Words to Live By

Recently I was reminded that a wise friend once said, "Few troubles are not remedied by a nap." And it is absolutely true that the old kindergarten standbys of a few cookies, some sort of sugary drink, and a wee snooze can get one through almost anything. (Of course, these days the sugary drink is more often rum than bug juice.)  I rummaged around and amongst ancient tax returns, broken laptops, old photos, and various other piles of crap I found the various scraps of paper on which I scribbled other gems. Sometimes I think that if I can just recall these observations, everything will turn out pretty okay.

  • "It is inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone." (Tennessee Williams)
  • "Righty tighty, lefty loosey." (Some unknown handyman somewhere) 
  • "If you exorcise your demons, your angels will leave, too." (Joe Henry)
  • "Don't marry a man just because you feel sorry for him." (My Grandma Nan)
  • "Just because you're good at something doesn't mean you have to do it." (My mom)
  • "Don't believe in that phony hero stuff." (Steve McQueen)
  • "Let's face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me." (Audrey Hepburn)
  • "Make peace with your memories. We have all done things that make us flinch." (Surya Das)
  • "Accelerate into the curves. It is counter to the intuitiveness, but push the gas." (Frederick, this Swedish guy I went to college with who thought I drove like a wuss.)
  • "Figure out who you are, then do it on purpose." (Dolly Parton)
  • "You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves." (Mary Oliver)
  • "It's so much more friendly with two." (Winnie the Pooh)
  • "I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest. Not only do I knock 'em out, I pick the round." (Muhammed Ali)