Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Last weekend I accompanied my oldest daughter and her husband to visit the town in rural Indiana where his parents live. The highlight of the day was going with his family to see a musical at a local theatre where they put on plays and other entertainments the year around. There is a small store attached where they sell various unique items. The performances are held in a large dining room where folks sit at long tables. Before the show began they served a real country meal that included swiss steak and fried chicken along with mashed potatoes and peach cobbler. The place is rustic but well maintained and has all the lighting and production needs required to present their shows.
As I watched the performance I first thought that while they were doing a pretty good job they were not going to win any awards or make big money. But then I realized that I was watching six people who were doing exactly what they wanted to do and who were truly enjoying the life they had chosen. All of a sudden the show had a magical quality generated by the joy being felt by the performers. Instead of being critical I felt the warmth they were generating and knew then that many of the people I know will never have what these good people have, a life that fills them with happiness.
I discovered that there is still so much to be offered in rural Indiana, all I needed to do was to be willing to go and then appreciate what I found. In some respects I am like them since I enjoy my life so much. I hope you do as well. I am again going to share some good life tips from Marc hack that I value I hope you will too.
Slow Down – Urgency and haste instantly diminish accuracy, awareness and happiness. There is a big difference between getting things done and getting things done effectively.
Appreciate Life’s Simple Pleasures – The best things in life are free. From a quiet lakeside sunset to sleeping in on a rainy day, life’s greatest simple pleasures can only be purchased with mindful awareness.
Travel to Distant Places – There are places in this world that will open your mind to realities you’ve never imagined in your wildest dreams. These realities will inject your conscience with healthy, new perspectives.
Leave Time for Spontaneous Excursions – Opportunity sometimes knocks at unexpected times. Make sure you have enough flexibility in your schedule to respond accordingly.
Forget Perfection, Find Satisfaction – Perfect is the enemy of good. The idea of perfection is based primarily on personal opinion, circumstance and flexibility. Instead of searching for perfection, find something that satisfies your needs.
Laugh – Some of the most memorable moments in your life will be moments spent in laughter.
Be Here Now – Right now is the only moment guaranteed to you. Right now is life. Don’t miss it.
Maybe a person’s time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food.
Frank A. Clark
A mother was showing her son how to zip up his coat. “The secret,” she said, “is to get the left part of the zipper to fit in the other side before you try to zip it up.”
The boy looked at her quizzically…”Why does it have to be a secret?”
I thought I had found the perfect date in the Personals when she said she liked country music, but what she failed to say was her country was Albania.
Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, “How old was your husband?”
“98,” she replied. “Two years older than me.”
“So you’re 96,” the undertaker commented.
She responded, “Hardly worth going home is it?”
There is an ancient Jewish proverb that says that “A Jewish wife will forgive and forget, but she’ll never forget what she forgave.”
When Adam stayed out very late for a few nights, Eve became upset. “You’re running around with other women,” she told her mate.
“Eve, honey, you’re being unreasonable,” Adam responded. “You know you’re the only woman on earth.”
The quarrel continued until Adam fell asleep, only to be awakened by a strange pain in the chest. It was his darling Eve poking him rather vigorously about the torso.
“What do you think you’re doing?” Adam demanded.
“Counting your ribs,” said Eve.
Doctor to patient: I have good news and bad news. The good news is that you are not a hypochondriac.
We went to the movie the other night. I sat in an aisle seat as I usually do because it feels a little roomier. Just as the feature was about to start a baby boomer from the center of the row got up and started working her way out. “Excuse me, sorry, oops, excuse me, pardon me, gotta hurry, oops, excuse me.”
By the time she got to me I was trying to look around her and I was a little impatient so I said, “Couldn’t you have done this a little earlier?”
“No!!” she said in a loud whisper, “The TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE PLEASE message just flashed up on the screen and mine is out in the car.”
These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, and then wonder what I’m here after.
A bent-over old lady hobbled into a doctor’s office. Within minutes, she came out again but miraculously, she was standing up as straight as could be.
A man in the waiting room who had been watching her said in amazement; “My goodness, what did the doctor do to you?”
The old lady replied, “He gave me a longer cane!”
Each day, awakening, are we asked to paint the sky blue? Need we coax the sun to rise or flowers to bloom? Need we teach birds to sing, or children to laugh, or lovers to kiss? No, though we think the world imperfect, it surrounds us each day with its perfections. We are asked only to appreciate them, and to show appreciation by living in peaceful harmony amidst them. The Creator does not ask that we create a perfect world; He asks that we celebrate it.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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