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Advice from the experts

Posted Tuesday, August 9, 2011, at 12:50 PM

We often give advice and take it, too.

Erma Bombeck said that you should never have more children than you have car windows.

And never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.

President Harry Truman said he found that the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.

Someone said, "Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.

Adele Scheele says that no one can escape stress, but you can learn to cope with it. Practice positive thinking...seize control in small ways.

If you can't help it, don't think about it.

Mary Pickford said if you made mistakes...there is always another chance for you...you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing called failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.

Babe Ruth said," Never let fear of striking out get in your way."

Occasionally indulging in a do-nothing day is more than worth the price, Malcolm Forbes said.

Walter Hagen advises, "You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the roses along the way."

Benjamin Franklin said, "Speak little; do much."

Activity and sadness are incompatible; do something.

Or as Norman Vincent Peale advised, "Change your thoughts and you change your world."

Wayne Dyer says, Happiness is something that you are, and it comes from the way you think. Most people are searching for happiness. They're trying to find it in someone or something outside themselves. That's a fundamental mistake.

Appreciate your good health. Health is a blessing that money cannot buy.

Don't always listen to the experts.

The Wright brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility.

Noah's Ark was built by amateurs and the Titanic by experts. Don't wait for experts, Murray Cohen said.

Goethe had some great advice. "Whatever you can do, or dream you can--begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."

My daughter took that passage and began her step toward a teaching career. She went to a university when she was in her late 30s and began studies to earn a bachelor degree. She was shaking in her boots the first day of classes, but her dream (and hard work) paid off. This year she begins her 18th year in teaching. She dreamed of becoming a teacher and she boldly stepped out to pursue it.

There's been a lot of talk about change lately.

And advice about change.

Mahatma Gandhi said, "Be the change that you want to see in the world."

Marian Wright Edelman advised that if you don't like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it.

Advice on enjoying the day:

Thomas Dreir said, "If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time, not tomorrow or next year...Today should always be our most wonderful day."

"Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are," said Mary Jean Irion.

Leo Durocher said, "You don't save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain."

How about courage?

Emory Austin advises, "There are days when you don't have a song in your heart. Sing anyway."

Susan Jeffers said, "Feel the fear, but do it anyway."

And the last word of advice, "Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while."

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