This Week Ten Years Ago

The Week of 4/9/2006

Witty one liner: “Veni, vidi, velcro” – I came, I saw, I stuck around

Quote of the week: “He who hesitates is a damn fool.” – Mae West

Planner Quote: “Three rules of work: Out of clutter find simplicity; from discord find harmony; in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

Offbeat oddity (courtesy of the planner): The Sahara Desert in Africa is approximately the same size as the United States

 

Oh witty one liners, will you ever cease to amuse me? My one friend took Latin all four years of high school while another friend took only a year which is why I think I got such a kick out of this quote. Latin people always take themselves so seriously. Bitch you make one comment about French people and you are GOING DOWN!!! THE FRENCH ARE AWESOME!!!! Can you tell I was a Francophile in high school? The vigor of it has died down a little bit, not too much, but enough now that I can hear criticism of France and its people and not start frothing at the mouth.

I do like this Mae West quote because I think that there is a difference between hesitating and contemplating. My sister and I take a lot of time contemplate and weigh our decisions and once we have made the decision we go forward with all our force. The people who hesitate and do not decide or decide too late are fools. A lesson I learned in 2011-2013 was: Not making a choice is a choice. It took me a while to really chew on this and understand it. He hadn’t done anything wrong, but he hadn’t DONE anything to ameliorate the situation. Deciding to stand by and hem and haw and make up lame excuses is a CHOICE and it is a bad one. You lose more by not choosing typically than by making a bad choice because at least in the bad choice you had conviction and belief to stand by.

I am working hard to find the simplicity in my clutter. I have made a huge step toward that, but it is still being worked on. I am slowly eking out my harmony from the discord that my life has been in the past, a well-balanced dance of mental and emotional health and the grind. I believe I have always done fairly well at finding the opportunity in my difficulties. I might not see it in the moment, but I am self-reflective enough that I can see that my strength comes from some of my most challenging moments and I learn and adapt.

Can you imagine a post-apocalyptic USA where the whole country was turned into a desert a la Sahara? Death Valley swallowing the whole of our country…..and write!!!

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