“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
It was a busy day yesterday. I talked to some neat people about how Kiwanis Club membership could contribute to their wellbeing through building friendships, learning more about our community and the rewards that comes from service to others.
Late I attended a Salvation Army appreciation luncheon where I again learned of the significant contributions folks are making to our community by the volunteer work they are doing through the Salvation Army. I have been attending these get-togethers for a number of years now and always enjoy them since I get to visit with so many people I really like, not just the Army’s staff but also the friends I have made while working together as volunteers.
I truly feel sorry for so many of my generation who have chosen to withdraw from society as they have aged for they are missing so much. My life has never been fuller or better. I am learning new things motivated by my curiosity versus necessity. I am teaming with some great people in the organizations I am allowed to serve. My only regret is the fact I waited so long to start to really live outside of a world bounded by job and family duty. If I had it to do over again I would have reset my priorities and made sure I allocated time for personal growth and enjoyment.
Here is something I took from the Change Blog I like, I wish I would have heeded the advice years ago.
How To Enjoy Life Every Day
The “Every Day Mindset” is a simple, yet extremely powerful, way in which to live your life. What is this mindset? Put simply, it is a mindset that remembers that this day you are currently living will only ever happen once, and it therefore encourages you to make the most of it.
It is not about recklessly living life as if there is no tomorrow. The future is important to plan for, but it is important not to obsess about it to the extent that you neglect the present. Remember, the only way to get to the future is through a series of todays. Since this Every Day Mindset has changed my life, I would like to share with you specific ways in which I apply it:
Enjoy Every Day
I choose to enjoy every day. I wake up early at 5am because I am excited about the day ahead, and throughout the day I try to maintain a positive attitude. Yes, sometimes “shit happens” and I don’t have a good day. But I figure if I at least try to have fun and be happy there is a good chance I will enjoy myself.
What I am particularly interested in is ways to enjoy my time at work. Most people know how to enjoy their leisure time, but many people struggle to imagine being happy at work. If this is you, here are a few quick tips:
Do what you love: this should be your ultimate career goal. I know it’s easier said than done, but just remember it is possible.
Make friends with your co-workers: in so many ways, it is our relationships with people that give us the most happiness in life. So take the time and effort to become friends with the people you work with.
Take pride in your work: even if you aren’t saving lives, chances are you are contributing in some positive way to society. Take pride in your work and you are sure to feel better about yourself.
Stop waiting: stop waiting for something to occur before you are happy. Because guess what? Chances are that a better title, more money, a car buy, or that nice corner office with the great view will not make a significant and lasting difference to your level of happiness.
“In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”
Gordon B. Hinckley
Over a round of golf, two doctors were talking shop.
“I operated on Mr. Lee the other day,” said the surgeon.
“What for?” asked his colleague.
“What did he have?”
“Oh… About $17,000.”
A careful study of economics usually reveals that the best time to buy anything is last year.
A professor was giving a big test one day to his students. He handed out all of the tests and went back to his desk to wait. Once the test was over the students all handed the tests back in. The professor noticed that one of the students had attached a $100 bill to his test with a note saying A dollar per point.” The next class the professor handed the tests back out. This student got back his test and $64 change.
A baby-sitter is a teenager acting like an adult while the adults are out acting like teenagers.
During a service at an old synagogue in Eastern Europe, when the prayer was said, half the congregants stood up and half remained sitting. The half that was seated started yelling at those standing to sit down, and the ones standing yelled at the ones sitting to stand up.
The rabbi, learned as he was in the Law and commentaries, didn’t know what to do.
His congregation suggested that he consult a homebound 98-year old man, who was one of the original founders of their temple. The rabbi hoped the elderly man would be able to tell him what the actual temple tradition was.
So he went to the nursing home with a representative of each faction of the congregation. The one whose followers stood during prayer said to the old man, “Is the tradition to stand during this prayer?”
The old man answered, “No, that is not the tradition.”
The one whose followers sat asked, “Is the tradition to sit during prayer?”
The old man answered, “No, that is not the tradition.”
Then the rabbi said to the old man, “The congregants fight all the time, yelling at each other about whether they should sit or stand!”
The old man interrupted, exclaiming, “THAT is our tradition!”
The fellow who never makes a mistake takes his orders from one who does.
Herbert V. Prochnow
Laws Of Slow People
1. Slow people always walk side by side, even if they don’t know each other.
2. They drive side by side, too. If they can’t find another slow driver to pair up with, they drive in the fast lane.
3. Slow walkers never look back. When they drive, they never look in their rearview mirrors, either.
4. Slow people drift sideways so they’ll block the path of anyone trying to pass them. If two people or vehicles are trying to get around them at the same time, they drift into the path of the one that is moving at the highest speed.
5. Follow behind a slow person in the grocery store and you’ll wind up with soggy ice cream every time.
“Today, just take time to smell the roses, enjoy those little things about your life, your family, spouse, friends, job. Forget about the thorns -the pains and problems they cause you – and enjoy life”
Bernard Kelvin Clive
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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