Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
As I was reflecting back on the last twelve months I again realized that I can choose what I want to remember. My major heart problems, surgeries and extended rehabilitation stays were major distractions but they were not the highlights of my year. Most everyday had something worth noting and appreciating. The horrors of war and pestilence that took place were offset by the warmth of conversations with friends and acquaintances as an example.
2014 included the discovery of new places to eat, new things to see, and a bevy of smiling faces. All the grouches I met along the way only made me appreciate that I was not carrying their burdens going through life letting everything ruin my day. The other thing I really appreciated was discovering something I think was worth sharing with you, if I was not looking I would have missed so much that brightened my outlook.
So my friends I hope you will join me in looking forward to the wonders in store for us in 2015 while we appreciate what we so often miss. Here is a story that is a great reminder that what we see is up to us.
Find a Release
by: K.C. Leong
Open your eyes. What do you see? Do you see the crowds of people walking around? Look at their faces. Curious looks, snobs, anger, expressionless looks, looks of concentration. Did you notice the person that was smiling at you? Look again. See the trees waving to you in greetings?
Concentrate now on your hearing. What do you hear? Traffic? Discussions on the latest gossip? People on the cellular phones that are trying to compete with the noise? Cursing and swearing? Or the radio / television of your neighbors? But do you hear the songs of praises the birds in the day sings for you, or the lullaby the insects orchestrate for you in the night?
Now smell the air. Exhausts? Odors you feel repulsive? Smell again. Concentrate this time. You will find the fragrance of the perfect blossom.
Focus your senses to your skin. Feel the heat? The humidity? But did you not also notice the breeze that is gently trying to cool you? Feel the frost of the winter, biting through all your insulation. Again feel the warmth that the sun is wrapping around you in a warm embrace. And the warmth that is already within you that your heart is circulating.
There is always comfort around us if you know where to look. There is too much distractions in this society. Focus your senses in the correct way and you will find a release.
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
The new Librarian decided that instead of checking out children’s books by writing the names of borrowers on the book cards herself, she would have the youngsters sign their own names. She would then tell them they were signing a “Contract” for returning the books on time.
Her first customer was a second grader, who looked surprised to see a new Librarian. He brought four books to the desk and shoved them across to the Librarian, giving her his name as he did so.
The Librarian pushed the books back and told him to sign them out. The boy laboriously printed his name on each book card and then handed them to her with a look of utter disgust.
Before the Librarian could even start her speech he said, scornfully, “That other Librarian we had could write.”
The statement below is true.
The statement above is false.
Early in the semester, a student stops by during the professor’s office hours. He bids her enter. She glances up and down the hall, steps in, closes the door and says, “I would do anything to pass this class.” She steps closer to his desk, flips back her hair, gazes meaningfully into his eyes.
“I mean,” she whispers, “I would do…anything.”
He returns her gaze. “Anything?”
“Anything,” she replies.
The professor’s voice drops to a whisper and he says, “Would you…study?”
Ever notice that people who spend money on beer, cigarettes, and lottery tickets are always complaining about being broke and not feeling well?
She said: During my brother’s wedding, my mother had managed to keep from crying–until she glanced at my grandparents. My grandmother had reached over to my grandfather’s wheelchair and gently touched his hand. That was all it took to start my mother’s tears flowing. After the wedding, Mom went over to my grandparents and told her how the tender gesture triggered her outburst.
“Well, I’m sorry to ruin your moment,” Grandmother replied. “But I was just checking to see if he was awake.”
“A dog teaches a child fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.”
During a practical exercise at a military police base, the instructor was giving the class instruction in unarmed self-defense. After he presented a number of different situations in which they might find themselves, he asked a student,
“What steps would you take if someone were coming at you with a big, sharp knife?”
The student replied, ” *BIG* ones.”
At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle arrive last.
Reporters interviewing a 104 year-old woman: “And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?” the reporter asked.
She simply replied, “No peer pressure.”
Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
I pulled into the crowded parking lot at the local mall and rolled down the car windows to make sure my Labrador Retriever pup had fresh air. She was stretched full-out on the back seat and I wanted to impress upon her that she must remain there. I walked to the curb backward, pointing my finger at the car, and saying emphatically, “Now you stay. Do you hear me? Stay! Stay!”
The driver of a nearby car, a pretty blonde young lady, gave me a strange look and asked, “Why don’t you just put it in park?”
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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