People ask me, when was my best time? I always say, ‘Today.’
Last Saturday night I attended a surprise birthday party for my oldest daughter at a local restaurant. It was a magnificent event attended by about 50 people who have been part of my daughter’s life over the years. Even a favorite cousin and her husband drove up from North Carolina as did others from out of state.
It was a special opportunity for my wife and me to appreciate all our daughter has done and the friends she has made along the way. Throughout the evening photos of her life going back more than fifty years were shown on a big screen. As I watched I was again reminded of just how good my life has been and still is.
Here is a story I have always appreciated as it reminds me of how I feel of my own life.
The Best Time Of My Life
by Joe Kemp
It was June 15, and in two days I would be turning thirty. I was insecure about entering a new decade of my life and feared that my best years were now behind me. My daily routine included going to the gym for a workout before going to work. Every morning I would see my friend Nicholas at the gym. He was seventy-nine years old and in terrific shape. As I greeted Nicholas on this particular day, he noticed I wasn’t full of my usual vitality and asked if there was anything wrong. I told him I was feeling anxious about turning thirty. I wondered how I would look back on my life once I reached Nicholas’s age, so I asked him, “What was the best time of your life?”
Without hesitation, Nicholas replied, “Well, Joe, this is my philosophical answer to your philosophical question: “When I was a child in Austria and everything was taken care of for me and I was nurtured by my parents, that was the best time of my life.
“When I was going to school and learning the things I know today, that was the best time of my life.
“When I got my first job and had responsibilities and got paid for my efforts, that was the best time of my life.
“When I met my wife and fell in love, that was the best time of my life.
“The Second World War came, and my wife and I had to flee Austria to save our lives. When we were together and safe on a ship bound for North America that was the best time of my life.
“When we came to Canada and started a family, that was the best time of my life.
“When I was a young father, watching my children grow up, that was the best time of my life.
“And now, Joe, I am seventy-nine years old. I have my health, I feel good and I am in love with my wife just as I was when we first met. This is the best time of my life.”
When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.
My wife knows me too well. Finally – a key to the male language code . . .
- “I can’t find it” MEANS: It didn’t fall into my outstretched hands, so I am completely clueless.
- “It’s a guy thing . ” MEANS: There’s no rational thought pattern connected with it, and you have no chance at all of making it logical.
- “It would take too long to explain” MEANS: I have no idea how it works.
- “We’re going to be late.” MEANS: I have a legitimate reason for driving like a maniac.
- “That’s interesting dear.” MEANS: Are you still talking?
- “I heard you.” MEANS: I haven’t the foggiest clue what you just said, and hope I can fake it well enough, so that you don’t spend the next three days yelling at me.
- “You really look terrific in that outfit.” MEANS: Please don’t try on one more outfit, I’m starving.
- “I missed you.” MEANS: I can’t find my sock drawer, the kids are hungry, and we’re out of toilet paper.
- “I don’t need to read the instructions.” MEANS: I am perfectly capable of screwing it up without printed instructions
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Two blondes got together on a regular basis, and they usually discussed families or local gossip. One day, they decided to change things a bit, and discuss important political issues like the Middle East, Afghanistan, North Korea, etc.
One blonde said, “But what about Red China?”
The other responded, “Fantastic… it looks especially good on a white tablecloth!”
He who hesitates is not only lost – but miles from the next exit.
A man went to the doctor complaining of insomnia. The doctor gave him a thorough examination, found absolutely nothing physically wrong with him, and then told him,
“Listen, if you ever expect to cure your insomnia, you just have to stop taking your trouble to bed with you.”
“I know” said the man, “but I can’t. My wife refuses to sleep alone.”
Perhaps the world little notes nor long remembers individual acts of kindness but people do.
A nearsighted minister glanced at the note that Mrs. Jones had sent to him by an usher. The note read: “Bill Jones having gone to sea, his wife desires the prayers of the congregation for his safety.”
Failing to observe the punctuation, he startled his audience by announcing: “Bill Jones, having gone to see his wife, desires the prayers of the congregation for his safety.”
“I’m not saying that the customer service in my bank is bad, but I went in the other day and asked the clerk to check my balance. She leaned over and pushed me!”
One day I was reading a newspaper. On page two was a picture of a famous politician and his gorgeous wife.
Slightly jealous of the politician, I turned to my wife and said, “It’s unfair that the biggest jerks in the world catch the most beautiful wives.”
My wife smiled and replied, “Why, thank you dear.”
Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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