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May 29, 2001

Various friends have provided some notes and comments that I thought you would enjoy.

Here’s the first one. My friend writes: “I’d like to share a little anecdote that happened in the office the other day. Young Judy, the editor of a trivia publication, was having trouble with her computer. So she called Prem, the computer guy, over to her desk. Prem clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem. As he was walking away, Judy called after him, ‘So, what was wrong?’ And he replied, ‘It was an ID ten T error.’ A puzzled expression ran riot over Judy’s face. ‘An ID ten T error? What’s that…in case I need to fix it again?’ He gave her a grin. ‘Haven’t you ever heard of ID ten T error?’ No, she replied. ‘Write it down,’ he said, ‘and I think you’ll figure it out.’ She wrote – IDIOT, and suddenly, it all became quite clear.”

The following is intended to be shared during National Friendship Week, although my calendar does not list the date of that event. Here ‘tis.

“Eleanor Roosevelt wrote: Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

“Anger is only one letter short of danger.

“If someone betrays you once, it is his fault. If he betrays you twice, it is your fault.

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.

“He who loses money loses much. He who loses a friend loses much more. He who loses faith loses all.

“Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.

“Friends, you and me…. You brought another friend…. And then there were three. We started our group…. Our circle of friends…. And like that circle…. There is no beginning or end.

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is our gift.

“It’s National Friendship Week. Show your friends how much you care.”

And there you are. A few words to live by all through the year.