“We have no right to ask when a sorrow comes, ‘Why did this happen to me?’
Unless we ask the same question for every joy that comes our way.”
It was a long day yesterday but it had some real highlights and as usual the Salvation Army volunteer recognition luncheon was at the top of the list. I was with some very good people and even made anew friend and that is always special. Of course I also appreciated winning a $75 gift certificate to a downtown gourmet restaurant. Even though I feel guilty taking anything from the Salvation Army I was able to force myself. Fortunately the restaurant donated it in appreciation for the truly good things the Army does to make our community a better place.
Sometime ago I shared with you that these gatherings are real eye openers for it is here that the volunteers go out of their way to thank the Army for providing them the opportunity to do many worthwhile things. If you live in Indianapolis and would like join in the joy let me know as there is always more to do and lots of good feelings to acquire.
I honestly believe that when we place value on the things we can do for others we will find that we have banked great treasures. Each of us has an opportunity to express our gratitude for all we are able to do through our daily actions. We expect much from the world and yet the world requires little from us but if we don’t do our part to do what we can to make it better, who will?
Here is a Ralph Marston piece that I would like to share with you in the spirit of the gratitude I feel for all I am able to do.
Let your blessings compel you
Stop for a moment and consider all the good things which you too often take for granted — your health, your family, the air you breathe, the water you drink, your home, your community, the magnificent universe around you, your faith, your friends, the knowledge you possess, your skills, and so much more. Indeed, you are blessed. You are filled with possibilities. Yet what good are your blessings if you’re not making the most of them? Of what value are your possibilities if you do not make the effort to fulfill them?
Think of the good things you have going for you. There may be many or there may be few. What matters most, is that you get them to grow. That comes from gratitude and appreciation. When you truly appreciate your blessings, they become powerfully compelling. And they grow, filling your life with quality and excellence, and compelling you to reach even higher.
Gratitude and thankfulness are more than just words or thoughts. To truly appreciate the good things in your life, you must take the actions necessary to nurture and defend them.
You’re blessed with a great starting point. Let your many blessings compel you to reach ever higher.
The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.
Co-workers sympathized as my mother complained that her back was really sore from moving furniture.
"Why don’t you wait until your husband gets home?" someone asked.
"I could," my mother told the group. "But the couch is easier to move if he’s not on it."
Disk Full – Press F1 to belch.
* Interviewer: "Do you think you can handle a variety of tasks?" Applicant: "I should say so. I’ve had nine totally different jobs in the past five months."
* The stern faced Personnel Officer told an applicant that they needed an individual who is totally responsible. "I sure qualify then." replied the applicant. "Everywhere I’ve worked, whenever something went wrong, I was responsible."
* "I see under ‘Personal Traits’ you have "Self-Starter" listed," said the Human Resources Officer. "Why is that important to you?" "It seems to me that if more employees were self-starters, then the bosses wouldn’t have to be cranks," the almost selected candidate replied.
to For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Approaching the counter at a local post office, I said the stern-faced woman on the other side, "Are you the Postmistress?"
"No!" she replied testily, "I’m the Postmaster – Uncle Sam doesn’t pay me enough to be anyone’s mistress."
Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.
Howard W. Newton
In a small town, a man just opened a small store selling trumpets and guns. One day his neighbor pays him a visit and says: "So how is your strange business going?"
"What do you mean strange?"
"Because you sell only trumpets and guns!"
"Well, let me put it this way, what do you sell the most, trumpets or guns?"
"It evens itself out. Each time a customer buys a trumpet, one of his neighbors buys a gun."
As for butter or margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.
Mrs. Johnson was shopping at a produce stand in her neighborhood. She approached the vendor and asked, "How much are these oranges?"
"Two for a quarter," answered the vendor.
"How much is just one?" she asked.
"Fifteen cents," answered the vendor.
"Then I’ll take the other one," said Mrs. Johnson.
Don’t regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.
A boss was educating an employee on effective sales technique.
"The main thing to remember is that repetition, repetition, repetition is the keynote!" he advised. "If you have a product to sell, keep harping on it in every possible way, cram it down people’s throats and beat them over the head with it! Above all, don’t ever forget to repeat and repeat and repeat! It’s the only way to get results!"
"Yes, sir!" the employee answered.
"And now, what was it you came in to see me about?" the boss asked.
The employee replied, "A Raise! A Raise! A Raise! A Raise! A Raise! A Raise! A Raise!"
I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would affront your intelligence.
William F. Buckley
One woman was talking to her friend.
"You should listen to my neighbor," she said. "She is always bad-mouthing her poor husband behind his back. I think that’s so rude. Look at me! My husband is fat, lazy and cheap, but have you ever heard me say a bad word about him?"
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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