I was in my early twenties and had sung in a couple of quartets, mostly for fun, even though The Collegiates was a really entertaining group. In fact, we had a couple of paid gigs and had a great deal of fun singing and entertaining. But that’s another story.
After The Collegiates disbanded I was invited to attend a meeting of Barbershop Quartet singers and attended several meetings and had fun singing “Barbershop”. There were three guys that were trying to form a quartet and invited me to get together with them to see if we could possibly start singing together. The bass singer was a great man that was probably in his late sixties. He had a great bass voice, in fact he had sung on Broadway and had a song written for him……”A Son Of The Sea”.
At that point in time I was habitually late. (The only thing that I think that I was not late for was my wedding.) And….sure enough I was about 30 minutes late for our first get together. Nothing was said by anyone about my being late. And we had fun singing together and decided to get together the following week
This time I was about 30 to 40 minutes late. When I arrived Sunny had this very stern look on his face and invited me to go back to another room in his home and began his lecture about being late. The main point that he made, that I have never forgotten, was that I was not wasting just one person’s time but three person’s time. And proceeded to tell me that it was a habit that I needed to correct. Which I have done ever since then. And now I have adopted this:
IF YOU’RE NOT FIVE MINUTES EARLY YOUR LATE !
I have had many, many “OPPORTUNITIES” presented to me in the past.
However, I subsequently found that ALL of those “OPPORTUNITIES”
should have been examined in the greatest of detail. Most of them
appeared to be GREAT and appeared to have potential for monetary or
Some of those “OPPORTUNITIES” I acted on and participated in. Those
that resulted in my desired outcome I found came about from a severe
examination of the facts presented and THEN taking the appropriate
steps to conclude “the deal”. A RIGHT DECISION.
Now…..I also found that making a quick or sudden decision to
participate in an “OPPORTUNITY”, based on the HYPE of the
presentation, ALWAYS led to a failed result. The investment of time and
money was lost. Why was that ? Because the time and effort was not
expended to thoroughly examine the so called “OPPORTUNITY”.
A WRONG DECISION.
So here’s the conclusion that I arrived at:
YOU WILL NEVER GO WRONG BY DOING WHAT IS RIGHT
This illustrates what my Father preached to me for many years. I now totally agree with him !
The KING called all of his wise men to a meeting and told them that he wanted them to compile “All Of The Wisdom Of The World” and bring it back to him.
Three years later they returned with two wagon loads of books and the KING asked them what all of the books were. The wise men said that the books contained “All Of The Wisdom Of The World”. The KING angrily said “I don’t want all of those books so go back and condense what you have done”and bring it back to me”.
Two years later the wise men returned and proudly said “Oh King, we have condensed “All Of The Wisdom Of The World” into one book”. The KING angrily replied by telling them that he now wanted them to condense that book into one sentence.
A year later the wise men returned and said “Oh King, Your request was very difficult but we have condensed “All Of The Wisdom Of The World” into one sentence. That sentence said:
“THERE AIN’T NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH”
Bill was my business partner for over twenty years. Great Guy. An engineer that had the appearance of being a rough, gruff person but I found early on that he was very kind and compassionate. During those many years that we were partners we never had a cross word. Oh sure, we had some very serious discussions but never in anger in any way.
Whenever we would have one of those “serious” discussions he would usually end the conversation by saying “This too shall pass”. And he was right. The problem that we had faced got solved one way or the other. And his prediction of “This too shall pass” came true. After Bill decided to retire and move back to his home state I found myself using his quote of “This too shall pass” whenever I was confronted with a serious problem.
But…….That works both ways, for both the BAD times and also the GOOD times. I have found that there is no flatline experience in my life. The BAD times have degrees of BAD and never stay forever. And I’ve also found that the GOOD times also have degrees of GOOD and they don’t stay forever either. And sometimes during the GOOD times something occurs that flips the switch and I’m back in the grease again. And whenever that occurs I always think of my friend Bill and remind myself that “This too shall pass”. And…. Whenever I am all caught up in the euphoric moment of the Good times I try to bring myself back to the realization that
“THIS TOO SHALL PASS !”
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