The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.
My recent visit to North Carolina as you know was somewhat devastating since my super sister-in-law died while I was there. Fortunately most of her immediate family lived close by so they provided support as did some of their truly special friends.
As it often happens when we lose someone close we spent much of our time reminiscing about their life and the really good times we shared. I was pleased that we were able to celebrate the life she had while not limiting ourselves to mourning her death. The moments also were used by many for personal introspection; a review if you will of our lives as they are now and what we might do make sure we take advantage of the years we have left. The issue always is one of knowing yourself and then having the courage to take the steps that can lead to a better life.
Each of us carries burdens from our past that can bog us down if we let them. In my experience the faster we release ourselves from our past and any ties that bind us to the status quo the faster we can begin a happier life.
I am sure I shared with many of you some time ago a piece written by Erma Bombeck. She wrote it near the end of her life and it holds many of the keys to a happier life..
IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER –
- I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.
- I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
- I would have talked less and listened more.
- I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained or the sofa faded.
- I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
- I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
- I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
- I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.
- I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
- I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
- Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
- When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.”
- There would have been more “I love you’s.” More “I’m sorry’s.”
- But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it and really see it , live it and never give it back.
The good news is that we all have time to follow her advice, I know if we do we will be better for doing so.
Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will lead.
Charles M. Schwab
Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by US Air Force pilots and the replies from the maintenance crews. “Squawks” are problem listings that pilots generally leave for maintenance crews to fix before next flight.
(P) Left inside main tire almost needs replacement (S) Almost replaced left inside main tire
(P) Test flight OK, except autoland very rough (S) Autoland not installed on this aircraft
(P) #2 Propeller seeping prop fluid. (S) #2 Propeller seepage normal – #1 #3 and #4 propellers lack normal seepage
(P) Something loose in cockpit (S) Something tightened in cockpit
(P) Evidence of leak on right main landing gear (S) Evidence removed
(P) DME volume unbelievably loud (S) Volume set to more believable level
(P) Dead bugs on windshield (S) Live bugs on order
(P) Autopilot in altitude hold mode produces a 200 fpm descent (S) Cannot reproduce problem on ground
(P) IFF inoperative (S) IFF always inoperative in OFF mode
(P) Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick (S) That’s what they’re there for
(P) Number three engine missing (S) Engine found on right wing after brief search
(P) Aircraft handles funny (S) Aircraft warned to straighten up, “fly right.” and be serious.
(P) Target Radar hums (S) Reprogrammed Target Radar with the words
You’re never too old to become younger.
A woman rushed into the supermarket to pick up a few items. She headed for the express line where the clerk was talking on the phone with his back turned to her.
“Excuse me,” she said, “I’m in a hurry. Could you check me out, please?”
The clerk turned, stared at her for a second, looked her up and down, smiled and said, “Ummmm, Not bad.”
Marriage is the process of finding out what kind of man your wife would have preferred.
A couple is celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary and goes down to their old school. There, in a corner, they hold hands as they find their old desk where he had carved, “I love you, Sally.”
On the way home, a bag of money falls out of an armored car in front of them. She picks it up and counts $50,000.
The husband says, “We’ve got to give it back.”
She says, “Finders keepers.” And when they get home she hides it in the attic.
The next day, two FBI men show up at their home. They ask, “Pardon me, did anyone in this house find any money that fell out of an armored car yesterday?”
She says, “No.”
The husband says, “My wife is lying. She took the money and hid it in the attic.”
She says, “Don’t believe him, he’s a bit senile.”
So they sit the man down and begin to question him. One FBI guy says, “Tell us the story from the beginning.”
The old man says, “Well, my wife and I were on our way home from school…”
The FBI guy looks at his partner and says, “Let’s get out of here.”
Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. Circumstances and situations do color life but you have been given the mind to choose what the color shall be.
John Homer Miller
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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