we'll know them by their limping."

"May God be with you and bless you.
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortunes
and rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
from this day forward."

"May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. 
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. 
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue. 
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through."

"May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, 
The foresight to know where you are going, 
And the insight to know when you have gone too far"

"May the rains sweep gentle across your fields,
May the sun warm the land,
May every good seed you have planted bear fruit,
And late summer find you standing in fields of plenty."

"Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you."

"May the saddest day of your future be no worse 
than the happiest day of your past."

"May you get all your wishes but one,
so that you will always have something to strive for!"

"May your coffin be built from the wood of a hundred year 
old oak tree that I shall plant tomorrow."

And at the end of life,

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there... I do not sleep.
I am the thousand winds that blow...
I am the diamond glints on snow...
I am the sunlight on ripened grain...
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you waken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of gentle birds in circling flight...
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry—
I am not there... I did not die...
 

 

  
  
  

Links

  1. Developing a Life Plan - A person's approach to his life.
  2. Humans and their Future - by Duane Bristow
  3. Questionaries by Duane Bristow
  4. Jack of Many Trades - my Life
    Duane Bristow's Life Book
  5. History, Philosophy and Science
    Essays and thoughts about history, philosophy and science developed over the last forty years.
  6. The World According to Roie!
  7. Fear
  8. Monitor and Control - How our government does it!
  9. World Views
  10. A Summary of my Beliefs
  11. Brain Droppings
  12. Diet and Health - research by Duane Bristow including sugars, carbs, gluten, fatty acids, and cholestrol.
  13. Education - Ideas and Principles
  14. Duane Bristow's Legacy and the Future
    1. What Do I Think I Am?
    2. Men, Women, Passion, Sperm Competition
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    12. A Possible Description of Life in the Future - liberal
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  15. School - by Duane Bristow
  16. Forestry and Accounting
    Essays and thoughts about forestry developed over the last forty years and an introduction to double entry bookkeeping.
  17. Striking at the Root of Evil - a call for reform of political campaigns and the influence of money on government.
  18. Humor, Puzzles, Games, and Mind Teasers
    Stories, legal cases collected by a judge, and other humor collected over the last twenty five years as well as some mental puzzles.
  19. Poetry
    Original poems and favorite poetry from the public domain.
  20. Photography - my family
  21. Photography - my world.
  22. Photography - My Autumn Photos
  23. Nature - Pantheism
  24. Pictorial History of Man
  25. Perspectives
  26. -------- Holiday Illustrated Poems --------------
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    3. The Night Before Christmas
    4. A Winter Night
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  28. The Wild Riders of the First Kentucky Cavalry
    written in 1894 by Eastham Tarrant and now in the public domain. This is a historical account of a cavalry unit in the Civil War written by the members of the unit about 30 years after the end of the war.
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      by E. M. Forster - 1909
    2. A Short History of the World by H. G. Wells
    3. Shattering the Sacred Myths - evolutionary metaphysics.
    4. Captured By The Indians
      Reminiscences of Pioneer Life in Minnesota.
      By Minnie Buce Carrigan.
      The Dakota War of 1862.
    5. The Woman Haters
      by Joseph C. Lincoln - 1911
    6. Nudity in Ancient to Modern Cultures
      by Aileen Goodson
    7. 20 Reasons to Abandon Christianity
      excerpts by Chaz Bufe
    8. Reason vs. Faith & The Dark Ages
    9. Humans Change the World
    10. A Future Worth Living
      by Chaz Bufe.
    11. The Oligarchy
      "The Quiet Coup" by Simon Johnson in "The Atlantic" May 2009 and articles from "Rolling Stone" by Matt Taibbi.
    12. Inside Job The financial crisis beginning in 2008.

Pages on web site

Victoria's SFHR page.
  
                                
 

Philosophy

Life is the common denominator of us all.
Both the pauper and the rich man face death alike.
Death is the Great Equalizer.
At the end of the game the pawn and the King go into the same bag.
Life is the most precious thing we can possess, that and love.

Therefore the most important thing is how we choose to live our life. In the end, on my deathbed, I hope I can say to myself that it was a life well lived. What a tragedy in that situation to realize that the only life one will ever have has been a waste or misused.

To be able to say to oneself, "Well done!", one must have defined a purpose to his life. It behooves us to find what we feel is the purpose of existence.

Be aware that a life well lived does not imply a perfect life. Each person must realize and accept the fact that perfection, by definition, is impossible. Each of us tends to feel guilt because we are imperfect. We are taught this as children when we have to be taught to behave as an adult. The fact that adults are adults and we start out doing things wrong in their eyes leads us to always feel that others are more perfect than ourselves. Many people spend their entire lives trying to live up to an ideal of perfection that has never existed except in their own minds. That has to do with the Christian ideas of guilt, original sin, and divine forgiveness.

It is necessary though to have played as well as one can the hand that he is dealt.
"You got to know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em."
"You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars and you have a right to be here."

Life is an experience. It is moral or good to enhance the human experience for yourself and others. It is immoral to degrade the human experience for yourself or others. Basically, it is good to make people happy and bad to make them unhappy. Many ideas or actions may enhance this experience. Many others may degrade it. This means that there is not just one set of good things or one set of bad or evil things but there are many means to similar ends.


Purpose of life - is it:


Life Consists of:

  
                                
 
A Metaphor for Life
I awoke early and stumbled out of my room and down to the beach. What to do with my day? I scruffed the sand with my bare toes and it stuck in an interesting shape. The next thing I knew I was on my hands and knees building a sand castle. As the day progressed I continued and my sand castle became more and more elaborate with towers and turrets and a drawbridge and boulders around it. Other people scattered on the beach were swimming or sleeping or reading. Some were also playing in the sand and building sand castles. No one paid much attention to what I was doing and I paid little attention to them.

By the time the tide began to come in, my sand castle was pretty complex. I left the beach and the tide washed over my sand castle and soon there was no trace of it left and the sand was as before.
  
                                
 

An outline for living:

  1. First write a bucket list, a list of goals you hope to accomplish during your lifetime.

    This list may include the following types of things.

    The bucket list should be detailed listing individual items in enough detail that you will know when you have accomplished that goal and then you can mark it off your list.

    For instance proper goals under the heading "marry and raise a family" might include:

    1. Get Mary Jones to marry me before I am 25 years old.
    2. Have three kids with her and raise them until they give me grandchildren.

    or under the heading "have fun":

    1. Learn to skydive and go skydiving at least once a month.

    Other goals might be written as in the following examples:

    Of course each individual's bucket list will be unique to that person and it will not be set in stone but will be constantly amended as life happens.

    The idea is that when you become older and more aware of your mortality, you can say, "It has been a life well lived."

  2. On the first of each year review your bucket list and from it create a list of specific goals for the coming year, each of which will lead to the larger goals from your bucket list.
  3. On the first of each month review your list for the year and make a sub list for that month.
  4. On the first of each week review your monthly list and make a sub list for that week.
  5. Each morning review your weekly list and make a sub list for that day with the items on that list ordered as to urgency and importance and include any individual living items for that day such as "Pick up the laundry." or "Shop for groceries."

    Try your best each day to complete all the goals or items on that daily list particularly those that are most urgent and/or important.


Some people gossip about other people.

Some people talk about things and events.

Some people discuss ideas.


Ethics - How to Live


A few rules for living a well rounded life:

      Physical - stay in good physical health with exercise and proper diet.                                         

      Mental - Learn, study, exercise the mind and stay curious.              

      Moral - Do unto others as ye would have them do unto you.
              Respect others. (people, organisms, the environment.)
              Try to be constructive, not destructive.

      Social - cultivate social and family relationships.
               Man is a social animal.


Food for Thought

        Life is like a rock falling
        into a pool of water.
        For a few seconds,
        it makes ripples in the water,
        and then the water is the same
        as it was before,
        but the rock isn't there anymore.

        Life is like a good book;
        the further you get into it
        the more it begins to make sense.

        As you ramble on thru life, brother
        Whatever be your goal,
        Keep your eye upon the doughnut
        And not upon the hole.

        The bird of time
        has but a short way to fly!
        and lo,
        the bird is on the wing!


        Whatever will be,
        will be.
        The future's not ours,
        to see.

        We are conscious.
        We know we are going to die.
        In the meantime we get to experience the universe.

        Anne Rice


        Life is a series of moments
        to live each one is to succeed.

        Corita Kent


        Go eat your bread in gladness
        and drink your wine in joy,
        for your action was long ago
        approved by God!

        Ecclesiastes


        When you are up to
        your ass in alligators
        don't forget to
        drain the swamp!


        Whatever you do
        Do with all your might!
        . . . . . . . . . . .
        Ecclesiastes


        Take time to
        smell the roses
        along life's way.

        I asked for all things
        that I might enjoy life.
        I was given life
        that I might enjoy all things.


        Fame cannot tempt the bard
        who's famous with his god,
        nor laurel him reward
        who has his maker's nod.

        Thoreau


        May you live in interesting times
           old chinese blessing

        May you live in interesting times
           old chinese curse


        A bell does not unchime
        because you seek
        to unring it.


        Think with the sage and saint.
        Talk with common men.
        . . . . . . . . . . .
        Theodore Parker


        And two men ride of a horse
        one must ride behind.

        Sitting quietly,
        Doing nothing,
        Spring comes,
        and the grass
        grows by itself.

        The thief left it behind,
        the moon at the window.

        When you have eaten your breakfast,
        go wash your bowls.

        Remember yesterday,
        Plan for tomorrow,
        Sleep this afternoon.

                Snoopy
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We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are 
never going to die, because they're never going to be born. The number of 
people who could be here in my place outnumber the sand grains of the Sahara. 
If you think about all the different ways in which our genes could be 
permuted, you and I are quite grotesquely lucky to be here.

    Richard Dawkins

I do not fear death.  I had been dead for billions and billions of years 
before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.

    Mark Twain


How to know
by Neil Degrasse Tyson:
  1. Question authority - Just because someone says it is true doesn't make it true, no matter who that someone is.
  2. Think for yourself and question yourself. Don't believe something is true just because you want it to be true.
  3. Test your ideas and beliefs - Observe and experiment and follow the evidence.
  4. Reserve judgement until you have sufficient evidence - Don't jump to conclusions.
  5. Remember that you could be wrong!

The Eternal Truths 1. This is it. 2. There are no hidden meanings. 3. You can't get there from here, and besides, there's no place else to go. 4. We are all already dying, and we will be dead for a long time. 5. Nothing lasts. 6. There is no way of getting all you want. 7. You can't have anything unless you let go of it. 8. You only get to keep what you give away. 9. There is no particular reason why you lost out on some things. 10. The world is not necessarily just. Being good often does not pay off, and there is no compensation for misfortune. 11. You have a responsibility to do your best nonetheless. 12. It is a random universe to which we bring order. 13. You don't really control anything. 14. You can't make anybody love you. 15. No one is any stronger or weaker than anyone else. 16. There are no great men or women. If you have a hero, look again: You have diminished yourself in some way. 17. Everyone lies, cheats, pretends (yes, you too, and most certainly myself). 18. Progress is an illusion. 19. Evil can be displaced but never eradicated, as all solutions breed new problems. 20. Yet it is necessary to keep on struggling toward a solution. 21. Each of us is ultimately alone. 22. We must live within the ambiguity of partial freedom, partial power, and partial knowledge, and all important decisions are made on the basis of insufficient information. 23. But we are responsible for everything we do, for no excuses will be accepted; you can run but you cannot hide. 24. All the significant battles are waged within the self. 25. You are free to do as you like. You need only face the consequences. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Do It Anyway People are often unreasonable, Illogical, and self-centered... Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, People may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives... Be kind anyway. If you are successful, You will win some false friends and some true enemies... Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, People may cheat you... Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, Someone could destroy overnight... Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness Someone may be jealous... Be happy anyway. The good you do today People will often forget tomorrow... Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have. It may never be enough... Give the world the best you've got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, It is between you and God; It was never between you and them... anyway.

Robert A. Heinlein Quotes

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."

"When in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout."

"I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."

"You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity."

"Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-can look at an old woman, protray her exactly as she is...and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be...and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart...no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn't matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired-but it does to them."

"Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something."

"Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy - in fact, they are almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other."

"Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy."

"Never try to teach a pig to sing. It's a waste of time and besides it annoys the pig."

"Do not confuse "duty" with what other people expect of you; they are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant willingness to die. Difficult it may be, but the reward is self-respect. But there is no reward at all for doing what other people expect of you, and to do so is not merely difficult, but impossible. It is easier to deal with a footpad than it is with the leech who wants "just a few minutes of your time, please—this won't take long." Time is your total capital, and the minutes of your life are painfully few. If you allow yourself to fall into the vice of agreeing to such requests, they quickly snowball to the point where these parasites will use up 100 percent of your time—and squawk for more! So learn to say No—and to be rude about it when necessary. Otherwise you will not have time to carry out your duty, or to do your own work, and certainly no time for love and happiness. The termites will nibble away your life and leave none of it for you. (This rule does not mean that you must not do a favor for a friend, or even a stranger. But let the choice be yours. Don't do it because it is "expected" of you.)"

"Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get."

"Delusions are often functional. A mother's opinions about her children's beauty, intelligence, goodness, et cetera ad nauseam, keep her from drowning them at birth."

"Secrecy is the keystone to all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy and censorship. When any government or church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not know," the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man who has been hoodwinked in this fashion; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, whose mind is free. No, not the rack nor the atomic bomb, not anything. You can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him."

"May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live."

"Being right too soon is socially unacceptable."

"Whenever women have insisted on absolute equality with men, they have invariably wound up with the dirty end of the stick. What they are and what they can do makes them superior to men, and their proper tactic is to demand special privileges, all the traffic will bear. They should never settle merely for equality. For women, "equality" is a disaster."

"Almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so."

"Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes. Keep this in mind; it may offer a way to make him your friend. If not, you can kill him without hate — and quickly."

"The America of my time line is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has eventually happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. A perfect democracy, a ‘warm body' democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction. It depends solely on the wisdom and self- restraint of citizens… which is opposed by the folly and lack of self- restraint of other citizens. What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes his own self- interest as he sees it… which for the majority translates as ‘Bread and Circuses.'

'Bread and Circuses' is the cancer of democracy, the fatal disease for which there is no cure. Democracy often works beautifully at first. But once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader & the barbarians enter Rome."

"Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. At best, he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear his shoes, bathe, and not make messes in the house."

"Consider the black widow spider. It's a timid little beastie, useful and, for my taste, the prettiest of the arachnids, with its shiny, patent-leather finish and its red hourglass trademark. But the poor thing has the fatal misfortune of possessing enormously too much power for its size. So everybody kills it on sight."

"Political tags; such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth; are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort."

"At least once every human should have to run for his life, to teach him that milk does not come from supermarkets, that safety does not come from policemen, that 'news' is not something that happens to other people. He might learn how his ancestors lived and that he himself is no different--in the crunch his life depends on his agility, alertness, and personal resourcefulness."

"Listen, son. Most women are damn fools and children. But they've got more range then we've got. The brave ones are braver, the good ones are better and the vile ones are viler, for that matter. "

"Thinking doesn't pay. Just makes you discontented with what you see around you."

"If a grasshopper tries to fight a lawnmower, one may admire his courage but not his judgement."

"Girls are simply wonderful. Just to stand on a corner and watch them going past is delightful. They don't walk. At least not what we do when we walk. I don't know how to describe it, but it's much more complex and utterly delightful. They don't move just their feet; everything moves and in different directions . . . and all of it graceful."

One man's "magic" is another man's engineering. "Supernatural" is a null word.
-Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love

An armed society is a polite society.
-Beyond This Horizon

Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.
-Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love

I've never understood how God could expect His creatures to pick the one true religion by faith—it strikes me as a sloppy way to run a universe.
-Jubal Harshaw, Stranger in a Strange Land

History does not record anywhere a religion that has any rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help.
-Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love

Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense.
-Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love

A monarch's neck should always have a noose around it. It keeps him upright.

Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.
-Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love

There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.
-Professor Bernardo de la Paz, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics.
-Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.
-still searchin'

If you happen to be one of the fretful minority who can do creative work, never force an idea; you'll abort it if you do. Be patient and you'll give birth to it when the time is ripe. Learn to wait.
-Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love

The supreme irony of life is that no one gets out of it alive.

Being intelligent is not a felony. But most societies evaluate it as at least a misdemeanor.
-Lazarus Long, Time Enough For Love

Learning isn't a means to an end; it's an end in and of itself.
-still searchin'

Brainpower is the scarcest commodity and the only one of real value.
-that also sounds like Lazarus

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Lazarus Long, Time Enough For Love

Courage is the complement of fear. A man who is fearless cannot be courageous. (He is also a fool.)
-Lazarus Long, Time Enough For Love

"Love" is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
-Jubal Harshaw, Stranger in a Strange Land

First, what is it you want us to pay taxes for? Tell me what I get and perhaps I'll buy it.
-Manuel O'Kelly, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, withouT a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.
-Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love

Hang on to life as long as you can and learn as much as you can. I'm satisfied to be living and enjoying it. Carpe that old Diem! -- It's the only game in town.
-Lazarus Long, Methuselah's Children


Chinese Proverbs and other Quotes

"One generation plants the trees, and another gets the shade"

"Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come"

"To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root"

"To talk much and arrive nowhere is the same as climbing a tree to catch a fish"

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."

"There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same"

"Kissing is like drinking salted water: you drink and your thirst increases"

"The palest ink is better than the sharpest memory"

"I dreamed a thousand new paths. . . I woke and walked my old one."

"Do not anxiously hope for that which is not yet come; do not vainly regret what is already past"

"Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up."

"The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names"

"Men in the game are blind to what men looking on see clearly"

"It is later than you think."

"The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water moulds itself to the pitcher"

"It is the beautiful bird which gets caged"

"Men trip not on mountains, they trip on molehills"

"A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion"

You've got to know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em.

If you love me, give me wings
Don't be afraid if I fly
A bird in a cage will forget how to sing
If you love me, give me wings

"Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be."

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Happiness Questionaire

Answer with a number on a scale of 1 to 10 - 1 is no - 10 is yes

For instance on question # 1, "Do you have clean air to breathe?"

1 would indicate that there is no air to breathe.
10 would indicate that there is sufficient good quality air.
numbers between 1 and 10 would indicate that either the air is insufficient or of poorer than optimum quality.

  1. do you have clean air to breathe?
  2. do you have clean water to drink?
  3. do you have good and nourishing food to eat?
  4. do you get adequate sleep?
  5. do you feel that you can think clearly?
  6. are you healthy as opposed to sick or handicapped?
  7. are you able to get daily exercise?
  8. do you usually feel energetic as opposed to tired or run down?
  9. do you have an adequate home with things needed for daily living?
  10. do you feel safe in your person, family, community, nation, work and health?
  11. do you have friends, family and companionship (with good sexual relations)?
  12. do you feel free to move and express yourself?
  13. are you living in a good place (environment)?
  14. are you stimulated to live, learn and enjoy life?
  15. do you feel good about yourself and respected by others?
  16. are you confident in yourself and in your future?
  17. are you satisfied with the work you do for a living?
  18. do you feel knowledgeable about living and life and are you learning?
  19. do you have enough time to get done what you want and need to do?
  20. do you help others?
  21. do you have fun in life (and a sense of humor)?
  22. do you see and hear and feel and smell and taste good things in life?
  23. do you feel comfortable in life and in control of your destiny?
  24. do you feel your life has meaning? (What is the purpose of your life?)
  25. have you realized or are you realizing your life goals?
  26. do you have happy memories of the past?

There are 26 questions so the total of your answers should be between 26 and 260.