How I Have Lived my Adult Life

By: Mel Mallin

Many years ago I came across the word “aphorism” in the dictionary and I got hooked. I’ve been collecting them for years and they’ve been a great help in my life. They have helped make me more enthusiastic, get me to try harder in everything I do and encouraged me to volunteer…to make good things happen.

So what the heck are aphorisms? They are simply short sayings with lots of meaning. Here are a few of my favorites:

Years wrinkle the skin, giving up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

Being the best I can be always involves helping others.

Ten two-letter words: If It Is To Be It Is Up To Me 

When you stop climbing mountains to find other mountains to climb, then life is over. No matter how old we might be, as long as we’re able, we can’t stop looking for new challenges.  

I have found it a good idea to ask myself once in a while…”Am I doing what G-D put me down on Earth to do?” 

I was a box manufacturer for twenty years and came to the realization that maybe G-D didn’t put me down here just to make boxes. So I sold the box business, and became the first developer of loft apartments in Kansas City. Then, I realized I was still making boxes, only they were bigger boxes in old buildings with people living in them. 

I gave that up to take on my new assignments…to get people to laugh and sing. OK, so it sounds crazy, but can you think of anything better to do at 87.75? 

So, call me anytime for a joke, a song or another aphorism. 



P.S. Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes. I still have lots of work to do, so I better get moving.

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11 thoughts on “How I Have Lived my Adult Life

  1. Maarten van Swaay says:

    Very nice! Brief, lively, and uplifting; a wonderful start of the day!

  2. Beth Miller says:

    Thanks, Mel! Your post made me smile and I’m so glad that you made the effort to “think outside the box!”

  3. kendra says:

    Loved the ten 2 letter word!

  4. Linda S. says:

    Mel, the best thing about you is your consistently positive attitude toward life! The other best thing is your perseverance in convincing others to adopt your philosophy!

  5. Donna Harmon says:

    I too am a fan of the aphorism, even though I did not have a word for it until today. I too find them motivating and quick. They take me out of the moment and allow me to see the possibilities of the future. Mel, I thank you for giving me a few more aphorisms to add to my arsenal. They are valuable tools. Beth, what a great comment “think outside the box”. hehehe!!!

  6. Monica says:

    Mel, your joy and outlook on life is contagious!

  7. Nazira says:

    I learned a new word “aphorism”. I am also a fan of reading motivational quotes or aphorism. Enjoyed reading your post Mel.


  8. Michaela Kidd- says:

    Mel-You’ve done it again! Somehow you have brightened my day when I didn’t think it was possible. Thank you for . . . well for being you!

  9. Marvin Ellsworth says:

    Thanks for the smiles 🙂

  10. Eileen M. says:

    “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” (Jackie “Moms” Mabley) Mel – so glad you’ve chosen to make people laugh and sing – hope it makes your heart do the same!

  11. Margaret says:

    Mel, you are truly a remarkable person. Thanks for sharing the laughter and smiles and most of all for helping us see life in a much lighter and brighter light.
    My favorite aphorism is “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect”.

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