“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
I hope you don’t mind if I ramble a little today, if you do, sorry I am going to anyway.
First I have started my strength training on top of my cardiovascular exercise program. I am at the workout center every morning at five AM, while it sounds crazy to go that early I am surprised at how well it works for me. There is no traffic driving to and from the facility and it takes all of about 4 minutes to get there. There is no waiting to access the various devices and machines that are part of my routine and I am home before six AM leaving plenty of time to get ready for the early morning meetings I have most days.
I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would don workout clothes and shoes and do what I am doing these days. The results so far have been very good, my stamina has improved, my cardiac doc is thrilled and I have been able to reduce my blood thinner dosage. I also have learned that I have muscles that I never knew I had as the next day’s aches after strength training shows up all over my body.
Oh by the way I suppose I should admit that part of the secret of my ability to do it is how good I am at taking frequent naps.
Another highlight of the last few days was a breakfast meeting I had yesterday with the head of one of Indiana’s premiere arts organization. His organization is highly regarded internationally for introducing children into music and providing many of them a path that takes them to stages both in my country and abroad.
The day before we met I spent time with another friend who was distressed by how much we have cut out of our children’s education by focusing on core curricula that no longer includes the arts, health and even sports in some cases. It dawned on me as I thought about both conversations that we need to recognize that we are growing a society of culturally disadvantaged on top of the far too many kids who are economically disadvantaged. It is OK with me if a child does not get turned on by the arts but I think we owe them at least a chance to find out if they might. I know I would not like to live in a society with few artists, musicians, poets, philosophers that leave few opportunities for the rest of us to enjoy what has meant so much to so many in our history. If the schools can’t do it then I think we all need to support organizations like my friends so they can.
I am grateful every day for the opportunity I have been given to return to reasonably good health and to spend time with so many that make life in Central Indiana entertaining and rewarding. I am especially grateful that they allow me to participate in so many of the really good things that are happening.
I hope your life is as good as mine, for it is you too have a lot to be thankful for.
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Heaven, God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael, the archangel, found him resting on the seventh day. He inquires of God, “Where have you been?”
God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction and proudly pointed downward through the clouds. “Look, Michael, look what I’ve made.”
Archangel Michael looked puzzled and said, “What is it?”
“It’s a planet,” replied God, “and I’ve put life on it. I’m going to call it earth and it’s going to be a great place of balance.
“Balance?” inquired Michael, still confused.
God explained, pointing to different parts of the earth, “For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while southern Europe is going to be poor. The Middle East over there will be a hot spot,” God continued, pointing to different countries. “This one will be extremely hot and while this one will be very cold and covered with ice.”
The Archangel, impressed by God’s work, then pointed to a large land mass with oceans as it borders and said, “What’s that one?”
“Ah,” said God, “that’s Florida, the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful beaches, rivers, lakes, and climate. The people from Florida are going to be modest, intelligent, and humorous, and they are going to be found traveling the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, and high achieving people, and they will be known throughout the world as diplomats and carriers of peace.”
Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then exclaimed, “What about balance, God? You said there would be balance! Everyone and everything seems so totally perfect in this place you call Florida!”
God replied wisely, “Wait until you see the idiots I’m sending down from the North every winter!”
Middle age is when work is a lot less fun and fun a lot more work.
Saul Epstein Was Taking An Oral Exam Applying For His Citizenship Papers.
He Was Asked To Spell “Cultivate”
He Spelled It Correctly.
He Was Then Asked To Use The Word In A Sentence.
He Brightened Up And Said, “Last Vinter On A Very Cold Day, I Vas Vaiting For A Bus, But It Vas Too Cultivate, So I Took The Subvay Home.”
People don’t injure their eyesight by looking at the bright side of things!!
Two guys were at a bar talking about how highly their wives thought of them. The first guy said, “My wife, she thinks so much of me that she won’t let me do any work around the house. It’s incredible.”
The second guy says, “That’s nothing. My wife thinks I’m God.”
“She thinks you’re God? What makes you say that?”
“Easy. Every night she places a burnt offering before me.”
Do people in Australia call the rest of the world “up over”?
One night a teenage girl brought her new boyfriend home to meet her parents, and they were appalled by his appearance: leather jacket, motorcycle boots, tattoos and pierced nose. Later, the parents pulled their daughter aside and confessed their concern. “Dear,” said the mother diplomatically, “he doesn’t seem very nice.”
“Mom,” replied the daughter, “if he wasn’t nice, why would he be doing 5000 hours of community service?”
I went to a restaurant that serves -breakfast at any time. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.
A man has to take a business trip overseas so he entrusts his best friend with the job of keeping an eye on his wife. If anything out of the ordinary should occur, his friend was to notify him immediately. After about a week with no contact, the businessman received an e-mail containing only one sentence. “The man who comes to visit your wife every night didn’t show up yesterday.”
In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.
Brother David Steindl-Rast
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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