Saturday, October 30, 2004

Wisdom from Hawaii

Marc's parents and grandparents live in Honolulu, Hawaii. They travel to visit Marc at least twice a year in one of California's prisons. That's love. I had the pleasure of meeting them today.

My older brother lives in Oakland, but I haven't seen him in three years. That's another story.

One of my lady friends visited me. I had a great time communicating with her. It felt good to be in the presence of a woman.

Marc wanted me to meet his parents, so my friend & I stopped by their table to say hi. Marc's dad insisted that we sit down and join them. We did & I started chopping it up with him about religion and the philosophy of life.

Marc's dad share with me that young people shoud listen more and talk less. He said the less we talk, the more powerful we become. He said that when he was twenty years old, he thought he knew everything and that nobody was smarter than him. Now, he's older and realizes that he didn't know anything. He emphasized that young people must listen and learn from their grandparents or elders because they had been through life.

His message was that young people should listen 80% of the time and talk 20% of the time until their sixty years old. The theory was the less we talk the more time we have to think and learn. I agreed with him. I'm about 60/40 right now. I told him that I'll strive to be 70/30.

I had a great time talking to Marc's dad. I can see myself kicking it with him in Hawaii so I can listen more.

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