My Worry Free Philosophy

by cmoneyspinner

Hey Lenny! They picked Michaelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel. Da Vinci and Michaelangelo were contemporaries. You think he was worried about Mikey's potential fame?

Do I look worried?

That's what I thought of when I saw a purported self portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci.

You don't have to agree or disagree with my version of a worry-free philosophy. It's "worry-free", not "problem-free". In this life, as famous entrepreneur Ted Turner indicated, everybody has problems! But this is my philosophy and according to Cicero, the great Roman statesman, lawyer and orator ~ anybody can be a philosopher. This famous philosopher's exact words were:

"Sed nescio quo modo nihil tam absurde dici potest quod non dicatur ab aliquo philosphorum. (There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.)" ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Divinatione

Before you get started, be warned in advance, some of the words and sayings aren't really funny. It's just that a person can look back and laugh about them if they lived to tell!

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Great for a joke! But not cool in real life.

Revenge is a dish best not served at all.

Whoever says they are sinless ...
IS LYING to themselves and to everybody else!

If they think they are without sin ... THEY'RE DECEIVING THEMSELVES!

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Stay Positive

Paradise is my punishment?

Miguel:  Tulio, you worry too much.
- Tulio:  No, I worry exactly the right amount. You can never worry too much!

Cortes:  My crew was chosen as carefully as the Disciples of Christ, and I will not tolerate stowaways. You will be flogged. And when we put in to Cuba to resupply, *God willing*, you will be flogged some more. And then enslaved on the sugar plantations for the rest of your miserable lives. To the brig!
- MiguelWell alright! Cuba!

The quotes above are from The Road to El Dorado (2000) which is a Dream Works animated feature film that I've watched with my young daughter many many times. It had a lot of memorable quotes, but for me those were the most memorable.

I grew up in Miami, Florida, which is the closest you can get to experiencing Cuba (minus Castro AND Batista) without actually going there. So I couldn't help but laugh that Miguel's down and out spirit was immediately lifted when he heard a mention of Cuba!!  Miguel is the cute blonde guy. He was holding his head down looking very sad - as if all hope was gone - until his punisher, Cortes, told him his punishment.

Talk about being idealistic and staying positive.


Things were looking up again!!

Could their miserable lives possibly get any better??

When Cortes mentioned he (Miguel) and his friend (Tulio) were being sent to Cuba - for the rest of their miserable lives - he looked up, flashed a huge smile and expressed his remorse and regret about his uuhhh ... punishment (???).

YES! Things were looking up again!!

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Da Vinci Self PortraitThe image to the right is a purported self portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci.  Click here to read fascinating information on how Siegfried Woldhek shows how he found the true face of Leonardo.

True or bogus, the first thought that popped into my mind when I saw the picture was:   "Do I look worried?"

Somewhere in my various readings it was mentioned that Da Vinci and Michaelangelo were contemporaries and that Da Vinci didn't really think Michaelangelo's artwork was all that!  So in my mind I conjured up this scene where gossipers were running to tell Da Vinci that the word on the streets was Michaelangelo had been chosen to paint the Sistine Chapel.  What an honor, huh?  Do you realize the prestige that comes with being deemed such a great artist?!  And I'm thinking Da Vinci's reaction to Mikey getting such a job is like:  "Do I look worried?"  Let me paint this portrait of myself.  I know who I am.


My thoughts are very likely far removed from the reality and the truth of how this portrait came to be.  But that's what comes to mind whenever I view this image of Mr. Da Vinci's face.


Why worry?

"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" ~ Jesus Christ (Luke 12: 25)

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My Worry-Free Philosophy

(1) Hatred consumes too much of your time and it's a waste of your energy, which is a valuable human resource.

(2) Sometimes you got to do something wrong, to figure out how to do it right. You've got to.
[ Yeah right. And if you believe that ... ]

(3) Jealousy and envy are stupid. We're not all the same. But we are all equal.

(4) Judas didn't commit suicide because Jesus wouldn't forgive him. He hung himself because he wouldn't forgive himself.

(5) Some people over-exaggerate pain; while others suffer and nobody knows. Eh! Create your own rainbow!

(6) Always lie to yourself. It makes you feel better; and then you won't have to go through the denial stage.

(7) There is no perfect recipe for being human. So if you're the product of a crummy gene pool, you're screwed for life.

(8) We all have our likes and dislikes; but it doesn't mean we should discriminate based on that.

(9) A distortion can really mess up your view. A fabrication is easier to weave.

(10) There are no unsolved crimes. The perpetrators and the victims have the solution.

(11) The debt crisis, the Greek crisis, this crisis, that crisis. Historically, many nations' economies have crumbled and the world did not stop turning.

(12) Drought, famine, pollution, disease and natural disasters don't stop the earth from turning. That's why aliens are always trying to invade this planet.

(13) King Solomon sent ships to Ophir to bring back almug (or algum) trees, along with gold and precious stones. Research about the geographical location of Ophir is scant. In short, no one seems to know where it is. If it is ever found, it will probably be by accident, because everybody keeps searching for Atlantis. (Not that it wouldn't be really cool to find Atlantis! :) )

Solomon and the Plan for the Temple, as in 1 Kings 6, illustration from a Bible card published by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(14) The human brain looks for patterns. It's part of the cognitive process.

(15) If you speak to someone you don't know, you may just make a friend for life.

(16) "One Thousand and One Nights" is the most famous Arab tales in the western world.  Tolojav knows. :)

(17) Nagging is not really a good motivator. But sometimes it does make a person get off their duff and do what they need to do.

(18) You can't take back TWEETS. (So be thankful there's a God in heaven Who forgives.)

(By the way, it turns out you can take back tweets.  That was misleading and erroneous information gleaned from a TV show.)

Saturn 3D Puzzle Amazon product image(19) Clean water and clean air. That's the goal because ... that's the gold! EPA is known as Environmental Protection Agency. But when I see those letters, I think: "equally precious assets".

(20) Saturn? Pretty rings. What else? ~ Jupiter? A bunch of moons. One moon is enough for monthly mood swings! ~ Mars? If I want to see red dirt, I'll go to Georgia! ~ LOOK! We got nowhere else to go! Save the trees!!!


Dispensable Thoughts:  The Voices in My Head
- Voice #3 is a troublemaker. Or a peacemaker? :)

That's it! My Worry-Free Philosophy. What's Yours?

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Updated: 09/23/2019, cmoneyspinner
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cmoneyspinner on 02/03/2014

@DerdriuMarriner - Thanks for stopping by! :)

DerdriuMarriner on 02/03/2014

cmoneyspinner, Me, too, about the EPA: "Environmental Protection Agency. But when I see those letters, I think: 'equally precious assets.'" So true!

cmoneyspinner on 11/08/2013

@humma - I don't know about most people, but as I continue to get older, it gets easier and easier to wipe all the slates clean every day and start anew! When I wake up each morning, I go - "Whatever happened yesterday is history! Moving on!" :)

humma on 11/08/2013

Just love this list. I often find that forgiving myself is the hardest to do. I worry about things that happened a long time ago.

cmoneyspinner on 10/30/2013

@ologsinquito - YAY! Wish my kids could learn this.

ologsinquito on 10/30/2013

Words to live by and a great article. Pinned to My Wizzley Writing Board.

cmoneyspinner on 10/25/2013

@EmmaSRose - Easy to say and do now. Took a long time to learn "how to".

cmoneyspinner on 10/05/2013

@Dustytoes - Thanks for encouraging me to stay positive. I try to worry just the right amount. That would be NOT AT ALL!! :)

dustytoes on 10/05/2013

You have a great outlook and philosophy. I also like that verse from Luke as well. Even though at times it's tough to NOT worry, it does not help the situation.

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