Finite Wisdom

Boyleing Points

When I have a choice between doing something and procrastinating, I act decisively by putting off the decision.

I was going to do what every columnist does this week, do a top 10 ten list from the year about to slip away or rerun a column because you’ve gotta fill up space somehow, but then I came across a quotable quote:

You know you’re on the right track when you become uninterested in looking back.

Deep. But it kinda put the kibosh on a year in review. I don’t want to look back and get off track.

You spend too much time on memory lane and you never get on the road to success.

Move over Ben Franklin, that’s not bad. And it’s mine, just came up with it— though I don’t think that’ll get me into Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. Not that it would matter. You can’t really compete with the greatest quote-meister of them all, Anonymous. He or she is the one who said: Write a wise saying and your name will live forever.

If you say something profound and unique, Anonymous is eventually going to get credit or maybe Mark Twain or Yogi Berra.

Some people have a knack for storing nuggets of wisdom and can drop one on you whenever the occasion calls for it. You feel bad because your kid’s in a funk over a test or some game and somebody says, you’re only as happy as your unhappiest child.

True, you think. How come I never heard that before? These wisdom droppers don’t use obvious clichés—which can be so friggin’ annoying. When somebody says, early bird catches the worm, it’s really not going to motivate you to get up earlier. In fact, it makes you want to crawl under the covers and stay there. If the son who will remain nameless reads this, he will scream, you say that early bird crap all the time! 

Which is not true—though I might tell him the only job you start at top is digging a hole. Or that 80 percent of life is showing up.

Another Anonymous gem is, if you think you’re the smartest person in the room, leave the room. That’s a good one and I just realized that it really validates the Irish goodbye. 

To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid. Yes, but so many just accomplish three out of those four.

Although not a wisdom nugget, I do like the crack that a bore is someone who, when you ask him how he is, tells you.

As I was doing research (in other words, looking for stuff I could cut and paste), I came across a call to arms: Bad spellers of the world untie!

I sure hope that doesn’t get fixed in proofreading…

And that’s a wrap on 2018. And one thing’s for sure, you’re no wiser for reading Boyleing Points. Happy New Year.

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