“The hardest thing is to take less when you can get more.” (Kin Hubbard) Employees at an all-you-can-eat pizza place called him, “The 6 Pan Man.” He’d slide an entire pizza on his plate, eat it, and do it again, 6 times. A 99-yr-old woman was asked for the secret of a long life. She replied, “Moderation in all things.” Her description of “all things” included Girl Scout cookies. I know that my wants and needs can use a daily re-examination. How about yours? ;-) Jack
FROM HONEST JOHN: "The Golden Mean"....Aristotle. Had a good friend who was a Jesuit Priest and had a Ph.D. From Harvard in philosophy....He thought the Golden Mean was the key to physical life. BTW. He and I played tennis doubles and whipped everyone at the Harvard Summer program that I attended. I also saw him just hammer an Anthropologist in a debate. The Anthropologist suggested that the debate be conducted within the context of one great philosophy. He challenged my friend to name the Philosopher. Tony said "Thomas Aquinas" and the debate was virtually over at that point! Loved it.====JACK: "The Golden Mean" is a good excuse for me to be the "fence-sitter" that you have sometimes accused me of being.
FROM TARMART REV: Often with mine as well, almost an every-morning-event, properly trying to discern my daily priorities in food intake! 0;-/====JACK: Does your doctor limit your popcorn intake? Do you eat it without butter and salt?
FROM BLAZING OAKS: I'VE HAD A QUOTE FROM BILL ON MY FRIDGE FOR MANY YEARS:"WANT WHAT YOU HAVE, AND YOU'LL ALWAYS HAVE WHAT YOU WANT". I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS ORIGINAL WITH HIM, BUT HE QUOTED IT TO ME AND OUR KIDS REGULARLY. IT HELPED ME FORGO GETTING TOO MATERIALISTIC, AS LIKE MOST PEOPLE, I APPRECIATED NICE THINGS!! MY TWINNER JAN WAS GOOD ABOUT THAT, TOO, HER FAVORITE SAYING, WHEN WE WERE AT AN ART SHOW, FLEA MARKET, BEAUTIFUL DEP'T. STORE, ETC, WAS "WE CAN ENJOY IT, WITHOUT HAVING TO BUY IT, OR HAVE IT." JUST ADMIRE AND ENJOY IT, AND GO ON...HA! SHE WAS MUCH BETTER AT THAT THAN I WAS! IN MY OLD AGE, I LIVE MUCH MORE SIMPLY; AT LEAST IN MY OWN OPINION! :-) MY DAUGHTER IS HER FATHER INCARNATE, AND OFTEN FEELS I COULD 'PARE DOWN" A BIT MORE! BUT WE'RE THE BEST OF FRIENDS!!
====JACK: As I watch the Olympics, I think about how each contestant wants the gold, but as Paul wrote, "only one gets the prize." But, in retrospect...to have been able to compete is also a prize. BTW, I just watched the shotput in the decathlon. I seem to remember that Bill was a shotputer on Augie's track team. Lots of good stuff in today's response.
FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL: the difference between my needs and my greeds is HUGE! ====JACK: How about the wealth of some of those televangelists?
FROM SBP IN FLORIDA: Gluttony and greed are among the seven deadly sins. Each seems to me can be driven by an emotional/psychology need as well as a character flaw. The closer we are to feeling God's hand in ours helps satiate our longings. Jesus Calling helps to keep us apprised of God's help.====JACK: Contests to see who can eat the most hot dogs turn me off. BTW, the World Record is held by Joey Chestnut...eating 66 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes.
FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: You had me until you got to the Girl Scout cookies.====JACK: False advertizing. Thin Mints don't make you thin!