99 Rules, Part 13

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13. It’s okay to forgive, as long as you don’t forget.

Forgiveness is where you are able to look past someone’s misdeed and move on with your life. That does not mean you need to open yourself up to risk that misdeed from occurring again.

Once, I had a friend from high school. He was kind of a bum, but he was pretty cool. He had a wife and baby at the time his car died. I had a ’79 Camaro worth a couple thousand just sitting at my parent’s house. I had a ’69 Chevy Pickup that I drove at that time. When his car died, he came up to me and asked if he could buy this Camaro from me. I told him $2000, and he gave me $50, and said money is a little tight at the moment, but will pay me as he gets caught up on his bills.

That $50 was the last of the money I saw from him. Six months later, after a bunch of excuses, he skipped town and sold the Camaro. I should have got the car repo’d. Being a college kid, I was counting on that money.

This made me mad for a number of years. He is still somewhere around Portland, not doing much with his life. From what I heard, he is not doing much with his life, and I finally stopped holding onto that grudge. Funny thing is, the anger cost me more than losing the money. I moved on, but I won’t do business with him again.

99 Rules, Part 14

  1. Never make a scene

The thing about making a scene is it is a tool used by the weaker individual. The little sister cries and mom and dad naturally assume the worst of the bigger sibling. The same happens with men and women in society. Woman picks and picks until man retaliates, woman calls cops, cops assume worst of the man.

However if you are the stronger individual, and you cry, the authority will continue to assume the worst in you. Not a good scenario. If you make a scene, people will assume you are abusing her, if she makes a scene, they assume she is defending herself. Good reason to date tall women.

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99 Rules, Part 9

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9. You don’t have to like baseball, but you should understand the concept of what a pitcher’s ERA means. Approach life similarly.

I don’t know what a ERA means. But, I understand having a basic idea of things that are somewhat important. Guess I never thought of baseball as something worth learning about.

However, I have done the best to obtain a basic knowledge of welding, mechanics, home repair, stocks and some entertainment. Good to not be an idiot to the more important stuff in life.

Sailing to Byzantium – W.B. Yeats

Sailing to Byzantium” is a poem by William Butler Yeats, first published in the 1928 collection The Tower. It comprises four stanzas in ottava rima, each made up of eight ten-syllable lines. It uses a journey to Byzantium (Constantinople) as a metaphor for a spiritual journey. Yeats explores his thoughts and musings on how immortality, art, and the human spirit may converge. Through the use of various poetic techniques, Yeats’s “Sailing to Byzantium” describes the metaphorical journey of a man pursuing his own vision of eternal life as well as his conception of paradise.

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That is no country for old men. The young
In one another’s arms, birds in the trees
—Those dying generations—at their song,
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of unageing intellect.

An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress,
Nor is there singing school but studying
Monuments of its own magnificence;
And therefore I have sailed the seas and come
To the holy city of Byzantium.

O sages standing in God’s holy fire
As in the gold mosaic of a wall,
Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre,
And be the singing-masters of my soul.
Consume my heart away; sick with desire
And fastened to a dying animal
It knows not what it is; and gather me
Into the artifice of eternity.

Once out of nature I shall never take
My bodily form from any natural thing,
But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make
Of hammered gold and gold enamelling
To keep a drowsy Emperor awake;
Or set upon a golden bough to sing
To lords and ladies of Byzantium
Of what is past, or passing, or to come.

99 Rules, Part 8

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8. Don’t fill up on bread.

This rule is applicable for other stuff. There are many cheap, quick fixes we can have in life that are not a good substitute for the real thing. Whether it is a one night stand vs. a real relationship, or a shot of meth vs. a nights sleep, some are healthier and/or more satisfying than others.

At church, I have noticed something about nearly all sin. Sin is a trade off of short term rush for a long term gain. Whether how you treat your body, how you treat others, it is the act of living in the now, rather than choosing the better option for the long term.

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