Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Wee Wads of Wisdom to Live By

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Wee Wads of Wisdom to Live By

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I AM off on holiday and will be away from this column for the next six weeks.

When contemplating what to write for my last column-in-a-while, I turned to my desk calendar.

You could live your life by the insightful little snippets on your desk calendar. Flip it open randomly and you'll hit upon a wee wad of wisdom you will most likely relate to. To prove my point, I undertook my own random flipping experiment.

Random Flip Number 1.

C[pounds sterling]We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.C[yen] Oscar Wilde. It's a good one to live by. Like the glass half full. We can all look up and see the same thing yet read it so differently. Enough pondering on that one.

Random Flip Number 2.

C[pounds sterling]There are more old drunkards than old doctors.C[yen] Benjamin Franklin. This one I love. Especially when some new piece of research C[pounds sterling]provesC[yen] that more than one glass of wine a day will give you brain/bottom/boob cancer.

Random Flip Number 3.

C[pounds sterling]We hope that when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.C[yen] Bill Vaughan wrote that. Who is Bill Vaughan, you may ask, and I'll tell you. An American columnist (now deceased) most known for his folksy aphorisms. We can all relate to that one. Who amongst us hasn't taken a family of ants on a picnic?

Random Flip Number 4.

C[pounds sterling]Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.C[yen] This is one to make you think, especially as it was said by someone who had seen more than her share of poverty. Mother Teresa.

Real poverty isn't something most of us ever experience, but loneliness...? What a terrible affliction. Count yourself wealthy if you have people around you who love and support you. …

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