June 26 • 02:45 PM

Words to live by are chocked with wisdom

April 30, 2008
A few words to live by from a little booklet, 'Words to Live By published by the COUNTRY magazine. The editors call it "Bits of Rural Wisdom to Cheer and Motivate....Yourself as Well as Others."

Patience is the ability to keep your motor idling when you feel like stripping your gears.

Beauty may fade; good nature never does.

A good marriage is one in which there are more put-up-withs than put-downs.

Man doesn't live by bread alone. He needs buttering up once in awhile.

There are two kinds of people who don't say much...those who are quiet and those who talk a lot.

I like the following submitted by a farm woman in Nebraska with her reflections.

Farming isn't just a way to make a living...It's a way of life. A Farmer's work is hard, the hours are long, and he lives on the edge of uncertain weather and markets. Yet, a farmer holds in his grasp intangibles that other men seek and seldom find. A farmer lives with nature, knows her challenges in the pattern of life and growth throughout the changing seasons. A farmer enjoys periods of quiet solitude only dreamed of by city dwellers, and enjoys the dignity of independence.

Here is "Something to think about," author unknown

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight, and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop,' the devil's name is Alzheimers.

4. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the store by your distinctive laughter. (WOW! Do I ever like that one! My brothers and I have (they had) what we referred to as the 'Park horse-laugh')

5. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life is ourselves. Be alive while you are alive, and don't put out a mailbox on the highway of death and just wait in residence for your mail.

6. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is a family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

7. Cherish your health. If it is good, presserve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

8. Don't take guilt trips. Go somewhere, but not to guilt country.

9. Tell the people you love that you love them. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but, by the moments that take our breath away.

Food for thought

—Country Cousin

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