"I do not want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well."
I hope it is my imagination but it seems that more and more folks are giving up on enjoying life. It is not just the parents I talked about the other day who advise their children to enjoy college and not to worry too much about learning since as soon as they graduate life will no longer be fun. It is also the discouraged who believe that things will never get better. I know times are really tough for millions but we can’t let our traditional optimism whither because things are currently difficult. I know in my case I have lived through a number of wars, food rationing, little money and not many material goods and yet most of the people I knew were able to find ways to make life more than just bearable.
I often wonder if we have forgotten how to have fun and enjoyment. I watch young people who spend hours with their games and toys with little time for human interaction other than through text messages and the like. I also think that far too many of us have substituted feeling good about a new big car, a wall sized flat screen TV, hundred dollar dinners, expensive wines and such that we feel deprived when we can’t have it all, all the time. If we become conditioned to believe that imamate objects equate to happiness we may loose the very foundation of human satisfaction, human interaction.
I know I ramble and probably write more than I should about my concerns for the people in our world. I also know that many if not most of you have not lost touch with life itself. However I won’t apologize for advocating whenever I can people taking control of their destiny and just having some fun!!
I pulled the following off of WickiHow, it represents the collected wisdom of some people who care. So if you want to find some happiness consider:
Learning to be positive! If you keep moaning about your life, other people will only notice the bad aspects of your character and categorize you as a person who is ‘Boring’ – or worse! Who wants to spend time with a wet blanket! Go to places where people are positive and support you with positive thoughts.
Becoming generous. A little generosity goes a long way. Give and people return the favor to you and you will be known as a generous person.
Listing all the things you want to do and then do them! If you’ve always wanted to audition for theater, then go ahead and do it! This will help to reduce ‘hanging around’ and wishing.
Keep trying. One of the key things that you need to remember is to never be discouraged; failure is a part of life, and it happens naturally. If you are so disillusioned that you never want to try again, at least be comforted by the fact that you made an attempt.
Quit doing things that you do not enjoy. Make a list of the things that you are doing that you don’t enjoy, and try to stop doing them. Naturally, this shouldn’t mean that you should drop out of school if you don’t like studying, but you might consider working for a new company if you are constantly stressed and pressured by your job. If it’s not possible to stop, try to see the positive side of those things and find ways to make them entertaining.
Finding a hobby. You might take up collecting stamps or coins, or you might learn more about photography or art. You don’t have to spend your entire life doing it; the whole purpose of the hobby is to vary your routine and do something worthwhile.
Limiting the amount of time you spend in front of the TV. Watching TV is passive entertainment and enjoyment in life comes from trying and doing things yourself instead of watching other people do things. This is pretty obvious but still many people prefer second hand experiences to living life to the full. The same goes for playing TV or computer games for hours on end. Go out and do something. You will feel healthier too.
Taking pride in yourself. If you’re proud of something be it: an essay, a new deck you built, a promotion, or a song you composed hold on to it for dear life because there’s nothing more important than your pride. Do not let anybody take it by demanding more.
Staying healthy. Make part of your life eating right and exercising because it helps keep the body running at the top of its game.
Being open to change. Changes in your job, friends, and the government. With practice you will be able to anticipate it.
Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
Hans Christian Andersen
Recently in Traffic Court a man who received an expensive parking ticket testified that a uniformed Policeman had given his OK for the man to park there. The Judge asked the man if he would recognize the Officer if he ever saw him again, and the man replied that he would.
The Judge then said, "Good. When you see the Officer again, tell him he owes you $57. Next…"
I love giving homemade gifts. Which of my children would you like?
The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
The Mexicans east a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of fatty food and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans
Conclusion: Eat, drink and be merry. Speaking English is what kills
Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?
The Founding Fathers were sitting around a table sometime in 1776, working on the constitution. It had been a long day.
Father1: Whew! It’s getting rather warm in here, isn’t it?
Father2: Shall I open the window?
Father1: No, that’s alright. I’ll just take off my jacket, and roll up my sleeves.
Father2: Hey, that’s a good idea. Why don’t we include that in the constitution?
Father1: What? That we’re allowed to take our jackets off and roll up our sleeves while at work?
Father2: Yeah, but that doesn’t sound very smooth. How about "Everyone shall have the right to bare arms?"
She said: If the shoe fits……buy a pair in every color.
He said, as a high school football coach, I’m aware that student athletes tend to focus too much on sports. Bob, a fellow coach, was talking about one such player, who called him at home one night. When his wife informed the kid that Bob wasn’t home, he became frantic and said he had to speak to the coach right away.
"Just calm down, and I’ll have him call you as soon as he gets home," the coach’s wife told him. "What’s your number?"
The flustered kid replied, "Three."
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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