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“We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.”

Bill Watterson


If you have been reading the Daily for anytime at all you know that I believe that much of people’s unhappiness is due to their inability to see and appreciate what they already have. Many of us spend so much time reaching for the brass ring that we never take our eyes off the ring long enough to see and appreciate the passing parade. They thing I find most rewarding is that when I stop to see what I already get out of life the remembrances leave little need to lust for much more. In a day when many tell us that happiness and success lie just around the corner if we set targets, work diligently, in my experience all that is OK if it is built upon a life that values life success and not just career and monetary success.

I was pleased after getting so many tips on how to be prosperous to receive the following from the editors of the Change blog. It was written by Anne – Sophie Reinhardt. It has a long list that I have edited down to give you the idea of what makes her life special. Rather than taking her list why don’t you stop and take some time and generate your own.

Reasons to Fiercely Embrace Life

Life is grand, full of magic, hope and possibility. However, sometimes it’s hard to see how lucky and fortunate we are to be here. We get so caught up in our daily stresses that we completely forget how awe-inspiring and miraculous living really is. We go through the motions, get in a rut and are busy putting out one fire after the next in an attempt to keep our lives in balance.

Yet, drama happens all the time. Our projects don’t work out, our businesses aren’t going the way we had hoped for, our relationships experience troubles, the economy is bad, politicians let us down and life is just not the way it’s supposed to be. It’s easy then to get sucked into a spiral of self-doubt and weariness. It’s easy to lose hope, feel listless and ready to just give up.

Speaking from experience, I know how destructive these feelings can be and how easily they overshadow your entire world. But if you take a moment to breathe, open your eyes and see, just see, all the marvels of this world, it’s hard not to be speechless, feel grateful and happy to be alive. Since I know I’m not the only one who sometimes lacks inspiration, I created the following list of reasons to love being alive, living on this beautiful planet and sharing these times with so many incredible fellows. Ready? Let’s go.

  • Receiving help in unexpected ways.
  • The wistful longings of a heart in love
  • Experiencing the beating of your heart after a long, hard work out.
  • The belly-laughter experienced when you’re with great friends.
  • The promises of a new day when watching the sunrise.
  • The sheer joy of seeing friends long lost.
  • The delight in sharing your wisdom and knowledge with others.
  • The pleasure of feeling the sun on your face or the wind in your hair.
  • The wonder of exploring new places and worlds.
  • Seeing the innocence in a toddler’s eyes.
  • The beautiful smell of the air after heavy rain.
  • Falling into your bed after a long and hard day.
  • The first signs of fall after a hot summer.
  • Finally figuring out what you’re truly hungry for.
  • Giving to others and experiencing their joy.
  • Coming home.

What are your reasons to lovingly and fiercely embrace life?


“Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.”

Gordon B. Hinckley


When my cousin, Tom, was at the police academy, prior to joining Chicago’s finest, one of his instructors asked him during an oral exam, “What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?”

He immediately replied, with conviction,  “Call for backup.”


When you have accumulated sufficient knowledge to get by, you’re too old to remember it.


We were on our way to the hospital where our 16-year-old daughter was scheduled to undergo a tonsillectomy.  During the ride we talked about how the procedure would be performed. “Dad,” our teenager asked, “how are they going to keep my mouth open during the surgery?” Without hesitation he quipped, “They’re going to give you a phone to hold.”


My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying.

Rodney Dangerfield


Recently we called a business phone number and heard the following:  If you are calling from a touch-tone phone, press one now.  If you are calling from a rotary phone, hang up and call back from a touch-tone phone.


I dialed a wrong number and got the following recording:  “I am not available right now, but thank you for caring enough to call.  I am making some changes in my life.  Please leave a message after the beep. If I do not return your call, you are one of the changes.”


Sanity and insanity overlap a fine gray line.


There was a woman who spent some months serving God in Kenya.  On her final visit to a remote township she attended a medical clinic.  As the Maasai women there began to sing together, she found herself deeply moved by their hauntingly beautiful harmonies.  She wanted to always remember this moment and try to share it with friends when she arrived home. With tears flowing down her cheeks, she turned to her friend and asked, “Can you please tell me the translation of the words to this song?” Her friend looked at her an solemnly replied, “If you boil the water, you won’t get dysentery.”


“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

Charlie Chaplin


When the new patient was settled comfortably on the couch, the psychiatrist began his therapy session.  “I’m not aware of your problem,” the doctor said.  “So perhaps, you should start at the very beginning.”

“Of course,” replied the patient.  “In the beginning, I created the Heavens and the Earth…”


“What you have to decide… is how you want your life to be. If your forever was ending tomorrow, would this be how you’d want to have spent it? Listen, the truth is, nothing is guaranteed. You know that more than anybody. So dont be afraid. Be alive.”

Sarah Dessen


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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