is for excuses
Not managing your time and making excuses are two bad habits. Do not put them both together by claiming you do not have the time.
~ Bo Bennett
Ben and I aren’t retired yet but we have friends and know many who are. What are they going to do with the “additional” nine hours they used to use for work each day? You would think that being retired you would suddenly leave lots more free time. Time to do things you’ve always wanted to do but couldn’t somehow fit into your busy schedule. Wrong.
There is a greeting we call the “retired greeting”. It goes like this: wave goodbye while saying “No time, no time!”. And it’s true, none of our Swiss friends who are retired have an abundance of free time.
Of course, I’m not going to be the one to tell them they have poor time management or are making excuses. Who knows, maybe the retired Swiss really do have lots to do.
I’m certainly not going to make any judgments until I’ve walked a mile in their moccasins.
is for exercise
I really do not think I need buns of steel. I would be happy with buns of cinnamon.
~ Ellen DeGeneres
I guess if I were to generalize, I would say the Swiss aren’t exercise crazy but they are extremely active. Lots of mountains to climb and rivers to raft.
Many years ago, when I first came to Switzerland I personally knew only one person who was overweight. Really, only one. She was overweight for sure but probably not obese. It was difficult to tell because the woman wore a corset which couldn’t have been comfortable. But it kept the fat from jiggling freely along with making her sit and stand up straight.
Since then things have changed a lot. There are a lot more overweight and obese people. Honestly, there are also fast food places which I am sure have done their share, too. To be fair I admit that there are many who are not overweight at all, too.
Do the overweight people exercise less and eat more cinnamon buns? We have a friend whose doctor said he had to lose weight. So, he started a walking program and walked daily. Once on a hot day last summer he walked 3 kilometers and was extremely proud of himself. To celebrate his success he stopped by a restaurant and had a hot fudge sundae. Hmmm, something just isn’t right here, but I can’t seem to put my finger on what it is.
As for me, I don’t need buns of steel either…
is for experience
Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you do not.
~ Pete Seeger
Ah, the fine print. Where are my reading glasses? I know from experience that it is important and I am now educated. For me it was the time I wanted to cancel a magazine subscription. I missed the one month in the year when that was possible which was clearly defined in the fine print. I ended up paying for another whole year.
This adds a bit of a twist to the above quote. We have a friend who owns a business. He has very experienced and hard working secretaries and it can happen that sometimes the clients aggravate them without reason. Our friend found a way to ease the situation in the form of fine print.
When a client aggravates his secretaries this person might or might not notice a position labeled “msm” on his bill. As a compensation for her trouble the additional 50 Francs go directly to the secretary. She can go out to dinner or to the movies or do whatever she wants to do with it. Our friend said up to now everyone who got charged the msm also paid it without questioning what it was for.
I guess our friend was adding experience without educating. By the way, what does msm stand for? Made secretary mad.