Thursday, March 6, 2008

Life Lessons

My Mum and I were sorting and tossing old magazines in a determined kind of way recently, and in the process, I came across an issue of Esquire from 2002. The top article was titled, "The Meaning of Life," and features a series of mini-articles detailing the life lessons learned by some of the world's most famous (and infamous) people.

For example, Barbara Walters states, "My biggest regret - and I regret it every day, yet I don't anything about it - is that I've never kept a diary.

Loretta Lynn: "When I walk out on stage, I don't want nobody leaving."

Homer Simpson: "A fool and his money are soon parted. I would pay anyone a lot of money to explain that to me."

George Carlin: "Someday they'll find a gene for putting on your overcoat."

Yogi Berra: "I'm lucky. Usually you're dead to get your own museum, but I'm still alive to see mine."

God: "Say something in a deep, booming voice and people take notice." and "The Second Book of Samuel is much better than the first. It's a Godfather II kind of thing."

Browsing through all the features got me to thinking about what my own Life Lessons, the definitive statements of my life, have been to this point. And while I continue to muse on those, I would LOVE to hear some of yours!


imngrace said...

When I was growing up my my mother always said, "Always wear clean underwear." I used roll my eyes every time. When my son was about five or six we found a book of that same title. It had lots of "wisdom" from parents that children don't always understand or wish to have imparted upon them. But, the book explained in a helpful way that parents say these crazy things because they love them.

My grandfather always said that adversity builds character. He was an example of that to me. I have faced adversity, too, but I wonder if it has impacted my character positively the way it did for him.

Jan said...

Fun to read, and I need to take Barbara Walters' regret in not writing a diary to heart!

My mother would often say, "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride." But at the time, I thought it was silly. But at odd times, that has come back to me, esp. when my children were young.

Chunklets said...

The Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca said "it is not goodness to be better than the worst," which I've always thought was one of his better lines!