Ben Franklin said some intelligent things

For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise. – Ben Franklin
I really enjoy this statement. It states what I have attempted to accomplish in recent years – I have an opinion, but I’ll listen to yours and maybe change mine.

Too many people are ignorant to believe that whatever reasoning has been used in their lives to reach decisions is irrefutable. More often than not, reason and different vantage points can cause flaws to be seen in these decisions. Unfortunately, when these flaws are revealed, people will either ignore them or replace thinking with anger. How many times have you attempted a discussion about something you and the other person feel strongly about, but it just ended in a fight – verbal or physical?

He that can have patience can have what he will.  – B.F.

In my “old age” this keeps becoming more and more apparent. For example, shiny new bit of technology comes out and I want it. I can’t help it, I’m a technophile. When the gadget comes out, it is expensive, hard to find, and hotly desired. If I go get it now, I get the satisfaction of having it and showing off to people. Unfortunately, I also have to worry about paying for it, finding one, and getting it stolen.

If I wait a month or three, the price will be down, it will be easier to get, and the demand will have waned. Now I can get it cheaper, easier, and it probably won’t be stolen as it is older.

The same logic goes for cars. Yeah, a new one would be nice, but why spend more money and/or have that payment hanging over your head?  Whatever breaks on your car is probably cheaper to have fixed than a new car payment.

Just some thoughts. Maybe they will inspire you.