“Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal.”
It seems to me that all of us are collectors and just like other collectors we get to decide what we will secure, save, and value, we also get to choose what we will reject. Today I had coffee with a friend that shared with me that she just collected the positive attributes of the people she meets and has no interest in remembering their failings. I think as we live our lives we can collect remembrances of good times or bad. A little of both is probably good, but I’ll tell you for me storing fond memories that I can recall every once in awhile is one of my life’s great pleasures. I honestly believe that that our memories lay the foundation each day yet to be lived. Look for and collect the good memories and you will find more. Look for and collect the bad and you will continue to find more of the same.Here are some excerpts from an article I read recently that I thought you might like.
While there’s everything to be said for living a life of integrity and goodness, balance and moderation, service and love — I want to talk about life as CELEBRATION. As we carry out the duties of the day, we can have fun with sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. There’s a whole array of possibilities for living with pleasurable appreciation. Don’t let those opportunities slip by. Regret, I’m here to tell you, is one mangy, ill-tempered dog that’s best kept outdoors.
How many of us are able to live fully, enriching our days with satisfying experiences, accumulating warm memories that will keep through the winter of our lives? We all can pull from our pasts those special events once embraced and wonderfully absorbed, then permanently recorded for future delightful replay.
Anyone can be miserable — there’s no talent in that. Anyone can live a dull and unimaginative life. Whether proactively or by opportunity, our task — should we choose to accept it — is to live with gusto. As we proceed through life, let us do so with playful deliberation, with a twinkle in our eyes and a bounce in our steps. We need to relish the moments we’ve been given. Are we up to the challenge?
“Who is the happiest of men?
He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t’were his own.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A husband, the owner of a new car, was somewhat reluctant to allow his wife to drive his prize possession even to the grocery store which was a few blocks from the house. After she insisted, he finally relented, cautioning her as she departed, "Remember, if you have an accident, the newspaper will print your age."
Why must the phrase, "It is none of my business," always be followed by the word "but"?
An evangelist had a great revival camp going. One night he was up in front of a large audience, speaking on imperfection. He asked his audience towards the end, "Has anyone ever known anyone who has come CLOSE to the perfection of our lord, Jesus Christ?" Nobody, of course raised their hand. So he issued the question again. "Anybody! Has ANYONE ever known that kind of perfection?"
Finally a guy in the back raised his hand, so of course he was asked to stand up. "Tell us. Tell us who you knew who was so close to perfection."
The man responded, "My wife’s first husband."
People with humility don’t think less of themselves, they just think of themselves less.
It is forty below zero one winter night in Alaska. A guy is drinking at his local saloon and the bartender says to him, "You owe me quite a bit on your tab."
"Sorry," says the guy, "I’m flat broke this week."
"That’s okay," says the bartender. "I’ll just write your name and the amount you owe me right here on the wall."
"But," says the guy, "I don’t want any of my friends to see that."
"They won’t," says the bartender. "I’ll just hang your parka over it until it’s paid."
Life is short and it’s up to you to make it sweet.
Sarah Louise Delany
On my first day of college, I took a front row seat in my literature course.
The professor told us we would be responsible for reading five books, and that he would provide us with a list of authors from which we could choose. He ambled over to the lectern, took out his class book, and began, "Baker, Black, Brooks, Carter, Cook…"
I was working feverishly to get down all the names, when I felt a tap on my shoulder.
The student behind me whispered, "He’s just taking attendance!"
Do you ever notice that every time you find an answer, the question changes?
Tech support: "Okay Bob, let’s press the control and escape keys at the same time. That brings up a task list in the middle of the screen. Now type the letter "P" to bring up the Program Manager."
Customer: I don’t have a P.
Tech support: On your keyboard, Bob.
Customer: What do you mean?
Tech support: "P"…..on your keyboard, Bob.
Customer: I’M NOT GOING TO DO THAT!
Everyone thinks I’m psychotic, except for my friends deep inside the earth."
It doesn’t hurt to take a hard look at yourself from time to time, and this should help get you started.
During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the director what the criterion was which defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized.
"Well," said the director, "We fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub."
"Oh, I understand," said the visitor. "A normal person would use the bucket because it’s bigger than the spoon or the teacup."
"No" said the director, "A normal person would pull the plug … Do you want a room with or without a view?"
All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner.
The pastor was talking to a group of young children about being good and going to heaven. At the end of his talk, he asked, "Where do you want to go?"
"Heaven!" they all piped up.
"And what do you have to be to get there?"
“Let a joy keep you.
Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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