Archive Of Today's Thoughts

Jun 19, 2017:
"Every lie has a reason, the reason also a lie." 

Jun 18, 2017:
"One perception you nearly always have wrong is that someone else would be better off if you weren't around." 

Jun 17, 2017:
"Whatever it is, it is better to discover it yourself than have it brought to your attention." 

Jun 16, 2017:
"No one is indispensable.  You live, you die, and everything you thought was your fault goes right on happening." 

Jun 15, 2017:
"I like friends who, when you tell them you need a moment alone, know enough not to stray too far." 

Jun 14, 2017:
"I dunno, you get to a point in life where you'd settle for life, liberty and the pursuit of can't complain." 

Jun 13, 2017:
"Failure is a lesson that has a moral to teach -- if you will focus less on the lesson and more on the moral." 

Jun 12, 2017:
"So often we choose to continue the life we know, only to discover that it was not one of the choices.." 

Jun 11, 2017:
"There is no more important leadership skill than the ability to interpret blank looks as agreement." 

Jun 10, 2017:
"It takes courage to risk a chance.  It takes heroism to risk the inevitable consequence." 

Jun 9, 2017:
"You have to pay the price for success.  It is a difficult thing to shoplift." 

Jun 8, 2017:
"Alas, by the time Fate caught up to my life, Chance had it all planned." 

Jun 7, 2017:
"Evidence suggests that every life form on earth was given the choice of intelligence or perfection -- and all but one chose perfection." 

Jun 6, 2017:
"I don't know if I ever met a certified fool, but I've met a few folks whose applications would be given serious consideration." 

Jun 5, 2017:
"The battle of good versus evil would be easier if evil would take a turn being the virtue." 

Jun 4, 2017:
"You can be a caring person or nobody's fool.  It is a difficult thing to be both." 

Jun 3, 2017:
"On the one hand, I'd like to expect the best of every human being I meet.  On the other hand, that would make me a cocker spaniel." 

Jun 2, 2017:
"Once there was a grain of sand that wanted to become a beach, an example of how you can't always do it all by yourself." 

Jun 1, 2017:
"Mostly what you learn from experience is that it would have better to learn from somebody else's." 

May 31, 2017:
"Those who warn of temptation rearing its ugly head obviously haven't seen temptation." 

May 30, 2017:
"Never lose hope, because miracles happen, and they need something to work with." 

May 29, 2017:
"I have never wished for more hours in the day, twenty-four being more than I have time for as it is." 

May 28, 2017:
"The first requirement in taking a step in the right direction is to take a step in some direction." 

May 27, 2017:
"Sometimes you need a missionary's faith, which is to say, a belief in the cumulative impact of actions that are all but hopeless." 

May 26, 2017:
"The hardest thing about making a difference is that it's never clear that you are." 

May 25, 2017:
"A nod, a smile, a pleasant hello -- they aren't anything.  And that's the point -- a little civility doesn't take anything." 

May 24, 2017:
Yes, I've been accused of wasting my time, to which I reply, "Whose time did you say that was again?" 

May 23, 2017:
"There is no actual law that says you cannot get locked into a daily routine that makes you happy." 

May 22, 2017:
"The great thing about advocating for animals is that it takes so little to satisfy your base constituency." 

May 21, 2017:
"If you could apply for a life of ease, what would you state as the purpose of your request?" 

May 20, 2017:
"Life is too short to care what people think of you who never do." 

May 19, 2017:
"The thing about people who understand you is that when they die, you can still visit them, and they still understand you."

May 18, 2017:
"We try to raise kids secure in our love and certain of their next meal, which, let's face it, doesn't leave much to negotiate with." 

May 17, 2017:
"No human being is anyone else's punishment or reward." 

May 16, 2017:
"Occasionally it's good to reassess those of your friendships in which you are the only participating friend."

May 15, 2017:
"Better to spend your time foolishly than to let it expire unused.".

May 14, 2017:
Whenever I see a lost soul and think, "There but for the grace of God go I," I realize that the grace of God was my mom.

May 13, 2017:
"There is exactly as much wealth as there are fair shares.  If someone has less than their fair share, someone else has more."

May 12, 2017:
"Once there was a couple who parted to go their separate ways only to discover that they didn't have any ways that were separate."

May 11, 2017:
"If all sins were forgivable, we wouldn't need forgiveness.  If everyone deserved mercy, we wouldn't need mercy."

May 10, 2017:
"The thing to realize about your prejudices is that they love to pose as your principles."

May 9, 2017:
"There are times in a relationship when the band plays, but mostly you dance to a remembered tune."

May 8, 2017:
"Let me put it this way -- I'm at the stage of life where no recent photograph of myself is recent enough."

May 7, 2017:
"Life is an educational process you can't drop out of -- you either learn the lesson or you become the lesson."

May 6, 2017:
"If you can't find God in 2 + 2 = 4, you won't find Him in E = MC squared, either."

May 5, 2017:
"Is it surprising that a generation that does not value marriage does not value compromise, generally?"

May 4, 2017:
"It is a sad lament -- the happiness you might have found if you had taken the path that still lies right there in front of you."

May 3, 2017:
"Who would not be a little dishonest if there were such a thing as a little dishonesty."

May 2, 2017:
"There is a state of denial called hope which I prefer to the state of denial called despair."

May 1, 2017:
"To be accepted for the person one pretends to be is all the understanding most people want."

Apr  30, 2017:
"The challenges of life would seem less daunting if we knew how daunting life can become without them."

Apr  29, 2017:
"If only mankind could start all over again -- and this time try it as womankind."

Apr  28, 2017:
"A simple rule -- never let anything that doesn't matter to you ruin something that does."

Apr  27, 2017:
"What does the devil want with your soul?  He wants to see what you'll pay to get it back."

Apr  26, 2017:

"Wouldn't it be cool if time traveled backwards, and everyone who was late had to wait around for everyone who was on time?"


Apr  25, 2017:
"The punctual have this in common with the chronically-late -- they run into exactly the same unexpected delays."

Apr  24, 2017:
"Sometimes Fate dilly-dallies in bringing two people together, and their guardian angels have to see to it."

Apr  23, 2017:
"Nothing impresses people like some small visible evidence that you have made an effort to do so."

Apr  22, 2017:
"The most common excuse of people who waited until the last minute is that something came up at the last minute."

Apr  21, 2017:
"The trouble with caring only about yourself is that it so often leads to not caring about anyone."

Apr  20, 2017:
"There are times when you don't need a miracle, but you definitely need something unknown to science."

Apr  19, 2017:
"Never let your emotions rule, but always let them testify."

Apr  18, 2017:
"Not everything unknown to science is unknown to possibility."

Apr  17, 2017:
"Sometimes, to find the silver lining, you have to realize that it's not all about you."

Apr  16, 2017:
"There are reasons why no one could ever love you, and you can be sure your lover knows them all."

Apr  15, 2017:
"Be happy and a reason will come along."

Apr  14, 2017:
"If you are not on your guard, putting on your unhappiness in the morning can become as instinctive as putting on your clothes."

Apr  13, 2017:
"The lesson of Good Friday is to never lose hope -- or at least give it the weekend."

Apr  12, 2017:
"I dunno -- seems like nothing ever brings you back to reality that makes you want to stay there."

Apr  11, 2017:
"Yes, there are people who might ruin my day -- if they were on the list of people I will let ruin my day."

Apr  10, 2017:
"Today is one of those spring days when your black mood seems an affront to the blue sky."

Apr  9, 2017:
"Remember that a hopeless situation is only a situation -- you are the one supplying the hopelessness."

Apr  8, 2017:
"There are Seven Deadly Sins, of which, so far, only Envy and Greed have organized politically."

Apr  7, 2017:
"It is not necessary that a good thing become a better thing.  Sometimes you just have to let a good thing be a good thing."

Apr  6, 2017:
"There are times when you just need to park your better judgment and listen yo your better angels."

Apr  5, 2017:
"Do not expect the whole truth from those who have never told you the whole lie."

Apr  4, 2017:
"What good is a moral code that causes you to regret but never causes you to reconsider?"

Apr  3, 2017:
"In the end you don't need to know what love is.  You just need to know that certain people are safe from harm."

Apr  2, 2017:
"The mark of a clever conspiracy is that the people it conspires against think they are part of it."

Apr  1, 2017:
"You know something's wrong with the system when you find yourself begging for justice as if it were mercy."

Mar  31, 2017:
"Whatever you're trying to prove, it's good, occasionally, to spend a day not trying to prove it."

Mar  30, 2017:
"You can call it betrayal -- or you can understand that true love makes impossible promises."

Mar  29, 2017:
"Most of human progress is owed to people who refused to admit to themselves what everyone else already knew."

Mar  28, 2017:
"Optimism is the knack of not letting every conceivable thing that could ruin your life ruin your day."

Mar  27, 2017:
"You have to let trivial things make you happy.  You can't count on the important things."

Mar  26, 2017:
"Never let something ruin your life that wouldn't matter to you otherwise."

Mar  25, 2017:
"A lasting relationship can be owed to Fate or Chance, but more often it is owed to Second Chance."

Mar  24, 2017:
"If you're going to let some trivial thing ruin your day, the possibilities are endless."

Mar  23, 2017:
"All I know about the odds is that they're always against you if you never take the chance."

Mar  22, 2017:
"You can't predict everything that will happen, but if you know a little history, you can predict a few things that will happen again."

Mar  21, 2017:
"Say what you want about marriage, it's still the best-known cure for unnecessary conversation."

Mar 20, 2017:
"You're born, you die, and in between you try not to get involved.  Good luck with that."

Mar 19, 2017:
"There are things I regret not because I'm to blame but because they're regrettable and no one else is regretting them."

Mar 18, 2017:
"The longer you reserve comment, the more it becomes obvious that you have said enough."

Mar 17, 2017:
"A soulmate is someone who knows where you went when you were last seen wandering aimlessly."

Mar 16, 2017:
"I have learned to just quietly listen, finding that it is usually what people want when they ask for my input."

Mar 15, 2017:
"We live today with our excuses, and regret tomorrow with our real reasons."

Mar 14, 2017:
"Imagine, in the first winter, the odds you have gotten against the first spring."

Mar 13, 2017:
"It is perhaps unfair to hold against someone the very thing that attracted us to them in the first place."

Mar 12, 2017:
"There is no fonder memory of anyone than of how easy it was to make them happy."

Mar 11, 2017:
"We all want to be liked, often mistaken for wanting to be understood."

Mar 10, 2017:
"The best evidence that you're doing the right thing is that it isn't easy."

Mar 9, 2017:
"There are things happening today that don't make sense, and you dread the sense they would make if they did."

Mar 8, 2017:
"I've been looking over the list of spring chores I made up last fall, and darned of they aren't fall chores, after all."

Mar 7, 2017:
"The best things in life are not only free, they take less trunk space."

Mar 6, 2017:
"Ah, yes, nostalgia.  We live our days in the glare of the sun, and remember them in the light of a full moon."

Mar 5, 2017:
I had a dream.  It was Judgment Day, and God said to me, "Before you blame your parents, I should tell you that they're already in heaven."

Mar 4, 2017:
"Eventually we realize that life is a circus and living it a death defying act."

Mar 3, 2017:
"The list keeps growing -- the evils that otherwise good people find an excuse to condone -- until one day there's no otherwise left."

 Mar 2, 2017:
"It's a hard thing to change your mind about someone, especially when it requires you to change your memories." 

Mar 1, 2017:
"How, child, do I know where you're headed?  Because I'm there, and I can see you coming." 

Feb 28, 2017:
Life is too short to spend waiting for an answer, especially when the answer is nearly always, "It's up to you." 

Feb 27, 2017:
"Two things are needed to succeed -- a sensible plan and a willingness to stick to it when any sensible person would give up." 

Feb 26, 2017:
"It is a persistent delusion that electing someone to political office will get them to go away." 

Feb 25, 2017:
"There is a difference between denying reality and avoiding it whenever possible." 

Feb 24, 2017:
"The unhappiness we feel because someone doesn't care is always blamed on someone who does." 

Feb 23, 2017:
"Sometimes a couple says together for the sake of the kids -- two kids who sat under a full moon and pledged to be forever true." 

Feb 22, 2017:
"Wealth and wisdom are seldom combined, for the person who achieves one no longer desires the other."

Feb 21, 2017:
"Seek happiness first where you had it last." 

Feb 20, 2017:
Despite all the new safety alerts in cars, nothing has ever replaced someone in the passenger's seat shouting, "Dear God!" 

Feb 19, 2017:
"Most often the person for whom we would climb any mountain and swim any sea would settle for a little conversation at dinner." 

Feb 18, 2017:
"We tend to cherish the things for which we have sacrificed, none more than the lie for which we sacrificed the truth." 

Feb 17, 2017:
"If the good Lord had intended me to make excuses for who I am, He would have given me better excuses." 

Feb 16, 2017:
"Nothing we feel entitled to ever comes to us in sufficient abundance to make us happy.  
Happiness is always a sense of having been blessed." 

Feb 15, 2017:
"Beware a belief that has long withstood the test of not being challenged." 

Feb 14, 2017:
It is a simple sentiment, "I love you" and yet so hard sometimes to get the words right. 

Feb 13, 2017:
"Being loved by all is little fun,
 Unless you're also loved by one." 

Feb 12, 2017:
"The first place to look for happiness is where you left it." 

Feb 11, 2017:
"I've thought about living and dying, and I think it's probably better than living and being left behind." 

Feb 10, 2017:
"There is no limit to what one person can do, and, fortunately, that is who most of us are." 

Feb 9, 2017:
"I don't know what it takes to be you.  You don't know what it takes to be me.  And so we tend to underrate each other's heroism." 

Feb 8, 2017:
"It never fails -- just when you think a politician knows better, you discover he knows worse." 

Feb 7, 2017:
"The power of a tweet?  Well, for one thing, it makes possible an appeal to mob psychology without having to assemble a mob." 

Feb 6, 2017:
"How do you find love?  You just keep showing a brave face to the world, and one day it breaks someone's heart." 

Feb 5, 2017:
"Every day I am passed right and left by people who aren't going to get to the end of the day any sooner than I am." 

Jan 24, 2017:
Words, looking back: "Though battered by daring, not sorry I dared.  Though sorrowed by caring, not sorry I cared." 

Jan 17, 2017:
"We usually recognize the consequences of our actions.  It is the consequence of our inaction that gets confused with fate." 

Jan 15, 2017:
"Anyone can become a victim of circumstances who is bound and determined to find the circumstances." 

Jan 11, 2017:
"One way to stop doing things you'll later regret is to stop doing things you already regret. " 

Jan 2, 2017:
"Perhaps there are truths I can't handle, but I like to be the one who gets to decide." 

Jan 1, 2017:
"You can accept reality without believing every yarn it spins."