April 27. 2017
Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.
We have three new members of our merry band. One is a member of my Kiwanis Club who coordinates our volunteers participation at a local food pantry. Through his efforts hungry neighbors can find sustenance. He is special as are so many other of my fellow Kiwanians.
The second new reader often brightens my day as she is the gate keeper at the YMCA where I workout most mornings. She starts her day at a time when most folks have a few hours of sleep left in their night. Notwithstanding her early day she always generates warmth through her smile and pleasant personality.
The last special person is a server in a restaurant where I often visit after my session at the Y. She is a single mom with two young kids who always makes her customers feel special. She always goes out of her way to see how I am doing and to make sure my day starts on a positive note.
These are truly special people in my mind and like so may other folks I know probably don’t realize just how good they are. I am just grateful that they are a part of my life. I hope you too realize how special you are. Here is a story that I wish everyone took to heart so they knew how worthy they truly are.
You are unique!
Think what a remarkable, unduplicatable, and miraculous thing it is to be you! Of all the people who have come and gone on the earth, since the beginning of time, not ONE of them is like YOU!
No one who has ever lived or is to come has had your combination of abilities, talents, appearance, friends, acquaintances, burdens, sorrows and opportunities.
No one’s hair grows exactly the way yours does. No one’s finger prints are like yours. No one has the same combination of secret inside jokes and family expressions that you know.
The few people who laugh at all the same things you do, don’t sneeze the way you do. No one prays about exactly the same concerns as you do. No one is loved by the same combination of people that love you – NO ONE!
No one before, no one to come. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE!
Enjoy that uniqueness. You do not have to pretend in order to seem more like someone else. You weren’t meant to be like someone else. You do not have to lie to conceal the parts of you that are not like what you see in anyone else.
You were meant to be different. Nowhere ever in all of history will the same things be going on in anyone’s mind, soul and spirit as are going on in yours right now.
If you did not exist, there would be a hole in creation, a gap in history, something missing from the plan for humankind.
Treasure your uniqueness. It is a gift given only to you. Enjoy it and share it!
No one can reach out to others in the same way that you can. No one can speak your words. No one can convey your meanings. No one can comfort with your kind of comfort. No one can bring your kind of understanding to another person.
No one can be cheerful and lighthearted and joyous in your way. No one can smile your smile. No one else can bring the whole unique impact of you to another human being.
Share your uniqueness. Let it be free to flow out among your family and friends and people you meet in the rush and clutter of living wherever you are. That gift of yourself was given you to enjoy and share. Give yourself away!
See it! Receive it! Let it tickle you! Let it inform you and nudge you and inspire you! YOU ARE UNIQUE!
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Norman Vincent Peale
A woman was complaining to the neighbor that her husband always came home late, no matter how she tried to stop him. “Take my advice,” said the neighbor, “and do what I did. Once my husband came home at three o’clock in the morning, and from my bed, I called out : ‘Is that you, Jim?’ And that cured him.” “Cured him!” asked the woman, “but how?” The neighbor said, “You see, my husband’s name is Ted.”
You don’t ever have to do anything sensational to love or to be loved.
Early in their marriage, my Dad did something really stupid. My Mom chewed him out for it. He apologized, they made up. However, from time to time, my mom mentions what he had done.
“Honey,” my Dad finally said one day, “why do you keep bringing that up?
I thought your policy was ‘forgive and forget.'”
“It is,” she said. “I just don’t want you to forget that I’ve forgiven and forgotten.”
“Inside every older person is a younger person — wondering what the hell happened.”
Cora Harvey Armstrong
Tommy had reached school age. His mother managed with a blast of propaganda to make him enthusiastic about the idea. She bought him lots of new clothes, told him of the new friends he’d meet and so on.
Came the first day, he eagerly went off and came back home with a lot of glowing reports about school.
Next morning when she woke him up, he asked “What for?” She told him it was time to get ready for school.
“What? Again?” he asked.
Mrs Jones: My husband beats me up every morning.
Mrs Smith: My gosh! How terrible!
Mrs Jones: Yes, he gets up at seven and I get up at eight.
I couldn’t decide whether to go to Salt Lake City or Denver for vacation, so I called the airlines to get prices. “Airfare to Denver is $300,” said a cheery salesperson.
“And what about Salt Lake City?”
“We have a really great rate to Salt Lake–$99.00, but there is a stopover.”
If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
The minister advised Uncle Howard to give some thought to the “hereafter.”
Uncle Howard told him that the hereafter was hardly ever out of his mind.
At least a dozen times a day he would go to do something, like going to the bathroom cabinet for his medicine, then say, “What the heck am I hereafter?!”
The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
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