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Our Greatest Gifts

The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.

Charles Kuralt


Today I read the following piece written by Sue Atkins Founder of Positive Parents and author of “Raising Happy Children for Dummies.” It is a great reminder of the importance of our families and others in our lives. When those close to us are always there it becomes far too easy to take them for granted while we miss opportunities to let them know how much we value them. Sure we say a few words on birthdays and other occasions often just communicating by words someone else wrote on a greeting card but that does not come even close to what letting your heart speak to them.

We see praise from a boss or the winning of a prize as a big deal when there is no bigger deal than what you get from those who care for you every day. I want to praise my family and children while seldom criticizing them. I want to take pride in what they do well and overlook their minor failings. When we realize that our most prized possessions are not things but those who have given us their love and friendship we see just how fortunate we really are. I just wish I had done a better job of sharing my feelings over the years.

Here is what Atkins wrote:

If today was my last day, here is my message for humanity.

For me, there’s more to life than money. For me, it’s all about people and relationships and in particular it’s about the relationships we have within our own families – with our kids, our partners, and our own parents. Family life is the most important aspect of our true well-being – and so is the really important job of bringing up happy, confident, well-balanced adults – today’s children – but tomorrow’s future. For all children and for most adults, family life is the most important thing in life. It gives meaning to our lives – as it’s a place of safety, security, support, laughter, and a feeling of belonging.

You only have to ask yourself – who was there to pick you up from a late night party, give you a bit of “extra” money when you’d run out, or sorted things out when you got into trouble or made mistakes? Or who was there to get you over a broken heart, a messy divorce, or there encouraging you on the sidelines on a frozen cold January morning when you were playing netball? Who taught you to ride a bike, rollerskate or drive a car? And who is always there believing in you and encouraging you when life is overwhelming and challenging? Your family.

Your family is your rock in a very fast-paced, hectic world of change – it’s your anchor in the stormy seas and choppy waters of growing up. And that’s why for me it’s so important. It’s from this centre that children thrive and go on to believe in their dreams and make a success of their lives – whatever that means for them. It’s like a ripple in a pond – each generation building on the other. I believe every parent loves their child and is doing their very best for them but because kids don’t come with a handbook.

Life with kids can be enormously challenging, tiring and frustrating, but it can also be the most rewarding and uplifting experience in the world too – and nothing can prepare you for that either. It’s not about the background you come from, the colour of your skin or the amount of money you have in your bank account that matters – it’s about the memories you build with your kids that will last their lifetime.

Here is a quote I came across many years ago that changed the course of my life and I hope you find it thought-provoking too. It was written by Dr. Forest E. Witcraft who was a scholar, teacher, and Boy Scout administrator. “Fifty years from now it won’t matter what kind of car you drove, what kind of house you lived in, how much you had in your bank account or what your clothes looked like. But the world may be a little better because you were important in the life of a child.”

You are that very important person in the life of your child. So paint more rainbows, buy more earrings and kick more footballs in the garden and learn to cherish, nurture and embrace your children as you are building bridges of unconditional love and lasting self-esteem deep within them.


You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.

Desmond Tutu


Aviation Truisms:

Blue water Navy truism; There are more planes in the ocean than there are submarines in the sky.

When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash.

Progress in airline flying; now a flight attendant can get a pilot pregnant.

Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!

Basic Flying Rules

1.  Try to stay in the middle of the air.

2.  Do not go near the edges of it.

3.  The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space.  It is much more difficult to fly there.


Wives are people who feel they don’t dance enough.

Groucho Marx


The little turtle climbs the tree very slowly, very painfully. Then she crawls along a branch, to the very end, and when she finally gets to the edge, she jumps. And she falls. But she doesn’t get discouraged. So she walks to the tree, she climbs the tree, she crawls along the branch, she gets to the edge, and she jumps. And falls to the ground. Again, with a stubborn look in her face, the little turtle walks slowly to the tree, she climbs the tree, she crawls along the branch, she gets to the edge, and she jumps. And falls.

In a nearby tree a couple of pigeons are looking at the little turtle. Walk, climb, crawl, jump. Fall. And all over again. After a while one of the pigeons ask the other, “Hey honey, don’t you think its time we tell her that she is adopted?”


“The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.”


A woman goes to the local psychic in hopes of contacting her dearly departed grandmother. The psychic’s eyelids begin fluttering, her voice begins warbling, her hands float up above the table, and she begins moaning. Eventually, a coherent voice emanates, saying, “Granddaughter? Are you there?”

The customer, wide-eyed and on the edge of her seat, responds, “Grandmother? Is that you?”

“Yes granddaughter, it’s me.”

“It’s really, really you, grandmother?” the woman repeats.

“Yes, it’s really me, granddaughter.”

The woman looks puzzled, “You’re sure it’s you, grandmother?”

“Yes, granddaughter, I’m sure it’s me.”

The woman pauses a moment, “Grandmother, I have just one question for you.”

“Anything, my child.”

“Grandmother, when did you learn to speak English?”


It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.

Johann Schiller


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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