It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
As many of you know I spend a lot of time with people who are going through life changes. Often these folks are facing the greatest challenges of their lives. As an example I visited with an acquaintance last night who has been out of work for twenty months and has used up most of his resources just keeping his head above water. And yesterday I had breakfast with a friend and caregiver who has to deal with her medical problems while helping those near and dear to her deal with their major health problems. What continues to amaze me is how so many of these good people maintain a positive attitude while staying as optimistic as possible. I know after so many years of working with people just like these two that they understand what really is important in life and put everything else in perspective.
The other day I heard a discussion based upon the concept of having two possible life paths, one based on having, the other based on being. If I remember correctly it was Eric Fromm who developed the differences between the two. The concern expressed was that we had become so materialistic that far too many of us measure our self worth by what we have rather than who we are. That has also been a concern of mine for some time as I see so many people missing the enjoyment that comes from jumping in and participating in life, appreciating all you get to do and see.
Both my friends seem to be doers and not collectors. I don’t know if circumstances made them that way or if it is the way they always were. I do know however if collecting material goods is ones focus a lot will be missed. The good news is that it does not have to be a permanent choice and we can change. The first step is to put what we have in perspective so that we understand that more, bigger, shinier and the like do not mean better. I probably shared the following with you before but if I did it is worth repeating.
Appreciating What We Have
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who won’t survive the week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 20 million people around the world.
If you attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are more blessed than almost three billion people in the world.
If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
If your parents are still married and alive, you are very rare, especially in the United States.
If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.
If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer God’s healing touch.
If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read anything at all.
You are so blessed in ways you may never even know.
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel
Top 15 Clues That Your Company Has Been Sold
1. People you have never met assure you that nothing will change.
2. They issue new nametags without the company name on them.
3. The company logo on our paychecks gets changed to something else. When this is questioned, we’re just told not to worry, it will be discussed in a meeting next week.
4. My paycheck did NOT bounce.
5. An announcement that on Monday we should report to the new building… in a different state.
6. English-German dictionaries show up on everyone’s desks.
7. The budget for your project suddenly doubles in size. Uh, how’d we get that much money?
8. The pointy-haired owners are cleaning out their desks and their offices, of a company that their family has owned for over 40 years, but tell you that they are redecorating their office at home and want all their things there?
9. What is this “Lot 642” tag stapled to my ear?
10. The pointy-haired boss called a meeting to let whole department know we weren’t being bought, everything was O.K. and don’t worry.
11. I post articles to an online edition of the local newspaper. I learned the newspaper had been sold when I received an article to post about the sale.
12. You get voicemail messages from some temp company you’ve never heard of or called, who say they got your number from your boss.
13. The boss starts doing work.
14. The ‘Coming Soon…’ sign on the front lawn…
15. A letter on your desk which reads, “Thanks for all your hard work, BUT….”
I’m not tense, just terribly alert.
POINTS TO PONDER
How do you get off a non-stop flight?
How many weeks are there in a light year?
If a jogger runs at the speed of sound, can he still hear his Walkman?
If swimming is good for your shape, then why do the whales look the way they do?
If you jog backwards, will you gain weight?
Why do the signs that say “Slow Children” have a picture of a running child?
Why do we sing Take me out to the ball game, when we are already there?
Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
“My friends accused me of being a hypochondriac, which made me think: What if I *am* a hypochondriac, in addition to all these other ailments I have?”
An optometrist was instructing a new employee on how to charge a customer:
“As you are fitting his glasses, if he asks how much they cost, you say, ‘$75.’ … if his eyes don’t flutter, say, ‘For the frames. The lenses will be $50.’…”
“If his eyes still don’t flutter, you add, ‘Each.'”
A prudent man will think more important what fate has conceded to him than what it has denied.
A man goes to the doctor with a swollen leg. After a careful examination, the doctor gives the man a pill big enough to choke a horse. “I’ll be right back with some water,” the doctor tells him.
The doctor is gone awhile and the man loses patience. He hobbles out to the drinking fountain, forces the pill down his throat and gobbles down water until the pill clears his throat. He hobbles back into the examining room.
The doctor comes back with a bucket of warm water.
“Okay, after the tablet dissolves, soak that leg for at least 30 minutes.”
Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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