Jeff Dorris

Deliberations from Dorris

Jeff Dorris is the Editor of the Delta Dunklin Democrat


Words to live by

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Everyone has a favorite quote.

Looking back at my recent column I began to think on all of my favorite quotes or sayings.

Here are just a few.

I canít change the direction of the wind. All I can do is adjust my sail.

If you tell the truth, you donít have to remember anything.

If you really want to do something youíll find a way, if you donít youíll find an excuse.

Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, your attitude when you have everything.

Donít try to get the rattle out of a Ford. It canít be done.

The last one came from my great-grandfather. I donít live by it, because I drive a Ford. It just makes me smile.

Some of the greatest words to live by can be found in the Rotary Clubís Four-Way Test. It reads:

Of the things we say and do,

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?

3. Will it build GOODWILL and better friendships?

4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

It was developed in 1932 by Herbert J. Taylor and it is still relevant today.

The Four-Way Test expresses for me, the universal principle of most religions, do to others as you would have them do to you.

This Rotary test, along with these quotes Iíve shared with you, assist me in living a life of integrity and high ethical standards.

At least to the best of my ability.

I realize my limitations and I have a wife that is happy to remind me of them should I forget.

Go out this week and be a blessing to somebody.

Make a difference.

Thatís what I strive to do and I believe Iím a better person for it.

See you out there.

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