My Cool Aunt and Stress Management

I have a cool aunt.  

If you don’t have one, I highly recommend seeking out some very cool older lady who knows a lot of stuff and start calling her your aunt even if she isn’t.  It’s just one of those things everybody needs, really.

Among the impressive things about my cool aunt (who really is my Dad’s sister) is that she made an unusual career change from thoroughbred horse trainer to self employed accountant and has been extremely successful at it.  When I doubt whether or not I can accomplish certain things, it’s one of the things I point to when I’m in a “If she can do THAT, then surely I can do what I’m trying to do” mode.

She recently found a nice list of how to deal with stress, whose original author isn’t clear that I wanted to share (some silly, some serious):

  • Accept that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue. 
  • Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case yo have to eat them.
  • Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
  • Drive carefully. It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
  • If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
  • If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
  • It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
  • Never buy a car you can’t push.
  • Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.
  • Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
  • Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
  • The second mouse gets the cheese.
  • When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
  • Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer
  • you live.
  • You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
  • Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once
  • We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
  • A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.


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