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Our thoughts and ideas survive us

Posted: May 3, 2014 - 11:07pm

“What is Life? The first third a good time; the rest remembering about it.” – Mark Twain

I’m sure most anyone can come up with a few good quotes that we’ve gained through our experiences in life. I’ve even got one that I came up with many years ago: “Education is something bought – Wisdom is something earned.”

As I’ve grown older, or as some young people will say “ancient,” I can appreciate Mr. Twain’s quote even more – I guess I’ve been in the remembering stage for some time now. I also can better appreciate my own quote, since I’ve learned that the older we get the more wisdom we earn.

Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that young people aren’t wise – No Sir, wisdom can be earned by experience and it does not always require age. However, I do believe that the wisdom we gain in our later years is more useful and meaningful.

About 20 years ago, as I was waiting at a doctor’s office, I overheard a discussion between two young women and an older lady. Apparently the young women had seen a newspaper article about the older lady being the oldest citizen in that county.

It turned out that the older lady was 111 years old. Now folks, talk about earned wisdom – she must have had plenty of it.

Just listening to her, you could tell she had a vivid memory, as she shared her recollections of relatives of the younger women that had long ago departed this life.

I immediately wanted to spend a few minutes with her to ask some questions and to probe a mind that had been in existence for more than eleven decades.

However, she was called back to the doctor and hadn’t returned before I went back to see my doctor. When I started out of the office – she was gone.

During her conversation with the two younger women, I heard her make several references to the “Good Lord.” As I think about it now, I believe “any increase in wisdom is directly proportional to our belief that the Good Lord is smarter than we are.”

How about that – another quote by me. Maybe not as sharp as Mark Twain, but at least it’s mine.

You should do yourself a favor, when you think of something that is typical or even nontypical of our philosophy of life – write it down. After all, “our thoughts and ideas will live longer than we do.” (Well, I’ll be darned – another one!)

Well folks, while working on this column I thought about some famous quotes by presidents. One that comes to mind is “Read my lips – no new taxes” – George Herbert Walker Bush. And another one: “If you like your health plan, you can keep it.” – Barack Hussein Obama.

Please forgive me folks!

It seems I just drifted from quotes to outright lies.

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