"The only thing that overcomes hard luck...is hard work." Vince Lambardi
In the United States...we live in a country of
choices...make the wrong choice...and you can pay with your health...your freedom...or your life!
I started collecting quotes a few years ago, and nearly all of my articles (150+) have quotes from somebody. I think they enhance the article. I have many favorite quotes, but one of my favorite quotes is, "You made your bed...sleep in it!"
After six job layoffs in a little over a decade, and working as a temporary employee longer than I would have liked...I worked at over twenty companies...large and small...and I got a chance to see, for myself, the negativity in the work place, etc. The gossip, the put-down; the attitude, the selfish; the excuse-makers...the inconsiderate, etc.
Humor: At the age of 65 in 2010, I have been in the humor business for over 50 years. As soon as I make someone laugh...I've got a friend! It was easy for me to make friends in past years...but in the last several years...no more! I don't want many people around me anymore! I dread it when I'm in the same elevator with somdbody else!
I will be nice to people, but I will not start a conversation or talk to anybody next door, etc. I just mind my own business. There are too many selfish people around today; too many people of hate; too many racists; too many people with larceny in their veins; skeletons in their closets; too many greedy people and all they care about is themselves, their kids and their grandkids, etc.
"I'm a great believer in luck...and I find that the harder I work...the more I have of it." Thomas Jefferson
Drugs: Talk about making your own luck! At the age of 65 in 2010, I lived through the drug culture of the 1960's and 70's. And, I'm proud to say, that I have never done drugs of any kind...LSD; marjiauna; uppers; downers; yellows; reds...nothing! Why would I want to do drugs?
After me and a few friends were discharged from the military, they went striaight into the drug culture at the local university. It didn't take me long to get rid of them, and to find new friends! Why would I want to screw up my life with all these hippies and dope-heads? I'm doing a great job of screwing up my life without drugs! As I found out, there are plenty of people out there who don't do drugs.
Alcohol: Over the years, I have never drank alcohol, while I take prescription drugs...so for all practical purposes...I don't drink. I don't remember the last time I had a beer. With a family of ten kids, two of my brothers are alcoholics and one sister is an alcoholic. Between them, they've done enough to ruin the entire family...so I know (first hand) the dangers of alcohol, etc. Why would I want to drink anyway? Do I have to drink to have fun? Do I have to drink to get the courage to do things? Are the answers to life's problems in a bottle?
Almost every form of bad behavior...embarrassing behavior and criminal behavior starts with the bottle, etc.
Gambling: This is another area, where somebody can make their own luck, etc. I lost enough money in the military, that I guess I learned my lesson about gambling. I not against gambling...if people do it responsibly, etc. I've never been to a casino to gamble. To take in a show or two...but never to gamble. I don't have money to lose!
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E-a-r-l-y D-e-t-e-c-t-i-o-n The medical arena, is another place where people can make their own luck, etc. I don't know how some people can go years without getting a blood test or a physical examination to see where their health stands.
After watching my glucose elevated for about 5 years, it finally hit and went over the line into diabetes. I was not happy about this, but I had caught it early on. I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2008, and for the next 18 months, I would prick my finger hundreds of times, to gather data for myself and for my doctor.
In early 2009, I had an A1C of 6.8 and a monthly average of pricking my finger of 160. All year long...the finger-pricking average went down to 140 and in early 2010...to 132! The A1C dropped to 6.1, and my doctor told me that if I could get that number between 5 and 6, I would be back under the line! Needless to say, I was excited at the progress, but it took sacrifice, determination, and discipline to get it where it is today. I'm hoping for even better numbers at my next visit in July, 2010.
And, what do I say to those who don't get a blood test or physical exam often enough? "You made your bed...you can sleep in it!"
Dental: At my age (65), most people don't even have their teeth, and many people keep their glove compartments in their vehicles cleaner than their own teeth, etc. In 2009 and for the first time, I had a tooth pulled...and I didn't think it was a big deal...a little discomfort is about it. It's better than the alternative!
I've always believed that a mouth full of rotten teeth, can be hazardous and lead to toxins and poisons getting into the bloodstream...and screwing up other organs in the body! This is another area, where people can make their own luck!
"Be ready when opportunity comes...luck is when preparation and opportunity meet." Roy Chapen
I've been around long enough to know, that if I don't take care of myself...there is nobody to blame but myself, etc. And just as important...the more selfish and hateful people I can keep away from me...the better my luck should be!
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