Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.
Henri Frederic Amiel
One of the things we learn almost every day when you get up in years is that life goes on. But as it does we are faced with constant change. Our environment changes, our abilities change, many of our friends and family are no longer with us, the list could go on and it is a long one.
It becomes important that we don’t let the changes we face in our lives take us down. The scenery behind us may have changed but there is more to see ahead of us. The place we were in last year no longer exists, we can stop and live only on memories or we can keep going while developing new memories.
It is also important to understand that each of us also exists in the lives of many others and it behooves us to do our best to make sure others are glad that we are there. No matter what our age may be it is the life we lead and how we handle ourselves that will define us to others. We don’t have to pretend we are what we are not but choosing to be as good at life as you can will always be the key to lifelong happiness.
Here is a piece that a friend and longtime Daily reader sent me recently that I would like to share with you. I hope you appreciate it as much as I have.
At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize they vacated their seats. This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.
The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.
I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life. Reap success and give lots of love. More importantly, thank God for the journey. Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train.
I try to be grateful for the abundance of the blessings that I have, for the journey that I’m on and to relish each day as a gift.
“I hope you didn’t take it personally, Reverend,” an embarrassed woman said after a church service, “when my husband walked out during your sermon.”
“I did find it rather disconcerting,” the preacher replied.
“It’s not a reflection on you, sir,” insisted the church goer. “Ralph has been walking in his sleep ever since he was a child.”
The difference between gossip and news is whether you hear it or tell it.
A Mormon acquaintance once pushed Mark Twain into an argument on the issue of polygamy. After long and tedious expositions justifying the practice, the Mormon demanded that Twain cite any passage of scripture expressly forbidding polygamy.
“Nothing easier,” Twain replied. “No man can serve two masters.”
She said: “My husband and I found this great new method of birth control that really, really works… Every night before we go to bed, we spend an hour with our kids.”
Fresh out of high school, I found a job cleaning the elegant home of an older couple. Among other duties, I had to dust their many imported carvings and petrified collectibles as well as pick up after their pets.
One day I was astonished to find two ivory fossils lying on the floor beside the bookcase. I quickly picked them up and put them back on the shelf. The next week the same thing happened. That afternoon my employer came into the parlor, her faithful canine behind her. Looking around, she eyed the bookcase.
“Tippy,” she asked the dog, “how do your bones keep getting up there?”
I used to be a heavy gambler. But now I just make mental bets. That’s how I lost my mind.
Billy Bob’s parents were thrilled and excited when he joined the Army; he was going to serve his country.
After Billy Bob had completed basic training, he invited his parents to come to the base and spend the day there. He said that special programs had been set up for all the parents, so that they could see the results of the training. His parents showed up, eager to see what Billy Bob had learned.
After all the parents had visited with their sons, the Drill Sergeant announced that the group would do an exhibition of marching, to show off the skills their sons had learned.
The troops lined up in formation and marched by the group of parents.
As they went by, Billy Bob’s mother said to his father, “I’m so proud of Billy Bob. Look at him. He’s out there marching, and do you notice, he’s the only one in step?”
If God had meant us to be naked, he would have made our skin fit better.
Little Jimmy was laying in the middle of a meadow on a warm spring day. Soon, he began to think about God.
“God? Are you really there?” Jimmy said out loud. To his astonishment a voice came from the clouds. “Yes, Jimmy? What can I do for you?”
Seizing the opportunity, Jimmy asked, “God? What is a million years like to you?”
Knowing that Jimmy could not understand the concept of infinity, God responded in a manner to which Jimmy could relate, “A million years to me, Jimmy, is like a minute.”
“Oh,” said Jimmy. “Well, then, what’s a million dollars like to you?”
“A million dollars to me, Jimmy, is like a penny.”
“Wow!” remarked Jimmy, getting an idea. “You’re so generous…can I have one of your pennies?”
God replied, “Sure thing, Jimmy! Just a minute.”
Do you ever wonder how the size of hail was described before the game of golf was invented?
At a country-club party a young man was introduced to an attractive girl. Immediately he began paying her court and flattering her outrageously. The girl liked the young man, but she was taken a bit aback by his fast and ardent pitch. She was amazed when after 30 minutes he seriously proposed marriage.
“Look,” she said. “We only met a half hour ago. How can you be so sure? We know nothing about each other.”
“You’re wrong,” the young man declared. “For the past 5 years I’ve been working in the bank where your father has his account.
“Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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