Sometime in the late 1990’s I came up with a new response to the question, “How are you doing?” I almost always respond with a variation to, “I’m unbelievably fantastic, hovering near ecstasy and right now it is not chemically induced.”
For many years the edict that I had used to guide my life is – “Any time you can, to anybody you can, and those who can’t take it – do it again.” – This was all about having fun and teasing or joking with the world. Joking around with Neil Myers, a buddy of mine from Winston-Salem back in the early 2000’s, we came up with this while traveling around the country working for Agribiotech (ABT). We were masters at following each other’s lead as we harassed people with the most outrageous stories we could come up with. More often than not, the stories were ridiculous, but we did not care. It was fun to mess with people’s heads as the edict required.
One day, standing in a line, likely at an airport, Neil and I repeated the edict to each other. “Any time you can, to anybody you can, and those who can’t take it – do it again.” A little old lady standing in line with us, turned and looking me squarely in the eyes, said, “That is disgusting!” I’m guessing she misunderstood the edict.
Today I have a new Edict. I stole it from a business associate of mine, and I’m sure he made it up himself; however he could have gotten it from the web somewhere.
Any way – I like it and I’m going to use it as a new guiding phrase for me in life.
“Live, Laugh and Love, because Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: WOW… WHAT A RIDE!”
If you like any of my edicts, – use them to guide your life – I share.
Another great posting from Teddy Burriss – I hope you enjoyed it.