Don’t miss the sunshine because you’re thinking of the rain. Stay positive, focused and present!
A number of weeks ago I shared with you that I have a friend who had a major medical problem which resulted in his losing a leg. After a significant stay in the hospital he was moved to a rehabilitation center where he has been getting physical and occupational therapy, the good news is that he will be going home today where he will continue his recovery.
When I wrote about my friend the last time I shared with you how impressed I was with his positive attitude in spite of the pain he continued to suffer. I had a chance to visit with him few days ago and even though the regimen they are putting him through is arduous he continued to demonstrate his ability to put everything in perspective while staying upbeat. He continues to inspire. I wish more of us would concentrate on the potential the future holds while not dwelling on the losses suffered in the past. Yes my friend lost a leg, but that is all he lost, he lived and I know will do well in the years ahead.
Here is a story that has a message we all need to understand if we are going to be like my friend.
I Am Blessed Indeed!
Today upon a bus, I saw a lovely girl, I envied her:
She seemed so happy. And I wish I were as fair.
And then, suddenly, she rose to leave, and I saw her hobble down the aisle,
She had one leg and wore a crutch,
But as she passed, a smile.
Oh God, forgive me when I whine, I have two legs, I am blessed indeed. The world is mine!
Later, walking down the street,
I saw a man with eyes of blue.
But he just stood and watched the others play.
So, I stopped a moment and then I said,
“Why don’t you join the others, sir?”
But he looked ahead without a word.
And then I knew he could not hear.
Oh God, forgive me when I whine, I have two ears, I am blessed indeed. The world is mine!
And later, I stopped to buy some sweets,
The lad who sold them had such charm,
I talked with him. If I were late, it would do no harm.
But as I turned to go, he said to me,
“I thank you sir. You’ve been so kind.
It’s nice to talk with folks like you.”
“You see,” he said, “I am blind.”
Oh God forgive me when I whine, I have two eyes, I am blessed indeed. The world is mine!
With legs to take me where I want to go,
With ears to hear the things I need to know,
With eyes to watch that radiant sunset glow.
Oh God, forgive me when I whine, I am blessed indeed!
The world is mine!
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
A big executive boarded a New York to Chicago train. He explained to the porter, “I’m a heavy sleeper, but I want you to be sure and wake me up at 3:00 am for the stop in Buffalo. I don’t care what I say, you just make sure I get off in Buffalo.”
The next morning the executive woke up in Chicago. He was furious. He found the porter and really gave him an earful before hustling off to purchase a return ticket.
After he left, a co-worker said to the porter, “How can you stand there and let that passenger abuse you like that?”
“That’s nothing,” said the porter. “You should have heard the guy who I put off in Buffalo!”
When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
A journalist assigned to the Jerusalem bureau takes an apartment overlooking the Wailing Wall. Every day when she looks out, she sees an old Jewish man praying vigorously. So, the journalist goes down and introduces herself to the old man. She asks, “You come every day to the wall. How long have you done that, and what are you praying for?”
The old man replies, “I have come here to pray every day for 25 years. In the morning I pray for world peace and then for the brotherhood of man. I go home have a cup of tea and I come back and pray for the eradication of illness and disease from the earth.”
The journalist is amazed. “How does it make you feel to come here every day for 25 years and pray for these things?” she asks.
The old man looks at her sadly. “Like I’m talking to a wall.”
A frustrated wife told me the other day her definition of retirement: “Twice as much husband on half as much pay.”
The other night, my wife and I were going out for dinner. She put on eyebrow pencil, eye shadow, eyeliner, eyelashes, mascara, toner, blush and lipstick, then turned to me and said, “Does this look natural?”
Confusion not only reigns, it pours.
A man entered a stationery store and asked the clerk for a birthday/anniversary card.
The clerk replied, “We have birthday cards and we have anniversary cards. Why not take one of each?”
The man said, “You don’t understand. I need a card that covers BOTH events! You see, we’re celebrating the fifth anniversary of my wife’s thirty-fourth birthday…”
Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.
As the storm raged, the sea captain realized his ship was sinking fast. He called out, “Anyone here know how to pray?”
One man stepped forward. “Aye, Captain, I know how to pray.”
“Good,” said the captain, “you pray while the rest of us put on our life jackets – we’re one short.”
There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.
W. Clement Stone
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