June 14, 2017
Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
I was at a presentation yesterday made by an old friend who heads an organization that promotes interfaith understanding. He reminded us that while we may worship in different ways we all desire pretty much the same things, good lives, well lived in peace and harmony.
I was reminded that it is perfectly OK for others not to be like me. In fact, others who are not like me provide me the opportunity to sharpen my understanding of our world. He again showed us that other religions should not be feared but rather understood. There is more in common between us than there are differences. By us understanding that almost all seek peace and harmony we can learn to work together for the common good.
There is really no benefit in making more enemies when so often we find that a friend is only a handshake away. We do need each other. Here is an old story that has meaning for me:
Many living things need each other to survive. If you have ever seen a Colorado aspen tree, you may have noticed that it does not grow alone. Aspens are found in clusters, or groves.
The reason is that the aspen sends up new shoots from the roots. In a small grove, all of the trees may actually be connected by their roots!
Giant California redwood trees may tower 300 feet into the sky. It would seem that they would require extremely deep roots to anchor them against strong winds. But we’re told that their roots are actually quite shallow — in order to capture as much surface water as possible. And they spread in all directions, intertwining with other redwoods.
Locked together in this way, all the trees support each other in wind and storms. Like the aspen, they never stand-alone. They need one another to survive.
People, too, are connected by a system of roots. We are born to family and learn early to make friends. We are not meant to survive long without others.
And like the redwood, we need to hold one another up. When pounded by the sometimes vicious storms of life, we need others to support and sustain us.
Have you been going it alone? Maybe it’s time to let someone else help hold you up for a while. Or perhaps someone needs to hang on to you.
We need Joy as we need air. We need Love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.
A bar in NYC is installing a breathalyzer. If your drunk, it advises you not to drive.
If you’re really, really drunk, it advises you not to call your old girlfriend.
Eight-year-old Sally brought her report card home from school. Her marks were good … mostly A’s and a couple of B’s. However, her teacher had written across the bottom:
“Sally is a smart little girl, but she has one fault. She talks too much in school. I have an idea I am going to try, which I think may break her of the habit.
Sally’s dad signed her report card, putting a note on the back:
“Please let me know if your idea works on Sally because I would like to try it out on her mother.”
Dig the well before you are thirsty.
The district attorney was cross-examining the murderess on the witness stand.
“And so after you had poisoned the coffee and your husband sat at the breakfast table partaking of the fatal dosage, didn’t you feel any qualms? Didn’t you feel the slightest pity for him knowing that he was about to die and was wholly unconscious of it? As you sat there…didn’t you feel for him at all?”
“Yes,” she answered. “Come to think of it…there was just a tiny moment when I sort of felt sorry for him.”
“And, when was that?”
“When he asked for the second cup.”
Dear Abby: What can I do about all the sex, nudity, bad language, and violence on my VCR?
The waitress at the upscale restaurant kept starring at the leading man every time she brought him another dinner course.
“Say, she finally said, “don’t I know you from somewhere?”
The leading actor was coy. “Possibly you’ve seen me in the movies,” he replied.
“Maybe,” she said thoughtfully. “Where do you usually sit?”
A woman sees a beautiful tennis bracelet in a jewelry store window.
She goes in and asks the clerk if a small deposit will hold it until her husband does something unforgivable.
The elderly husband and wife, both a little hard of hearing, were watching golf on TV. The husband turned to his wife of some 50 years and said, “In my next life, I’m going to be rich and play all those beautiful golf courses with their great bars and dining and dancing areas.”
The wife quickly responded, “How will you be able to manage all that with your bad legs? You can barely walk!”
“I said, ‘…in my next life…,'” the husband replied.
“Oh,” she said. I thought you said, ‘..with my next wife…'”
Matt: I should never have introduced my fiancé’ to my rich uncle.
Jerry: Why not?
Matt: Because…. now she’s my aunt.
Morris and Isaac were constant companions. Morris was a calm laid back individual and never complained. Isaac was very nervous and always complaining about something.
One day Isaac said to Morris, “Morris how do you manage to get along with everybody?”
Morris answered, “Oh, I just never disagree with anybody.”
Isaac said, “Morris, you are a liar!”
Morris said, “I know it.”
It may be that it is not given to us to know when we are angels. We may only be given to know when others are. This may be one of the reasons we need each other so.
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