“If each man or woman could understand that every other human life is as full of sorrows, or joys, or base temptations, of heartaches and of remorse as his own . . . how much kinder, how much gentler he would be.”
William Allen White
Every week we pick up new readers, the latest being someone who found us on a diabetes discussion board. There are more than 600 readers who have visited my Yahoo 360 web page (I think the current number of reads is about 4000), and that is in addition to the hundreds of regular subscribers.
One of the advantages of distributing the daily is the correspondence I get from so many people, many who I will never meet. What we all seem to have in common is our humanness. We are well and sometimes sick; we are happy and too often sad; we thrive and we stumble; we laugh and we cry; we are sometimes lonely and need our friends: and through it all we survive. Some of us do better than others, I think those that do have made peace with their humanness and have chosen to relish what they have. Here are some rules for living someone sent me some time ago. Good advice? I think so!
1. You will receive one body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire time you’re here.
2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called life. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn the lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.
3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial and error, and experimentation. The failed experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately works.
4. A lesson is repeated until learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can then go on to the next lesson.
5. Learning lessons does not end. There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.
6. There is no better a place than here. When your "there" has become a "here", you will simply obtain another "there" that will again look better than "here".
7. Others are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.
8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.
9. Your answers lie inside you. The answers to life’s questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.
Know that although in the eternal scheme of things you are small, you are also unique and irreplaceable, as are all your fellow humans everywhere in the world.
If a barber makes a mistake, It’s a new style…
If a driver makes a mistake, It is an accident…
If a engineer makes a mistake, It is a new venture…
If parents makes a mistake, It is a new generation…
If a politician makes a mistake, It is a new law…
If a scientist makes a mistake, It is a new invention…
If a tailor makes a mistake, It is a new fashion…
If a teacher makes a mistake , It is a new theory…
If our boss makes a mistake, It is our mistake……
If an employee makes a mistake, It is a "MISTAKE"
Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.
A judge was instructing the jury that a witness was not necessarily to be regarded as untruthful because he changed his statement after he gave it to the police.
"For example," he said, "when I entered my chambers today, I was positive that I had my gold watch in my pocket. But then I remembered that I left in on my nightstand in my bedroom."
When the judge returned home that evening, his wife asked him "Why so much urgency for your watch? Isn’t sending three men to pick it up for you a bit extreme?"
"What?" said the judge, "I didn’t send anyone for my watch, let alone three people. What did you do?"
"I gave it to the first one," said the wife, "he knew exactly where it was."
After the church service a little boy told the pastor, "When I grow up, I’m going to give you some money."
"Well, thank you," the pastor replied, "but why?"
"Because my daddy says you’re one of the poorest preachers we’ve ever had."
Two men were overheard talking about the infidelities of an office Romeo.
"I do not know how he gets away with it," said one fellow. "The only thing I’ve ever done behind my wife’s back is to zip her up.
Parents can tell but never teach, unless they practice what they preach.
A man doing telephone solicitations for a local charity called up a prominent and wealthy lawyer and asked him for a modest donation. The lawyer became incensed at the request and said to his caller: "I bet you weren’t aware that just this past week my wife required major surgery and the expenses for this surgery weren’t covered by insurance."
The caller started to apologize and express his regret for having asked for money and was interrupted by the lawyer who chimed in, "And this past month my mother died and my family had to put together an expensive funeral for her."
Again the caller tried to apologize to the lawyer for attempting to solicit a donation and told the lawyer he was sorry to hear that his mother had died.
"Then just this past month, one of my sons came down with a serious illness and almost died…..and my daughter needed plastic surgery to repair a congenital defect on her face," the lawyer added to the conversation.
The caller again felt bad and regretted having bothered the lawyer for taking up his time and apologized to him.
The lawyer than responded, "And if I didn’t give any of these people my money, why should I give some to you."
"If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands."
Over the years I have developed a picture of what a human being living humanely is like. She is a person who understand, values and develops her body, finding it beautiful and useful; a person who is real and is willing to take risks, to be creative, to manifest competence, to change when the situation calls for it, and to find ways to accommodate to what is new and different, keeping that part of the old that is still useful and discarding what is not.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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