All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
I have another one of those full days today. I’ll spend some time with my Doctor to follow-up on my brief weekend stop at the heart hospital and then on to an important evening board meeting of one of our cities leading community organizations.
These last few weeks have been interesting between a number of health actions, a minor surgery and the summer doldrums I have had more leisure time than I usually do. To tell the truth I have found that I enjoyed not being too obligated. The low activity time has allowed me to better appreciate the folks I meet along the way and to spend more time relaxing, I am starting to find that relaxing which was once a luxury has now become a necessity. By the way I do deep relaxation which most people call sleeping.
The other neat thing about having a little more free time is I get to do some exploring on the worldwide web. Yesterday I found some great rules for life on the Positive Thoughts home page that I would like to share with you, here they are.
Live by choice . . . not chance
- Listen to the inner wisdom of your soul . . . and not the random opinions of others.
- Be kind . . . and remember that sometimes the person you need to be kindest to is yourself.
- Live by choice . . . not chance.
- Pursue excellence . . . excel, but not compete.
- Have integrity . . . keep your word and your commitments.
- Make corrections and changes . . . not make excuses.
- Be fair and treat all people with respect, and understand their point of view… even if you don’t agree with it.
- Accept yourself with a depth of kindness even when you act less-than-noble.
- All bad behavior comes from fear or ignorance and when you judge anyone (including yourself) for acting badly or imperfectly, you lose the ability to influence that being.
- When you accept your imperfections—and still are willing to brush yourself off and start again—you can make changes . . .
“Don’t be too hard on yourself. There are plenty of people willing to do that for you. Love yourself and be proud of everything that you do. Even mistakes mean you’re trying.”
Myrddin had gotten a part time job at the Post Office and the supervisor there had been warned that he was somewhat of a dullard, but the supervisor took a liking to him and agreed to let Myrddin help him. If nothing else, he would be an extra set of hands.
The supervisor gives Myrddin the job of sorting, and much to everyone’s surprise, Myrddin separated the letters so fast that his motions were literally a blur. Extremely pleased by this, the supervisor approached Myrddin at the end of the day.
“I just want you to know,” he said, “that we’re all very proud of you. You’re one of the fastest workers we have ever had.”
“Thank you,” said Myrddin, “and tomorrow I’ll try to do even better.”
“Better?” the supervisor asked with astonishment. “How can you possibly do better?”
Myrddin replied, “Tomorrow I am going to read the addresses.”
“When life knocks you to your knees, and it will, why, get up! If it knocks you to your knees again, as it will, well, isn’t that the best position from which to pray?”
When her late husband’s will was read, a widow learned he had left the bulk of his fortune to another woman. Enraged, she rushed to change the inscription on her spouse’s tombstone.
“Sorry, lady,” said the stonecutter. “I inscribed ‘Rest in Peace’ on your orders. I can’t change it now.”
“Very well,” she said grimly. “Just add, ‘Until We Meet Again.’ ”
“The reason grandchildren and grandparents get along so well is because they share a common enemy.”
I am a very nervous flyer. During a trip from California to Indiana, it didn’t help that my connecting flight from Denver was delayed twice because of mechanical problems. Then, after we were aloft, I noticed the lights began flickering.
I mentioned this to a flight attendant. “I’ll take care of it,” she said. Moments later the lights went out. Clearly she had solved the problem by turning off all the lights.
A passenger across the aisle who had been watching me leaned over and said, “Whatever you do, please don’t ask about the engines.”
A Catholic boy was bragging to his Jewish friend. “My priest knows more than your rabbi.”
“Of course he does,” said the Jewish boy. “You tell him everything.”
A friend of mine was visiting a college which had those security call boxes every few hundred feet. If you were wandering around the campus at night and felt uneasy about somebody following you, for instance, you could hit the button and have a security officer investigate immediately.
On one of these phones hung a sign that said, “Out of Order.”
Underneath it someone had scrawled, “Keep Running.”
August is when millions of bright, shining, happy faces turn toward school. They belong to mothers.
Running late for a job interview at a large men’s fashion company, I grabbed a white dress shirt that I didn’t have time to iron. The interview went well — until the end. “Just a word of advice,” said my interviewer. “You might want to iron your shirt before your next job interview.”
I held up the back of my shirt collar, revealing the tag. On it was the name of that very clothing company and the words “wrinkle-free.”
I got the job.
If you’re still hanging onto a dead dream of yesterday, laying flowers on its grave by the hour, you cannot be planting the seeds for a new dream to grow today.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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