Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Wednesday's Post

May 30, 2012

Remembering the words we should live by

May 30, 2012 — I’ve never accepted the opinion of the anonymous cynic who said that free advice is always worth what you pay for it.

Family, friends and even strangers have uttered words of wisdom that have impacted all of our lives, even if we don’t always keep them uppermost in our mind.

I’ve often used the phrase “bad breath is better than no breath at all” as a somewhat odd but clearly stated, sarcastic consolation for someone who complains about not having enough material possessions.

Coping with a physical problem, especially one of a temporary nature, can be easier to handle if you remember these words: “I had no shoes and I complained and then I met a person who had no feet.”

As someone who has struggled with body weight for years, I constantly forget the royal eating plan: “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.”

Becoming a grandparent and a senior citizen made me more committed to this advice: “spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.”

My mother struggled with cancer for the last decade of her life but somehow always managed to keep her commitments to family, church, and community while dressing stylishly and wearing a smile and a positive attitude.

I realize now that she was determined to live by these words: “no matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.”

Many of us human beings seem to be hoarders by nature, despite this inspired advice: “get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.”

All of us know folks who are looking for an easy route to personal wealth. They need to be reminded that “the dictionary is the only place where success comes before work”.

Text Only
Wednesday's Post
  • ‘Who’s gonna fill their shoes’ a key question

    That question was the title of a great country song released in 1985 by the legendary George Jones. That scenario also applies today to the communities we call home and our local organizations that make life better for all of us.

    July 23, 2014

  • When neighbors were really neighbors…

    Lately I’ve been remembering why I’m glad I grew up in a small town where neighbors were really neighbors, not just someone who lived next door or across the road.

    July 16, 2014

  • I don’t have a pet animal but I do have pets

    After a lifetime of listening to friends and co-workers talk incessantly about their pets, I have decided to share some words about mine…my pet peeves.

    July 9, 2014

  • I make no apologies for loving my country

    Friday is the birthday of the United States of America. As an American, I’m incredibly proud of that fact.

    July 2, 2014

  • Can’t everyone grow their own vegetables?

    The sight of home vegetable gardens brings to mind a gardening adventure worth sharing. My friend and I heard someone say at church that growing your own vegetables could save money while providing your family with better, fresher food.

    June 25, 2014

  • ‘Let’s go fly a kite’ is more than a song title

    Are you concerned that too many kids today are preoccupied with handheld electronic devices and don’t know how to play outdoors? I, too, shared those feelings until a recent visit to the seashore with my grandchildren.

    June 18, 2014

  • Old ways, old days sometimes look better

    Dr. Jack Ellis, Morehead’s senior resident historian and a dear friend, sent me a copy of a clipping from the Jan. 24, 1935, issue of the Rowan County News, now called The Morehead News. “Woman fined in county court for gossiping” is the headline.

    June 11, 2014

  • Where do we find such men…and women?

    The tiny American flags fluttered in the breeze of a beautiful day. The hillside cemetery outside Grayson seemed to be covered with them like spring flowers. Again, I was awestruck by the sight of so many red, white and blue symbols of personal courage and patriotism.

    June 4, 2014

  • The ups and downs of a political journey

    In the spirit of this political season, I am recounting the tale of an affable chap who loved politics but found the winner’s circle only once.

    May 28, 2014

  • Boys of summer bring good memories

    May 21, 2014

Poll