Two of the biggest pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten in my life came from my maternal grandfather, Leroy. With a name like that, you know he had some “old man wisdom” running around his head, right? Of course, this is also a man that, after drinking a jug of wine, leaned across the kitchen table conspiratorially, peered into my eyes and asked “Do you know what the phrase ’69’ means?” I was fifteen. I pretended to have no idea what he was talking about, which led to a story. That story began with him being in Mexico and going to a “donkey show”…and I’ll leave the rest to your imagination.
Regardless of my grandfather’s questionable younger years going to Mexico on leave as a serviceman, he did have some wisdom. As mentioned previously, he did give me two pieces of advice that I have found to be extremely wise and useful (on more than one occasion). Those pieces of advice were:
“Don’t dip your pen in the company ink.”
“Never miss an opportunity to shut the fuck up.”
Now, if you know me, when it’s time to shut up, I’m usually late. Still showering or shaving, probably. But the first piece of advice, being an ugly Yeti-like creature, I haven’t had too many opportunities to go against. Regardless, I think we all enjoy tokens of wisdom from more learned and experienced people. So, I’ve decided to make this post about some of my favorite quotes. Maybe you’ve heard them before, maybe you haven’t. Maybe you’ll think this is stupid, but you can take this opportunity to shut the fuck up.
Here they are (and if I know whom to credit, I did–otherwise assume that I have no idea):
A person’s effort is in direct proportion to their interest in you.
“There is nothing wrong with loving the crap out of everything. Negative people find their walls. So never apologize for your enthusiasm. Never. Ever. Never.” – Ryan Adams.
People with good intentions make promises, but people with good character keep them.
You never look good trying to make someone else look bad.
Don’t ask why someone keeps hurting you. Ask why you keep letting them.
“As someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.” – J.K. Rowling on how she would like to be remembered.
Anyone that believes in drowning their sorrows must have forgotten that sorrows know how to swim.
A mistake repeated more than once is a decision.
Don’t set yourself on fire to keep others warm.
A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
“You can think whatever you want.” My sister.
“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.” – Henry Ford.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou
Until next time…
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