Days are scrolls: write on them only what you want remembered.
Bchya Ibn Pakuda
Yesterday we talked about how fleeting both the good and the bad events in our lives are as the days and years go by. I suggested that having the bad linger but for a little while allows us to deal with disappointment, learn from our mistakes and then move on. I also said that the good things can pass us by without too much notice if we don’t stay alert while realizing how precious each positive moment is to our happiness.
The more I thought about it the more I realized that a lot of how we handle events depends on our old friend “Attitude.” It is those who expect to find good in their days and who know how positive life can be who are the happiest. It is almost like self-fulfilling prophecy; if you expect disappointment chances are you’ll find it and even worse you may even feed what you find just to prove to yourself that you’re right. On the other hand if you expect the best chances are you will find something to nurture, savor, appreciate and remember.
Here is something I was sent recently that was authored by Michaela Gagne that leads me to believe that she understands.
I believe that there’s no greater force in the world than love, and that those who welcome it in to their lives will truly live.
I believe that adults should give themselves permission to be children. Sing, paint, laugh, play, grow…and you will surely be happier and offer more to this world.
I believe that life is not about what could have happened. Life is about what is. Life is about looking through the front windshield while I’m driving, not the rearview mirror.
I believe that dreams are so important, but some may never come true…and that’s okay. A disappointment can hold a new sense of purpose and direction. I will never, ever stop dreaming…I just won’t stop myself from reshaping those goals into something even greater.
I believe in celebrating the people who have helped shape me into the fighter, giver, dreamer, artist, optimist, survivor, and believer I have become. I will show my love and appreciation to the family and friends who make my life beautiful.
I believe that life is about choices. I can choose to make my life and this world better. I can choose to turn obstacles into opportunities. I can choose to see the potential that surrounds me at every moment.
I believe in making every day special. Special has many definitions. What’s yours?
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow.
Mary Anne Radmacher
A woman was chatting with her next-door neighbor. "I feel real good today. I started out this morning with an act of unselfish generosity. I gave a five dollar bill to a bum."
"You mean you gave a bum five dollars? That’s a lot of money to give away like that. What did you husband say about it?"
"Oh, he thought it was a good thing to do and thanked me."
A seminar on Time Travel will be held two weeks ago.
A man from the East Coast is visiting California for the first time, and is conversing with a California native. He says, "I’ll be visiting La Jolla (lah-JOLL-a) next week," whereupon the Californian replies, "Oh, you mean, ‘La-*HOY-a’?" "Oh. Yeah, I guess so." Then he adds, "but right now I’m staying in El Cajon (el-ca-JOHN)," and again the Californian corrects him, "You mean, El Ca ‘HONE’?" "Oh. Yeah, right." Then the Californian asks, "So when will you be returning home?" The East Coast guy thinks about it for a minute and then answers, "Oh, I don’t know, I guess sometime in ‘HUNE’ or ‘HULY’."
Laugh and the world laughs with you. Snore and you sleep alone.
My friend Moishe owned one of the biggest and fastest-growing businesses in Miami, a furniture store. I convinced him that he needed to take a trip to Italy to check out the merchandise himself, and because he was still single, he could check out all the hot Italian women, and maybe get lucky.
As Moishe was checking into a hotel he struck up an acquaintance with a beautiful young lady… she only spoke Italian and he only spoke English, so neither understood a word the other spoke. He took out a pencil and a notebook and drew a picture of a taxi. She smiled, nodded her head and they went for a ride in the park.
Later, he drew a picture of a table in a restaurant with a question mark and she nodded, so they went to dinner. After dinner he sketched two dancers and she was delighted. They went to several nightclubs, drank champagne, danced and had a glorious evening.
It had gotten quite late when she motioned for the pencil and drew a picture of a four-poster bed. Moishe was dumbfounded, and to this day remarks to me that he’s never be able to understand how she knew he was in the furniture business.
Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities. -Frank Lloyd Wright
Two rural church deacons who were having a sociable beer in the local tavern when they saw their minister drive by and take a good long look at their pickup trucks parked outside.
One deacon ducked down and said, "I hope the reverend didn’t see us or recognize my pickup."
The other replied indifferently, "What difference does it make. God knows we’re in here… and he’s the only one who counts."
The first deacon countered, "But God won’t tell my wife."
"True friends are the people who walk in when the rest of the world is walking out."
The man passed out in a dead faint as he came out of his front door onto the porch. Someone called 911. When the paramedics arrived, they helped him regain consciousness and asked if he knew what caused him to faint.
"It was enough to make anybody faint," he said.
"My son asked me for the keys to the garage, and instead of driving the car out, he came out with the lawn mower."
Why can you "slow up," but you can’t "speed down."?
A minister was planning a wedding at the close of the Sunday morning service.
After the benediction he had planned to call the couple down to be married for a brief ceremony before the congregation. For the life of him, he couldn’t think of the names of those who were to be married. "Will those wanting to get married please come to the front?" he requested.
Immediately, nine single ladies, three widows, four widowers, and six single men stepped to the front.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.
Two elderly ladies meet at the launderette after not seeing one another for some time. After inquiring about each other’s health one asked how the other’s husband was doing.
"Oh! Ted died last week. He went out to the garden to dig up a cabbage for dinner, had a heart attack and dropped down dead right there in the middle of the vegetable patch!"
"Oh dear! I’m very sorry." replied her friend "What did you do?"
"I opened a can of peas instead."
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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