"and suddenly i was left in awe at the ever present memory of the sound coming from a room being filled by what i now know as sight..." -Ferny :) +++++++++++++++++++++++ "As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do." Andrew Carnegie **************************** I am the CEO of my life. I am equal opportunity and I'm hiring quality applicants who have a long term view on life. Mediocre candidates need not apply. BS will not be tolerated. Please call for further details. :) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon if I can. I seek opportunity – not security. I want to dream, to fail and to succeed – never to be numbered among those weak and timid souls who have known neither victory nor defeat. I know that happiness can come only from the inside through hard constructive work and sincere positive thinking. I know that the so-called pleasures of the moment should not be confused with a state of happiness. I know that I can get a measure of inner satisfaction from my desires if I intelligently plan and courageously execute it. I know that, if I put forth every iota of strength that I possess – physical, mental, spiritual – toward the accomplishment of a worthwhile task, ere I fall exhausted by the wayside, the Unseen Hand will reach out and pull me through. Yes, I want to live dangerously, plan my procedures on the basis of calculated risks, to resolve the problems of everyday living unto a measure of inner peace. I know if I know how to do all this, I will know how to live, and if I know how to live, I will know how to die. Original by Isabel Tijerina: Thank you. Your words describe my burning desire for life with beautiful intellect. This is perhaps the best enunciation of what I believe that I have ever heard. Thank you. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." Gandhi A friend is someone who has been around long enough to see you ascend the mountain and come tumbling down and land in a pigpen, and still be your friend. BUT a true friend will pick you up and give you a muddy hug while they are in their favorite Armani suit or Prada dress while everyone else is politely smiling. PMM Stare Fear in the Face. It usually Runs. I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. T. Jefferson Be true to yourself, regardless. Real people change the world: Everyone else is following along in the shadows! PM Persist in the face of difficulty: You are simply being tested. If you deserve the opportunity, it will be awarded to you when you do not give up!!! What if everything that you knew about your life was about to change? Would you do it anyway? What if the world gave you all the blame? Would you do it anyway? What if the route that you know is right leads to being blue, but going another way means you are untrue, would you do it anyway? Paul McGhee When a person grows into maturity, they realize that life is not about what they want. I am the smallest part of an amazing and massive world. When I look out to the stars and contemplate, I know that MY wants and MY desires are supersceded by a higher need, a higher purpose, and a higher calling. When my life philosophy becomes about everything that is best for me, please kindly remind me of that. I am repulsed by the ME mentality of youth. Let us leave this world having enjoyed our lives and leave it a better place! Paul McGhee I respect people who are loyal to the people that they are close to and I don't have much time for personal politics and drama. I love to entertain, can make a mean meal, and can pick out a great bottle of wine. I am ambitious, willing to make sacrifices now in order to achieve what I want later, but never at the sacrifice of relationships. I enjoy nice things as much as the next guy, but I am adamantly opposed to pretencious people. It's just stuff so don't get too attached. Not that there is anything wrong with toys! I have my dream toys too!