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Life is good

“The foolish seek happiness in the distance; the wise grow it under their feet.”

James Oppenheim

 ! Appreciate people

We all have more wealth than we realize. We seem to take for granted the very best things in our lives rather than being consciously grateful for all we have.

Over the last few years I have come to appreciate each day I can get up and move about without help. I have come to realize that the warm embrace of a friend is more valuable than the achievement awards on my wall.

I have come to value the small opportunities I now have to do something of worth rather than being overloaded with responsibilities to maintain the status quo. Each breath is a blessing, each smile a reward, each hand held a chance to feel gratitude. I, like most, own no monuments, I live more simply than many others but few have accumulated as many simple pleasures as I have.

My wealth is measured not in money but in the quality moments that fill my days. Thank you for helping to provide me so many memorable moments

Here is a story I have always liked and maybe shared with you before; if I have it is worth reading again.

Precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by people.

A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present “Seven Wonders of The World.” Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:  Egypt’s Great Pyramids, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon, the Panama Canal, the Empire State Building, St. Peter’s Basilica, and China’s Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet.  So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list.  The girl replied, “Yes, a little.  I couldn’t make up my mind because there were so many.”

The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.”

The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the Seven Wonders of the World are:

To see, to hear, to touch, to taste, to feel, to laugh, to love.”

The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous! A gentle reminder – that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by people.


“Simply being alive is the greatest blessing we can enjoy.”

Rene Dubos


After her 90th Birthday, Marie found that shopping for Christmas gifts had become too difficult, so she decided to send checks to everyone instead.  On each card she wrote, “Buy your own present,” and she mailed them early.

Marie enjoyed the usual flurry of family festivities. Only after Christmas did she get around to clearing off her cluttered desk.  Under a stack of papers, she was horrified to find the gift checks which she had forgotten to enclose.


The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.


“According to a new holiday survey by the people at match.com, Portland, Oregon, is the number one city in America where men and women prefer to date someone who is chubby and overweight. In fact, their idea of a romantic night: dinner, a movie, more dinner, and then a snack.”


“Perhaps the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.”

Rachel Naomi Remen


Some more things I have learned from long time Floridians:

** You don’t pull off the road to look at an alligator.

** You realize that the only reason for Georgia’s existence is to provide extra billboard space for advertising Florida.

** You wear a sweater when it gets below 70 degrees.

** You don’t even consider Miami a nice place to visit.

** You only eat Early Bird Specials.

** You know not to drive from Pensacola to the Keys in one day (or two).

** You can remember when there was no good reason to go to Orlando.

** Your definition of “waterfront property” doesn’t include condominium apartments on man-made canals 20 miles from the ocean.

** You can laugh when Northerners say that Florida doesn’t have a change of seasons, because you know the rates are much lower after Labor Day.


The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

Joseph Campbell


Linda, a college freshman brought home some friends with new opinions to share with her grandmother Esther. Arguing with great intensity the coeds discussed Darwin and the revisionists’ attack on the theory of evolution.

Finally, Esther spoke up. “Heredity…environment. Young girls thinking about such things? Feh.”

“It’s very complicated issue, Grandma.”

“Complicated-shomplicated!  Please. Even sixty years ago in Russia, we knew the answer, 1-2-3. If the baby looks like the father, that’s heredity. If he looks like the milkman, that’s environment.”


Marriage changes passion …You get married and suddenly you’re in bed with a relative.


A kind-hearted motorist saw a man struggling to change a tire alongside the highway, and pulled over to see whether he could help. The man had a very red face, and a dark smear across it where he’d wiped off sweat with dirty hands. His tie was undone and his shirt collar askew, and it was clear he had also wiped his hands on his once-white shirt. Close to him stood an immaculately neat woman who was speaking in quick, agitated tones.

“Hello, there,” said the motorist. “Say, I’ve changed a lot of tires. . . maybe I can help here.”

“You sure can,” the man with the flat tire replied wearily.  “My wife is an expert, too. If you will just do all the arguing with her about how this tire ought to be changed, I can concentrate on the dirty work and get the job done.”


“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting what we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”

Frederick Koenig


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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