A day without laughter is a day wasted. Charlie Chaplin Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand. Mark Twain Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen. Carl Sandburg Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection. Yakov Smirnoff I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. Woody Allen Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on. Bob Newhart Laughter is America's most important export. Walt Disney Laughter is an instant vacation. Milton Berle What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul. Yiddish Proverb Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. Oscar Wilde Nobody ever died of laughter. Max Beerbohm Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. Voltaire
This expression is one I now try very hard to live by and I believe the American economy would be in a far better place if those of us in business, from main street to Wall Street, would return to this adage. Today we seem to think any opportunity given (even a morally wrong one) must be taken or we are “suckers” because if “if don’t my competitor will.”
This category will include examples to make this point. Here’s our first and so far leading contender.
1. A doctor overseeing the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act says cancer will not be covered under the $2.8 billion law due to insufficient scientific evidence linking the disease to toxins at the World Trade Center site.
Doesn’t take too much thinking to figure out why this exclusion exists. We all know this ruling is the work of the insurance lobby and other business interests. I could not think of a more suitable example to illustrate my “live by” message. You have shamed yourself those involved with this action.
A young woman who was visiting with her neighbor saw that she was in stirring the soup she was making with a large wooden knife. She walked back to her house and then returned to the neighbor with a beautifully crafted soup spoon and presented this to her friend.
“Oh i could not take this,” said the friend, “it is too nice.”
“Take it,” answered the other, “in my house it is only a spoon. In your house it is a cherished gift.”
“Just because you can does not mean you should” – we should ALL live by this
“Never show a fool a half done job”
“If wishes were horses then beggars would ride”
“Do your best because the best is the best you can do”
“The sun always comes up tomorrow”
On the 7th day, one god said to the other.
“This one is good. It smarter than the rest, but weaker. That will bring balance. How long should it live for do you think?”
“Oh I would say no more than 60-70 years maximum,” answered the other god.
“But why so short,” asked the first, “the trees live much longer than that, for example.”
“Well yes,” said the second, “but then this one’s body will wither. It bones become brittle and life will be difficult and unpleasant – why have it suffer? Better to have it end and start in a new fresh body.”
To which the first agreed readily.