April 13, 2017
Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
One of the things I like most about spring in my part of the world is how it seems to make daily life more pleasant. It also provides us the opportunity to see the rebirth of a landscape filled with trees in bloom and flowers breaking through the soil on their journey towards the sun. But best of all the people we meet along the way seem to find enjoyment in their lives.
As I am leading a less active life I am provided more time to appreciate the people I meet along the way. The people that greet me at the gym early in the morning always provide a warm beginning for my day. If I go to one of my regular stops for breakfast I have the opportunity to let a favorite server know how much they are appreciated. As the day goes on I get to notice some ones kindness, I also get to return a smile or two as I again realize that some of the best things in life is the appreciation of others.
I know I have shared the following story with you in the past, it is one of my favorites. The boy places more value on sharing his appreciation than on material reward. I know much of what I have accumulated has become clutter but the friends I have made have become that which warms my heart.
A Dish of Ice Cream
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.
“How much is an ice cream sundae?”
“50 cents,” replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of coins in it.
“How much is a dish of plain ice cream?” he inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress was a bit impatient.
“35 cents,” she said brusquely.
The little boy again counted the coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed.
When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and then swallowed hard at what she saw.
There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were 15 cents – her tip.
“For all you do, for who you are, I will be forever grateful you are in my life.”
A recent study showed that the average husband only actually speaks to his wife about thirty-seven minutes each week.
Well, yeah, I can believe that, I mean just how long does it take to say “Uh-huh” or “Yes dear” or “I’m sorry, it won’t happen again”?
If you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. March down there and turn it on yourself.
A church choir was putting on a car wash to raise money for a special trip to Bethlehem.
They made a large sign that read: CAR WASH FOR CHOIR TRIP. On the scheduled Saturday, business was very good. But, by two o’clock the sky clouded, the rain poured, and there were hardly any customers. Finally, one of the soprano singers had an idea. She printed a very large poster with the words: WE WASH. GOD RINSES. (Next to the words was an arrow pointing skyward.) Business boomed!
Enthusiasm is contagious. Start an epidemic.
In a physics lab course, which involved light, electricity and magnetism, one requirement of the course was to read the week’s experiment before coming to class…
At one lab session the instructor wanted to see how many people had actually done so:
“What are the two types of light?” he asked.
The lab fell silent until one wise young man raised his hand and said, “Uhhh, Miller and Bud?”
Some people will grow up and spread cheer, others just grow up and spread.
A college drama group presented a play in which one character would stand on a trap door and announce, “I descend into hell!” A stagehand below would then pull a rope, the trapdoor would spring, and the actor would drop from view.
The play was well received. When the actor playing the part became ill, another actor who was quite overweight took his place. When the new actor announced, “I descend into hell!” the stagehand pulled the rope, and the actor began his plunge, but became hopelessly stuck. No amount of tugging on the rope could make him descend.
One student in the balcony jumped up and yelled: “Hallelujah! Hell is full!”
When I was a kid, we had a quicksand box in our back yard. I was an only child ….. eventually.
A while back an airplane company ran an add stating that they would make you a pilot for $2,900. They want to train more people to fly planes in hopes that they could sell more planes. Their add had a beautiful picture of an airplane and in big black print were the words, “We will make you a pilot for $2,900.
I heard that the ad elicited a lot of response, but the most unique response came from 7 women in Kansas. They wrote into the company and said; “We understand you can make us a pilot for $2,900. We would like you to make us one right away. We want him to be a man, 6 feet tall, 190 pounds, with blue eyes and brown wavy hair. We understand that you guarantee that you can make us a pilot. Therefore we would like the pilot on approval for about 60 days. If he works out we’ll order more.”
If you don’t run your own life, someone else will.
A minister was planning a wedding at the close of the Sunday morning service.
After the benediction he had planned to call the couple down to be married for a brief ceremony before the congregation.
For the life of him, though, he couldn’t think of the names of the couple who were to be married.
“Will those wanting to get married please come to the front?” he requested.
Immediately, nine single ladies, three widows, four widowers, and six single men stepped to the front.
Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.
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