Sometimes my mouth works faster than my brain. Ever have that problem? I’m sure I am not the only one.
This is my third week at Ateb, Inc. New job, new people. I’m a fairly outgoing person and enjoy meeting my co-workers. We are an eclectic bunch. You have sales professionals on one side, IT folks down the center, accounting professionals on another side, engineers and support toward the back. Drastically different types of people in different roles all working together under one roof. I am the administrative support for all departments. It’s quite an undertaking.
Today I met a guy from the back of the office. He must have checked out my Linkedin profile or something and introduced himself as someone who also worked for Alltel Communications long ago. As we were talking, I noticed his shirt. “United Federation of Planets”, I suddenly read out loud. “Are you a member, because I’d like to join?” He gave a nervous laugh and headed on back to his department. Eh. Maybe it was too soon to throw out a Star Trek joke. I mean….you should really know someone better before you talk Trekkie.
Benjamin Franklin, way back in the 1700’s once wrote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This could have many applications, but in my case, I take it to mean “think before you speak”. Benjamin Franklin was a pretty smart ol’ chap. Boy was that an understatement. Benjamin Franklin was a writer, a scientist, an inventor, a diplomat, and a statesman just to name a few. Imagine what his Linkedin profile would look like? Probably something like THIS.
Charles Dickens includes a similar quote in his 1850 novel “David Copperfield”. Dickens wrote, “Least said, sooner mended.” Wise men….words to live by.
For more words of wisdom by the wonderful Benjamin Franklin, I recommend reading “Poor Richard’s Almanac” and you can browse more quotes HERE.
An old saying came to mind the other day: You’re only as old as you feel. I was picking up a few items at the grocery store when I noticed the man gathering the carts in the parking lot. He was elderly, slightly bent, slowly shuffling, pushing a row of carts toward the entrance of the store. My first thought was, “Poor old man having to work like this at his age.” Then I thought, “Maybe he wants to do this? Maybe he has chosen this work and enjoys it?” Sure, from my perspective he looks like he should be enjoying his final years playing checkers and eating pudding with his retirement home buddies. That might not be how he sees himself. You’re only as old as you feel.
I have heard this saying hundreds of times growing up. I wondered where it originated. Doing some research, I found many variations of this saying throughout the decades (“You’re only as young as the woman you feel.” –Groucho Marx and “Age isn’t how old you are, but how old you feel.” –Gabriel Garcia Marquez); but I could not pinpoint an origination. What I did find is that people are OBSESSED with aging! There are so many quotes, conversations, books, and poems about growing old. Not surprising really. Everybody ages. However, as one man put it, “Old age isn’t so bad, when you consider the alternative.”
Some of my favorite quotes about aging include:
“Age is an issue of mind over matter; If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain
“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” – Betty Friedan
“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” – George Burns
“I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don’t have to.” – Albert Einstein
For more great quotes on aging, click here!