Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/04/12

Happiness mind-map

Happiness mind-map (Photo credit: EEPaul)

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”   —   Jim Rohn


ROBERT BURNS (Photo credit: summonedbyfells)

(I am definitely for not postponing happiness for the future.  The future is so unknowable and unpredictable, as to make it ludicrous to not allow yourself to be happy, in the here and now.  Like they say: you could step off a curb and be hit by a bus, or an oncoming car could come flying over the guardrail and cream you in the blink of an eye!  I could even keel over, here at the keyboard, from a massive coronary.  Fortunately, for you guys, there’s no history of heart problems in my family.  But, you get the picture.  In “To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough” Robbie Burns famously says:  “But little Mouse, you are not alone, in proving foresight may be vain:  The best laid schemes of mice and men go often awry, and leave us nothing but grief and pain, for promised joy!”   But, but, but!  I don’t think you can actually design for the present!  In my mind you don’t design, or plan, for the present.  That is, again, for the future!  You just have to allow for happiness in this time.  This isn’t an ant vs. a grasshopper thing.  This is more about attitude, my friends.  Be well and do good.)   —   YUR



PS.  Am I the only who thinks of the sports radio/TV host, first, when you see/hear the name?  That guy is Jim Rome.  And, apparently, he’s best known for calling retired quarterback Jim Everett, Chris.  As in the retired female tennis player, Chris Everett.  I always thought that was pretty lame.  But, more recently, he asked NBA Commissioner, David Stern, if the NBA lottery was fixed.  In this instance, he was more the professional, and behaved as – what I always thought – a reporter should.  He asked a hard and serious question.  Too many of today’s “reporters” ask only the polite, candy-coated, softball questions.  Furthermore, they allow the respondents to dance all around, and not even come close to answering the question.  And, God forbid they should confront the respondent, by telling them they didn’t answer the question.  Stern could have cajoled and laughed the whole thing off, while still answering the question.  But, he chose the ‘How DARE you!’ route, and allowed himself to be vindictive, immature and unprofessional.  Definitely not his finest moment!  I think we sorely need more reporters like Mike Wallace – RIP – and Jim Rome, and less of the fawning sycophants who tow the line for the corporate media giants.  No questions should be considered sacrilegious.  I, for one, would love to have seen Jim Rome interview MLB Commissioner, Bud Selig!  Then, maybe, I might have heard someone ask Bud about the conflict of interest of a team owner – the Milwaukee Brewers – being the Commissioner of Baseball.  The commissioner is supposed to be impartial, and independent of the concerns of the owners.  I know, technically, he was no longer the owner, after a long while of wearing both hats, but he turned the team over to his daughter!  Yes, his daughter!  And, after more than a few years of that utter nonsense, the team was finally sold to Mark Attanasio, and a group of investors who were part of Bud Selig’s previous ownership group!  This is like a quasi-legitimate, high-stakes game of Three-card Monte!  If anyone wants to know what is wrong with America, all they have to do is take a long hard look at it’s national pastime.  I love baseball, but I hate pretense and dishonesty.  Almost as much as I hate injustice, ignorance and intolerance.  Hey, Jim Rome!  Do you really want to make a name for yourself?  Score an interview with Bud Selig!  And, ask the 98 MPH fastball questions that should have been asked a long, long time ago.      YUR

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