Words To Live By

These were shamelessly cut and pasted from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette on 11/28/11. They are from an article on the editorial page by Mike Masterson. I would have captured the whole article, but these are the words that should be preserved for posterity, in fact, the premise for his comments related to Facebook, and in my view that shouldn’t have anything to do with these truths!

  • Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
  • If you’re intelligent, you’re admired. If wealthy, you’re envied. If powerful, you’re feared. But if blessed with a good heart, you’re remembered.
  • Opposing a socialist agenda does not make you a racist. It makes you an American.
  • If you are afraid to speak against tyranny, then you already are a slave.
  • Give, but don’t allow yourself to be used. Love, but don’t allow your heart to be abused. Trust, but don’t be naive. Listen to others, but never lose your own voice.
  • The producers of zero percent of the things want to regulate 100 percent of the things others produce.
  • People ask why it is so hard to trust others when the real question is why is it so hard for people to tell the truth.
  • It’s only with the heart that one can see rightly.
  • The height of hypocrisy is to protest free enterprise and capitalism then invest your savings in a Wells Fargo Bank.
  • Some people think I say inappropriate things. I prefer to think of it as radical honesty.
  • Five simple rules for happiness:
  • Free your heart from hatred.
  • Free your mind from worries.
  • Live simply.
  • Give more.
  • Expect less.
  • Never ignore a person who loves you, cares for you and misses you. Because one day you might awaken from your sleep and realize you lost the moon while counting the stars.
  • When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.
  • Unless you are willing to push, fail miserably and push even harder, success won’t happen.
  • Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll likely look back and realize they actually were the biggest things.
  • It’s in the toughest times that we discover the depth of our strengths.
  • A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you today just the way you are.
  • Don’t try to understand everything because sometimes it’s not meant to be understood but to be accepted.
  • Never condemn someone based on a little something someone told you. There is always a lot more to the story.
  • Don’t live in the past thinking about mistakes or changes you made. Think of your life as a book. Move forward, close one chapter as you open another. Learn from your mistakes. Focus on your future, not on the past.
  • Judging someone else does not define who they are, but it does define who you are.
  • Only trust sees three things inside you: The sorrow behind your smile, the love behind your anger and the reason behind your silence.
  • Pilgrims didn’t come to America to get free health care. They came to get free.
  • People are made to be loved and things are made to be used. The confusion in this world arises because people are used and things are loved.
  • Never expect. Never assume. Never ask. Never demand. Just let it be because if it is meant to be, it will happen the way you want things to be.
  • The richest person isn’t the one with the most material wealth, but the one who needs it the least.
  • Don’t do something permanently stupid just because you’re temporarily upset.
  • The more anger toward the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the moment.
  • amen, Mike!

    more from 12-2711

    More Facebook wisdom

    Mike Masterson

    Several weeks back, I wrote about the quotations I see posted across Facebook every day.

    That particular column brought a surprising number of positive responses. Some even said they planned on clipping and saving it, or mailing it to others.

    So in this slow news period, here’s another offering of nuggets of wisdom as a New Year’s gift to each of you in hopes at least one might ring your bell.

    Perhaps they also will prompt a bit of reflection and personal resolution.

    I only wish I could remember and apply all of them in my own life.

  • A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how blessed you truly are.
  • People will change but forget to tell each other. If you do it right, no one remembers, and when you do it wrong, no one forgets. A true friend sees the pain in your eyes while others are believing your smile. We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added (especially to inflate a dependent voter base). You can’t make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest always is left to them. In three words and eight letters we can summarize everything we know about life: It goes on. The greatest barrier to success is fear of failure. Words easily lie, but actions tell you the truth. It’s most easy to judge the character of a person by how well he or she treats those who can do nothing for them. Blowing out another’s candle will never make you shine brighter. Only two others can really tell you the truth about yourself: An enemy who loses his temper and a friend who loves you dearly.
  • Don’t consider changing yourself to please someone else. However, they should be impressed that you don’t change to please others.
  • Sometimes you’ve just got to become your own hero because sometimes the people you can’t imagine living without can live without you. There is a story behind every person. There is a reason they are the way they are, so stop judging.
  • No matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back and it’s not the end of the world.
  • Your present circumstances don’t direct where you can go. They only direct where you begin.
  • Never look down on someone unless you are helping them up.
  • Respect the people who find time for you in their busy schedule. But love people who never look at their schedule when you need them. Everything happens for a reason. All things happen in God’s time, not ours. Remember that as one door closes, another will open.
  • To wish you were another is to waste the person you are.
  • Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong of spirit.
  • Always look first for hidden agendas when you see common sense is abandoned. Close your cuts, clear your heart, pray and let it go. When the heart and mind become confused, listen only to the heart. The mind knows everything. The heart knows only you. I’m responsible for what I say, not what you understand. If God brings you to it, he will pull you through it. Avoid criticism by saying, doing and being nothing. Every day we are given is a gift. And we should treat it that way. Only small minds desire to build cages for people. Love is giving everyone the freedom to be what they are, not what you want them to be. The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become and the stronger and happier you become. The most powerful relationship one ever will have is the relationship with one’s self.
  • Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
  • We too often discard genuine wisdom because we believe it comes from the “wrong” person or source, or because we happen to disagree with what’s presented and therefore with truth itself. You also are free to deny gravity until you leap headlong from a cliff in your disbelief.
  • And finally, all you who thrive on adding many others to your Facebook page: “He who hath many ‘friends’ hath none.”
  • 2 Responses to “Words To Live By”

    1. Wayne Wheeler Says:

      Refreshing! Definately words to live by.

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