Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age
Here we go again, a new week. My week as usual will be an abridged version of all I use to do but will include things I want to do.
Some of us get so busy doing what we think we must do that we have no time to do what we should do. I hope you are not of those who leaves little time to have fun and to take advantage of what life offers in the way of happiness. I am just glad that I learned years ago that doing more of the same all the time just isn’t worth it.
Here is a story I like, I hope you will too.
Living life and having fun
A house becomes a home when you can write ‘I love you’ on the furniture. I can’t tell you how many countless hours that I have spent cleaning. I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend making sure things were just perfect – ‘in case someone came over.’ Then I realized one day that no-one came over; they were all out living life and having fun!
Now, when people visit, I find no need to explain the condition of my home. They are more interested in hearing about the things I’ve been doing while I was away living life and having fun. If you haven’t quite figured this out as yet, please heed this advice.
Life is short, so enjoy it! Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better to paint a picture or write a letter, bake a cake or plant a seed, or even ponder the difference between want and need? Dust if you must, but there’s not much time, with rivers to swim and mountains to climb, music to hear and books to read, friends to cherish and life to lead. Dust if you must, but the worlds out there with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair, a flutter of snow, a shower of rain. This day will not come around again.
Dust if you must, but bear in mind, old age will come and it’s not kind. And when you go – and go you must, you, yourself will make more dust! It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived … and remember, a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.
Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives
From Our answering machine:
- My wife and I can’t come to the phone right now, but if you’ll leave your name and number, we’ll get back to you as soon as we’re finished.
- Hi, I’m not home right now but my answering machine is, so you can talk to it instead. Wait for the beep.
- Hi! Ray’s answering machine is broken. This is his refrigerator. >Please speak very slowly, and I’ll stick your message to myself with one of these magnets.
- Hello, you are talking to a machine. I am capable of receiving messages. My owners do not need siding, windows, or a hot tub, and their carpets are clean. They give to charity through their office and do not need their picture taken. If you’re still with me, leave your name and number and they will get back to you.
- This is not an answering machine — this is a telepathic thought-recording device. After the tone, think about your name, your reason for calling and a number where I can reach you, and I’ll think about returning your call.
- Hi. I am probably home. I’m just avoiding someone I don’t like. Leave me a message, and if I don’t call back, it’s you.
- Hi, this is Ray. I’m sorry I can’t answer the phone right now. Leave a message, and then wait by your phone until I call you back.
- If you are a burglar, then we’re probably at home cleaning our weapons right now and can’t come to the phone. Otherwise, we probably aren’t home and it’s safe to leave us a message.
- Please leave a message. However, you have the right to remain silent. Everything you say will be recorded and will be used by us.
“The trouble with facts is that there are so many of them.”
Samuel McChord Crothers
Everyone had weighed in, and our diet-workshop leader began her lecture on the week’s topic – the problems of dining out. She talked about alternatives, such as requesting diet sodas and dressings, and having meat broiled instead of fried. Finally she turned the question over to the group for discussion. “What is the greatest problem you encounter when going out to eat?”
Replied one woman quickly, “Running into you!”
“Saying what we think gives us a wider conversational range than saying what we know.”
Miriam was dying and on her deathbed, she gave final instructions to her husband Sidney.
“Sidney, you’ve been so good to me all these years. I know you never even thought about another woman. But now that I’m going, I want you to marry again as soon as possible and I want you to give your new wife all my expensive clothes.”
“I can’t do that, darling,” Sidney said. “You’re a size 16 and she’s only a 10.”
“All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.”
My friend’s mother is a proper Southern lady and a passionate gardener who spends hours outside with her plants. In her neighborhood, where she has lived most of her life, no one has fences and every yard is open to the next.
Recently one of her longtime neighbors, an elderly man, moved away. “Are you going to miss him?” my friend asked.
“Actually I’m relieved,” her mother replied. “Now I can bend over.”
“The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.”
My job is in the Aerospace industry and it’s always been a challenge to explain just what kind of work I do.
At one gathering, I tried several unsuccessful attempted explanations before deciding to be as generic as possible. When the subject came up while I was talking with a group of guys, I replied simply, “Defense Contractor.”
The men nodded and as the conversation went on, I silently declared victory to myself. Then one of them turned to me and asked, “So, what do you put up mainly? Chain link?”
People who soar, are those who refuse to sit back and wish things would change
Charles R. Swindoll
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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