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Monday, 1 August 2016

1 August 2016. A Point to Ponder…

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00 Learning... The Antidote to Ignorane and Slavery. 02.10.12


I wrote the following as a comment on FB:

I learn something new every day… I like to say that I know less at 62 than I did at 18. I think that you know exactly what I mean. As I tell my co-workers only half-jokingly, “Sgt Schultz was right!” Actually, it’s both “learning” and “unlearning”… paradoxically, that IS the path to wisdom.

Indeed… as an “elder”, I’m supposed to “know”… but I’m all-too-aware of my limitations and lacks. Perhaps, that IS what “eldership” is all about… knowing one’s limitations, but knowing that one has to do something, any road. It’s not easy being green…



Saturday, 9 July 2016

9 July 2016. Some Good Wisdom… Read n’ Heed

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I saw this on FB:

I had to learn to not write checks with my mouth that my ass couldn’t cash.

Hear, hear! Need I add more? I think not… my 62 years tell me that this is TRUTH.


Sunday, 22 May 2016

22 May 2016. From the Russian Web… Never, Ever, Look Back For What’s Gone

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I told a physician (long-term clinical relationship, but not primary-care MD) once, “I’ve never looked back”. He replied, “Don’t start now!” I didn’t mean that I don’t look for lessons from the past… of course, I do, and my interlocutor knew what I meant. Regrets are for putzes… you did what you did and it had certain consequences, and you can’t do a thing of it. You can, obviously, draw wisdom from it and you can also try to made amends if you did wrong or if an error of yours caused someone pain or hurt. Repentance and forgiveness for the past are real articles… they aren’t hollow exercises. However, regrets for what’s done and over are for the weak and immature. You did it, you own it, and that’s that.

The past is immutable and gone… the future is “not yet” and we don’t possess it yet… we live in the present, and we CAN do something about that…


Sunday, 19 July 2015

19 July 2015. Some Russian Good Sense

02l Harvest in Byelorussia


Спасибо тем людям, которые вошли в мою жизнь и сделали её прекрасной. И ещё, спасибо тем людям, которые вышли из неё, и сделали её ещё лучше.

Thanks to those people that came into my life and made it beautiful. Also, thanks to the people that made my life even better by getting out of it.

Need I add more?


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