Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Wednesday Wit and Wisdom



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“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” ~George Bernard Shaw 

Most of the greatest lessons I have learned in my life have been learned by making mistakes, and let me tell you now, I have made some whoppers!  I thought I would share some of what I have learned with you this morning.  I reckon we may all have some shared experiences.

Any job worth doing is worth doing it well. There is no point in cutting corners and rushing through a job to get it done sooner . . . if at the end you have really botched things up in your rush, and have to redo it anyways. You might just as well have done it properly in the first place. It can save a lot of time and grief.

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Read a recipe thoroughly and assemble all the ingredients before you start to execute it. I can’t tell you how many times through the years I have gotten something half put together and realized that I should have waited until the end before I added something or that I had completely run out of an integral ingredient and would have to run to the store before I went on. Reading the recipe and making sure you have everything necessary are two very important steps any good cook needs to follow.

Pretty much everything I know about computers I found out by making mistakes. Thankfully none of them were so horrific that they actually broke my computer, but I have had some pretty close calls!

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You shouldn’t compare yourself to the best that other’s can do. By doing that you will always find yourself coming up short. Just do the best that you can all of the time and nobody can ask any more of you than that, plus you have the satisfaction of knowing you did your very best. Doing anything else only cheats yourself.

Credentials on the wall don’t make a better person or a decent human being. There is not much good in having those things unless they are accompanied with compassion, understanding, forbearance and love.


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In order to be a good teacher, you have to be willing to be teachable yourself. Acting like you know it all doesn’t make you any friends and it sure doesn’t help anyone to want to listen to you. There is always something to be gained by listening to another’s point of view.

It takes years to build up trust, but only seconds to destroy it. Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy. If you choose to be always honest in your dealings with others and with yourself, then you can save yourself a lot of grief in life.

 Actions always have consequences and it’s always wise to think of them before doing or saying anything. If you can’t live with all of the possible consequences then you best re-think your actions.


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Just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do. I have known some really successfully married people with wonderful relationships that argue all the time. They seem to thrive on it, and I have known others that never argue, but their relationships are empty.

Just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to, doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have. Take whatever love you are presented with and embrace it. Know that it comes from the heart even if it isn’t accompanied with hearts and roses. Some of the simplest gestures can be the most loving and enduring.

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Your life can change in an instant with a single action or a word that will give you grief for the rest of your life. Choose both carefully, for once they are out there, they cannot be taken back.

It is often easier to forgive others than it is to forgive yourself. It isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself, and that can be the hardest part.

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It's not what you have in your life but who you have in your life that counts. You could have everything in life that anyone could desire, but if you have nobody to share it with, it’s pretty meaningless. Life was meant to be shared.

 True heroes are the type of people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

No matter how hard you try to protect your children, they will eventually get hurt and you will hurt in the process. It’s all a part of living. We need the knocks and bruises in order to grow. Some of our greatest strengths are gained in the process of being hurt.


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You can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes, but after that, you'd better know something. There’s no use pretending to be an expert at anything if you really aren’t. The truth will always out.

 You cannot make someone love you. All you can do is to be someone worth loving, the rest is up to them.

And finally . . . Crying over spilt milk doesn’t get it wiped up!!

What are some of the lessons you have learned in life?  Any wisdom to share?


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When we went to our District meeting yesterday, Elder Singsam and Elder Dadds had baked Todd a cake for his birthday!  He was so touched by their kindness, so even though it was chocolate, he ate it anyways!  It wasn't half bad actually.  I love that we have baking missionaries!  We are going into Chester to do a Street Display today and I am planning on baking some muffins or cupcakes to take along as a treat for the kids!  (I say kids, but they are really exemplar young men and young women.)

A thought to carry with you through today  . . .

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Music gives a soul to the universe,
wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination,
and life to everything.
~Plato
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Cooking in The English Kitchen today  . . .   Beef Burrito Bake.  I was feeling rather lazy yesterday!  I sent half over to our next door neighbor.  She had her shoulder operated on just recently.   They loved it!


Have a fabulous Wednesday no matter what you get up to!  Don't forget . . .

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 And I surely do too!


8 comments:

Sybil said...

Lots of great and wise words today Marie...pleased that Todd had a cake made for him....even if it was a chocolate one !!.....it looks like it is going t o be a nice dry day again so will be nice in Chester so hope you all have a lovely day........I'm having something done today that I've never ever done in my life !......I am having someone come and do my NAILS....a manicure and paint job LOL...I've said a very pale she'll pink shade, so will be interesting to see what I think.She charges just £16 and Pam said that was very cheap...a lot of money for me I've said to Mary that it is vanity !!!...Yesterday we went to a disability shop in Bath and we saw the much lighter weight quad sticks for Mary, she has bought them but as there was only 1quad stick in shop he is going to bring 2over For her tomorrow, she will have to learn to walk slightly different from how she has done before. But Lyn is going to try to help her when I am away also going to take them along to the physio to ask if she should be using them yet ....so was a good day....
Take care inChester God Bless xx

Marie Rayner said...

Sounds like a great day Sybil! What a great find. I hope you enjoy the nails. £16 would be a lot for me as well! I have never had a manicure. perhaps one day! xoxo

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Life is full of lessons to learn. I know some I've had to learn over and over. Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday !

Suze said...

Once again a thought provoking post. Please tell Todd I am impressed that he ate the cake so graciously. Food has become a battle ground here between likes, dislikes, lactose intolerence and foos allergies. Sometimes I think insanity would be an easier option.

I want to print out some of your illustrations from today. They plucked at my heart.

Today I went to knitting group and took mum out for dinner tonight. The girls were out so we chose to have some soup and some dumplings. Simple, tasty and minimal clean up and lovely to munch. I also stayed up way too late watching the cricket. The weather looked glorious.

God bless.

La Table De Nana said...

All words I believe in for sure..
He looks so content Marie;)
Enjoy the day!

Unknown said...

Thank you Marie for your wise reminders~ Your hubby looks content with his cake!XO

Val said...

How sweet that they made him a cake. :)

Marie Rayner said...

I know Pam, some of my strongest lessons learned have been the most painful ones! But they are the ones which have stuck! xoxo

Simple would work for me also Suzan! The knitting group sounds fun! It's nice to do something just for you sometimes! xoxo

He was very content Monique. It was a thoughtful thing for the young fellas to do! xoxo

Thanks unknown! xoxo

It was really a sweet thing to do Val! xoxo