Monthly Archives: November 2011
I have been reading about Ben Franklin. I read his autobiography and enjoyed it all, except when it ended. I am not entirely sure what I was expecting. But it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be. Not to say it wasn’t very a interesting and quick read. Because I very much enjoyed the way it was phrased along with the collection of stories He thought would be important and worth leaving behind. Of course history tells us that so much more happened than what ol’ Benny boy told us.
I get the impression of Franklin that he would have been a real jerk had he not actively worked on being humble. Mostly because that’s what he said about himself! He loved a good debate and lively conversation. He studied ways of debating so as never to be proven wrong, in fact. As someone who also likes to argue and lively conservation: I completely understand.
He also talks about being frugal and pinching every penny. This he was very good at. As many of his successes would be contributed to his ability to manage his funds. He often wrote about being smart and thrifty. I think to myself: if I could manage my money half as well as he suggest I would be twice as well off. Of course along with being thrifty is being diligent with work and behavior. Infact the reason we have day light savings is because of Franklin. He was on a trip to london once and noticed how the people would sleep untill many hours into day light and burn candles into the night. At the same time complain about the tax on candles.
He had such a reputation that almost no proposition he supported failed. He had so much influence! To this day he is well known and respected. Yes, there are always idiots who will not know who he was or have a completely inaccurate view of who he was.
In reality there could never be another like him. No one person will be able to have so much influence and industry as he did. He is definitely one of the top five people in history I would want to meet. I hope you pick up a history book or his autobiography and learn a little about this interesting man who still has so much influence in our day to day lives.
“Always look on the bright side of life” I forgot how much I love Monty Python. I was listening to some songs the other day and I came across one of my favorite songs of all time which I had somehow forgotten about of late. Many people know the song I’m speaking about. It comes at the end of the Monty Python movie “The Life of Brian” and is called “Always look on the bright side of life”.
The song is silly and featured in a zany comedy, but has a very real and true sentiment at the heart of it. It is very important to keep life in perspective. Ys, bad things happen. Yes, life is a pile of stink. Yes, one day we will all die. BUT, good things happen to! And they tend to happen more often when you are being positive. Besides when you are all doom and gloom everything is bad. So… “laugh, and smile, and dance and sing”.
In my mind it’s like this: you have but one go around. So be happy! I have taken this to heart. I implore you to do the same. Just remember “if life seems jolly rotten there is something you’ve forgotten” 😉 if you are not sure what I’m on about go to itunes and download it! It will be the best thing you downloaded in ages.
When I was younger I always heard of a dreaded and irrational phenomenon called PMS. Now, I never really understood it. Yes, it is true, I am a girl. But I never really suffered many of the symptoms. The only thing I ever had been wildly crippling pain and cramps. Yes, that is enough. (too much if you ask me) lately, however, I have come to suffer from a particularly terrible temperament.
I know that by nature I am a pretty calm and logically minded person. When something makes me angry it has to be pretty grievous! Except for the past few months. The simple things make me angry. Very angry. So much so, it is to the point that I can see that it is unwarranted and a gross overreaction.
I almost would trade this strange to me explosive temper for what I used to have: cramps so bad they made me violently ill and almost unable to move. The thing is, is I can’t call in “irrationally angry due to pms” from work. Although, that should be a thing because I do work in customer service….. Do they make i.b. Prophen in king size?