“What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.”
As you know I love the time I get to spend with others. I am enriched by their friendship, their thoughts, their experiences, and especially their happiness. Sadly some are still struggling to overcome the belief that they don’t have the ability to control their lives, it is as if they feel that fate has determined their destiny and they just have to live with what comes. Fortunately they are wrong; we have the ability within ourselves to make life changes for the better. Everyone deserves happiness but not everyone is generous enough to give it to themselves. Here is something that illustrates how we can make what’s ahead better than it might be otherwise.
“Generosity is another quality which, like patience, letting go, non-judging, and trust, provides a solid foundation for mindfulness practice. You might experiment with using the cultivation of generosity as a vehicle for deep self-observation and inquiry as well as an exercise in giving. A good place to start is with yourself. See if you can give yourself gifts that may be true blessings, such as self-acceptance, or some time each day with no purpose. Practice feeling deserving enough to accept these gifts without obligation-to simply receive from yourself, and from the universe.”
“I certainly don’t regret my experiences because without them, I couldn’t imagine who or where I would be today. Life is an amazing gift to those who have overcome great obstacles, and attitude is everything!”
According to my mother, she and Dad decided to start a family soon after he became an officer in the Air Force. When months went by without success, they consulted the base physician, who chose to examine Mom right then and there.
"Please disrobe," he told her.
"With him in the room??" she yelled, pointing to my father.
Turning to Dad, the doctor said, "Captain, I think I found the problem."
If you are too busy to laugh . . . you are too busy.
Waiter: "Tea or coffee, gentlemen?"
1st customer: "I’ll have tea."
2nd customer: "Me, too. And be sure the glass is clean!"
(Waiter exits, returns)
Waiter: Two teas. "Which one asked for the clean glass?"
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
From my friend Allen:
Retirement Choices – Where To Live
You can live in Phoenix, Arizona where …..
1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade.
2. You’ve experienced condensation on your butt from the hot water in the toilet bowl.
3. You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town.
4. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.
5. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open your oven door.
6. The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!
You can Live in California where ….
1. You make over $250,000 and you still can’t afford to buy a house.
2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.
3. You know how to eat an artichoke.
4. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party.
5. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.
You can Live in New York City where ….
1. You say "the city" and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan.
2. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can’t find Wisconsin on a map .
3.You think Central Park is "nature."
4. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multi-lingual.
5. You’ve worn out a car horn.
6. You think eye contact is an act of aggression .
You can Live in Maine where ….
1. You only have four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup, and Tabasco.
2. Halloween costumes fit over parkas.
3. You have more than one recipe for moose.
4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than eight buttons.
5. The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter, and construction.
You can Live in Texas where ….
1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.
2. "y’all" is singular and "all y’all" is plural.
3. "He needed killin’ " is a valid defense.
5. Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Sue, Betty Jean, Mary Beth, etc.
You can live in Colorado where ….
1. You carry your $3,000 mountain bike atop your $500 car.
2. You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home and he stops at the day care center.
3. A pass does not involve a football or dating.
4. The top of your head is bald, but you still have a pony tail.
You can live in the Midwest where ….
1. You’ve never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.
2 Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor.
3. You have had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" on the same day.
4. You end sentences with a preposition: "Where’s my coat at?"
5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, "It was different!"
Or You can live in Florida where ….
1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.
2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind — even houses and cars.
3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist.
4 Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.
5. Cars in front of you are often driven by headless people.
Small deeds done are better than greater deeds planned.
It was a typically busy day at the bank. After a glance at the line of waiting customers, a harried-looking man came up to the side counter and demanded, "What do I have to do to change the address on my account"?
Without missing a beat, the clerk replied, "Move."
Today, this hour, this minute is the day, the hour, the minute for each of us to sense the fact that life is good, with all its trials and troubles, and perhaps more interesting because of them.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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