Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Billingsley’s Bullets: Vegetable eaters — beware!

Comedian Jay Leno recently had the following “smart mouth” observation: “A Harvard study says that one out of 10 deaths are caused by red meat. You know what that really means? Nine of those 10 people were killed by vegetables.”

Personally, I am not a fan of vegetables. I believe if it is green, it is mean (tasting). The only vegetable I really like is carrot cake. Perhaps not liking vegetables has saved my life?

My doctor, friends and relatives are amazed at the low blood pressure and my low cholesterol numbers. They give God the credit and tell me to cut back on the old-fashion donuts and Twinkies.

I have played sports and worked out in exercise rooms all of my adult life. Throw in playing a lot of tennis, and I’ve got it made. Exercise is more important than diet — at least in my case it is.

When a vegetarian becomes a boxing champion or becomes an Olympian decathlon winner, I will start eating vegetables three times a day — that’s a lot of carrot cake!

• If you spend too much time worrying about the future, your present life will vanish before you realize it. It’s not like we have a lot of control over the future. We can’t even predict what will happen in the next hour! We do have a lot more control over our present — what is happening right now. People who live in the right now enjoy what is happening at the moment, and they don’t lose moments.

•  When you have inner peace and happiness, outside sources do not control your peace of mind. You are the shot-caller — not the rest of the world. Giving yourself undivided attention is a smart way to live. If you can’t love yourself, you are not going to know how to love others.

• Living in the past doesn’t cut it either. The past is over. Let the past go and move forward to the present.

• People who are constantly locked into the “good old days” are pessimistic about the present. They don’t want to be in the here and now; they want the 1940s or the 1870s to be their present. They are always disappointed with everything going on, including their life with you.

• Setting goals is all about the future. Those who devote most of their time, energy and mind to future goals are surprised, later in life, when they realize their family and friends were neglected. The goal addict devoted his heart and soul to the future and rarely enjoyed the present world.

• What you think about daily becomes who you are. Those who are obsessed with the future or the past are not with us; they are somewhere else.

• If your entire being is devoted to the future, what happens if you die early? “He/she sacrificed everything important for a future they never experienced” could be their epitaph.

• In her book, “A Cherokee Feast of Days,” Volume II, Joyce Sequichie Hifler has the following quote from Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe: “It does not require many words to speak the truth.” My life lessons tell me that a long-winded salesman is less trustworthy than a salesman who answers my questions quickly, without a lot of elaboration.

• I prefer politicians whose speeches are short and sweet and to the point. A spouse who avoids long lectures is easy to live with and easy to love. Even a long prayer makes me sleepy and bored. Preachers and teachers who go on and on and on lose their audience after the first 28 minutes. Constant talking eliminates intimacy and eventually cripples the strength of patience. Just get to the point and kiss her!

Bob Billingsley is a columnist at the Mountain Democrat. His column appears bi-weekly. 

Bob Billingsley

Bob Billingsley writes Heard Over the Back Fence three times a week, keeping his pen on the pulse of the community. He also writes a biweekly column called Billingsley's Bullets, in which he uses “sideways” thinking to make your day a little easier to handle.

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