What I Know: On The 34th Anniversary of My Birth

Victorian enough of a title for you?

I’d like to share 10 bits of wisdom acquired in 34 years:

The Jafro, circa 2004

10. Age is a state of mind. I’m faster than I was ten years ago, and while that won’t last forever, I’m enjoying it while I can.

9. The day you refuse to learn, to evolve, to admit I’m wrong, you might as well cart yourself off to the glue farm because at that point you’ve become a burden on the world, your family, and most important, yourself.

8. You’re never as tough, high-speed, or special as you might think you are. Records are made to fall, challenges are meant to be overcome, and nothing ever gets accomplished through the actions of just one person.

7. Dogs are far and away superior to cats.

Contemplating Destiny on the shores of the Atlantic

6. Age doesn’t necessarily mean wisdom. But wisdom is certainly not possible without the accumulation of age.

5. Tell your loved ones you love them. And mean it. It might be your last opportunity.

4. Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach him to fish using a fishing pole he could devise himself with sustainable/locally procurable means, guide him in such a way so as not to deplete the fish population, and work within his culture; as a result his village will eat for an epoch. Whether you’re working with a new subordinate at work or providing clean water to a needy village, they will need to do the task solo.

3. Being silent is nothing more than  a preface to careful speaking.

2. Marriage is God’s second greatest gift to mankind. My wedding day was the greatest day of my life and my wife is nothing short of a divine blessing.

1. Never Quit.

2 responses

  1. Matt, well said and following your wisdom #5, I love you Matt. God has blessed Ron and I with 2 wonderful son-in-laws who are honorable men and love our daughters well! Mary


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