“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”
James Matthew Barrie
If you are like I am you are running into more and more people who keep their mind focused on what is wrong. They are the chronic complainers, they will tell you what is wrong with everybody they know and predict nothing but disaster ahead. If something good did lie ahead they would probably go out of their way to avoid it.
It wouldn’t be so bad if they limited their negativism to themselves but unfortunately they seem to get pleasure by infecting others. I am especially concerned when they succeed in wringing the natural joy and optimism out of children starting the child on the path of a lackluster life.
I like the folks who go out of their way to appreciate what is good in life. They are the ones that provide us hope as they share their joy with others. Some wonder why these people do what they do, my answer is that it is because the care. So bless the happiness sowers for they provide us the hope we all need.
Here is an old story by an unknown author that I like and since you are one of the good people I though you would too.
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.
And every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.
The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color of the rainbow. Grand old trees graced the landscape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance. As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.
One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man couldn’t hear the band – he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.
Days and weeks passed. One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone. Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the world outside. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it for himself.
He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed. It faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said, “Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.”
“Let us give something to each person we meet: joy, courage, hope, assurance, or philosophy, wisdom, a vision for the future. Let us always give something.”
Louisiana Driving Rules:
- A right lane construction closure is just a game to see how many people can cut in line by passing you on the right as you sit in the left lane waiting for the same drivers to squeeze their way back in before hitting the orange construction barrels.
- Turn signals will give away your next move. A real Louisiana driver never uses them. Use of them in New Orleans may be illegal.
- Crossing two or more lanes in a single lane-change is considered “going with the flow”.
- Never get in the way of an older car that needs extensive bodywork. (Reason: no insurance)
Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.
John W. Whitehead
Tom and Darryl were doing construction on a house. As Darryl was nailing down siding he would reach into his nail pouch, pull out a nail, and then either toss it over his shoulder or nail it into the siding. Tom, figuring this was worth looking into, asked, “Why are you throwing those nails away?”
Darryl explained, “If I pull a nail out of my pouch and it’s pointed towards me, I throw it away ’cause it’s defective. If it’s pointed toward the house, then I nail it into the siding.”
Tom was outraged. He yelled, “You moron! The nails pointed towards you aren’t defective! They’re for the other side of the house!”
Incredible as is seems, my life is based on a true story.
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?”
The pen is mightier than the sword – so, in this dangerous world, I always carry a pen.
Cousin Elly is the world’s worst at getting instructions mixed up. When she got married her husband bought her one of those fancy, electric coffee makers. It had all the latest gadgets on it. Salesman Riley carefully explained how everything worked; how to plug it in, set the timer, go back to bed, and upon rising, the coffee is ready.”
A few weeks later Elly was back in the store and Riley asked her how she liked the coffee maker.
“Wonderful!” she replied, “However, there’s one thing I don’t understand. Why do I have to go to bed every time I want to make a pot of coffee?”
“I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.”
Tim and Don went on a fishing trip. They rented all the equipment: reels, rods, wading suits, rowboat, car, even a cabin in the woods. They spent a fortune. The first day they went fishing, they didn’t catch anything. The same thing happened on the second day and the third. It went on like this until finally, on the last day of their vacation, Tim caught a fish. They drove home quiet and depressed. Finally, Tim broke the silence and said to Don, “Do you realize that this one lousy fish we caught cost us fifteen hundred dollars?”
To which Don replied, “Wow! It’s a good thing we didn’t catch any more!”
“It is vital when educating our children’s brains that we do not neglect to educate their hearts.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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