Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Yesterday I suggested that we all would benefit by investing some of our time in introspection. Too many of us are inundated with hundreds of things coming our way each day, some of which are important and some of which are not. We can all benefit by not wasting time thinking about that which is unimportant and thinking about what we might do to make our lives even better.
I know one thing; we are never going to do more than when we do now if we don’t think about what we might do instead of waiting time. Who knows we might even be able to replace our unimportant time wasters with some exciting new activities,
Here is a poem that I like I hope you will too.
Reflecting on Life
Take time to stop today
Take time to stop a while
Reflect on how life changes
Then take the time to smile
Know that as the days go by
These things that challenge you
Will one day just be memories
Of times you have gone through
Look back now on yesterday
And all you have achieved
Recognize the strengths you’ve gained
The blessings you’ve received
One day in the future
You will think about today
You’ll see just how these challenges
Have helped you on your way
Written by Michelle Tetley
Michelle is an Australia based poet who is passionate about conveying positive, heartfelt messages to others through her poetry.
Focus more on your desire than on your doubt, and the dream will take care of itself. You may be surprised at how easily this happens. Your doubts are not as powerful as your desires, unless you make them so
Actual excerpts from Royal Navy and Marines officer fitness reports:
* His men would follow him anywhere, but only out of curiosity.
* I would not breed from this officer.
* He has carried out each and every one of his duties to his entire satisfaction.
* He would be out of his depth in a car park puddle.
* This young lady has delusions of adequacy.
* Since my last report he has reached rock bottom; has started to dig.
* She sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to meet them.
* He has the wisdom of youth, and the energy of old age.
* Works well under constant supervision when cornered like a rat in a trap.
* This man is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.
I used to be stupid but I’ve turned that situation around 360 degrees.
Jeff, Bill and John stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. As luck would have it, Jill was their waitress. Jeff ordered a tuna-fish sandwich on white bread.
“Tuna?” Jill asked. “You’ll like our chicken salad better. And how about whole wheat bread instead of white? It has more vitamins.”
“All right,” Jeff answered. “Make it chicken salad on whole wheat.”
Bill ordered next: “Green salad, no dressing and coffee.”
“No dressing?” asked Jill. “There isn’t much to that. Why not a pear and cottage cheese salad? And coffee will only keep you awake. Have an ice cold milk.”
“All right,” Bill answered. “Let me have a pear and cottage cheese salad with an ice cold milk.”
With that, John asked Jill what she would suggest for him.
“Suggest?” said Jill. “Who’s got time for suggestions?”
“A sense of curiosity is nature’s original school of education.”
Michael was an extremely avid golfer with a cynical attitude and arrogance, that when he passed away, few people shed a tear. Michael approached the Pearly Gates where St. Peter was waiting for him. Rather than pass through the gates as normal people had done, Michael stopped to ask a question.
“Before I agree to come in, I want to know exactly what kind of golf course you have here” he said to St. Peter.
“That shouldn’t matter to you.” said St. Peter.
“But it does. And then in his arrogant manner exclaimed “Well if I can’t see it, then I’m not coming in!”
“Very well Michael. As you wish…look through the gates.” He looked and saw the poorest, most rundown, excuse for a golf course that it made him sick to his stomach.
“Forget it. There is no way in Hell I’m going to spend eternity playing on that course!”
Just then, Michael heard the Devil calling him over the gate. “Come over here and see what I have to offer.” Michael peers through the gate and he is elated! There is the most absolutely fabulous golf course he has ever seen! He turns to the Devil and says “I want to play THAT course!”
“Ok. Step on through and it’s yours forever.”
St. Peter pleaded with Michael as he headed off with the Devil and the gates closed behind him. Michael walked up to the first tee and said “I can’t wait to play! Where are my clubs and ball? The Devil roared with laughter. “Oh, there aren’t any.”
Please understand my friend, that where you find yourself tomorrow is a function of the positive decisions and actions you take today
Akin A. Awolaja
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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