We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.
As most of you know I have the good fortune and time enough to spend hours with both old and new friends. We often spend our time talking about our lives including the good times and the bad times. The reason we do is that far too often we forget what made us happy over the years. Sometimes they were happy moments that we didn’t even recognize at the time. I have found that it is far too easy to remember only the mountain tops when we spent most of our time in the valleys, yet it is the accumulation of the little things that happen in our lives that make the difference between happiness and just existing.
This morning a friend and I reminisced about our childhoods, we remembered both the good times and the bad, as my friend talked she remembered forgotten that were both warm and pleasant, moments too easily forgotten. I also thought back and remembered how the little things that did not seem all that important at the time actually provided moments of good feeling. As I often do, I looked to see what friends had sent me over the years and I found this from a gal named Shirley Love, that’s her real name honest. I have lost track of Shirley but her gifts remain and this especially had meaning as I thought about our happiness, yours and mine. Here is what she had to say.
Let Happiness Flow
Have you ever felt so good that you did not want the moment to end? But eventually it did end, and cleared the way for an even better experience later.
If the good times never ended, they would cease to be so good. Without change, without growth, without challenge, life would become stale and empty.
Are you afraid to let yourself be happy because you fear that the happiness won’t last? Rather than worrying about when it will end, live it fully and then take the best of it with you.
For when you fear losing your happiness, you’ll never have it in the first place. And so you really have nothing to lose.
Yet you have everything to gain by living every happiness with richness and joy. For once you do that, the essence of that happiness is always with you, no matter what turn of events may come.
Life is always changing, and what a blessing that is.
Let the happiness flow without restraint.
“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect.
It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”
There was a snail crosses the road to go to his brother’s house. He was in the middle of the road when he was run over by a turtle!
When he came to the doctor and his brother were standing over him.
The doctor asked "Mr. Snail. Are you ok?"
His brother said "What happened brother?"
The snail sat up and said "Yes doctor. I’m fine. I don’t know what happened…it all happened so fast."
"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."
e e cummings
True Fishing Terms
Catch and Release – A conservation motion that happens most often right before the local Fish and Game officer pulls over a boat that has caught over its limit.
Hook – (1) A curved piece of metal used to catch fish. (2) A clever advertisement to entice a fisherman to spend his live savings on a new rod and reel. (3) The punch administered by said fisherman’s wife after he spends their life savings (see also, Right Hook, Left Hook).
Line – Something you give your co-workers when they ask on Monday how your fishing went the past weekend.
Lure – An object that is semi-enticing to fish, but will drive an angler into such a frenzy that he will charge his credit card to the limit before exiting the tackle shop.
Reel – A weighted object that causes a rod to sink quickly when dropped overboard.
Rod – An attractively painted length of fiberglass that keeps an angler from ever getting too close to a fish.
School – A grouping in which fish are taught to avoid your $29.99 lures and hold out for spam instead.
Tackle – What your last catch did to you as you reeled him in, but just before he wrestled free and jumped back overboard.
Tackle Box – A box shaped alarmingly like your comprehensive first aid kit. Only a tackle box contains many sharp objects, so that when you reach in the wrong box blindly to get a Band Aid, you soon find that you need more than one.
Test – (1) The amount of strength a fishing line affords an angler when fighting fish in a specific weight range. (2) A measure of your creativity in blaming that darn line for once again losing the fish.
She told me that “All Desirable things in life are ILLEGAL, BANNED, FATTENING, OR MARRIED TO OTHERS.”
Two old guys are pushing their carts around Wal-Mart when they collide.
The first old guy says to the second guy, "Sorry about that. I’m looking for my wife,
and I guess I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going."
The second old guy says, "That’s OK. It’s a coincidence. I’m looking for my wife, too. I can’t find her, and I’m getting a little desperate."
The first old guy says, "Well, maybe I can help you find her. What does she look like?"
The second old guy says, "Well, she is 27 yrs old, tall, with red hair, blue eyes, long legs, big busted, and is wearing short shorts. What does your wife look like?"
To which the first old guy says, "Doesn’t matter, — let’s look for yours."
"It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument."
William G. McAdoo
A friend of mine, who stuttered rather badly, went to a specialist and after ten difficult weeks was able to say quite distinctly: "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers." I congratulated him on his achievement.
Frowning, he replied doubtfully, "B-b-but it’s s-s-such a d-difficult remark to w-w-w-work into a c-c-conversation."
"If your parents never had children, chances are you won’t, either."
The only cow in a small town in Alberta, Canada, stopped giving milk. The people did some research and found they could buy a cow up in Melfort, Saskatchewan, for $200. They bought the cow from Saskatchewan and the cow was wonderful. It produced lots of milk all of the time, and the people were pleased and very happy.
They decided to acquire a bull to mate with the cow and produce more cows like it. They would never have to worry about their milk supply again.
They bought a bull and put it in the pasture with their beloved cow. However, whenever the bull came close to the cow, the cow would move away. No matter what approach the bull tried, the cow would move away from the bull and he could not succeed in his quest.
The people were very upset and decided to ask the local veterinarian, who was very wise, what to do. They told the vet what was happening.
"Whenever the bull approaches our cow, she moves away" they said. "If he approaches from the back, she moves forward. When he approaches her from the front, she backs off. An approach from the side and she walks away to the other side."
The veterinarian thinks about this for a minute and asks, "Did you buy this cow in Saskatchewan?"
The people were dumbfounded, since they had never mentioned where they bought the cow. "You are truly a wise Vet," they said. "How did you know we got the cow in Saskatchewan?"
The veterinarian replied, with a distant look in his eye, "My wife is from Saskatchewan."
“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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