June 5, 2017
“I will always find a way and a way will always find me.”
Charles F. Glassman
I want to share a story with you today that I just read. It reminded me of all the things over the years that I failed to do well. When I was a kid I was the last guy picked for baseball as I could not hit. To this day I can easily demonstrate how badly I sing. Yep, there are many things that I can only be described as doing poorly.
But one of the things I am pretty good at is not dwelling on what I can’t do well. I am more than willing to just concentrate on appreciating the talents of others as I do what I can with the talents I do have. I have been fortunate over the years that I seemed to be in the right place at the right time so that I had a chance to demonstrate what I could do and was allowed to do more than I dreamed possible.
None of us need dwell on our failures. Rather than trying, and trying again to be better at something that is not worth the investment I prefer to try to always do the best I can on those things that I do.
So my friends don’t spend your time trying to be what you are not, rather just be the best at being you. Here is the story:
Yes You Can
By Joseph J. Mazzella
A friend who was down in the dumps wrote me a letter a few weeks ago. His life was full of problems. His heart was full of worries. He was low on hope. He ended his letter to me with this question: “We can’t really change this crazy world we live in, can we?” I answered him immediately and started my own letter with these words: “Yes, we most certainly can!”
I can still remember one of the first times someone changed my world. She was the music teacher at my elementary school, the guitarist at our church, and a family friend. I had a huge crush on her too and wanted to impress her more than anything. I had no talent at any instrument, however, and my singing while enthusiastic was quite awful. One day she let me try playing her guitar. I did my best but could only stumble along. When I was done I put my head down. “I guess I am not very good,” I told her. She looked at me with her kind eyes, smiled, and said: “We are all good at something. You just need to find out what you are good at. Then you can share it with the world.”
Those simple words changed me. They planted a seed in my soul that continues to grow to this day. They made me realize that I had something to give to others. I had something inside of me that was good and that could change this world for the better. I just had to find it, bring it out and share it. And that is what I have tried to do all of the years since that fateful day.
Can you change the world? Yes you can! You can change it and make it better every single day of your life. You can change it one choice, one person, and one kind act at a time. All you have to do is share your goodness. All you have to do is live your love. Mother Teresa once said: “God doesn’t ask us to do great things, only small things with great love.” Make your love great then! Live well! Do good! Change the world!
“Using your talent, hobby or profession in a way that makes you contribute with something good to this world is truly the way to go.”
What did the Yogi say when he walked into the Zen Pizza Parlor?
“Make me one with everything.”
When the Yogi got the pizza, he gave the proprietor a $20 bill. The proprietor pocketed the bill. The Yogi said “Don’t I get change?”
The proprietor said, “Change must come from within.”
“I read part of it all the way through.”
Charlie was playing with his little brother Mickey when the little boy asked whether he could fly like Superman.
“Sure you can, Mickey,” Charlie said, “Just flap your arms really really hard.”
So Mickey climbed up on the windowsill, started flapping like mad, jumped, then smashed into the ground just a few inches below.
Horrified, their mother came screaming into the room and said, “What the hell happened?!?”
Charlie said, “I was just teaching Mickey not to believe everything someone tells him.”
Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival.
When his printer’s type began to grow faint, a man called a local repair shop.
The friendly person who answered the phone said the printer probably only needed to be cleaned. Because the store charged $50 for such cleanings, he advised the caller that he might be better off reading the printer’s manual and trying the job himself.
Pleasantly surprised by his candor, the caller asked, “Does your boss know that you discourage business?”
“Actually it’s my boss’s idea,” the employee replied sheepishly. “He says we usually make more money on repairs if we let people try to fix things themselves first.”
It takes courage to show your dreams to someone else.
My collection of vintage kitchen utensils includes one whose intended purpose was always a mystery. It looks like a cross between a metal slotted spoon and a spatula, so I use it as both. When not in use, it is prominently displayed in a decorative ceramic utensil caddy in my kitchen.
The mystery of the spoon/spatula was recently solved when I found one in its original packaging at a rummage sale.
It’s a pooper-scooper.
“When you’re comfortable and content with who you are, the voices of others who try and define, control or direct you are not important.”
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