My chiropractor, like many doctors, often adds a new piece of reading material for waiting clients, usually in the form of a page of inspirational or better health advice. The latest one I read there was about how "The Holidays" can knock years off your life, specifically by eating too much (especially too much junk food) and exercising too little during holiday periods.
Unfortunately, those habits are not limited to the period from Thanksgiving to New Year's. We also indulge on vacations, birthdays, anniversaries and other holidays. By being irresponsible about basic health actions, you can be adversely affected about three months of every year. So the advice is to look at holidays with a new perspective and re-assess how you celebrate.
These next bits of wisdom, I am copying from one of my "forwarded" e-mails, and the originator of that message acknowledged that "someone" had written them. I pass on a few that I found meaningful; maybe you will, too.
1. Why is a car's windshield so large and the rear mirror so small?
Because our past is not as important as our future. So look ahead, and move on.
2. All things in life are temporary. If it's going well, enjoy it; it won't last long. If it's going badly, don't worry; that won't last long either.
3. Friendship is like a book, it takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.
4. Old friends are gold, new friends are diamond. If you get a diamond, don't forget the gold, because to hold a diamond, you need a base of gold.
5. Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles, it takes away today's peace.
6. When God solves your problems, you have faith in His abilities. When God doesn't solve your problems, He has faith in your abilities.
The following observations are not pieces of advice but come from another forwarded anonymous listing of "Laws of Life" (sound like Murphy's laws to me) with which you may agree:
The law of logical argument -- Anything is possible if you don't know what you're talking about.
Law of the result -- When you try to prove that a machine won't work, it will.
Law of patience -- As soon as you change lines at a cash register (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will move much faster.
Law of probability -- the probability of being watched critically is in direct proportion to the stupidity of your action.
Don't say I didn't warn you.
Helen Taylor is a longtime resident of Dawson County. Her articles appear periodically in the Dawson County News.