This morning I googled my signature saying, “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” I came up with 303,000 hits. By changing a word or two, I came up with another 100,000.
Then I got the idea of googling The Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Don’t be alarmed. The Golden Rule won out, getting 567,000 hits.
But I googled many other common sayings, including “A stitch in time saves nine”, “A rolling stone gathers no moss”, “A penny saved is a penny earned,” – plus each of the Ten Commandments. Turns out that “Enjoy the little things…” beats them all. It also beats out everything I googled by Oscar Wilde, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain and a fellow named Confucius.
What does it prove? Well, not much. As I like to tell my buddy when I beat him at golf, “Doesn’t prove anything except that I’m a little better golfer than you are.” So the above doesn’t prove anything, I guess, except that I’m a little cleverer than Mark Twain and a little wiser than Confucius.
Needless to say, all this is very humbling, although not as humbling as whiffing on the first tee, say.
As to comparing myself to the author of the Ten Commandments, I think not. I had ancestors who did that once, and it turned out badly.
~~ Robert Brault