“There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.”
There is one truth we all share and that is that life goes on and I am glad it does. The fact that each day is a new start allows yesterday’s problems to slip into the past while leaving us new opportunities to enrich today and tomorrow. In truth it is up to us how we deal with life’s movement. We can either float on the tide with each days seeming to be not much different than yesterdays or we find a wave to ride so we can explore new adventures.
I think that a lot of what lies ahead for each of us depends on our freeing ourselves from any barriers that anchor us to a mundane existence. We cab choose to live always ready to enjoy new possibilities. Here is a piece that outlines the kind of life that would serve us all well.
Instructions for Life
Excerpts from his book Life’s Little Instruction Book
- Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
- Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.
- Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.
- When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
- Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.
- Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
- Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
- In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
- Remember that your character is your destiny.
- When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
- Spend some time alone every day.
- Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other.
- Pray. There’s immeasurable power in it.
- At least once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
- Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
- Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
- Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
- Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
“Be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.”
Henry Van Dyke
My buddy applied for a job as an insurance salesman. Where the form requested “prior experience,” he wrote “lifeguard.” That was it. Nothing else.
“We’re looking for someone who can not only sell insurance, but who can sell himself as well,” said the hiring manager. “How does working as a lifeguard pertain to salesmanship?”
My pal replied, “I couldn’t swim.” He got the job.
Show me a man with both feet firmly on the ground, and I’ll show you a man who can’t get his pants off.
The new pastor decided to visit the children’s Sunday school class. The teacher introduced him to the children and said, “Pastor Jones, this morning we’re studying Joshua.”
“That’s wonderful,” said the new pastor, “let’s see what you’re learning. How about we start with this…who can give me an answer to this…. who tore down the walls of Jericho?”
Little Billy shyly raised hand and offered, “Pastor, I didn’t do it.”
Taken aback, the pastor asked, “Come on, now, *WHO* tore down those walls of Jericho?”
The teacher, interrupting, said, “Pastor, Billy’s a good boy. If he says he didn’t do it, I believe he didn’t do it.”
Flustered, the pastor left the room and went directly to the Sunday school director and related the story to him. The director, looking worried, explained,
“Well, sir, we’ve had some problems with Billy before. Let me talk to him and see what we can do.”
Huh? Really bothered now by the answers of the teacher and the director, the new pastor approached the deacons and related the whole story, including the responses of the teacher and the director.
A white-haired gentleman thoughtfully stroked his chin and said,
“Well, Pastor, I move we just take the money from the general fund to pay for the walls and leave it at that.”
Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.
A woman was telling her friend, “You know, Jane, it was me who made my husband what he is today–a millionaire.”
“Is that right? Well, what was he before you married him?” asked the Jane.
The woman replied, “A billionaire!”
“A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.”
An out-of-towner drove his car into a ditch in a desolated area. Luckily, a local farmer came to help with his big strong horse named Buddy.
He hitched Buddy up to the car and yelled, “Pull, Nellie, pull!”
Buddy didn’t move. Then the farmer hollered, “Pull, Buster, pull!”
Buddy didn’t respond.
Once more the farmer commanded, “Pull, Coco, pull!” Nothing…
Then the farmer nonchalantly said, “Pull, Buddy, pull!” And the horse easily dragged the car out of the ditch.
The motorist was most appreciative and very curious. He asked the farmer why he called his horse by the wrong name three times.
The farmer said, “Oh, Buddy is blind and if he thought he was the only one pulling, he wouldn’t even try!”
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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