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Rural Wisdom

  • A happiness shared is a happiness doubled; a sadness shared is a sadness halved.
  • It is better to wear out than to rust out.
  • It is better to have tried and failed than to have not tried at all.
  • There are some people lesser than ourselves but many more who are greater.
  • If you don't have the time to do it right the first time, then where will you find the time to do it again?
  • An acorn never falls far from its tree.
  • Some people are like a sapling, they bend whichever way the wind blows.
  • Many hands make light work.
  • Every dark night is soon followed by a sunny day.
  • For every smile given, many more are returned.
  • A piece of wire cannot be bent in the same place twice.
  • Good fences make good neighbours.
  • Measure twice, cut once.
  • Making a living is important but not nearly as important as making a life.
  • No journey is ever as short as a journey home.
  • A wise man sees as much as he ought, not as much as he can.
  • Love can not be sold; it can only be given away.
  • Trust is much easier to keep than regain.
  • A wise man knows the futility of reminding a forgetful person what they have forgot.
  • Actions speak louder than words.
  • We never appreciate our blessings as much as when they have gone.
  • A wise husband forgets the past on anniversaries, but never the presents.
  • A foolish husband says to his wife: Honey, you stick to your knitting, washing, ironing and cooking. No wife of mine is going to work!
  • Red sky in the morning, sailors' warning; red sky at night, sailors' delight.
  • When you need a job done in a hurry just ask a busy person.
  • A foolish person remembers a single offence much longer than a multitude of favours.
  • Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.
  • Never kick a cow pie on a hot day.
  • Always drink upstream from the herd.
  • If you find yourself in a hole then stop digging.
  • Never miss a good chance to shut up.
  • Don't criticize someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes.
  • Even a dog knows not to bite the hand that feeds it.
  • No joy received is ever as great as the joy received from forgiveness.
  • To discover a person's true character see how they handle adversity.
  • Your fence that locks others out is the same fence that locks yourself in.
  • If you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem.
  • A wise man will never put his mouth in motion without first putting his brain in gear.
  • Two heads are better than one.
  • A person with gold is never as rich as a person with a true friend.
  • Don't be afraid that your life will end; be afraid that it has not yet begun.
  • A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
  • There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
  • A horse in the barn is safe but that is not what horses are for.
  • You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.
  • There are times when silence has the loudest voice.
  • The road to the future is one-way; there is no road back to yesterday.
  • Some things need to be seen to be believed; other things need to be believed to be seen.
  • People without a sense of humour are like a wagon without springs. They are jolted by every pebble in the road.
  • Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
  • No man ever got lost on a straight road.
  • A tree cannot stand without roots.
  • What goes around comes around.
  • People who play with fire usually get burned.
  • Two wrongs don't make a right.
  • The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence.
  • Be careful what you wish for.
  • A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
  • There are four kinds of people on this earth. There are those that can love and the rest that don't matter.
  • Don't sweat the small stuff.
  • Too many cooks spoil the broth.
  • Hard work never killed anyone.
  • Be slow to anger but quick to forgive.
  • A clock that is watched never moves.
  • There are always three sides to every story.
  • Spare the rod; spoil the child.
  • Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
  • Where there's smoke there's fire.
  • Money can't buy happiness.
  • A penny saved is a penny earned.
  • You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
  • Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
  • The early bird gets the worm.
  • The louder the voice the weaker the argument.
  • It is very difficult for idle hands to remain clean.
  • Our character is built by what we stand for; our reputation by what we fall for.
  • The only way to know how difficult it is to resist temptation is to ask someone who has.
  • The quest for success makes one work so hard as to beget failure.
  • One can never love in a hurry.
  • No work is too difficult when there is love.
  • Faith is a systematic method for coming to the right answer with confidence.
  • All great discoveries are made by mistake.
  • After all is said and done, a hell of a lot more is said than done.
  • Any system that depends on human perfection is imperfect.
  • The only sight that is 20/20 is hindsight.
  • When all else fails, read the instructions.
  • The fewer the words; the closer to the truth.
  • To spot an expert, pick the one who predicts it will take the longest time and cost the most.
  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
  • Words that soak into your ears are whispered... not yelled.
  • Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.
  • Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.
  • Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
  • It doesn't take a very big person to carry a grudge.
  • You cannot unsay a cruel or unkind word.
  • Every path has a few puddles.
  • When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
  • The best sermons are lived, not preached.
  • Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.
  • If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.
  • A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water.
  • Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.
  • The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow.
  • If you don't have a sense of humour, you probably don't have any sense at all.
  • Money will buy a fine dog but only kindness will make him wag his tail.
  • Negative thoughts are like stray cats, the more you feed them the more they keep coming back.
  • It is much easier to look up when you are flat on your back.
  • Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
  • Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
  • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
  • Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
  • The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.
  • Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

The Best Bank Account

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is shaved and fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, moved to a nursing home today even though he is legally blind. His wife of 70 years recently passed away making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready. As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window. "I love it," he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. "Mr. Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait". "That doesn't have anything to do with it" he replied. Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged ... it's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. "It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I've stored away just for this time in my life. Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from it what you've put into it. So my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories! Remember the six simple rules to be happy:

  1. Free your heart from hatred.
  2. Free your mind from worries.
  3. Live simply.
  4. Give more.
  5. Expect less.
  6. Trust in the Lord.

Ten Things God Won't Ask On That Day.

  1. God won't ask what kind of car you drove. He'll ask how many people you drove who didn't have transportation.
  2. God won't ask the square footage of your house. He'll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.
  3. God won't ask about the clothes you had in your closet. He'll ask how many you helped to clothe.
  4. God won't ask what your highest salary was. He'll ask how much you helped the poor.
  5. God won't ask what your job title was. He'll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.
  6. God won't ask how many friends you had. He'll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.
  7. God won't ask in what neighbourhood you lived. He'll ask if you loved your neighbours.
  8. God won't ask about the color of your skin. He'll ask about the content of your character.
  9. God won't ask how many times others have forgiven you. He'll ask how many times have you forgiven others.
  10. God won't ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation. He'll lovingly take you to His mansion in heaven.

One day at a Time

The most useless thing to do Worry
The greatest joy Giving
The greatest loss Loss of self-respect
The most satisfying work Helping others
The ugliest personality trait Selfishness
The most endangered species Dedicated leaders
The greatest shot in the arm Encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome Fear
The most effective sleeping pill Peace of mind
The most dangerous pariah A gossiper
The most crippling failure disease Excuses
The most powerful force in life Love
The two most power-filled words "I can"
The world's most powerful computer The brain
The worst thing to be without Hope
The deadliest weapon The tongue
The greatest asset Faith
The most worthless emotion Self-pity
The most prized possession Integrity
The most beautiful attire A smile
The most powerful channel of communication Prayer
The most contagious spirit Enthusiasm
The most important thing in life GOD

The Green Thing

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day." The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."

He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad, that we didn't have the green thing back then?


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