I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
Thomas A. Edison
One of the things that happens to me when I am semi-immobile is I reflect on what is good about my life. These last few days have been no exception and I again realized just how fortunate I am to have met and known so many good and interesting people. What makes it even better is that I get so many chances to encounter new folks all the time. This week is going to be especially rewarding as later today I will be breakfasting with someone I met on a recent flight to the west. Tomorrow I’ll be with a long time reader of the Daily who I have yet to meet in person and then on Friday I will lunch with a friend who spends almost all of her time doing things for others.
In all honesty I have learned more from the folks I have the good fortune to visit with than anything I have learned from other vehicles. They share their thoughts, their wisdom, their experiences and their dreams. Will Rogers said long ago that he never met a man he didn’t like, while I have learned to dislike a few I always consider everyone I meet as a potential special friend and I am rewarded by the fact that so many allow me into their life. Of course the secret is to always be ready to make a human connection. Friendship depends on your willingness to openly care for others, it is not a one way street where only you get tangible benefits, rather it is the opportunity to enrich both lives. Your future friends are everywhere but you have to do your part. Read the following and heed its advice, if you do you too will benefit as I have.
Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there…to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be but, when you lock eyes with them, you know that every moment they will affect your life in some profound way.
And sometimes things happen to you at the time that may seem horrible, painful and unfair but, upon reflection, you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, will power or heart.
Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck. Illness, Injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. Safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless. The people you meet affect your life. The successes and downfalls that you experience can create who you are, and the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones.
If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them because they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart to. If someone loves you, love them back, unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and open your heart and eyes to little things.
Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, break free and set your sights high.
Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you.
A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.
A hospital posted a notice in the nurses’ mess saying:
“Remember, the first five minutes of a human being’s life are the most dangerous.”
Underneath, a nurse had written:
“The last five are pretty risky, too.”
(1) When in charge ponder.
(2) When in trouble delegate.
(3) When in doubt mumble.”
James H. Boren
A professor was one day walking along a very narrow street when he came face to face with a rival. The street was too narrow for two to pass. The rival, pulling himself up to his full height, said haughtily, “I never make way for fools!”
Smiling, the professor stepped aside and said, “I always do.”
Imagery is All In The Mind.
A friend hosted a dinner party for people from work and everyone was encouraged to bring their children. All during the sit-down dinner one co-worker’s three-year-old girl stared at the man sitting across from her. The girl could hardly eat her food from staring.
The man checked his tie, felt his face for food, patted his hair in place, but nothing stopped her from staring at him. He tried his best to just ignore her but finally it was too much for him.
He asked her, “Why are you staring at me?”
Everyone at the table had noticed her behavior, and the table went quiet for her response. The little girl said, “I just want to see how you drink like a fish!”
Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.
At a clearance sale, the wife of a federal district court judge found a green tie that was a perfect match for one of her husband’s sports jackets. Soon after, while the couple was vacationing at a resort complex to get his mind off a rather complicated cocaine conspiracy case, he noticed a small, round disc sewn into the design of the tie.
The judge showed it to a local FBI agent, who was equally suspicious that it might be a ‘bug’ planted by the conspiracy defendants. The agent sent the device to FBI headquarters In Washington, DC for analysis. Two weeks later, the judge phoned the Washington office to learn the results of their tests.
“We’re not sure where the disc came from,” the FBI told him, “but we discovered that when you press it, it plays ‘Jingle Bells.'”
My Dad bought my Mom a piano for her birthday. A few weeks later, I asked how she was doing with it.
“Oh,” said My Dad, “I persuaded her to switch to a clarinet.”
“How come?” I asked.
“Well,” he answered, “because with a clarinet, she can’t sing.”
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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