We were meant to give our lives away.
Spend more time living your legacy instead of worrying about leaving it.
Lee J. Colan
Today ends July, a momentous month for me. I traded a long awaited visit to North Carolina for a stay in the hospital. I added a neurologist and neurosurgeon to my ever growing list of doctors. I started the process of reprogramming the balance of the year with less adventurous travel and a slightly more reserved lifestyle. The reprogramming is turning out to be fun and interesting and provides an opportunity to break some new ground. The month was also enriched by the addition of some new friends, the rediscovery of one of my favorite old friends and as usual I benefited from more than my share of good people.
I did want to share with you that I have researched August as part of putting together my activity list and while being selective I do plan on participating in some of the US special programs. Here is a short list of a few highlights.
American Adventures Month – Boy does this fit into my plans as we have deided to explore locally for awhile.
Get Ready for Kindergarten Month – I am ready and really looking forward to the entrance into my second childhood.
Happiness Happens Month – This is so true, in fact it is true every month if you only let it happen. Have you noticed those that expect to be happy usually are and those who expect to be unhappy usually are as well.
National Panini Month – The thing I don’t understand is why it took so many years before I discovered how good they are.
National Win with Civility Month – If there was only one thing we all did this month I would hope this would be it. I worry that we as a society do not value civil behavior as much as we should
Neurosurgery Outreach Month – I really jumped the gun on this one, I did it in July.
Admit You’re Happy Month – I AM, I AM, are you?
What Will Be Your Legacy Month – This is an important question that we should ask ourselves often, not the things we leave behind but the positive memories we leave with others. We should strive to leave the world with folks being glad we had been there.
We change the world not by what we say or do, but as consequence of what we have become.
David R. Hawkins
Andy Rooney tells us that he has learned:
That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
That love, not time, heals all wounds.
That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done already.
Things To Be Thankful For – Mother’s Perspective
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful to have been born the USA, the most powerful free democracy in the world.
AFTER CHILDREN : I am thankful for Velcro tennis shoes. As well as saving valuable time, now I can hear the sound of my son taking off his shoes — which gives me three extra seconds to activate the safety locks on the back seat windows right before he hurls them out of the car and onto the freeway.
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful for the recycling program which will preserve our natural resources and prevent the overloading of landfills.
AFTER CHILDREN : I am thankful for swim diapers because every time my son wanders into water in plain disposables, he ends up wearing a blimp the size of, say, New Jersey, on his bottom.
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful for fresh, organic vegetables.
AFTER CHILDREN : I am thankful for microwaveable macaroni and cheese — without which my children would be surviving on about three bites of cereal and their own spit.
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful for the opportunity to obtain a college education and have a higher quality of life than my ancestors.
AFTER CHILDREN : I am thankful to finish a complete thought without being interrupted.
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful for holistic medicine and natural herbs.
AFTER CHILDREN : I am thankful for pediatric cough syrup guaranteed to "cause drowsiness" in young children.
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful for all of the teachers who had taught, encouraged and nurtured me throughout my formative years.
AFTER CHILDREN: I am thankful for all of the people at Weight Watchers who let me strip down to pantyhose and a strategically placed scarf before getting on the scale each week.
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful for the opportunity to vacation in exotic foreign countries so I could experience a different way of life in a new culture.
AFTER CHILDREN : I am thankful to have time to make it all the way down the driveway to get the mail.
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful for the Moosewood Vegetarian cookbook.
AFTER CHILDREN : I am thankful for the Butterball turkey hotline.
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful for a warm, cozy home to share with my loved ones.
AFTER CHILDREN : I am thankful for the lock on the bathroom door.
BEFORE CHILDREN: I was thankful for material objects like custom furniture, a nice car, and trendy clothes.
AFTER CHILDREN : I am thankful when the baby spits up and misses my good shoes.
In a Silver City, Nevada, cemetery:
Here lays Butch,
We planted him raw.
He was quick on the trigger,
But slow on the draw.
One Sunday a young child was "acting up" during the morning worship hour. The parents did their best to maintain some sense of order in the pew but were losing the battle. Finally, the father picked the little fellow up and walked sternly up the aisle on his way out. Just before reaching the safety of the foyer, the little one called loudly to the congregation, "Pray for me! Pray for me!"
If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.
An off-duty police officer, familiar with radar guns, drove through a school zone within the legal speed limit when the flash of a camera went off, taking a picture of his license plate.
The officer, thinking the radar was in error, drove by again; even more slowly. Another flash. He did it again for a third time, at an even slower speed. Same result.
"This guy must have screwed up the settings," the off-duty officer thought. He planned to mention the problem to his supervisor when he got to work, but forgot.
A few weeks later, when he received the violations in the mail, he discovered three traffic tickets: each for not wearing a seat belt!
A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered. Carve your name on hearts, and not on marble.
C. H. Spurgeon
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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