"Notes" of An Elder

When all else fails, walk tall, keep your head up, and look people in the eye.

Nothing in life is of any value unless it is shared with others.

"Notes" of An Elder is a depository of pertinent information, knowledge and wisdom. Available weekly will be an elder's "thinking menu" for your use. Enjoy this bounty.

  • You are not your past. You are not your future. What matters is who you are in the present.

  • The last things you surrender are your moral values and life.

  • Sometimes, physical togetherness and shared experiences are the most you can ask for in a relationship.

  • Often, the hardships of life are easier to endure if we don't have to survive them alone.

  • You may not be able to control the factors around you, but you can and must be aware, react, and prepare for them while anticipating what will happen next.

  • Your body keeps score. Your mind competes.

  • If I must sit in judgment of someone, let it be me.


  • Attitude

  • Behavior

  • Performance

  • May you live a life of purpose, passion, and achievement.

  • We can no longer expect to work for the same firm our entire careers. Instead, most of us will switch jobs 12 or more times before we retire.

  • Personalized success is living a life of fulfillment and excellence.

  • Books are commodities. Readers are consumers.

  • The Dalai Lama defines compassion as "a sensitivity to the suffering of others, with a commitment to do something about it."

  • Inspiring through language is about painting a picture of what the future could be.

  • When all else fails, walk tall, keep your head up, and look people in the eye.

Magic Question

Who can you cheerlead for if not yourself?

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