Friday, August 10, 2007

Ben Franklin's 13 Principles of Success.

Post 282 - - - - - Friday, 10th August, 2007.

Hi Everyone ~~ I hope you are are well and enjoying your lives. It is
Friday night here, so the weekend is almost upon us. That means it's
time for football matches - - one tonight, 4 tomorrow and 3 on Sunday.
My team, Carlton play tomorrow afternoon, but probably won't
win, but I always hope they just might do it. A quieter day today,
but I had a few phone calls, and caught up on reading the papers.

Tonight's first photo is the one I should have had in last night -
about the Aussie solldier in Iraq and his patch of green grass.
He trims it with a pair of scissors. Awful haircut, but he loves
his little touch of "home."

On top of my air conditioner, 2 gifts that Bec gave me and a teddy on a
swing that I bought a few years ago.

Another blue and white vase that Kathy gave me, with artificial fuchsias in it,
a couple of brass vases and a painting Joh did of the coast near their home
and a swan at the back, a gift from Joanne and Geoff.

I have an article called Ben Franklin's 13 Principles of Success.

In the year 1723, a 17 year old boy arrived in Philadelphia without a
penny to his name. At age 42, he retired, wealthy. Few men, before
or since have ever been as successful as Benjamin Franklin. He gave
credit for his many inventions and business successes to the list of
13 principles. Each of them should be practiced in order, for a week
at a time, so that all of them become a habit in your life. They'll work
as well today as they did then.

1. Temperence : Eat not dullness; drink not to elevation.

2. Silence : Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself, avoid
trifling conversation.

3. Order : Let all your things have their places; let each part of your
business have it's time.

4. Resolution : Resolve to perform what you ought; perform
without fail what you resolve.

5. Frugality : Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself;
waste nothing.

6. Industry : Lose no time; be always employed in something useful;
cut off all unnecessary actions.

7. Sincerity : Use no harmful deceit; think innocently and justly;
and if you speak, speak accordingly.

8. Justice : Wrong none by doing injuries or omitting the benefits
that are your duty.

9. Moderation : Avoid extremes; forebear resenting injuries so
much as you think they deserve.

10. Cleanliness : Tolerate no uncleanliness : Tolerate no unclean-
ness in body, clothes or habitation.

11. Tranquility : Be not disturbed at trifles, nor at accidents.

12. Chastity : Be chaste in matters with the opposite sex.

13. Humility : Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

<><><> Author Unknown.

A few jokes to brighten your day - - -

The vet had just supervised the delivery of a litter of kittens to
the old spinster's cat. "I just don't know how it could have
happened," said the spinster. "Tibbles is never allowed out
and no other cats are ever allowed into the house."

"But what about him ?" asked the vet, pointing to a large tom
cat sitting in an armshair.

"Oh, don't be silly," replied the spinster. "That's her brother."

Book Names.
How to juggle with empty beer bottles by Beatrix.

How to Make an Igloo by S. K. Mow.

Twenty-Six Letters in Order by Alf A Bet.

How to Make Solid Meals by C. Ment.

Sleepless Nights Together by Constance Norah.

Panties Fall Doown by Lucy Lastic.

No Food by M T Cupboard.

Bull Fighting by Mat A Dore.

How to Tame Lions by Claude Bottom.

Horse Riding Competitions by Jim Karna.

Highway Men Through the Ages by Stan Dan D Liver.

Pass the Sick Bags by Eve Itt-Upp.

Home Haircutting by Shaun Hedd.

How to Improve your Memory by Ivor Gott.

Not Quite the Truth ny Liza Lott.

Neck Exercises by G Rarff.

The Naughty Boy by U R A Payne.

Some workers were busy on a construction site next to a toy shop
when suddenly they hit granite while digging a trench. They
urgently needed some picks, but their base was 45 miles away and
all the workmen were being paid a bonus for speedy completion of
the work. What could they do ?

Fortunately the toy shop had a large display in one of their windows
in which life size teddy bears appeared to be working in a coal mine.
Each teddy bear clutched a pick in it's paws.

The construction workers approached the toy shop owner and he
agreed to let them borrow the picks for the rest of the day; the
workmen promising to use their own picks the following day.

After working for about 3 hours very successfully, the workmen
stopped for a brief lunch.

Unfortunately, when they returned, they found that all the picks
had been stolen - to which a passer-by commented : "Didn't you
know that today's the day the teddy bears have their picks nicked?"

A Scotsman was fined for indecent conduct at Edinburgh on Friday.
According to witnesses the man had constantly wiped the
perspiration off his forehead with his kilt.

Doctor to patient, "You are much better this morning, I see. You
must have followed my instructions and the prescription must
have worked wonders. - - - But you haven't taken any of the
medication !!"

Patient : "No, you see, it says on the label - -- keep the bottle
tightly closed.

Emma : "But Mr.Jones can't possibly be in hospital. Only last
night I saw him in a restaurant looking perfectly fit and healthy
with a blonde woman."
Sally : "So did his wife !!"

Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the
time we have rushed through life trying to save. - Will Rogers.

Don't criticize the person who talks to himself; maybe he's the
best company available. - - - P. K. Shaw.

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of
doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.
- - - Ghandi.

He had half the deed done who has made a beginning. - Horace.

Ability has no gender. - - - Sara Henderson.

Time to call it a day and get off to bed for some rest. I will
reply to comments tomorrow. Meanwhile, be happy and enjoy
every day. Love and Best Wishes, Merle.

Post 282 - - - - - - Friday, 10th August, 2007.


Granny said...

Hope your wrist is better. Sorry for my absence; blame the internet (or lack of one).

I had to giggle at #12 on the Ben Franklin list given his history with the ladies.

One of our soldiers grew a small plot too. It's been a couple of years now so doubt I can find the link but I remember the photos.

audrey` said...

Dearest Merle

How is your wrist?
Please take care, my dear friend =)

The soldier and his patch of green grass is so touching.

T*mmy said...

LMBO at the "brother" kitty!!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Enjoyed the photos, Merle.

I think Ben Franklin broke his first rule when he was a member of the Hellfire Club during the time he dwelt in England!

JunieRose2005 said...

Hi Merle,

LOL- I liked that cat joke best!!

And i liked the patch of grass.


Jeanette said...

Dear Merle, love all your little ornaments and your blue vase,Loved the cat joke but the Toy shop, The Teddy bears had their picks nicked.. Hope Carlton have a win for you. Yipppeeee Tigers had a win...Take care Merle. Love Jan

Lee said...

That patch of grass probably keeps that soldier sane.

Good post, as usual, Merle. :)

Gwen said...

Hi Merle.
Great post enjoyed your jokes,
I loved the Teddy Bears pick nicked
Hope the wrist is better.
Stay Well Merle xoxo
P.S.Jan & I are trying very hard to organize our lunch date "SOON"

Jim said...

Hi Merle, we are starting football here too [American Football]. I'm glad.

Ben Franklin was a smart fellow, so was Will Rogers, each in their own way.

Have a nice weekend.

Lady Di Tn said...

love the pic of the green grass.

With each pic it lets me know you better. Thanks for sharing.

I liked the cat joke best.

Take care my friend and stay warm. Wish I could bottle some of this heat (just a small amount) for you.

Susie said...

Hi Merle,
Sorry I haven't been by to visit in a while, but have been staying busy with our office do over. Did I miss a problem with your wrist? If so, sending my best that it is on the mend. Loved your pictures and the Ben Franklin list! That naughty kitty joke was too funny!

Leann said...

I enjoyed your pictures.I pray for our troop,s.and will be glad when they all come home safe.
I do not know how they can do what they do.
only with the grace of God do they keep on keeping on.
those country,s where our troop,s are must be like hell to them.

the heat alone would melt sister in law was over in one place where it was 120 in the shade!!!not fit for man nore beast..
I enjoyed the joke,s.
and you have some nice treasures.I like to see the treasures others enjoy..
the kilt joke cracked me up..
my one grandson seen a guy wearing one and asked me, if he were gay cause he was wearing a skirt?
I just cracked up...

how is your wrist?
please take care dear.
thanks for stopping on my blog.
have a great weekend,and hope all is well in your neck of the big wood,s.
God bless you my friend...

Vickie said...

As always you have shared some gems here---I love the picture of the soldier with his grass--that one touches me very much.

Loved the 13Principles of Success--and what a successful life we would have if we followed them.

I loved the cat joke.

I hope your wrist is improving and you are having a great weekend.

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