Uncle Thor's Lessons, Anecdotes and Humor

27
Aug

Rune Touching: The Personal Touch

Understanding the Runes is more than the intellectual exercise of learning facts. True learning of the Runes also includes relating to them on a personal level. This is emotional, intuitional and physical as well as intellectual. It is not just the Rune, but what the Rune means to you and how it affects you.

Take the Fe rune, which superficially represents cattle as a token of wealth. One aspect of Fe is that it is the value behind money and other means of exchange. Grab a few coins and you are connecting with Fe. Buy groceries and you are putting Fe into action.

While there are deeper aspects to Fe and all Runes, they can also be touched on the most mundane levels.

Here are a few more brief examples:

Lifting a box touches the Urus Rune. Chopping a tree or pruning a bush invokes Thurs. Appreciating a good lunch is the Ase Rune. Riding a train or bus touches Raido. Reading the mail is a Ken Rune activity. Crossing a bridge is a matter of Gyfu. Finding delight in something is Wunjo.

The Hagal Rune is there when you scatter seed on your lawn. Naud is felt when you tie a tight knot. Isa is evident when you put ice cubes in your drink. Jer is the satisfaction when a long project comes to an end. The spring-back aspect of the Yew Tree Rune is there when you use rubber bands. Perdra is the bowl which carries your soup. Elk is the feeling of dignity and Sig is the comforting warmth.

Tyr is the plan you make to get a thing done right. Bjork is the children laughing. When you drive, you are Eh in action. Mannar is there when you tell someone your name. Lagu is the balm applied to a small wound. Ing is the lucky thing that happened today. Dag is the day slipping from Morning to Afternoon. Odal is home.

There you have examples of personal contact with the Runes. It is that simple. I am sure you can come up with many more examples of your own. Do so. Reading about Runes is one thing, but personal. conscious contact really brings them home to you.

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Some Runes have an aspect that can break and shatter.

The Thurs Rune is a breaker by impact. Naud breaks by crushing and constricting. Hagal breaks by bursting. Jer breaks by expanding from within, The Yew breaks by recoil: it rebounds with increased force.

(The previous article lists the interpretations of the Runes. The names we use for them differs from other traditions.)

14
Aug

Runes in a Pinch

If you ever need Runes in a pinch, take a regular playing deck of cards. Clubs for First Aett, Spades for the Second and Diamonds for the Third. Use the number cards 1 through 8. (If using the Anglo-Saxon extended Runes, use Hearts)

Shuffle, cut and read. Voila! Emergency Runes!

Here is a set of Rune attributes using an interesting version of the Futhark. We contiue to use our old names for the Runes rather than proto-Germanic.

Rune Interpretations

07
Aug

The 2016 Election, Political Affiliation and Where I stand

There is a sick sentiment going about that anyone who would vote against the Democrats and Hillary must be an evil, ignorant redneck who is a racist, hates gays and is against human rights. The slander against people choosing to vote the party of their choice is putrid, to say the least. For many who choose to vote Republican this year, myself included, there is no desire to promote bigotry or Tea Party ideals. I am voting for my economic well-being. I am voting for my community.

And yes, I oppose illegal immigration. I live in a community inundated by illegals from South of the Border. Our taxes go up, our hospital bills go up, and our quality of life plummets. I am voting based on my experience rather than a political platform.

Obama’s policies during his first term caused my family economic troubles. They also served to drive up the cost of my medical bills. It was obvious the Democratic Party does not care about the damage its policies did to the middle class. I registered as a Republican. Though I vote based on a candidate’s merits rather than his party affiliation, I had to make a stand for myself, my family and my home. You can be sure I did not vote for Obama the second time, even though Romney was a lackluster candidate.

I would be a fool to vote for the party that perpetuates the same Obama policies that have harmed me in the past. I want to keep a roof over my head and be able to keep up with the medical bills. I want to live in a community that is clean and friendly. I want a President – any president – who will stand up to foreign aggression and put a strong face on the country. That means giving our military the right support and dealing with other countries from a position of strength. And I want a president who supports those who make the effort to come here legally rather than sell out to the illegals and their advocates.

I am sure a few people may no longer want to be my friends after reading this. I do not need friends who would deny me the right to vote as I choose, and who would vilify me for voting as I see fit. Just remember when you slander all those who vote Republican this year, you slander me, too.

22
Jun

Milk Cows. Cattle Feed and The Fe Rune

In the 19th Century, milk was not a bland commodity. There were differences in milk that came from various places. Among the best was the milk in rural New York and New Jersey. A railroad man noticed the difference between the rather bland milk from New York City as opposed to the fine milk of the Minisink Valley area in New York’s Orange County. His observation led to the shipping of milk from rural areas to the city via railroad.

The milk in New York City was produced by cows kept in pens. They were fed the leftovers from the brewing process. By comparison, rural cows fed on sweet grass and hay. They roamed open pastures. The difference in their milk production was not subtle. Rural milk was notably better in every way.

The Fe Rune is symbolized by cattle. As I mentioned in Wonders of the Fe Rune, milk is also Fe. It is an asset that can reap profits. That discussion covered milk after it had been taken from cows. What about the profitability of milk before it leaves the cow?

Everyday Life gives us another lesson that applies to assets and the influence of the Fe Rune. An asset is more than what is done with it. The value of an asset is also in what contributes to making it. What you put into it affects its quality and appeal. Just as the feeding and care of cows affects the milk, so it is with many other assets. Think about this. Draw your own analogies. There you will come to know more of the Fe Rune’s many attributes.

Here is a set if Rune attributes using an interesting version of the Futhark. We contiue to use our old names for the Runes rather than proto-Germanic.

Rune Interpretations

22
Apr

A Few Business Lessons

A few lessons from 25 years experience running the Trollwise Press

The Post Office used to be a great deal. It has lost some of its edge over the others. When I first started using the Priority Mail fixed-rate mailers, the fee was about $3.00 a pop. The biggest expense and source of trouble is shipping. The trick is to streamline shipping without cutting corners. For instance, you need to use padded mailers even though they cost more. You want your product to get there in good shape. Plain envelopes give very poor protection, though they seem cheap.

The Post Office has free boxes and mailers. The trick is to know when to use Priority Mail (fixed rate mailers & boxes), First Class, Parcel Post or Media Mail. This is easier if you do business via PayPal. They make it possible to send orders from home.

Shipping has to get your goods to the customer in good shape, in a timely fashion. There are times when fixed-rate Priority Mail; is both the fastest and cheapest way to go. There are times when the most economical rate, Media mail, is as slow as molasses. Before starting a business that ships, try to get a handle on prices, time, etc.

You cannot cut many corners. Most corner-cutting adversely affects the product, the shipping or customer satisfaction. Work to economize without getting stuck in a nickel-and-dime attitude.

If you plan to add a breakable item to your inventory, test ship a few to friends in different parts of the country. You will learn if it can be shipped, and how to best ship it so it arrives intact.

Every corner you cut results in at least one unhappy customer.

A dissatisfied customer needs attention. At least hear what he has to say. You can afford to lose crackpots and customers who end up losing you money by fussing too much. There are not many of them. You cannot afford to lose customers who like the product or service, especially those who endorse it and come back for more. A dissatisfied customer can be an opportunity to make a loyal customer. It all depends on how you handle it. Make extra effort. You may even have to lose a little profit from the sale, but the effort you make can turn a complaint into an opportunity. A good response to a complaint turns an unhappy customer to a satisfied one.

Customer complaints will reveal flaws in your business. They will tell you what to fix. For example, we got several complaints about our packing when we started out. By addressing the problem, we improved our shipping and customer satisfaction.

Remember that customers like to think you are listening to them. It takes very little effort to be attentive to them.

One of the factors affecting a very small enterprise like mine is vulnerability to outside causes. I am dependent on my suppliers and shippers. I have very little control over them. As much as I like to be timely in filling orders, it may take time for an item to be shipped here. Likewise, we are subject to the issues our shippers face. For instance, a package we sent to one place may take only a few days, while another sent near the same destination may take over a week. My ability to get product to customers is affected by the performance of suppliers and shippers.

Price is important. For instance, I have been using off-brand toner cartridges for years because they are priced much lower than original manufacturer. The problem is making sure these other cartridges print at the same quality as costlier ones. A good supplier offering quality toner at good prices makes the difference here.

Our consumables are toner, ink, paper, cardstock and binding supplies. Prices have climbed considerably since we first launched The Trollwise Press. Quality is important. I have found that if you shop around, you can get good prices on better quality paper and cardstock. I have also found that going to an office supply store like Staples is usually more expensive than shopping online. I get my comb binders online at a much reduced price from what the office supply stores charge, for instance. (Ffellowes brand is compatible with GBC and is much cheaper at Shoplet.com)

A good online supplier will tend to carry quality merchandise, some at a very deep discount.

Communicate. Let customers know if an order will be late. Keep them apprised of your progress in situations where things are behind schedule.

If you lose a customer, odds are low that you can ever get him to come back.

Complimentary items work if the customers likes and uses them. You cannot throw any old thing at people and call it a gift. Make sure the gift is appropriate. For example, a booklet on a subject related to the books a customer purchases makes a good complimentary item.

I have run The Trollwise Press for 25 years. I have written almost all of the books, magazine articles and other materials. The typesetting, graphics, layout and paste-up are all my work, too. And yes, I do the printing, cutting, assembling and binding as well as packaging and shipping of all our products. It is all done with a laser printer, paper cutter, comb binder and stapler. I developed my own publishing system and it still works to this day.

18
Apr

Gods Work through Man and Other Means

Call it Gods or Spirit, it has its preferred ways of working. A humorous story tells the tale:

Alongside a mighty river lived man who claimed to have great faith in the God of his understanding. He had such faith they he felt his God would save him from any dire circumstances.

It so happened that a particularly bad bout of weather and tides had swelled the river far above normal. There were flood warnings. The civil authorities recommended that people evacuate to higher ground. All folks in the area except the man of faith did so. The man stayed, certain in his belief that his God would make things right.

The flood waters rose over his porch and started to fill the first floor of the house. The man of faith prayed to his God for help. He called for Divine power to set things right. Hardly had he finished praying when he heard people calling on a bullhorn. Outside, he saw a rowboat by the house. The men in the boat were calling to anyone who needed to be rescued.

When the man of faith came to the window, they said, “Get in! We can take you somewhere safe.”
“No, I do not need it! My God will rescue me,” the man replied

The men in the boat tried to convince him to accept their help, but he steadfastly refused. The boatmen finally left him and looked for others who needed help.

Flood waters continued to rise. They rose so that the man had to go to the second floor. He prayed again to his God for help. Before he finished his prayer, he heard a large motor boat outside. The man went to the window. There was a larger boat with several people in it..

“Get in! Hurry!,” the people called to him.

“No, I cannot do that! My God will make things right for me!” he replied. Though they tried to urge the man to join them, he would not. They finally had to leave to seek others who might need rescue.

The flood kept rising until the man had to climb onto the roof. He was on the highest part of the roof and the waters lapped at his feet as he prayed to this God again. Then he heard the rotors of a helicopter. He looked and saw a whirlybird approach him. The door on its side opened and a crewman unraveled a ladder.

“Climb up,” said the crewman. ‘Hurry!”

The man replied,” No. I have faith in my God that he will make things right. He will see to my safety.”

Try as he would, the helicopter crewman could not convince the man to climb aboard. The helicopter finally had to leave to rescue others.

Soon, the waters swept the man from the roof and he drowned.

In the next world, the man met up with his God. The man looked disappointed. He said, “How come you did not answer my prayers?”

His God replied,” I sent two rowboats and a helicopter. What more did you want?”

There are many miracle stories. Almost every religious tradition has them. The Jewish and Christian scriptures probably have more that most. There are everything from a parting of the sea to a burning bush that talks to feeding enough folks to fit a minor league stadium with just a handful of fishes and bread. Of course, the Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Shinto people have their own miracle tales. It is funny how folks will take their scriptures at face value. Miracle stories are part of the art of storytelling.

Catholicism has a thing called Hagiography, or the Study of the Saints. The peculiar thing about it is that on the surface, hagiography seems to be seeking historical facts about saints and any miracles they may have caused. Beneath that superficial level, hagiography often asks if a given saint could perform a certain miraculous act attributed to him. Whether he actually did it or not is another matter. I think most miracles, Catholic or otherwise, are like hagiography. It matters not if it happened, so much as if it could have happened.

I have had a few unusual spiritual experiences. They are hard to describe in human terms. As for miracles? The scriptures and folktales are nice stories, but real miracles happen differently. There is no big flash of light, no disembodied voice, and no moving of earth or sea. My experience and that of many others is that the Gods work through others. They also work through coincidences. One might say that the Gods work anonymously.

The Gods are not going to send you a great big blast of wind to whisk you off the roof when flood waters threaten you. They will not send a troop of Valkyrie to ride you to safety. However, they just might send a rowboat.

Gods prefer to work through circumstances. For example, whenever there is a disaster, we heard of people who were somehow deterred from going to that location. They may have had everything from engine failure to missing their train to a more complex set of events. What is striking is just how weird are the circumstances that led to those events. Call it an eerie coincidence. Nonetheless, the people never got to the place where disaster struck. They missed the plane that crashed, or never made it to the building that collapsed, or never got to the town where the earthquake struck.

Disasters are extreme circumstances. Godly coincidence can also happen in the most everyday things. Miracles of this sort can be the biggest or the most minor of things. It is the end result that counts.

The Gods do not fulfill things in you way. They do it their way. You can be sure that in doing so, they also manage to accomplish many other things that go along with their plans. We are not privy to all of their work, so we do not know the entirety of the situation that the Gods have in mind.

Is it Wyrd or the Gods? Both, or neither? Whatever you decide, your answer is more likely to come via a man in a rowboat than the sky opening with a blast of trumpets and a company of spiritual beings..

17
Apr

Spiritual and Medical Healing

Rarely in past times was spiritual healing done apart from physical medicine. The many magickal potions and other formulae of the ancients were medicines. They worked because of the medicinal properties of their ingredients. Spiritual work supported physical medicine but did not replace it.

There are religious sects in these times that emphasize spiritual healing to the exclusion of physical medicine. Indeed, a few of these groups go so far as to condemn medical healing. They regard use of medicine as a lack of faith in their deity.

I remember a fellow who had been studying a school of metaphysics that believed heavily in the power of spiritual healing. That same school did not discourage people from seeking medical help. The man in question may have missed that. One day, he told me he had a headache. He was going to use spiritual healing to meditate the headache away. Before I could reply, he left.

The man came back a couple of hours later. I asked him if he had overcome the headache. He replied that he had not.

“Taking an aspirin would be much simpler,” I said. Indeed, by meditating on the headache, he probably prolonged it. Nonetheless, he took the aspirin and soon was rid of his headache.

There are cases where spiritual healing has been sufficient to do the job. They are relatively few compared to the many that require medical work. Keep in mind that spiritual healing has not had much success with heart and circulatory problems. Also, it should be noted that hospitals do not employ faith healers..

Use spiritual healing along with medical healing for best results.

(By the way, public faith healers have an assortment of carnival-type tricks they use at revivals and other events. Their miracles are actually variations of old parlor tricks.)

Doctor versus Herbos

The New Age and Wicca have engendered a crop of herbal and other “natural” healers. Most of them learn their trade via books and occasional classes at New Age shops. Some are taught by mentors who learned their craft the same way and then practiced it for a few years. Few of these herbal healers have a recognized medical background.

I have done my share of playing with herbs for magickal purposes. My friends and I had a lot of fun and we learned a few tricks. Most of what we made were incenses and a few magickal charms.

A Wiccan friend related his own experience with the New Age type herbal healers. He had a problem, so a herbalist recommended using a tea of comfrey root. Comfrey has long been recognized for its medicinal properties. The leaves and root can be used. The herbalist recommended using the root for tea.

The result was not what was expected. My friend started having liver trouble. His self-made herbalist friend had prescribed too much of the root. (For the record, the root is more concentrated than the leaves.) The man, who was also an experienced Wiccan teacher, ran right into two major problems with self -made herbalists. They are lacking in diagnostic skills and in prescribing the right dosages.

There is a belief held by many natural-remedy fans that herbs are natural and therefore 100% safe. They seem to forget that belladonna, black hellebore and loco weed are also natural herbs, and they can kill. What they also often do not understand is that many of the same herbs they like are the active ingredients in modern pharmaceuticals. Herbs are not 100% safe, but must be carefully selected and given in the right amounts and combinations.

Medical doctors and to a lesser degree, nurses, have been taught to diagnose ailments. They know the signs of the various afflictions and have the means to determine if a person is having a case of shock or the flu. Most of the self-styled herbalists do not have this training.

Doctors and nurses also understand the issue of dosages. They have learned how to determine an appropriate dose based on various factors, such as the severity of the ailment, the patient;’s weight, and other drugs being administered. Backing them up are pharmacists who specialize in making medicine. Pharmacists have a great understanding of drugs, healing effects and side effects. The drugs themselves are made under carefully-controlled conditions with very precise dosages. By themselves, herbs are not as precise. Some batches of herbs may be more potent than others because of climate, environment, seasonal conditions for the year they grew, etc.

One of my own lessons in medicinal herbs involved four old “tonics” I had learned. Each used about two tablespoons of honey and a glass of warm water. Each was infused with a tea made of one of four herbs: chamomile, spearmint, peppermint or lemon balm. I had mentioned them to a friend who was a nurse. She laughed. She explained how the tonics worked:

Each of the herbs was known for its medicinal properties. The honey gave a quick burst of energy that would aid healing. The warm temperature made it easier for the tea and honey to pass through stomach walls and so be ingested. Because of the nature of the herbs, even a strong tea would not be harmful.

Many herbs are also spices. I have found that commercially-available spices tend to have good purity and consistency insofar as quality and potency. My wife worked in the food industry and has told me that spices also have the reputation of being dirty. Making them pure enough to sell as food takes some effort.

All things considered, the medical profession is very successful at handling illnesses and injuries. There is nothing unnatural in seeing a doctor and using modern pharmaceuticals.

23
Mar

Those Who Threaten to Leave over an Election

Several famous people have commented that if a certain candidate is elected president, they will leave the country. For some of them it is Trump; others hate Hilary. Now, if a celebrity named Kanye West leaves, I think a lot of people will be relieved. The others run the gamut of the entertainment industry.

I am not leaving the country, whether the president is Trump (Captain Hair), Hilary (Ms C-word), Sanders (Cranky old coot) or penguin-faced Cruz (El Buffuno Grandissimo). We have had good presidents, bad presidents, great presidents and buffoons. The nation has always survived. The US survived the Civil War. It survived Andrew Johnson, Warren Harding, Herbert Hoover, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter. We survived George W Bush and we are surviving Obama. As for demonstrations at rallies, does anyone remember the 1968 Democratic Convention?

Even the worst president cannot ruin the country if there are people here to keep things on a steady keel.

If the US is home, then why let an election make you leave? Would it not be better to remain and do your part to maintain the nation’s well being than run away?

During our Revolution, the phrase “sunny day patriot” described those whose patriotism waned when things got tough. Genuine patriotism stands firm in good times and bad. These days, that also includes good presidencies and bad ones. That means times when a presidential policy causes a problem. For instance, two of Obama’s schemes impacted me financially. That is no cause to flee. We all get hit sometimes. Life is unfair, so ride it out.

This is our country. We, the people of the United States. Neither the president nor the Congress nor the Senate own the country. They change from one election to the next. Only a fool would let someone drive him from his home by being elected. A fool or a wimp. There are times in life when you have to grin and bear it.

The fact is that very few Americans would think of leaving. Even fewer would leave. For those who do, a quote form and old R&B song applies: “Don’t let the screen door hit you where they good lord split you.” Note that the crybabies are all entertainers and media types. Overpaid, spoiled brats.

People of substance will stand firm.

Believe me, a bad president is the least of our worries.

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Many of the Syrian refugees are sunny day patriots. Many are fighting-age men. Rather than pick up a rifle and help defend their homes, they run like a pack of scared geese. I have read of interviews with the Syrian refugees who calmly state that they will not fight. Obviously ,they want someone else to fight for them.

Not only does that ring of cowardice. It also makes them vulnerable in another way. They will have to deal with the folks who will fight to recover those towns and homes. If it is an Arab town that had been liberated by Kurds, for instance, then the town may be absorbed into Kurdish territory. The Syrian refugees may go back home to find a new set of overlords.

When you let others fight for you, you allow them to rule the roost.

Give the Kurds their due. They have been fighting from the start. Kurds are willing to fight to defend their homes and to take the battle to the enemy. The images of Kurdish women who have taken up arms stand in stark contrast to Syrian and Iraqi men running to Europe.

One anomaly is that the refugees claim to be begging for help. Then they behave badly, as has been seen in Sweden and Cologne, Germany. Norway has no patience with them and any refugee who gets out of line is deported quickly. Many refugees from the Middle East mistake kindness for weakness. They need to be handled firmly. As we are seeing, the governments’ failure to address the problem is leading to a rise in vigilante groups.

28
Jan

The Best Kind of Friend

A trick of self-deception is to mistake the messenger for the message. Many times, a person who is wrong wants to ignore or deny his mistake. This is all the more true if he wants to persist in this erroneous activity. When someone calls him to task, he will argue with great effort to discredit his accuser’s statement. Winning the argument does not change the fact that something is wrong. However, the trick is self-deception is that the wrongful one thinks that by discrediting his accuser, the problem does not exist.

All he has really accomplished is to fool himself and to perpetuate his mistake.

Dismissing the messenger does not dismiss the message. The above example is one where the individual mistakes one for the other. If an enemy army were coming with overwhelming force, the general does not end the threat by executing the messenger who informed him of it. The enemy is still coming and all the general is left with is a dead messenger and no battle plan.

This bring up the best kind of friend. A real friend will keep you from doing something incredibly stupid. For instance, suppose the road you want to use has a problem. The bridge is out. Your friend knows about it. If he is that best kind of friend, he will try to stop you from using that road. Should you insist, he will be even more insistent that you do not use it. No matter how angry you get, the friend will stand fast. In the end, he prevents you from doing yourself serious harm.

The worst kind of friend will want to please you, and will let you do whatever you want. That includes going down the road where the bridge is out. That is not a friend. That is a “yes man.” The sole purpose of a yes-man is to stroke a person’s ego. To that end, people of substance have the best kind of friends. People with easily-bruised egos have yes-men.

One of the things a friend can do is help you find flaws in your plans. A true friend well tell you if he thinks something you are planning is flawed. He will also tell you exactly why he feels that way. If there is a flaw you missed, well, you just “dodged a bullet.” If your friend was mistaken, no harm is done. At least you know he is paying attention. Many times, an astute friend will keep you from making mistakes and alert you to things that need to be addressed. You may be so focused on your project that it takes a second pair of eyes to make objective criticism.

One example is when writing an important letter to address an issue. My wife and I use a simple process. Before sending an important missive, we let the other read it over. Along with exposing any points that might need clarity, it helps assure that the message we intend to send is indeed the message the other party receives. Many a mis-communication is avoided and corrected in this simple exchange.

None of us is infallible. There are things each of us can do better. Sometimes it takes the best kind of friend to point that out.

In other words, “Without someone to “pull your chain”, you might run right over the precipice.”

28
Jan

The Wise and the Teachable

If you leave one path for another, make no effort to burn bridges behind you. Unless, of course, you leave on bad terms, because of a problem,or such. You may find, as most do, that every stage of your spiritual journey gave you something. It is nice to know that you still have friends there and can visit on good terms. My only regret in this is that many of the friends I made along the way have passed from this life. Many of them were wiser, more experienced individuals who generously shared their wisdom with me. Of course, they were also much older than me and so are no longer with us.

I have had the benefit of knowing many wise and wonderful people in my own spiritual journey. One trait they had in common was their willingness to share their insight, experience and wisdom with others. Their generosity of spirit was remarkable. It is a trait that I have found in people of several schools and traditions. These people did not try to act wise or spiritual. They were natural in everything they did. Genuine teachers are like that. Those who do not have it try to act as if they do. Those who have it are just naturally themselves and do not need to act the part.

Another interesting characteristic of truly wise people is that they are not full of rules and regulations. No “you have to” or “thou shalt not.” They offer guidance and suggestions, but do not burden others with rules and musts and have-tos. This is not to say they have an “anything goes” attitude. Quite the contrary. The wise will assure you that anything does NOT go! However, their guidance is unburdened by useless technicalities and annoying complexity. That is how they can give you more insight in a sentence or two than you would get from a lengthy diatribe. Many newcomers who seek are so convinced it must be complex that they miss the subtle beauty and simplicity of genuine wisdom.

I have learned from wise men and women of various traditions, various backgrounds, various races and ethnicities. I am thankful I had the good sense to listen. The fact that I am alive and sentient today is because of sage guidance long ago.

A wise, tough old man told me the value of being teachable. One day, he had opportunity to give me an example. A man who was so full of his own ideas and worries came to him. The man would not let go of these things and so was unteachable. The wise old fellow told him to come back when he was ready to be taught. After the man left, the old one said to me, “There you see why a person must choose to be teachable.” Indeed, the lessons I learned were because I was willing to learn.

If you choose to be teachable, those who can teach you will appear.

Here I am, aged 60 years plus. I have wisdom and experience of my own to share. Be that as it may, there are still things I can learn and people who have wisdom to share with me. I am ever thankful for the wise old-timers who came my way over the many long years. I find peace in the fact that I am still willing to learn. And so, my advice to you is to remain teachable and keep learning. Stay interested in life. He who is unwilling to learn any more is like a stagnant swamp receding into putrefaction. He who remains teachable is like an ever-renewing stream of spring water, ever fresh and clear. Even in old age, his spirit is fresh.

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