“Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
Joshua J. Marine
I had breakfast with a friend recently who owns a modest business who like so many others in the recent past found that it was not easy doing enough business to get by. Having been use to monetary and professional success it was a challenge to accept the slow down. He told me it was getting to him and even affecting his non work behavior.
Thankfully he took a short family vacation and while gone realized that he was not guilty nor was there someone else to blame for what was happening. He decided that in reality getting by when so many others were not was in itself success of sorts. Probably what was even more important was the realization that he need not let work define him nor consume all his time and energy and so he decided to make a life style change. What happened is that he actually has benefited from the slow down as he has reinvented himself and reset his priorities. And by the way his business is picking up and he manages what he does so that it fits into his choices rather than dictates an unacceptable return to the struggles of the past.
In my friend’s case, as in mine and hopefully yours, he has learned to place value on more than just money and public prestige. He has recognized the importance of living fully and balancing his activities so that he can get the most out of each day.
Here is how author John Follis defined the true meaning of success during a time when he also was dealing with difficult business affairs. I appreciate that he has shared this with the public.
What “Success” Is To Me.
To have the ways, means, time and guts to choose and follow my own path.
To dissolve the line between who I am and what I “do.”
To make decisions based not on fear, guilt, money or politics but rather what truly feels right.
To have much love, passion and fun in my life.
To be healthy in body, mind and spirit.
To have enthusiasm when I wake up, and peace of mind when I go to bed.
To use my unique gifts in a way that makes a positive difference in many peoples’ lives.
To inspire and motivate others.
To be able to make people laugh — including myself.
To know that I’m on the right path and not alone in my journey.
To live with the understanding that “getting there” isn’t half the fun, it’s most of it.
To make the most with what I’ve been given.
To take advantage of every opportunity and face every fear.
To live having true friends and die having no regrets.
I honestly believe that if each of us made a personal commitment to using these success definitions as our guide we will reap great reward.
Yesterday’s success formula is often today’s obsolete dogma & we must continually challenge the past so that we can renew ourselves each day.
We Were So Poor That We Could Only Afford…
Medicines called placebos
Five of the Ten Commandments
Sunrise Or Sunset
Webster’s Extremely Abridged Dictionary
Ivory soap soup mix
Blue suede shoe boxes
Lipton Tea Bag strings
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
In order for the Italians not to be left out in naming their ships, they finally registered the following designation with NATO :
USA is USS which means “United States Ship”.
British is HMS which means “Her Majesty’s Ship”.
Italy is AMB which means “Atsa My Boat!”
“I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. There’s a knob called brightness, but it doesn’t work.”
Eugene P. Gallagher
– Hello, that’s you, Abe?
– Yes, dis is Abe…
– It doesn’t sount like Abe
– Vell, dis is Abe all right.
– You’re positive it’s Abe?
– Vell, listen Abie, dis is Moe. Can you lend me fifty dollars?
– Ven Abe comes in, I’ll tell him you called…
My mind not only wanders, sometimes it leaves completely.
A member of the Country Club asked the lifeguard how he might go about teaching a young lady to swim.
“It takes considerable time and technique.” replied the guard. “First you must take her into the water, then place one arm about her waist, hold her tightly, then take her right arm and raise it very slowly…”
“This is certainly most helpful.” said the member. “I know that my sister will appreciate it.”
“Your sister?” said the lifeguard. “In that case, just push her into the deep end of the pool. She’ll learn in a hurry.”
Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
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.
A few weeks later, when he received the violations in the mail, he discovered three traffic tickets: each for not wearing a seat belt!
I know I’m not going to understand women. I’ll never understand how you can take boiling hot wax, pour it onto your upper thigh, rip the hair out by the root, and still be afraid of a spider.
His son is a “high-energy” kid who never sits still and is always on the move.
He was surprised when his wife suggested that they buy him a bike for his birthday.
“Do you really believe that’ll help improve his behavior ?” he asked.
“Well, no,” she admitted, “But it’ll spread it over a wider area.”
“I do believe that when we face challenges in life that are far beyond our own power, it’s an opportunity to build on our faith, inner strength, and courage. I’ve learned that how we face challenges plays a big role in the outcome of them.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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