“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”
One of the things I look forward to each day is reading the message I get from Ralph Marston. His writings are often both inspirational and helpful. I go back and reread them occasionally when something I am thinking about triggers my interest. Today was no exception. As you know I spend a lot of time with other seniors and I find that many just let what could be precious moments slip by unnoticed or at least unappreciated and I think that is a shame.
I find as we age and deal with our limitations that collecting moments of value can make each day interesting and rewarding. Of course we start aging the minute we are born and as I watch infants and young children find joy in the simplest of things I regret that most of us lose our appreciation of the simple as we focus on the complex. Fortunately our ability to appreciate the often unnoticed does not have to be lost forever. You can start recovering the skill anytime, in fact tomorrow would be a good day to do so. Why not decide that tomorrow you will watch out for just one thing that you normally would overlook and savor it for a moment and remember that it was worth your attention. You can look for something else the next day and soon you will discover that you have built a treasure trove of appreciated moments.
Here is what Marston wrote that turned into a moment I appreciated and did not overlook. While he offers the advice to take action when the moment is here, action can be the process of appreciating the moment and storing it.
It doesn’t do much good when you appreciate the value of a moment only after that moment has passed. By that time, it’s really too late.
Instead, see the value of each moment while it is here. Live and experience that value while you still can.
The biggest regrets are for opportunities missed, for the things you could have done but didn’t. Choose to deal in action rather than in regret.
Take the opportunity presented by each moment as the moment arrives. Dive into the richness before it fades away.
Life is filled with great abundance. But the abundance can’t be saved for later unless you live it now.
Live it now, and make the most of it while it’s here. And then, though the moment will soon pass, you’ll always have its value.
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”
A highway patrolman pulled alongside a speeding car on the freeway. Glancing at the car, he was astounded to see that the person behind the wheel was knitting!
The trooper cranked down his window and yelled to the driver, “PULL OVER!”
“NO!” the driver yelled back, “SCARF.”
Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels so good.
He said that these are little known facts about women
•”Oh, nothing,” has an entirely different meaning in woman language than it does in man language.
•Women cannot use a map without turning the map to correspond to the direction that they are heading.
•All women are overweight by definition; don’t agree with them about it. Women always have 5 pounds to lose, but don’t bring this up unless they really have 5 pounds to gain.
•Only women understand the reason for “guest towels” and the “good china”.
•Women can get out of speeding tickets by pouting. This will get men arrested.
•Women don’t really care about a sense of humor in a guy despite claims to the contrary. You don’t see women trampling over Tom Cruise to get to Gilbert Gottfried, do you?
•Women will spend hours dressing up to go out, and then they’ll go out and spend more time checking out other women. Men can never catch women checking out other men; women will always catch men checking out other women.
“Friends help you move. Real friends help you move bodies.”
She said these are the REAL facts about women:
•Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hairstylist you like.
•One of the life’s mysteries is how a two pound box of candy can make a woman gain five pounds.
•The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
•Time may be a great healer, but it’s also a lousy beautician.
•Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever.
•Life not only begins at forty, it begins to show.
•If at first you don’t succeed, see if the loser gets anything.
•Amazing! You just hang something in your closet for a while, and it shrinks two sizes.
•It is bad to suppress laughter; it goes back down and spreads to your hips.
•Age is important only if you’re cheese or wine.
•The only time a woman wishes she were a year older is when she is expecting a baby.
•Freedom of the press means no-iron clothes.
•Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but she can usually be sedated with a few pieces of chocolate cake.
Blessed are the flexible, for they can tie themselves into knots.
A distraught patient phoned her doctor’s office. “Is it true,” the woman wanted to know, “that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?”
“Yes, I’m afraid so,” the doctor told her.
There was a moment of silence before the woman continued, “I wonder then, just how serious is my condition. This prescription is marked ‘NO REFILLS’.”
I used to think I was indecisive, but now I’m not sure
One day a lumberjack went into the hardware store crying over his broken ax. It had been in the family for five generations, and they had been able to cut down one hundred trees per day with this ax. The lumberjack could not part with it and asked the clerk for help. The clerk said, “Not to worry — everything is going to be all right. I have plenty of ax handles.” After a moment, the clerk inquired, “Say, you can cut down one hundred trees with this ax in one day?”
The lumberjack replied, “Yes, we have been doing it for five generations.”
The clerk went on to pitch, “Well, I have something that will cut down five hundred trees in one day.”
“Five hundred trees!!! What’cha got?” asked the lumberjack with excitement.
“A chainsaw,” replied the clerk.
“A chainsaw? What’s a chainsaw?”
The clerk plopped a device on the counter. The lumberjack oogled over it and said, “I’ll take it!”
The next day, the lumberjack came in hot as a pistol, yelling at the clerk as he slammed the chainsaw down on the counter. “You lied to me! You said that this would cut down five hundred trees in one day! I couldn’t even cut down one!”
“Well, let’s see what is wrong.” The clerk looked over the device, turned a few knobs, and pulled the rip cord. “Vvvaaaaaarrrroooommmm!” the device roared as it came alive.
The lumberjack jumped back in horror. “What’s that noise?”
“Life holds so many simple blessings, each day bringing its own individual wonder.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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