A Cynic’s Primer

by Curt Kovener curt-line.jpg

When you play by all the rules, do what you see as good for family & community, only to have a devalued and delayed retirement, others expecting you to do more while they do less, it is a smooth pathway to becoming a cynic which is a refuge for reality.

See if you don’t agree with some of this morbidly true and brutally honest observations.

Adversity: That which does not kill me may just postpone the inevitable.

Beauty: If you are attractive enough on the outside, people will forgive you for being irritating to the core.

Blogging: Never before have so many people with so little to say said so much to so few.

Challenges: I expected times like this. But I never thought they’d be so bad, so long and so frequent.

Change: When the winds of change blow hard enough, the most trivial of things can turn into deadly projectiles.

Cluelessness: There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

Delusions: There is no greater joy than soaring high on wings of your dreams. Except maybe the joy of watching a dreamer who has no where to land but in the ocean of reality.

Effort: Hard work never killed anybody…but I’m pretty sure it is illegal in some places.

Flattery: If you want to get to the top, prepare to kiss a lot of the bottom.

Government: If you think the problems we create are bad, just wait until you see our solutions.

Hazards: There is an island of opportunity in the middle of every difficulty. Miss the island, though, and you’re pretty much doomed.

Individuality: Always remember you are unique. Just like everybody else.

Limitations: Until you spread your wings, you’ll have no idea how far you can walk.

Meetings: None of us is as dumb as all of us.

Mistakes: It could be that the purpose of your life is only serve as a warning to others.

Overconfidence: Before you attempt to beat the odds, be sure you could survive the odds beating you.

Perspective: Less is more. Unless you’re standing next to the one with more. Then less looks pretty pathetic.

Procrastination: Hard work often pays off after time but laziness always pays off now.

Quality: The race for quality has no finish line—so technically, it’s more like a death march.

Regret: It hurts to admit when you make mistakes. But when they’re big enough, the pain only last a second.

Stupidity: Quitters never win, winners never quit. But those who never win and never quit are idiots.

Trouble: Luck can’t last a lifetime unless you die young.

Vision: How can the future be so hard to predict when all of my worst fears keep coming true?

Worth: Just because you’re necessary doesn’t mean you’re important.