Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lately I have been feeling the frustration that comes from understanding that there are times when we can’t do what we want to do. Currently I have on my schedule some activities that require me to do more than I might be able to do because of temporary medical limitations. I struggle at times like this balancing the guilt that comes from failing to live up to someone else’s expectations and the realistic understanding that the inability to satisfactorily perform is often worse. So currently I have to avoid some scheduled activities in part because of doctors’ advice and a realistic understanding that I probably would not be able to do all that was expected and if the truth be known the fear of pain from a domineering wife who must be obeyed.
Hopefully the limitations will pass with an assist from my docs but until them I am limiting my activities to those where the only requirement is to be semi-lucid and relatively alert. I do have to travel out of state for a few days at the end of the week on critical family matters but I have learned that there are ways to do that without requiring too much physical movement. Don’t get me wrong there is more than enough that I can do and enjoy so my current limitations just result in rechanneling my efforts. The only real disappointment is the feeling I am letting someone else down.
OK enough of that. The lesson to be learned is that there is always something to do. All we need to do is understand our current reality and make choices that are feasible and that include a large dose of satisfaction. The all wise Ralph Marston wrote a piece not too long ago about going where you belong that I like, it helped me realize again why my love of so many different things provides me a multitude of places that are right for me. Here is what he said:
Put yourself where you belong. Go with what you know is right for you.
Whatever you most love to do is what you will do best.
Places where you love to be, and people you love to be around, will bring out your highest level of effectiveness.
Put yourself in those places and get yourself around those people as much as you can. Be where you belong and you’ll be your very best.
When something feels right, that means it is right for you.
Pay attention to your authentic feelings, and follow where they lead.
It’s not frivolous or selfish to do what you love. When you’re doing what you love, you’re able to give the best of who you are.
Be the way you want to be, feel the way you like to feel and do the things you wish to do. Get yourself where you truly belong, and live your own special greatness.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Henry S. Haskins
A woman whose fondness for the good life had taken its toll in added pounds – and girth – was being shown a Jeep by a salesman at an auto dealership. When the salesman’s pitch had run its course, he sought to close with the typical line, “Now what would it take to get you into one of these?”
Looking at the Jeep’s high front seat, the woman replied, “Probably a crowbar.”
Just living is not enough… One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
Hans Christian Anderson
Her Bumper Stickers
SO MANY MEN, SO FEW WHO CAN AFFORD ME.
MY MOTHER IS A TRAVEL AGENT FOR GUILT TRIPS.
PRINCESS, HAVING HAD SUFFICIENT EXPERIENCE WITH PRINCES, SEEKS FROG.
COFFEE, CHOCOLATE, MEN. SOME THINGS ARE JUST BETTER RICH.
DON’T TREAT ME ANY DIFFERENTLY THAN YOU WOULD THE QUEEN
I’M OUT OF ESTROGEN – AND I HAVE A GUN.
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WARNING: I HAVE AN ATTITUDE AND I KNOW HOW TO USE IT.
ALL STRESSED OUT AND NO ONE TO CHOKE.
I’M ONE OF THOSE BAD THINGS THAT HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE.
HOW CAN I MISS YOU IF YOU WON’T GO AWAY?
Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
On his parent’s Russian roots: King took his mother, Minnie, to see “Fiddler on the Roof,” thinking the fictitious village of Anatevka might bring back memories of her own childhood village. “And when the show was over and we were back on the street,” Mr. King wrote in his autobiography ‘Name-Dropping: The Life and Lies of Alan King’, “I said, ‘Ma, how did you enjoy it? Did it bring back memories?'” “‘It was wonderful,’ she said. ‘Only I don’t remember so much singing.’ ”
I’ll drive you crazy, but you’re paying for gas.
He said: I took my daughter to the doctor for her 2-year-old check. They had her do coordination tests, like stacking blocks, and they watch and see if they walk properly. And then the doctor said, “Allison, can you stand on one foot for me?” And she walked over and stood on his foot.
“If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late.”
Hanging in the hallway at the High School are the basketball team pictures from the past 40 years. A player in the center of the front row in each picture holds a basketball identifying the year — “62-63,” “63-64,” “64-65,” etc.
One day I spotted a freshman looking curiously at the photos. Turning to me, he said, “Isn’t it strange how the teams always lost by one point?”
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
Anthony J. D’Angelo
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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