"If providence did beards devise,
To prove the wearers of them wise,
A fulsome goat would then, by nature,
Excel each other human creature." - Thomas D'Urfey

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wednesday Words of Wisdom - Sage Recommendations Continued

So, then, it is time for me to continue with my sage recommendations for the New Year.  You may recall that I presented No.s 1 and 2 last Wednesday.  And if you missed it, well, then I guess you will be hopelessly lost.  Just kidding.

Now then,
No. 3 -  Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. –   (Well, Goat Grief!  No self-respecting goat would ever do this.  Certainly no Alpine would.  Come to think of it, it is possible a Nubian might, though.  Mostly because they forgot what their needs were and exactly where they put them.)  The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too. (Okay.  I already know I'm special.  As far as losing one's self, well, I'm always quite sure where I am.  However,  I am not so sure about Nubians.  Nubians never know where they are.  For them, it is kind of a moot point.  And, the only one an Alpine could love too much would be themselves.  So if you aren't one of the above, I guess this bit of advice could be useful.)   Yes, help others; but help yourself too. ( You know what is coming here, right?  I always help myself to whatever I can.  It is The Way, Grasshopper. )  If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now. (This is correct.   Peanuts.  NOW!)

No. 4 -  Stop trying to be someone you’re not.(Okay, now just who else would I be?  Cleopatra?  No, wait.  I've got it!  Meryl Streep!  That woman can be anyone!)  One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else. (Really?  I didn't realize I was supposed to be like anyone else.  Why would anyone want to be like someone else?  Especially an Alpine.  Who'd want to be like an Alpine?  Having all kinds of picky snits and pushing everybody around.  No, I can't say I think that would be a very good idea at all.)  Someone will always be prettier (Kind of goes without saying, doesn't it?), someone will always be smarter  (Well, I don't know.  I might have to draw the line at this one.),  someone will always be younger  (This one is kind of stupid.  How many babies are born in the world every minute?  Oy.),  but they will never be you  (Well, D-U-H.).  Don’t change so people will like you. (Wouldn't dream of it.)  Be yourself and the right people will love the real you. (Wow.  That's convenient.  Who knew?)

No. 5 - Stop trying to hold onto the past. – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one. (Oh, now this is some sound advice!  This is like one of those nights when you are trying to read and the goat next to you is chewing their cud so loudly you keep reading and re-reading the same sentence over and over again.  Besides, if you stay on the same chapter, how are you ever going to figure out 'who dunit'?)

So there you have it.  I did three today, because, really, I wouldn't want to be responsible for you staying on the same chapter and not getting on with your life.  I could never live with the guilt.  Stay tuned, however.  I will finish this ... eventually.


Hidden Haven Homestead said...

Very, very good advice. I will hide this post from Olivia,Robby, and Sissy since they are Nubian. LOL Buttons is half Nubian, half Alpine so will enjoy reading. You are one smart goat!

Snowcatcher said...

I have been looking foward to this all week, and I can't wait to see what advice follows. I've gotta tell you, Marigold, your commentary makes this sage advice so much more... digestible, you know, like peanuts!

Marigold said...

Dear Peggy,
Admittedly I am half Nubian. However, I try to ignore it to the best of my ability. My mother, however, was an exceptional Nubian, quite unlike most, so maybe there is something to that. Heaven help us all if I were half Alpine!

Marigold said...

Dear Snowcatcher,
Why thank you SO much! That was a perfect analogy, in my estimation! It is my thought that Mountain Goats, being, well, in the Mountains, might be part Alpine somewhere along the way. You know, Alpine and Mountains? So do be careful when you come upon one. It might be having a picky snit day.

Millie said...

Well, I certainly think this is some very good advice. I'm right there with you on those Nubians.

Marigold said...

Dear Millie,
Great minds think alike. :)

Mrs. Micawber said...

I especially like the part that says "you can't start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one". As an obsessive proofreader of my own words, I need to apply this advice to my blogging.

You're so right about Meryl Streep. In fact, I've heard that she'd like to play YOU when they make a movie of your life. She could do it, too.

Marigold said...

Dear Mrs. Micawber,
I, too, am an obsessive proof reader, and even then I sometimes don't catch things. Oy.
Meryl wants to play me? Really? I am SO flattered. Do you suppose she likes Peanuts? No matter. She'll have to learn for the role.