“I don’t regret the things I’ve done, I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance.”
I sure find my life interesting. Yesterday I had two blood draws and one med change. Last Friday I got a call from one of my specialty health teams reporting that a culture they took some time ago was positive so I needed to go on a highly targeted antibiotic. The week before I had surgery where they removed a kidney stone. Tomorrow I am off to the dentist. Next week more tests and life goes on. The good news is that they keep finding and fixing stuff and each time I do a little bit better.
My more limited life style lately coupled with so much time spent in medical waiting rooms has not been helped by my appreciation of daily naps. I am starting to get antsy by my staying out of the fray as much as I have lately. Fortunately I will get back in the water with two important meetings. There is a lot of good stuff going on here in Indy these days and opportunities for us all to get involved. I am glad to be able to again do my part even if it is somewhat limited.
The one thing I have learned is that I cannot reliably predict the future. Things keep changing sometimes for the good and sometimes for the not so good. The secret is not to put off the good stuff until later, do it now while you can while staying nimble. I am glad that I have so many things yet to do that when something does intervene and requires me to back off doing something I always have a reasonable substitute activity to keep me engaged. I never want to waste time pausing in remorse, I would much rather spend my time doing something even if it is primarily just mental exercise.
Here is something I like penned by Sarah Ban Breathnach whose work celebrates quiet joys, simple pleasures and everyday epiphanies. She is author of the New York Times bestsellers, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy and Something More.
Life is Always Movement
Life doesn’t ever calm down long enough for us to wait until tomorrow to start living the lives we deserve.
Life is always movement, always change, always unforeseen circumstances. There will always be something to grab your attention.
Let’s just acknowledge that as far as real life is concerned, we are only one step away from dealing with dysfunction….Procrastination has robbed us of too many opportunities.
The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.
Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Catholic Dictionary
AMEN: The only part of a prayer that everyone knows.
BULLETIN: Your receipt for attending Mass.
CHOIR: A group of people whose singing allows the rest of the congregation to lip-sync.
HYMN: A song of praise usually sung in a key two octaves higher than that of the congregation’s range.
RECESSIONAL HYMN: The last song at Mass often sung a little more quietly, since most of the people have already left.
INCENSE: Holy Smoke!
JUSTICE: When kids have kids of their own.
PEW: A medieval torture device still found in Catholic churches.
RECESSIONAL: The ceremonial procession at the conclusion of Mass led by parishioners trying to beat the crowd to the parking lot.
RELICS: People who have been going to Mass for so long, they actually know when to sit, kneel, and stand.
TEN COMMANDMENTS: The most important Top Ten list not given by David Letterman.
USHERS: The only people in the parish who don’t know the seating capacity of a pew.
Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.
A backslider suddenly began attending church faithfully on Sunday mornings instead of going fishing. The pastor was highly gratified and told him, “How wonderful it makes me feel to see you at services with your good wife!”
“Well, Preacher,” said the fisherman, “it’s a matter of choice. I’d rather hear your sermon than hers.”
“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Announcement: the mental-disease-of-the-month club is being disbanded immediately. The reasons being:
1. During dipsomania month, the club party spent 10 times its budget on refreshments.
2. During kleptomania month, all of the club furnishings were removed, and (as aforementioned) the budget was already spent and gone.
3. During megalomania month, the club organization broke down due to having sixteen claimants to being Club President, etc.
4. During multiple personality month, our club roster roughly tripled in size with no increase in dues.
5.During paranoia month, the inflated roster dropped to zero as each member changed his or her mailing address and left no forwarding address for the club.
You members were obviously out to ruin us; it’s all clear now. It took all our remaining personal savings to track you all down. Therefore, here is your last installment: clinical depression. Have a nice day.”
I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny forks and spoons, so I wondered what Chinese mothers use. Toothpicks?
A young couple met with their Rabbi to set a date for their wedding. When he asked whether they preferred a contemporary or a traditional service, they opted for the contemporary. On the big day, a major storm forced the groom to take an alternate route to the synagogue. The streets were flooded, so he rolled up his pants legs to keep his trousers dry. When he finally reached the shul, his best man rushed him up the aisle and up to the altar, just as the ceremony was starting.
“Pull down your pants,” whispered the Rabbi.
“Uh, Rebbe, I’ve changed my mind,” the groom responded. “I think I would prefer the traditional service.”
The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.
William Ralph Inge
While I was paying for my items at a local store, the man behind me laid his purchases on the counter. Among them was a large, flowery birthday card with “To my wonderful wife” printed on it.
The clerk said, “You’ve chosen our biggest and prettiest card.”
The man nodded sadly and replied, “One day late.”
Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security
John Allen Paulos
Stay well, do good work, and have fun
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