May 16, 2017
The struggle ends when the gratitude begins.
Neale Donald Walsch
My wife and I are truly fortunate that our children and their families have chosen to live here in our community. As we have grown older they have provided us so many things that have made our lives more manageable. They have provided us transportation, helped us manage our finances, done household chores that we no longer find easy to do and more.
The thing I appreciate the most is that they not only lend us a helping hand even though we don’t ask for it but they do so with warmth and grace. Yes, our lives would be much more difficult if not impossible if it were not for our loved ones. We have a lot to be grateful for in our long lives and by far the greatest gift has been the affection of our children and their families.
Every day I realize that the gift does not count as much as the spirit in which it is given. Here is a short story that reminds us of the value of appreciation.
THE MASTER’S LESSON ON GRATITUDE
According to legend, a young man while roaming the desert came across a spring of delicious crystal-clear water. The water was so sweet he filled his leather canteen so he could bring some back to a tribal elder who had been his teacher.
After a four-day journey he presented the water to the old man who took a deep drink, smiled warmly and thanked his student lavishly for the sweet water. The young man returned to his village with a happy heart.
Later, the teacher let another student taste the water. He spat it out, saying it was awful. It apparently had become stale because of the old leather container.
The student challenged his teacher: “Master, the water was foul. Why did you pretend to like it?”
The teacher replied, “You only tasted the water. I tasted the gift. The water was simply the container for an act of loving-kindness and nothing could be sweeter.”!!!
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
CUSTOMER’S GUIDE TO SUPERMARKET SHOPPING
- When in the express lane, make sure that all items are rung up and bagged before you start looking for your checkbook. Then, after you make a futile search for your pen, borrow one from the clerk and make sure your checkbook is balanced before giving up the check.
- Never get into the 10-Items-or-Less line with less than 12 items. IT’S THE LAW!!!
- When in the 10-Items-or-Less line and you have your 12 to 20 items, always ask the clerk if it’s okay. That way, if he says “yes,” then the people behind you will get mad at HIM, not you. If he says “no,” then YOU can get mad at him. Either way, you win!
- Save all your pennies and dump them in the bottom of your purse so that when you are in the express lane you won’t be embarrassed by spending all that time looking for one and not finding any.
- When asked if you want paper or plastic, take all the time you need to make the right decision. Don’t be rushed. Get it right. If you’re not sure just say, “BAG.” That way they will have to ask you again, giving you more time to decide. You may want to practice this at home in case you are ever asked this question at a grocery store.
- Always, and I repeat, ALWAYS tell the checker your reason for choosing paper or plastic. Checkers by nature are very curious and if you should fail to give them your reason for choosing paper over plastic, the clerk is liable to lie awake at night wondering why you didn’t choose plastic.
- Always keep this in mind: If something is heavy and you don’t want to lift it out of the basket and put it on the belt. Don’t fret whether the checker will automatically know the price. After all, everyone knows how smart those clerks are.
- Since everyone knows how ignorant those clerks are, you must always remember to tell them to not put the eggs and bread in the bottom of the bag.
- Feel free to ask your clerk anything you may want to know. All checkers are experts on how to prepare whatever meal you should decide to make that night. They can give you precise directions to anywhere in the state you might want to go. They can tell you the best restaurant around, the kind of wine you will like best or anything else you may need to know about life.
- Don’t forget rule NO. 8
- After waiting in the checkout line for several minutes and it’s finally your turn at the counter, be sure to tell the clerk that more help is needed. He will certainly ensure that there is plenty of help next time.
- When the clerk greets you and asks how you’re doing, don’t feel pressured into answering him. After all the clerk has to be polite– but you don’t have to.
Sign in a veterinarian’s waiting room, “Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”
She said: If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it was and always will be yours. If it never returns, it was never yours to begin with.
If, however, it just sits in your living room, messes up your stuff, eats your food, uses your telephone, takes your money, and never appears to have noticed that you actually set it free in the first place, you either married it or gave birth to it!
“There’s nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won’t cure.”
Jack E. Leonard
Teacher asks the kids in spelling class to tell what their father does for a living, and spell it. First kid says, “My daddy’s a baker. That’s b-a-k-e-r. He makes bread and lots of sweet goodies to eat.”
Second kid says, “My daddy’s a banker. That’s b-a-n-k-e-r. He makes lots of money, buys us lots of toys.”
Next kid says, “My daddy’s an electrician. That’s e-l-a-k…uh, e-l-e-x…uh….”
Teacher interrupts, saying, “That’s okay, Rayford. Think about it and we’ll come back to you.” Turning to Little Johnny, she says, “You’re next, Johnny.”
Little Johnny says, “My daddy’s a bookie. That’s b-o-o-k-i-e, and I’ll lay you odds ten to one Rayford don’t ever spell electrician.”
Always carry two bags of something when you walk around. That way, if anybody says, “Hey, can you give me a hand?” You can say, “Sorry, got these bags.”
During the banquet celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, Tom was asked to give his friends a brief account of the benefits of a marriage of such long duration. “Tell us Tom, just what is it you have learned from all those wonderful years with your wife?” an anonymous voice yelled from the back of the room.
Tom responded, “Well, I’ve learned that marriage is the best teacher of all. It teaches you loyalty, forbearance, self restraint, meekness, forgiveness — and a great many other qualities you wouldn’t need if you stayed single.”
Gratitude is the music of the heart, when its chords are swept by the breeze of kindness.
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