A Blog for the 1960's Classes of Morgan Park High School (EMPEHI) in Chicago
May 3, 2016
Why Plan When You Can React ?
WORDS TO PLAN BY HOARY PLANNING APHORISMS / PLANNING PHILOSOPHY / DOGGEREL Things I have learned as a City Planner and Marine and Boy Scout and in Sunday School.
Don't worry, be happy.
Why Plan, when you can react?
Any road will do when you don't know where you are going. As you climb the ladder of success, don't forget who helped you. This too shall pass.
Get it done. Think!
Life has its ups and downs.
It will get better.
Positive Mental Attitude is a Force Multiplier.
Don't make mountains out of mole hills.
What good does getting depressed do?
Dive right in.
Take bite size projects and finish them.
Make a decision and stick with it.
The longest journey begins with a single step.
If anything can go wrong, it will.
If it ain't broke don't fix it. But a stitch in time saves nine.
Run spiell chek. Travel more. Eat Less. If it tastes good, spit it out.
Keep plugging away.
Swing for the Fences, but try not to strike out. PAP - Planning Ain't Perfect
Just do it.
Can do easy.
Criticism, like sewage, runs down hill.
When in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.
7 "P's" - Preliminary prior planning prevents pitiful poor performance. "We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends, and living our lives!" Mary Angelou Be Prepared. Do a good turn daily. Good guidelines then and now - A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. On your Honor, Do your Best, Do Your Duty, For God and Your Country. Leave your campground better then you found it. Leave your community better then you found it. If like many planners you are disorganized, find someone who is organized to help you. Checklists help but don't let them become the bible.
Search for the Win / Win. Developers are important to your community. Seek, and Ye Shall Find.
Planning, like life, has its ups and downs.
It will get better/It's got to get better/I hope it gets better.
Brevity is Beautiful. KISS - Keep it Short and Sweet. Short Plans are Best.
Don't make mountains out of mole hills.
Life can be a can of worms.
Publish or perish.
The longest journey starts with a single step.
Take bite size projects, and finish them.
Make a decision, and stick with it.
Keep your eye on the ball. Planning should not equal procrastination.
Keep your friends. Don't be a workaholic. How many people on their death bed say, "Gosh, I wished I had worked more?" The Few, the Proud, The Marines. The Few, the Careful, The Planners. Building consensus among governments and people is like herding Cats. Show me which way the people are going and I will lead them. Planning Chicago's third airport is like bathing an elephant - it is big, difficult, and you can definitely get hurt.
Excuses are like belly buttons, everyone has one.
Grant me the COURAGE to change what should be changed; the SERENITY to accept what cannot be changed; and the WISDOM to know the difference. We will all hang together or all hang separately.
Don't sweat the small stuff. But pay attention to details - other people are.
Let criticism roll off your back.
Do what your boss tells you unless it is illegal or immoral. Flee Fornification, Or, Don't get caught.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Most of your life is none of their business. Socrates was a famous Greek Philosopher. Like many planners, he was always telling people what do do.............. They poisoned him.
When you take a job, you are issued some marbles. Each time there is a problem one marble is taken away. No new marbles are ever added for any reason. After a while, you lose your marbles.
When in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout. Hostile public hearings are stressful, but they seldom shoot at you with real bullets. The Planner is like the Marine Point Man - he leads from the front, gets shot at often, and sometimes gets dinged. When it absolutely, positively has to be destroyed overnight - Call 911-Marines. Great Leadership enables the Marines to get American teenagers up at 0500 hours, work out, stay clean and neat and organized, and Charge Machine Guns, all for minimum wage. Yea though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil, because I am a US Marine and therefor the baddest guy in the valley. To err is human, to forgive divine - neither of which is Marine policy. The height of windy braggadocio obnoxiousness - a Marine from the Windy City. Stop me before I Plan again.
ACDC - Acronym Code Decode Center
FUBIJAR - Flip You Buddy, I'm Just A Reserve FUBIJAC - Flip You Buddy, I'm Just A Consultant FUBAR - Flipped Up Beyond All Recognition WITAWTAW - Where There's a Will, There's a Way PANE - People Against Nearly Everything NIMBY - Not In My Back Yard NIMTOF - Not In My Term Of Office BANANA - Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody REMF - Rear Echelon MF SUCKS - Snarky Unfair Churlish Kid Stuff