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Wise Words From John

I've Learned

These words were written by Andy Rooney, a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words. Enjoy...

I've learned that:

  • the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
  • when you're in love, it shows.
  • just one person saying to me "you've made my day", makes my day.
  • having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
  • being kind is more important than being right.
  • you should never say no to a gift from a child.
  • I can always pray for someone when I don`t have the strength to help him in some other way.
  • no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
  • sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
  • simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
  • life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
  • we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.
  • money doesn't buy class.
  • it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
  • under everyone`s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
  • the Lord didn't do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?
  • to ignore the facts doesn`t change the facts.
  • when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

"Tater People"

  • Some people never seem motivated to participate, but are just content to watch while others do the work. They are called "Speck Taters".
  • Some people never do anything to help, but are gifted at finding fault with the way others do the work. They are called "Comment Taters".
  • Some people are very bossy and like to tell others what to do, but don't want to soil their own hands. They are called "Dick Taters".
  • Some people are always looking to cause problems by asking others to agree with them. It is too hot or too cold, too sour or too sweet. They are called "Agie Taters".
  • There are those who say they will help, but somehow just never get around to actually doing the promised help. They are called "Hezzie Taters".
  • Some people can put up a front and pretend to be someone they are not.
  • They are called "Emma Taters".
  • Then there are those who love others and do what they say they will. They are always prepared to stop whatever they are doing and lend a helping hand. They bring real sunshine into the lives of others. They are called "Sweet Taters". We, at The Life Associates, Inc. strive to be "Sweet Taters" to our friends and clients. We are the people you want to care for you and your money, so that you can focus on "life".

The Cost of Kids

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and recently came up with $160,140. That doesn't even touch college tuition. For those with kids, that figure leads to wild fantasies about all the money we could have banked if not for (insert your child's name here). For others, that number might confirm a decision to remain childless. But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into $8,896.66 a year, $741.38 a month, or $171.08 a week. That's a mere $24.44 a day! Just over a dollar an hour.

Still, you might think the best financial advice says don't have children if you want to be "rich." It is just the opposite. What do you get for $160,140? Naming rights. First, middle and last! Glimpses of God every day. Giggles under the covers every night. More love than your heart can hold. Butterfly kisses and velcro hugs. Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies. A hand to hold, usually covered in jam. A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites, building sandcastles, and skipping down the sidewalk in the pouring rain. Someone to laugh yourself silly with no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day. For $160,140, you never have to grow up. You get to finger-paint, carve pumpkins, play hide-and-seek, catch lightning bugs, and never stop believing in Santa Claus. You have an excuse to keep reading the adventures of Pooh and Piglet, watching Saturday morning cartoons, going to Disney movies, and wishing on stars. You get to frame rainbows, hearts and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, handprints set in clay for Mother's Day, and cards with backwards letters for Father's Day.

Traps and Cheese

Have you ever heard the saying, "I don't want any more cheese, I just want out of the trap?" Well, that's what the people in Kentucky have been saying ever since the legislature passed healthcare reform in 1994. Finally the legislature is loosening the trap just a little and we have some companies returning to Kentucky. Here, at The Life Associates, we have two new companies and several new plans from Blue Cross Blue Shield. We also offer medical savings accounts and health savings accounts that can reduce your taxes a ton. So, if you are one of those Kentuckians who is ready to give up on cheese and get out of the trap, call The Life Associates at 800-951-5433. Chances are that we have a plan that will let you keep your cheese and get out of the trap. Call us or walk in; we are right here in Benton.

Worries Away

Have you ever heard the saying, "It's not what you eat that makes you sick, it is what eats you?" Well, isn't it true? Worries and concerns can make most of us sick. With all the concerns of caring for our families, the falling stock market, planes flying into buildings, and the war against terrorism - there seems to be plenty to eat on us. It's a time when assurance and good affordable insurance can help with what's eating you. Go ahead and eat right and stop by The Life Associates and let us insure the worries of health, life, wealth accumulation, and disability. Call us at 270-527-5433 and let us help with what is eating you.

Get Up and Go

My mom used to have a saying about slow and lethargic people. She would say, "Their get up and go has got up and went." I'll bet you know some people that remind you of Mom's saying. The other day I was at a fast food place and had to wait to place my order while the attendant finished talking to her co-worker about last night's date. It really wears on you, doesn't it? Well, here at The Life Associates our "get up and go" will meet you right at the front door. We still believe that our customers are the most important part of our business, and we try to prove it every day. If you would like to see some real "get up and go," stop by our office. The Life Associates offers insurance and financial services for people who like "get up and go."

Money and Experience

There is an old proverb that says when a man with money meets a man with experience, the man with the money will go away with experience, and the man with experience will go away with the money. Well, business doesn't have to be done that way. My dad taught me that a good business deal is one where all parties take something from the transaction that they value more than what they had to give up. Now, if that's the way you think business should be done, you will really like doing business with The Life Associates. We provide insurance and financial services for people who want great values. Contact any one of us--Sheila Garrett, April Hannah, Deborah Blankenship, Lindsey Wiles, or Kelly Cosby-- or come by the office.