Thursday, January 10, 2008

50 bits of wisdom

Ray found this list -- "50 things I've learned in 50 years, a partial list in no particular order" by Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune -- and passed it along to me. I like it...lots of good reminders, including:

10. Empathy is the greatest virtue. From it, all virtues flow. Without it, all virtues are an act.

12. Keeping perspective is the greatest key to happiness. From a distance, even a bumpy road looks smooth.

14. It’s not “political correctness” that dictates that we try not to insult others’ beliefs and identities. It’s common decency.

21. Fear of failure is a ticket to mediocrity. If you’re not failing from time to time, you’re not pushing yourself. And if you’re not pushing yourself, you’re coasting.

22. Anyone who judges you by the kind of car you drive or shoes you wear isn’t someone worth impressing.

24. If you’re in a conversation and you’re not asking questions, then it’s not a conversation, it’s a monologue.

31. Physical attraction is nice, but shared values and a shared sense of humor are the real keys to lasting love.

41. Almost no one stretches, flosses or gives compliments often enough.

49. Whatever your passion, pursue it as though your days were numbered. Because they are.

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