If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
Here we are another Valentine’s Day and an opportunity to express appreciation to those we care about, not just our significant others but all who make our lives interesting and worthwhile. Just for today why not think of everyone you meet as being a prospective valentine. Try to see the good in them and let them know that you are glad to know them. Valentine’s Day does not have to be all romance, it is also a good time to show people you care. So let me take a minute to let you know that I am glad to know you and that I hope your day is filled with happiness.
I have been saving the following article as a gift for a special day so here is my Valentine to you.
What Life Is All About
Life isn’t about keeping score. It’s not about how many friends you have. Or how many people call you. Or how accepted or unaccepted you are. Not about if you have plans this weekend. Or if you’re alone. It isn’t about who you’re dating, who you use to date, how many people you’ve dated, or if you haven’t been with anyone at all. It isn’t about who you have kissed. It’s not about sex. It isn’t about who your family is or how much money they have. Or what kind of car you drive. Or where you’re sent to school.
It’s not about how beautiful or ugly you are. Or what clothes you wear, what shoes you have on, or what kind of music you listen to. It’s not about if your hair is blonde, red, black, brown, or green. Or if your skin is too light or too dark.
It’s not about what grades you get, how smart you are, how smart everyone else thinks you are, or how smart standardized tests say you are. Or if this teacher likes you, or if this guy/girl likes you. Or what clubs you’re in, or how good you are at “your” sport. It’s not about representing your whole being on a piece of paper and seeing who will “accept the written you”.
But life is about who you love and who you hurt. It’s about who you make happy or unhappy purposefully. It’s about keeping or betraying trust. It’s about friendship, used as sanctity, or as a weapon. It’s about what you say and mean, maybe hurtful, maybe heartening. About starting rumors and contributing to petty gossip. It’s about what judgments you pass and why. And who your judgments are spread to.
It’s about who you’ve ignored with full control and intention. It’s about jealousy, fear, pain, ignorance, and revenge. It’s about carrying inner hate and love, letting it grow and spreading it.
But most of all, it’s about using your life to touch other people’s hearts in such a way that could never occurred alone. Only you choose the way these hearts are affected and those choices are what life is all about.
“There is nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends”
Penny, a good Assessment nurse was awakened at 4 a.m. to make a house call. She reluctantly got dressed and braved a snowstorm. After the examination, she told the patient to send immediately for his lawyer and relatives and friends and make a will. When she got home and told her husband of what she had seen and done. Her husband asked, “Was the patient that bad?”
Penny said, “No, I just didn’t want to be the only sucker called out on a night like this.”
Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.
Things it takes most of us 50 years to learn:
- The badness of a movie is directly proportional to the number of helicopters in it.
- The most powerful force in the universe is: gossip.
- The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above-average drivers.
- People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
- If there really is a God who created the entire universe with all of its glories, and he decides to deliver a message to humanity, he will NOT use as his messenger a person on cable TV with a bad hairstyle or in some cases, really bad make-up too.
- You should not confuse your career with your life.
- A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter/janitor, is not a nice person.
- Your true friends love you, anyway.
- Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know “why” I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.
On a train from London to Manchester, an American was telling off the Englishman sitting across from him in the compartment. “You English are too stuffy. You set yourselves apart too much. Look at me… I have Italian blood, French blood, a little Indian blood, and some Swedish blood. What do you say to that?”
The Englishman replied, with a smile, “Very sporting of your Mother”
“I have an inferiority complex, it’s just not a very good one.”
The discussion of radiator caps reminds me of an old car I once had. You know the kind, ratty and raggedy, driven when I was a poor college student. I was having trouble with something I couldn’t readily identify myself, so I took it into the shop. The mechanic looked at it a couple of minutes and said, “What you really need is the radiator cap solution.”
“Oh,” I said, trying not to sound too confused. “Do you mean the radiator cap isn’t holding enough pressure?”
“That’s part of the problem” he said. “You need to lift the radiator cap and drive another car under it. Then the next day you can replace the radiator cap, and it should solve your problem.”
My wife keeps complaining I never listen to her …or something like that.
A well-to-do New Yorker was building himself a summer house in Maine, and for the job he hired a local carpenter. The NYer explained, “I’ve got the plans right here, you can read a blueprint, can’t you?”
“Oh, I can read a blueprint,” said the carpenter, unrolling the plans. “And I can see a BIG mistake already. You can’t build this house like this!”
“I certainly can,” replied the NYer. “These plans were drawn by the best architectural firm in New York. I want to you follow them exactly or I’ll find myself another contractor.”
“Your funeral,” the carpenter shrugged, “but I’m warning you right off – you’re going to end up with two bathrooms.”
“All that I love loses half its pleasure if you are not there to share it.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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