Looking for Guidelines to make 2020 a year to remember?

The beginning of the year is wasted making resolutions. Instead, we’re looking at establishing not quite rules, but guidelines. “The code is more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules,” is but one of the precious quotes from Pirates of the Caribbean. And so these are going to be more of “guidelines” rather than actual rules I’m using for 2020. Will they serve you?

Quote "We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us." By Winston Churchill.  Background is of fish swimming amongst underwater buildings.
Even though it’s less glorious, shaping our home, purging of what’s less needed, will make this next year better.
Quote "Success has been defined as the ability to go from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm." On the background there's a person tumbling but continuing with as much zest as before
We’re not arrogant enough (yet 🙂 ) to believe we’ll get it right the first time, but boy, are we going to get up every time we tumble and try again!
Quote: "If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance" by George Bernard Shaw. Skeletons dancing in the background
Sure, we may not be able to change some things, but they’re not going to be hidden in the closet, they’re going to make us (and our friends) laugh 🙂
Quote: "What's past in prologue." By William Shakespeare. Pillars heading off into the distance in the background.
What’s done and in the past is only going to be the setting, it’s not going to stop us from doing something WONDERFUL in 2020!

What are your guidelines for 2020?

Trivia question in the spirit of getting help: What does SOS stand for?

Answer to last post’s trivia: who says necessity isn’t the mother of all invention? J Originally, Gene Roddenberry, who created Star Trek, was going to land the Enterprise on whatever planet the intrepid explorers visited. But that would have required more time and money than the show had or could afford. So Gene went with a shuttle that would transport Kirk and his team back and forth. But it simply wasn’t ready in time. So how do you get people from the spaceship to the planet without a shuttle? And that’s how teleportation was born…  

14 thoughts on “Looking for Guidelines to make 2020 a year to remember?

    1. Your answer is nothing short of BRILLIANT! Yes, that’s all SOS stands for, easy to communicate Morse code. Not Save Our Souls or our ship. And I just love how succinct and simple your reply was. Did I already say brilliant? BRILLIANT! 🙂

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          1. OH, no, I missed out learning it. I used the teletypwriter — ship/shore communication. I talked to subtenders going around the tip of Scotland and received their messages and sent them along to wherever. It was a unique, fun job. 🙂

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          2. You’re not kidding about the northern tip—it’s closer to Norway than to London 🙂 Did you have a romantic wedding? (We originally wanted to get married in Scotland, but the logistics were just too complicated.) What are your fondest memories from there?


    1. Its wonderful to hear from you, Erica! And I love the way way you put it, I think that that’s exactly what made me like the Pirates of the Caribbean quote so much!

      And that is a mantra to live by! It’s often been attributed to Churchill who has other marvelous quotes about resilience like “if you’re going through hell, keep going”!

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  1. The second quote in this post probably could be my flag for my life!! I have no guidelines. I have intentions and ideas and feelings of where I want to go and what I want to do. And then I walk those things. (smile)

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    1. I really like how you named them “flags”!

      Churchill, to whom that second quote is often attributed (but I couldn’t find a reference to that), also said “It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.” I wonder if he described what you’re referring to?

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