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Things I Will Teach My Grandchildren

There are many lessons in life, some pleasant, some not so pleasant and some...well you know how it is. The following are words of wisdom and guidance for life that I have collected over the years. I am, as always, delighted to receive anything that you might like to add to these. I will of course ackowledge you and credit you with the entry. I will enter more on a week to week basis.

Sometime in the next few year s I hope to publish a volume called 'Things I Will Teach My Grandchildren'. In my original idea, some years ago I intended to call it 'Things I Will Teach My Children' but time moves so fast and while I was trying to grow up, they did. Hannah and Ed probably already know more than I will ever learn. I am reminded of having a man to man talk with Ed about the birds and bees. An hour later he had taught me an awful lot! When my mother died, Hannah took over as my conscience and life standards guardian....... 'Do you think that tie goes with that jacket'.........'Do you think she's your sort Dad?'.......'How can you drive around in a car like that?'

Not sure I want to be a grandfather just yet but I want to be ready for it if and when life goes in that direction. Anyway here's the start of them, thousands of them to come.... Oh Yes! And if you have any and would like to contribute hit the 'Contact Us' connection at the top of the page and I'll credit you with it.


Time is endless but it is made up of extremely short segments. Use them wisely.

It is amazing how often an excuse can be found not to a job that one does not wish to do.

Each individual is made up of many voices, each speaking for itself. It is the sum of all these voices that is heard. However it does not pay to listen to each individual voice.

Dream not of today but tomorrow.We should seek to work with nature not to dominate it.

There is only a letter difference between laughter and slaughter.Man is not superior to creation he is part of it.

It is important to give your children both roots and wings.

Inspiration only moves in the prepared mind.

Comfort the afflicted, make sure you do not afflict the comfortable.

In a surgeon’s experience of near death, never once had he heard somebody say that they would have liked to have spent more time at the office.

Enthusiasm breakfasts on obstacles, lunches on objection and dines on competition.

Make your motto, ‘Done that, what’s next?’

Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.

Ideas are funny things, they do not work unless you do.

Be sure that your work enriches your spirit as well as your bank account.

Do not dismiss a good idea because you do not like the source.

Don’t waste time waiting for inspiration, begin and inspiration will find you.

Don’t, believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

When opportunity knocks, invite it stay for dinner.

Strive for perfection, but settle for excellence.Some things need doing better than they’ve ever been done before, some just need doing, others do not need doing at all; know which is which.

Every so often allow your spirit of adventure to triumph over your good sense.

Don’t let weeds grow around your dreams

At the end of your days be leaning forward, not leaning backwards.

Spend your life lifting people up not putting them down.

Every so often ask your self the question, ‘If money were not the consideration, what would I like to be doing?’.

Whether it’s life or a horse that throws you get right back on.

Life is ten percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.

When there is a piano to be moved, don’t reach for the stool.

Great love and great achievements involve great risk.