Some of the philosophies I have gathered for myself after 70 years.

Actually I learned most of these things in one year when I got involved with Transactional Analysis in the 1970s while living in Memphis. It is a good way to live a life and gives you a life to live.

1. Life is uncertain–Eat dessert first! (When I go to buffets that is where I head first!)

2. Never say never.

3. Eliminate try from a sentence and it becomes a positive statement. “Don’t ‘try to be nice–be nice!”

4. Say won’t instead of can’t which makes you honest.

5. Those who think they know it all are very annoying to those of us who do! (And we all know it all!)

6. “I do my thing and you do your thing. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I and if by chance we find each other; It’s beautiful.” Frederick S. Perls (One of my afvorite sayings,)

7. Promises are made to be broken. (Learned at my mother’s knee–a child should not be taught that–took me quite awhile to turn that around.)

8. When you feel guilty you are spending time in the past, when you are worrying you are spending time in the future and when you do either you are not dealing with the here and now. (I have been living by this since 1973!)

9. “There is good in everyone.” Anne Frank (Well Anne–almost.)

10. When love is gone I will not stoop to become your friend. (How true.)

11. What goes round comes round. (Not always in our lifetime.)

12. Most people don’t learn from past mistakes and keep repeating them. (I know I did for a number of years and still make the same mistakes once in awhile–trusting someone but I couldn’t live if I didn’t do that.)

13. I do not need another to validate or approve of me. (I AM a good, kind, caring man.)

14. It’s human to err, divine to forgive but harder to do the latter. (As most people know attack me or one of my friends and I will not forgive you–ever. Okay charlie now I have to eliminate that ‘ever’! LOL)

15. When a person lies it is usually to make them look better in your eyes.

16. Being alone doesn’t mean you are lonely.

17. People will do what they want to do even though they say they won’t/don’t. (So true which is why I don’t listen to excuses.)

18. Some people believe that negative attention is better than no attention at all. (They are professional ‘poor little me’ and ‘yes,but’ players.)

19. “If you really love me you will…” should not be said to someone you really love.

20. Eliminate negative people from your life. (First thing to do if you want to change anything in your life–and I made the mistake of letting them come back into my life this past week–no more.)

21. Live as if today is the last day of your life.

22. Do stop to smell the roses, look at nature.

23. Appreciate what you have—most of all friends.

24. Living well is the best revenge and, as most people know, I live well–maybe not ffinancially but just being alive and enjoying life.

25. Karma is for real and can be seen  and   felt by others.

26. Love thyself and others will love you.

27. You don’t owe anything to anyone–whether success or failure you did it.

28. Anyone who is bored deserves to be bored–there is a whole world right outside your door to explore.

29. Anyone can act smart but very few people are smart and, worse, look dumb when they try to act it.

30. Be nice to at least one person a day. (This will make up a whole blog soon as a project I started on recently.)


As long as I wake up in the morning I’ve got it made!


Posted August 10, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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