The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
It’s another one of those days. I have medical tests, a must-attend seminar and a funeral to go to. So I am going to plagiarize by stealing from some of my old Dailies. Fortunately there are enough new readers from various places in the world and old readers with memory problems that few will know the difference. I did feel I had to let you know though since a few will remember and hold me accountable. So let’s see what I will find from back when.
April 8, 2002
Life is about whom you love and whom you hurt.
It’s about whom you make happy or unhappy purposefully.
It’s about keeping or betraying trust.
It’s about friendship, used as a sanctity or a weapon.
It’s about what you say and mean, maybe hurtful, maybe heartening.
It’s about starting rumors and contributing to petty gossip.
It’s about what judgments you pass and why. And who your judgments are spread to.
It’s about whom you’ve ignored with full control and intention.
It’s about jealousy, fear, ignorance, and revenge.
It’s about carrying inner hate and love, letting it grow, and spreading it.
But most of all, it’s about using your life to touch or poison other people’s hearts in such a way that could have never occurred alone. Only you choose the way those hearts are affected, and those choices are what life’s all about.
April 10, 2002
A Friend sent this to me:
Don’t ever be reluctant to show your feelings, when you’re happy, give in to it, when you’re not, live with it.
Don’t ever be afraid to try to make things better, you might be surprised at the results.
Don’t ever take the weight of the world on your shoulders.
Don’t ever feel threatened by the future, take life one day at a time.
Don’t ever feel guilty about the past, what’s done is done, learn from any mistakes you might have made.
Don’t ever feel that you are alone, there is always somebody there for you to reach out to.
Don’t ever forget that you can achieve so many of the things you can imagine, it’s not as hard as it seems.
Don’t ever stop loving,
Don’t ever stop believing,
Don’t ever stop dreaming your dreams.
The heart is the happiest when it beats for others.
After a day of grueling maneuvers under the blazing Texas sun, the platoon stood in front of the barracks. "All right, ladies, think about this," bellowed the drill instructor. "If you could have ten minutes alone, right now, with anyone in the world, who would it be?"
Amid much mumbling, one voice was heard from the back row. "My recruiter."
What if your mother really IS right….. about everything?
A young man called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met the woman of his dreams. Now what should he do?
His mother had an idea: "Why don’t you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your apartment for a home-cooked meal?"
He thought this was a great strategy, and a week later, the woman came to dinner. His mother called the next day to see how things had gone.
"I was totally humiliated," he moaned. "She insisted on washing the dishes."
"What’s wrong with that?" asked his mother.
"We hadn’t started eating yet."
You can’t please everyone. But it is possible to make ’em all mad at the same time.
She said I am a very nervous flyer. During a trip from California to Indiana, it didn’t help that my connecting flight from Denver was delayed twice because of mechanical problems. Then, after we were aloft, I noticed the lights began flickering. I mentioned this to a flight attendant. "I’ll take care of it," she said. Moments later the lights went out. Clearly she had solved the problem by turning off all the lights.
A passenger across the aisle who had been watching me leaned over and said, "Whatever you do, please don’t ask about the engines."
"Wrinkles are hereditary. Parents get them from their children."
A Stanford Medical research group advertised for participants in a study of obsessive-compulsive disorder. They were looking for therapy clients who had been diagnosed with this disorder. The response was gratifying; they got 3,000 responses about three days after the ad came out.
All from the same person.
Many of our ambitions are nipped in the budget.
Grandma Levy, always a regular synagogue member had finally talked her cousin, a woman who had lived a riotous, free life, into joining the Temple.
"Tell me Rabbi," the old lady asked, "Do you feel that my cousin will have her sins forgiven after all those years?"
"Yes I do. I’m positive of it. You must remember that the greater the number of sins, the greater the glory."
"Really Rabbi?", the old lady replied thoughtfully. "I sure do wish I’d known that fifty years ago."
The toughest part of a diet isn’t watching what you eat. It’s watching what other people eat.
When Diane found out she was pregnant, she told the good news to anyone who would listen. Diane’s 4-year-old son overheard some of his mother’s private conversations. One day when Diane and her 4-year-old were shopping, a woman asked the little boy if he was excited about the new baby.
"Yes!" the 4-year-old said, "and I know what we’re going to name it, too."
"Really?" asked the lady.
"Yes." said the little boy, "If it’s a girl we’re going to call her Christina, and if it’s another boy we’re going to call it quits!"
Don’t just count your years, make your years count.
"Next," the conference emcee announced, "we have the chief of the Minnesota State Patrol, Roger Ledding, who is here with his lovely wife, Beverly."
The chief took his place at the lectern.
"I’m a little nervous," he began, "getting up before this distinguished audience and speaking today. But not nearly as nervous as I will be tonight when I must go home with my wife, Audrey, and explain Beverly to her!"
“We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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The editor is somewhat senile.