Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Inspirational Wisdom of Mr. Davies

As I've ascended the ladder of success, I've crossed paths with many wise folks who have provided advice, encouragement, and inspiration to me.  But perhaps the most inspiring inspiration and the wisest wisdom I received came from the late great Marcetius H. Davies III.  He was a contrary old cuss most of the time. Generally, when he talked he was angry and grumbling about something or just in a bitchy mood. But sometimes, every once in a while, if I listened, REALLY listened to what he was saying, there was a profound quality about it. In his lucid moments when he was focused on his message, he delivered life lessons in short bursts, many of which have stuck with me all these years.  I would like to share with you some of the wise wisdom that Marcetius bestowed upon me. Here are some that made the most impact:

For every dollar there's a shoe shine.

A man shaves when he feels like it.

No one ever sailed to Topeka.

If you bought it, you own it.

Don't throw your money.

It's okay to like turtles. They wear their homes.  It's not okay to like people who wear turtles home.

If you make a mistake, you should repeat it three times to make sure it's real.

Saving your loose change will get you murdered in Thailand.

If a friend comes to you in need, help him find a different friend.

The longer your doctor looks at you, the deader you're about to be.

The only person you should allow to tell you to shut up is your own lawyer.

If you want to get a job in this town you have to be at least as smart as a full grown cantaloupe.

You can't dig out of a hole.   You just can't.  It makes no sense.

You can't get gum drops out of headless cat. Unless you put gum drops in a ceramic candy jar shaped like a cat and the head is a lid.

Feelings aren't real things.  Quit your crying.

When a man wants a sandwich he wants a sandwich immediately.

Damn kids keep pissing in the bird bath!

Well, now that I typed these out I'm not sure if I remembered them correctly.  They may not be verbatim, but I think the messages are still there.  Surely you can learn something from these. I know I did.