My first semester at Maryville, I attended a Contemporary History course (HIST-305). This course basically spanned the years from 1940 to 1985. One of the students in that class was working with some senior citizens, one of which was a veteran of World War II. She asked him to come speak to us in class to give us some perspective on the war, and how he saw history from that point on. He said his piece, sat down and then listened for the remainder of the first lecture.
The second day, he gave us some parting words – and with the presidential elections and hearing some of the fear some of my friends have had for various reasons – I can think of no better time than now to get this posted. I’ve opted to leave this officer’s name out for his own privacy, but I hope that this advice from “Professor Dickie Doo” will bring you some comfort.
Professor Dickie Doo’s Guide to Finding Complete Peace of Mind
Before you can be good to anyone, you first have to establish this wonderful feeling within yourself. And this isn’t really too hard to do if you establish certain personal habits which will reward you in so many ways. These habits will become the basis of your true personality, and you will be amazed at how good you will feel about yourself. The following are habits you should try to establish until they become automatic reactions…
1. Have a positive attitude about everything you do.
2. Be outgoing with everybody that you come in contact with; including strangers. In most cases, you will find that if you are friendly towards them, they will likewise, in most cases, be friendly towards you. And if they aren’t, don’t react negatively – maybe that person has just had a bad day.
3. Try not to complain – no one likes a complainer. We all have problems, so just count your blessings every day. Just think of all the people who have many more serious problems than you. They would love to change places with you, so consider yourself lucky. Most problems really aren’t as serious as they seem to be at first, and if we just show a little patience – in many cases – time will take care of these problems. There is no problem that can’t be solved in most cases, if we just wait a little bit until we get over our panic attack and then just apply a little common sense.
4. Let your conscience be your guide. This isn’t too hard to do. Whenever you are in doubt about anything, simply ask yourself two questions: Is it the right thing to do, or the wrong thing to do? (Short cut ways are usually the wrong way to go, so this is a no-no) and; is it honest or dishonest? If it is not the right thing to do, you simply don’t do it; and if it is dishonest; the answer is NO.
5. In this fast day and age with everything happening so fast, patience with each other seems to become a bigger challenge every day. For this reason, practicing patience, patience, patience becomes so important if you ever expect to find peace of mind. Showing anger is only a sign that you have lost control of yourself and accomplishes nothing but anxiety within yourself. So always try to stay calm.
6. Honesty. If you can learn to be honest with yourself, you will have no problem being honest with your friends. One little dishonest act can really come back to haunt you, and if you are trying to live by your conscience, this could be real mental torture. Remember, there is no such thing as a little lie. A lie is a lie is a lie is a lie.
7. Sincerity. Always be 100% sincere with everyone, even strangers. You never know who a stranger might be. It could be your friend’s fourth cousin. Sincerity is an emotion you can’t fake and if you try, you will only establish a reputation as a real phony. I don’t think you could ever qualify as a contestant for a popularity contest. (I just thought I would throw that in as a kind of little joke. Please laugh.)
8. Money. Don’t ever let money become number one on your life’s priority list. I am sure you have heard that old saying, “money can’t buy happiness.” Putting money number one on your priority list will only interfere with other priorities on the list that are much more important to life’s happiness.
9. Health. I think good health habits certainly belong pretty close to the top of the list, so we should do whatever it takes to stay healthy and close to 100%.
10. Religion. I am going to keep this short because I know you do not believe in God, and I do respect your wishes. But since I will probably pass the memo onto my daughters and possibly to other friends who I think might be interest, I will make a few comments. I do believe in God, and I believe so strongly in God that I honestly believe I would not be alive today if I hadn’t had such a strong faith in God. I don’t think that I ever accomplished anything without God’s help. I count my blessings every day and give thanks to God every day of my life. Amen! Amen! Amen! I didn’t mean to turn this into a sermon.
11. Don’t worry about other people talking about you even if they are telling lies. This is something beyond your control, so don’t let yourself get all upset about gossip. If you follow most of the guidelines that I have suggested in this paper, you will not only have peace of mind, but you’ll also have developed such an impeccable reputation that your friends will simply not accept any negative gossip about you.
If you have any questions, all you have to do is whistle. I do hope you have learned to whistle by now.
– Professor Dickie Doo