The mark of a successful man is one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it.
OK, everyone this is it. The staff is packing up and is ready to leave. Spring is here and soon we’ll be gone for a couple of weeks. I plan on following the above advice and search for success by lying around. The time off will give me a chance to recharge so I’m ready for everything that is going on next month. I have four grandchildren that will be graduating, one from college, one from high school and two from middle school. I have a number of volunteer commitments and scheduled meetings and classes as well. These next two weeks also will be a test of my self-discipline, I have lost 14 pounds in the last month and I hope I have the will power to avoid too many snacks as I lie on the riverbank.
Anyway I wish you well while I’m gone. I also would appreciate it if you kept the peace and resolved the financial meltdown.
I have decided that when I get back I am going to make a greater effort to enjoy more of my life, if that’s possible, by following the advice offered by Author Peter Clemens, he suggests that we:
1. Appreciate Beauty. Each day we come across beauty in a number of shapes and forms. It’s a shame, then, that many people have become so accustomed to this beauty that it largely goes unappreciated. I suggest looking again at the people, plants, gadgets, and buildings (to name but a few examples) around you and taking a moment to appreciate what makes them so special.
2. Connect With Nature. Nature is an amazing healer for the stresses and strains of modern life. Eating lunch in the park, attending to a vegetable garden in your backyard, or watching the sunset are just a few simple ideas for how you can enjoy the outdoors on a daily basis.
3. Laugh. E. E. Cummings once said “the most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” How very true. Never be too busy to laugh, or too serious to smile. Instead, surround yourself with fun people and don’t get caught up in your own sense of importance.
4. Have Simple Pleasures. A good cup of coffee when I first wake. Time spent playing with my 8 month old son. Cooking a nice meal in the evening. These may not seem terribly exciting, but they are some of the simple pleasures I enjoy in life. If you slow down for just a moment and take the time to appreciate these ordinary events, life becomes instantly more enjoyable.
5. Connect With People. In so many ways, it is our relationships with people that give us the most happiness in life. Perhaps, then, the best way to enjoy your work more is not to get a raise or a promotion, but rather to build rewarding relationships with your co-workers.
6. Learn. There is a strong link between learning and happiness. Given this, there is no excuse not to be stimulating your brain and learning something new each day. My favorite way to find time for learning is to make the most of the commute to and from work. Audiobooks and podcasts are great for this purpose.
7. Rethink Your Mornings and Evenings. Are the mornings a mad rush for you to get out the door? Do you switch off the TV at night and go straight to bed? I have personally experienced the profound benefits of establishing a routine in the morning and evening. For example, in the morning you may choose to wake an hour earlier and spend the time working on yourself, whether it be reading, writing or exercising. In the evening, consider spending some time just before bed reviewing your day or in meditation.
8. Celebrate Your Successes. During a normal day we are sure to have some minor successes. Perhaps you have successfully dealt with a difficult customer, made a sale, or received a nice compliment for your work. These aren’t events worth throwing a party for, but why not take a moment to celebrate your success? Share the experience with someone else, reward yourself with a nice lunch, or just give yourself a mental pat on the back.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
William Henry Davies
"Air Force Maintenance Issues"
Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by US Air Force pilots and the replies from the maintenance crews.
"Squawks" are problem listings that pilots generally leave for maintenance crews to fix before next flight.
(P) Left inside main tire almost needs replacement
(S) Almost replaced left inside main tire
(P) Test flight OK, except autoland very rough
(S) Autoland not installed on this aircraft
(P) #2 Propeller seeping prop fluid.
(S) #2 Propeller seepage normal – #1 #3 and #4 propellers lack normal seepage
(P) Something loose in cockpit
(S) Something tightened in cockpit
(P) Evidence of leak on right main landing gear
(S) Evidence removed
(P) DME volume unbelievably loud
(S) Volume set to more believable level
(P) Dead bugs on windshield
(S) Live bugs on order
(P) Autopilot in altitude hold mode produces a 200 fpm descent
(S) Cannot reproduce problem on ground
(P) IFF inoperative
(S) IFF always inoperative in OFF mode
(P) Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick
(S) That’s what they’re there for
(P) Number three engine missing
(S) Engine found on right wing after brief search
(P) Aircraft handles funny
(S) Aircraft warned to straighten up, "fly right." and be serious.
(P) Target Radar hums
(S) Reprogrammed Target Radar with the words
You’re never too old to become younger.
A woman rushed into the supermarket to pick up a few items. She headed for the express line where the clerk was talking on the phone with his back turned to her.
"Excuse me," she said, "I’m in a hurry. Could you check me out, please?"
The clerk turned, stared at her for a second, looked her up and down, smiled and said, "Ummmm, Not bad."
Marriage is the process of finding out what kind of man your wife would have preferred.
A couple is celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary and goes down to their old school. There, in a corner, they hold hands as they find their old desk where he had carved, "I love you, Sally." On the way home, a bag of money falls out of an armored car in front of them. She picks it up and counts $50,000.
The husband says, "We’ve got to give it back."
She says, "Finders keepers." And when they get home she hides it in the attic. The next day, two FBI men show up at their home. They ask, "Pardon me, did anyone in this house find any money that fell out of an armored car yesterday?"
She says, "No."
The husband says, "My wife is lying. She took the money and hid it in the attic."
She says, "Don’t believe him, he’s a bit senile."
So they sit the man down and begin to question him. One FBI guy says, "Tell us the story from the beginning."
The old man says, "Well, my wife and I were on our way home from school…"
The FBI guy looks at his partner and says, "Let’s get out of here."
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
Mohandas K. Gandhi
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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