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January 23, 2010

My Way

Filed under: Musings — jackoatsmon @ 9:42 am

Was thinking about the song by Frank Sinatra titled “My Way”. Used to think about it quite a bit when I was young and hoped that I would be able to say the same. A few lines are on my mind these days:

Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do and saw if through without exemption

Looking back on my past, I realize that I have regrets – too many to mention. So much for being able to say that I did things my way. Do I wish I could change things? Sometimes I do. Then again, if things were changed, I would not be the person I am today with the family that I have today. So perhaps changing things may not be the wisest of decisions either.

Will I have more regrets as time moves on? Unfortunately, I believe that I will. Nevertheless, this is the only life I have and I have to make the best of it. I may strive to be better but more often than not, I end up doing the things that I shouldn’t do like losing my temper with my kids, eating too much, etc. (Just look up the seven deadly sins. 🙂 )

I found the full lyrics for the song at the following link

Two other things I remember when I am reminded of this song. One is that a friend of mine stated that she hated this song as it insist that things were done the singer’s way when it should actually be done God’s way. I have never commented on that even though I personally like the song out of respect I have for her. The second thing that comes to mind is more juvenile. I remember the guys in school singing the song as “I did it sideways.” 😉


January 12, 2010

Wisdom of the Ancients

Filed under: Musings — jackoatsmon @ 3:45 pm

I was speaking with a colleague the other day and the topic led to the movie 2012 – mainly about how the world will end in 2012 because the Mayan calendar ends then. It makes me wonder about why we have this need to feel that others know more than we do even though our technology and research has progressed steadily though the years. No matter how advanced we get, we still have this feeling that people who lived centuries before us know more than we do collectively. From the Mayan, to the ancient Egyptians, to the lost civilization of Atlantis. It appears to me that we only feel that these ‘Ancients’ posseses amazing secrets only because records about them or records kept by them did not survive substantially till modern times. For thoses that survived, there appears to be no big secrets to hide. I would guess that we are always worried that the other guy knows something that we don’t.

My ‘theory’ as to why the Mayan calendar ends in 2012 (and this is just a flimsy joke) is that they ran out of rock to build more calendars.

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