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Monday, February 13, 2012

Never say never

I find it interesting that so many Axims for Good Living begin with the word NEVER.
  • Never put off 'til tomorrow what you can do today.
  • Never spend money before you have it.
  • Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap,
  • Never complain and never explain  (Your friends don't need it and your enemies will not belive you anyway.)
  • Never trouble trouble, 'til trouble troubles you.
You get the idea.  The first four above were part of the advice that Thomas Jefferson wrote to a younger man as canons for a "practical life."

          The one lesson I can recall from my own student teaching days was this:

Never promise or threaten a punishment or reward
that you can't deliver!

So what do you think of these ideas? 
  •  Is it better to put off some things until tomorrow? 
  • Does the judicious use of a credit card make spending money you don't have a good idea?

You get the idea.  Maybe Thomas Jefferson was sometimes wrong.
It may be better to leave a bit of wiggle room as you pass along advice.
I try to do that.  Do you?

Oh, yes, one final thought--never say ALWAYS, either.

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