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The Things We Learn

April 13, 2020

As we continue to go through this very challenging time, we learn some things, and are reminded of some that we already knew.  We knew them, but allowed them to fall from daily practice.  Or we never really put into practice, even though we knew better.  Now we can learn and/or learn again and put them into regular practice now and when things get better (not if – but when).

Some Lessons Of The Many Lessons


Many of the things that we made priorities, we now realize aren’t really that important.  We learn about that which truly matters, puts meaning in our lives, and hence brings real joy.  Take inventory of how , where, and on what you’ve spent your time before.  This period has given us an opportunity to learn what really matters.


We learn the value of staying connected.  We learn the value of a phone call, not just social media or text.  Let someone hear your voice, so they know you care.  Don’t you like to hear someone’s voice?  How much more personal and meaningful is that versus social media? Social media takes very little time and effort.

We all know someone who in normal times could use some love and attention, how much more so now.  So many of us are in “stay at home” and have cabin fever.  What about those that have empty cabin fever? Make the call and make it a lasting habit

Always Wear A Smlie

Remembering to always smile.  It makes you feel better.  It brings a ray of sunshine to what might be a cloudy day to the person you’re smiling at.

The downside of wearing a mask, is that someone can’t see you smile.  I was on a walk the other day and as usual I wave and smile at everyone.  Two women were walking towards me from the other direction.  One of them said to me “I’m smiling back, but you can’t see it because I’m wearing a mask”.  I said, “I can tell that you were smiling.  Keep smiling whether you think someone can see it or not.  They may not see it but they can feel it”  She said was very touched.  Then I left her with this quote

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. – Phyliss Diller 

Don’t Procrastinate

We all to some degree procrastinate.  This pandemic reminds us of how quickly things can change.  We are reminded of how precious each moment we are given is.  With those reminders, we are reminded to not put off.  If we do the shelves might be empty and there will not be any toilet paper…….that was a joke/ metaphor.  Only put off that which shouldn’t be done t all.

 “I was planning to procrastinate, but I never got around to it.” – Unknown

Take For Granted Or Be Grateful

There are so many things that we normally take for granted and now we realize that they are things we should be grateful for.  Be grateful for the things we take for granted or don’t take for granted the things we should be grateful for.

I don’t take for granted the loyal readers of this site and I am always grateful for them.  That is why I do this.

Let’s learn to remember and remember to learn

Learning, remembering, and putting into action the many lessons will bring more happiness to your life and will make this a better world when this is over.

 Be Good Do Good Think Good Be Healthy

These are just some reminder/lessons.  Using the comment box, please share the ones you’ve learned

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Lynda permalink
    April 14, 2020 11:26 am

    Thanks for another inspiring post Fred!
    The masks don’t hide our eyes, the windows of our soul. I’m warmed by the kind glances of strangers. The distance seems to make us closer.

    • Fred Fox permalink
      April 14, 2020 2:22 pm

      Thank You Lynda
      Well said and so right

  2. Alison permalink
    April 14, 2020 10:32 am

    Dear Fred,

    Thank you for the inspiration and wisdom. These posts are so beautiful! Thank you!

    • Fred Fox permalink
      April 14, 2020 2:20 pm

      Thank you very much Alison

  3. kirk permalink
    April 13, 2020 10:52 am

    Fred, thanks for your faithful effort to help make this a better Marin and thru our efforts a better World…

    • Fred Fox permalink
      April 13, 2020 1:58 pm

      Thank You for all you do

  4. Debora permalink
    April 13, 2020 10:51 am

    Taiere Fred I liked what you said about wearing a mask and smiling under it. One of the reasons I don’t like wearing one, along with the fact that it’s annoying, is that I feel I’m hiding behind it, which is so strange. Makes me feel invisible. I know I’m not but this plague has attacked our sense of selves, which is in part defined by how others see us. If we feel they don’t even see us we’re being robbed of a piece of our identity which is hurtful, to say the least and can be devastating at the very worst. So it’s refreshing to be reminded of the obvious: people can still see you. Adank! Zay gezunt un shtark! Debora

    • Fred Fox permalink
      April 13, 2020 2:30 pm

      Thanks for the comment Debora
      Some real good points Don’t let how others see you become too big a concern Know yourself and love yourself and just like the smile behind a mask they will feel you

  5. Danny Fitz permalink
    April 13, 2020 7:10 am

    Freddy – this was one of your Best Spinning Rabbi Raps-Hope your doing well and Staying Safe.


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