“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
I have a busy morning. Two breakfast meetings followed by an early lunch. I am sure that by the time I get home I will be ready to nap. The good news is that I will spend some time with a smart author friend, followed by a meeting with two of my favorite people, a University administrator and the Executive Director of a highly regarded service organization. It will all be capped off by my brunching with an actress friend who recently closed a major musical where she received rave reviews. Her life in the professional theatre has made her someone special and I am lucky that she has allowed me to be her friend.
‘Tis the season to be jolly but even better it is the season to enjoy time with friends. As I have thought about the folks I will see today I am reminded of how they have made a difference in the lives of the many people they have touched, I know because I am one of them. It is in that spirit that I share the following with you today:
The Power of One
One song can spark a moment
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest
One bird can herald spring
One smile begins a friendship
One handclasp lifts a soul
One star can guide a ship at sea
One word can frame the goal
One vote can change a nation
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness
One laugh will conquer gloom
One step must start each journey
One word must start a prayer
One hope will raise our spirits
One touch can show you care
One voice can speak with wisdom
One heart can know what is true
One Life can make a difference
When you believe in what you’re doing and use your imagination and initiative, you can make a difference.
This is a conversation that took place between a person(Y) in the public and a marketing guy(X).
X: Which shaving cream do you use?
X: Which aftershave do you use?
Y: Baba’s X: Which deodorant do you use?
X: Which toothpaste do you use?
X: Which shampoo do you use?
X: Which vests do you use?
X(Frustrated): O.k. tell me, What is this Baba? Is it an international company???
Y: No, He is my room-mate.
My friends tell me that I refuse to grow up, but I know they’re just jealous because they don’t have pajamas with feet.
PRISON VS BEING A HOUSEWIFE
In prison you get three square meals a day. At home, you cook three square meals a day and try to get your kids to eat it.
In prison you get an hour each day in the yard to exercise and mingle. At home you get to clean the yard up so you can mow it so your kids can spread more toys all over it so that you can go out and clean it again because little Jr. can’t sleep without his latest Lego creation.
In prison you get to watch TV, cable even. At home you get to listen your children fight over the remote control and get treated to hours and hours of mindless cartoons thanks to cable.
In prison you can read whatever you want and attend college for free. At home you get to read weekly readers starring Dick, Jane, and Spot and worry about how to send Jr. to college and still be able to eat for the next twenty years.
In prison, if you have visitors, all you do is go to a room, sit, talk and then say good-bye when you are ready or your time is up. At home you get to clean for days in advance and then cook and clean up after your guests and hope that they will one day leave.
In prison you get your own personal toilet. At home you have to physically hold the bathroom door shut in order to keep from having someone standing over you demanding to know how long till you’re done so you can do something for them.
In prison the prison laundry takes care of all your dirty clothes. At home you get to take care of them yourself, plus everybody else’s, and get yelled at because somebody’s favorite shirt isn’t clean.
In prison they take you everywhere you need to go. At home you take everybody else where they need to go.
In prison there are no screaming or whining children or spouses asking you to do something else for them, or screaming at you because you didn’t. At home….stop me when I get to the downside of jail, will ya?
A mouse trap placed on top of your hubby’s alarm clock will prevent him from rolling over and going back to sleep.
Sitting behind a couple of nuns at a baseball game (whose habits partially blocked the view), three men decided to badger the nuns in an effort to get them to move.
In a very loud voice, the first guy said, ‘I think I’m going to move to Utah, there are only 100 nuns there’.
The second guy spoke up and said, “I want to go to Montana, there are only 50 nuns living there’.
The third guy said, ‘I want to go to Idaho, there are only 25 nuns living there’.
One of the nuns turned around, looked at the men, and in a very sweet, calm voice said, ‘Why don’t you go to hell … there aren’t any nuns there’.
“Women only have two complaints: Nothing to wear and not enough closet space for it.”
Several American nurses were receiving specialized training at a hospital in Liverpool, England. These nurses had little money for meals, so they ate the awful food provided at the hospital complex. Sometimes kindly visitors would give them some of the treats they had brought for patients who had not wanted to eat them.
One night a woman brought a pie to the kitchen and said to one of the nurses,
“Would you eat this up, love?” So she and another American student nurse devoured every delicious crumb!
Soon the woman returned, however, and asked…..”Is me ‘usband’s pie ‘ot yet, dearie?”
Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.
Barbara De Angelis
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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