Actual writings in a Mpumalanga hospital register (A good reason to stay out of hospital!) -
The patient has no previous history of suicides.
Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital.
Patient has chest pain if she lies on her side for over a year.
Discharge status: Alive but without my permission.
Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.
While in ER, she was examined, x-rated and sent home.
Occasional, constant, infrequent headaches.
Skin: Somewhat pale but present.
Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities (received via email on 30 November 2015).
“The most wonderful thing about miracles is that they do happen” (G.K. Chesterton).
“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk” (Doug Larson).
“First seek to understand, then to be understood” (Anonymous).
“The nicest place to be is in someone’s thoughts. The safest place to be is in someone’s prayers” (Anonymous).
“Music is what feelings sound like” (Anonymous).
“The wilderness rescued me. I have been shaped by my experiences in the great outdoors. Feeling comfortable in the wild gave me the confidence to be who I am, not who others want me to be. There is a natural simplicity in nature; it is far more tactile and tangible than the classroom. It’s a leveller; it strengthened my character and set me back on track” (Ben Fogle).
Definitions by Rudy Francisco:
“Envy is when someone walks around with a pocket full of “that shoud’ve been me”.
“Truth is everything you tell yourself when you realise that no one is looking”.
“Failure is when you talk yourself out of becoming something amazing”.
“You’ll know the people who feed your soul... because you’ll feel good after spending time with them...” (Fb/Latika Teotia).
A blind person asked St Anthony: “Is there anything worse than the loss of sight?” He replied: “Yes, losing perspective!” (Unknown).
George Orwell once remarked: “One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool”.
“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” (Albert Einstein).
“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness” (Seneca).
“The problem is not the problem; the problem is your attitude about the problem” (Captain Jack Sparrow).
“We are all a little weird, and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love” (Dr Seuss).
“You never soar so high as when you stoop down to help a child or an animal” (Jewish proverb).
“Fame isn’t what it used to be. Now everyone has a camera in their pocket. You’re out there in a world where if you make a mistake, it echoes in a digital canyon forever” (Alec Baldwin)
“It’s OK to talk to yourself, it’s even OK to answer yourself...but when you ask yourself to repeat what you just said – you have a problem!” (Unknown).
“I can’t think of anything that brings me closer to tears than when my old dog – completely exhausted after a hard day in the field – limps away from her nice spot in front of the fire and comes over to where I’m sitting and puts her head on my lap, a paw over my knee, and closes her eyes, and goes back to sleep. I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve that kind of friend” (Gene Hill).
“Dogs do not ruin their sleep worrying about how to keep the objects they have, and to obtain the objects they have not. There is nothing of value they have to bequeath except their love and their faith” (Eugene O’Neill).
“I used to look at my dog and think “if you were a little smarter you could tell me what you were thinking” and he’d look at me like he was saying “if you were a little smarter, I wouldn’t have to” (Fred Jungclaus).
“Some of our greatest historical and artistic treasures we place with curators in museums; others we take for walks” (Roger Caras).
“I’d rather look back at my life and say ‘I can’t believe I did that’ instead of saying ‘I wish I did that’” (Unknown).
“Faith is doing what you love for a living and watching the bills pay themselves” (Rudy Francisco).
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things” (Leonardo da Vinci).
These ten things will disappear in our lifetime!
1. The Post Office: Worldwide, Post Offices are so deeply in financial trouble there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email and cell phone communication (immediate, direct communication) have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.
2. The Cheque: Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with cheque by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process cheques. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the cheque. Cash? In Norway, only 5% of financial transactions use cash, and the country could be cash free by 2020.
3. The Newspaper: The younger generation simply doesn't read the newspaper. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.
4. The Book: You say you will never give up the physical book you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes, but I quickly changed my mind when I discovered I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books.
5. The Land Line Telephone: You don't need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they've always had it. But you are paying double charges for the extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes.
6. Music, as we know it: The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It's the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. Over 40% of the music purchased today is "catalogue items," meaning traditional music the public is familiar with, older established artists. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, "Appetite for Self-Destruction" by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, "Before the Music Dies."
7. Television: Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. Cable rates are skyrocketing, and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Highly irritating!
8. The "Things" You Own: Many of the very possessions we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in "the cloud" Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of this is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest "cloud services." It means when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider.
9. Joined handwriting: Already gone in some schools who no longer teach "joined handwriting" because nearly everything is done now on computers or keyboards of some type.
10. Privacy: If there ever was a concept we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. It's gone. It's been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure 24/7, "they" know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. All we will have left with, and can't be changed, are "Memories" (email received on 8 June 2015).
“A kid today can likely tell you about the Amazon rain forest – but not about the last time he or she explored the woods in solitude, or lay in a field listening to the wind and watching the clouds move” (Richard Luv – Last Child in the Woods).
“Don’t fear the enemy that attacks you, but the fake friend that hugs you” (Payong Kalbigan fb).
“The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones” (Julius Ceasar).
“Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here, we should dance” (Anonymous).
“We have one of the largest and costliest governments in the world. Sadly, it is grossly ineffectual. In fact, it is a very expensive bunch of amateur firefighters trying to douse a multitude of flames” (Mosiuoa “Terror” Lekota).
“Don’t worry about what I’m doing, worry about why you’re worried about what I’m doing” (Anonymous).