Vail Daily column: Thoughts, notions and ideas |

Vail Daily column: Thoughts, notions and ideas

Butch Mazzuca
Butch Mazzuca |

• Trust is something that once lost or betrayed can never be restored to the same measure. Too many of us learn that our acts of deception are irrevocable; they may be forgiven, but not forgotten.

• Children come into this world filled with a sense of curiosity, merriment and inquisitiveness. And there’s no doubt that children who get along with others, do well in school, are respectful of their elders, are well behaved and who use proper manners and etiquette are a delight. But of all the descriptions or compliments paid to a child (after good health of course) the compliment we should like to hear first is that our child is “interesting.”

• Earl Nightingale nailed it when he proffered that money cannot be sought directly; but rather, money is like happiness, it’s an effect. It is the result of a cause and that cause is providing a valuable service.

• When we look around we too often see far too many people who do not believe in themselves. They doubt their abilities, skills, talents and opinions. And whether they realize it or not, these individuals waste a lot of precious time on this self-deprecating method of thinking. If only they understood, that believing in one’s self if the first step toward leading a successful life.

If cars were like computers, then executing a maneuver such as a left turn could cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

• And speaking of success, the following is the best definition I’ve ever come across. Success means: One, the individual has peace of mind, i.e., freedom from fear, freedom from anger and freedom from guilt; two, good health and a high level of energy; three, loving, long-term, intimate and mature relationships with other people; four, financial Freedom, i.e., having enough money that we do not worry about it; five, a commitment to worthy goals and ideals; and, six, feeling of personal fulfillment and self-actualization.

• When it comes to customer satisfaction there are two maxims: First, the customer defines quality, and second, of quality, service, price, the customer wants at least two.

• A winner has a healthy appreciation for his abilities and a keen awareness of his limitations; a loser is oblivious to both his true abilities and his true limitations.

• With guests beginning to arrive in town for their ski vacations I want to share a little secret about taking ski or snowboard lessons. If you can take away just one “aha!” from your day on the mountain, you had a successful lesson.

• Political disagreements where hyperbolic insults and accusations are thrown about are as American as apple pie. But there are certain words and terms that clear thinking mature adults should never use. Whenever I read or hear the word Nazi or Hitler in a sentence that doesn’t make historical reference to Germany’s Third Reich, I know immediately that I’m dealing with someone who’s political acumen renders them incapable of reasoned debate.

• Doesn’t it feel great and don’t you love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters, stay strong.

• The people who have made the greatest impact on the world often see things differently from the average citizen. So it may not be a bad idea to make the effort to think outside the box, even in everyday situations.

• I don’t know where I first heard this but did you know the first testicular guard, the “cup,” was used in hockey in 1874 but the first helmet was used in 1974. Does that mean it took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is important too? Ladies, quit laughing.

• One of the great foibles of human nature is that for many of us, we carry around inside of ourselves a self-image that is quite impervious to reality.

• Growing older does have and should have a beauty of its own if the spirit remains vibrant and the mind nimble. Sure, the unlined characterless features of the young are attractive in their own right; but so is the weathered face of age when it has learned from experience without becoming a victim of it.

• I find it rather sad that when middle-aged men meet after an absence of years and then talk at length about their college days or when they served in the armed forces as the most memorable of their lives. Does this nostalgia not say something about the bleak quality of middle-aged life in our society? As Henry David Thoreau wrote, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”

• Socially responsible businesses not only provide sustainable business models, but also have improved marketing, employee recruitment, employee satisfaction, customer loyalty, brand equity and richer partnerships.

• If cars were like computers, then executing a maneuver such as a left turn could cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

Quote of the day: “Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions” — Edwards R. Murrow

Butch Mazzuca, of Edwards, writes regularly for the Vail Daily. He can be reached at


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