Posts Tagged ‘common sense’

August 5 Quote of the Day

Friday, September 27th, 2013

The only real valuable thing is intuition.

Albert Einstein

There are tools in life that are extremely helpful in keeping you from falling into traps that will slow you down on your road to success.  Some traps can even derail you altogether.

Use all the tools you have available.  Education is one of those.  Common sense is another. Experience will serve you as well. All those things combined work together to help that little inner voice called ‘intuition’ give you directions. Sometimes you may not know why that little voice is saying ‘don’t do this!’ but pay attention anyway.

Intuition is the single most important tool you have to keep you on the winning side. Nurture it.  Protect it.

June 5 Quote of the Day

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Have enough sense to know, ahead of time, when your skills will not extend to wallpapering.
Marilyn vos Savant

 

 

This is excellent advice. It can also extend far beyond wallpapering. Painting your own house, laying your own carpet, repairing your own car.  Those kind of things. Unless you have a burning passion to become a mechanic or house painter, etc, I recommend leaving these things to the professionals.  Having tried a few household repairs of my own and fallen off enough ladders, I can truly say that professional wallpapering is much more aesthetically pleasing and far less painful than the DIY job.

 

 

 

Common Sense and Boys

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Common sense is a learned trait in boys. I was reminded of this the other day when the neighbor boys decided to use the garage door as a carnival ride. Holding on to a garage door while it goes up may look like fun but isn’t necessarily safe for the boys or the garage door. One side of the garage door is now off it’s track and reaching nearly to the ground while the other side remains in place. The boys were not hurt but their mother is not happy. Most boys have those moments when it becomes obvious that common sense is acquired in the male of the species. Having had 4 sons, I had plenty of illustrations. There was the son who tried popping wheelies on his bike. A difficult thing to do when both arms are in a cast. There was also the son who decided to see if he was strong enough to push the ceiling fan in the opposite direction it was supposed to go. And the boys who decided to bring a pocket knife to Sunday School and used it in place of the scissors their teacher wanted them to use. The teacher was quite upset over the possibility that they might chop off a finger or slit a wrist. Common sense. Not something boys are born with. They gain their common sense from trial and error. I’m commenting on this merely to encourage parents. Sometimes this lack of common sense can be a boon for society. Do you honestly think the Wright Brothers mother said ‘Sure you can take that contraption you’re making and fly it 60 feet into the air so you can drop like and rock and break your neck!” The first person who tried parachuting out of one of those planes probably didn’t mention it to his mother either! Just as my brother never explained to my mother how he was going to jump off the garage with a blanket for a parachute. So, parents, try not to become too distressed. Your sons are not actually brain-dead. They’re just normal. Thomas Edison’s father, unfortunately, didn’t know this. Thomas was so often ignoring his chores and working on his totally useless inventions that his father, one day, popped him upside the head causing him to be deaf in one ear. I can understand his frustration. I’m sure the neighbor boys mother understands that frustration also. Most of us, thankfully, don’t give in to urges to pop our sons. We’re just grateful that they make it through each new adventure intact. So try not to become too upset with your son when he seems to have difficulty understanding the concept of gravity or lacks common sense in some other way. All these things he tries will eventually teach him common sense and, if you’re lucky, one day he may learn enough to build the newest plane or a more durable light bulb!