- My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
“If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.”
- My mother taught me RELIGION.
“You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
- My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
“If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”
- My mother taught me LOGIC.
“Because I said so, that’s why.”
- My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
‘If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”
- My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
“Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”
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At the 1994 annual awards dinner given by the American Association for Forensic Science, AAFS President Don Harper Mills astounded his audience in San Diego with the legal complications of a bizarre death. Here is the story.
“On 23 March 1994, the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus and concluded that he died from a shotgun wound of the head. The decedent had jumped from the top of a ten-story building intending to commit suicide (he left a note indicating his despondency). As he fell past the ninth floor, his life was interrupted by a shotgun blast through a window, which killed him instantly. Neither the shooter nor the decedent was aware that a safety net had been erected at the eighth floor level to protect some window washers and that Opus would not have been able to complete his suicide anyway because of this.”
“Ordinarily,” Dr. Mills continued, “a person who sets out to commit suicide ultimately succeeds, even though the mechanism might not be what he intended.”
I want to briefly describe a process that I successfully applied to myself on several occasions when I wanted to change a disturbing behavior of myself. I developed a three-step process for this purpose.
Principle: You are not your reaction. If people hurt you and you react hurting them, then this is first and foremost a reaction to your own injury. We do not actually mean the person we are facing, but really only want to defend ourselves. Therefore: You are not your reaction. Your reaction is learned behavior. There are other possibilities than to compensate in this way. These only have to be learned.
When God created woman, he worked late on the sixth day.
An angel came by and asked, “Why spend so much time with her?”
The Lord answered. “Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?”
- She has to function in all possible situations.
- She has to be able to embrace several children at the same time.
- Be capable of a hug that can heal anything from a crushed knee to a broken heart.
- She has to do it all with only two hands.
- She heals herself when she is sick and can work 18 hours a day.
The angel was impressed: “With only two hands … impossible! And this is the standard model?”
The angel came closer and touched the woman.
“But you made her so soft, sir.”
“She’s soft,” said the Lord.
“But I have made her strong. You can’t imagine what she can endure and overcome.”
“Can she think?” asked the angel…
The Lord answered, “she can’t just think, she can reflect and negotiate.”
The angel touched her cheeks…
“Lord, it seems that this creation is leaking! You’ve placed too many burdens on her.”
“It’s not leaking. These are tears”, the Lord corrected the angel.
“What’s that for?” asked the angel.
The Lord said, “Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her sorrow and her pride.” …
That made a big impression on the angel, “Lord, you are a genius. You’ve thought of everything. A woman is really wonderful.”
The Lord said: “Indeed she is.
- She has power that amazes a man.
- She can cope with problems and carry heavy loads.
- She holds happiness, love and opinions.
- She smiles when she wants to scream.
- She sings when she feels like crying, cries when she is happy and laughs when she is afraid.
- She fights for what she believes in.
- Her love is unconditional.
- Her heart is broken when a loved one or a friend dies, but she finds strength to go on living.”
The angel asked, “So, she’s a perfect being?”
The Lord replied: “No. She only has one disadvantage. She often forgets what she’s worth”.
- Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
- When in doubt, just take the next small step.
- Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
- Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
- Pay off your credit cards every month.
- You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
- Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
- It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
- Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
- When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
- Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
- It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
- Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
- If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
- Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
- Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
- You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
- A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
- It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
- When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
- Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
- Overprepare, then go with the flow.
- Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
- The most important sex organ is the brain.
- No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
- Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”
- Always choose life.
- Forgive everyone everything.
- What other people think of you is none of your business.
- Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
- However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
- Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
- Believe in miracles.
- God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
- Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
- Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
- Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
- Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
- Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
- If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
- Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
- Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
- All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
- Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
- The best is yet to come.
- No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
- Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
- If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
- Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
Since this blog has been dead for several years, because I moved many of my online activities to Facebook, I decided to create a new line of articles here. Because I am expecting more visits from outside of Switzerland, I want to describe a set of excursions, and maybe I end up with a sort of small Swiss tourist guide. Since I live in Zurich, the focus will be something like this:
- Easy one day touristic excursions from Zurich, for which it is worth getting up in the morning and get going.
- Short tours to the environment, that can be done spontaneously in an afternoon.
- Longer tours that take more preparation and maybe even an overnight stay
I already assembled a list of possible excursions on the Offerings page “Excursions to Swiss Attractions”. In the near future, I will describe some of these excursions in more detail whenever I find the time. This page, therefore, serves as a directory and overview for excursions that I recommend at any time, which I probably made myself, and which I love to do with my visitors. It can serve as an inspiration and basis for suggestions.