“Be Prepared.”

Boy Scout Motto

Way back in 1975 a commercial for American Express Card began appearing on television. And viewers were advised by Academy Award winning actor Karl Malden not to leave home without it. I would like to revisit that advice with a few suggestions of my own on what to take along whenever you leave home for work or play.

Take a watch. Make sure you know what time it is. I’ll give you a hint. The time is now. Listen to this advice from the late comedian Sid Caesar. He said, “While people keep waiting and waiting for something big to happen in life, the ‘now’ is passing them by. Do you know how fast a ‘now’ passes? At the rate of 186,000 miles per second, the speed of light. So no matter how much you love and enjoy a particular ‘now,’ that’s how fast it becomes a ‘was’… That’s why I never use the word ‘if’ anymore. An ‘if’ is a never was.”

So there you go. Make today count. This is the day to live your dreams.

Another item you won’t want to leave home without is a sense of humor. It’s a sure bet that sometime today, you’re going to need it. Here is a tip from funny man Mel brooks, “Humor keeps the us rolling along, singing a song.  When you laugh, it’s an involuntary explosion of the lungs. The lungs need to replenish themselves with oxygen.  So you laugh, you breathe, the blood runs, and everything is circulating.  If you don’t laugh, you’ll die.”

Nobody in their right mind is going to argue with that advice. So I hope you, kind reader, are in your right mind. And if you are, I’m sure you also made room in your lunch box for The Golden Rule –

“Treat the people you meet today the way you want to be treated.”

One of my favorite authors is Leo Buscaglia. He said, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

And I like the advice of writer Earl Nightingale who put it this way, “Make them glad they met you.”

Now let’s hear from that late great zany lady Phyllis Diller.

“Housework can’t kill you but why take a chance.”

“My cooking was so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor.”

“The reason women don’t play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public.”

“You know you’re old when your walker has an airbag.”

And here is my favorite.

“Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.”

Sounds like fun!

Now let’s move ahead to the next day.

Kiss and make up.

When you leave the house, don’t take that argument with you.

Have a great day –  every day!