October 18, 2017
Life is a grand adventure – enjoy the ride.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Yesterday I was asked by my primary doctor how I was coping with the changes in my life. She was concerned that my wife’s health problems coupled with my reduced activity was getting me down. She has been my Doctor for about thirty years and knows me pretty well. I reported to her that I was doing OK as I was not ready to succumb to the blues.
The reality of my life these days is that I now appreciate each day and what it entails more than I ever have. I am closer to my wife and family than I have ever been and I value the time I spend with friends more as well.
Here is a poem that is worth reading, it is just a shame some of us wait so long before we follow its advice.
Life’s too short to be wasted.
It passes just once, so make the most out of it.
Live life the way you want it to be.
Live it to the fullest, feel free!
Live as the sun shines in the sky.
Live as high as the birds can fly.
Live as the colors of a rainbow.
Live as far as the clouds can go.
Never waste it with worthless doubts and fears,
With insecurities and useless tears.
Remember that what couldn’t tear you makes you strong.
Put away frustrations, sing your own song!
Believe in what you can do.
The world is round; it’s all up to you.
Think fast, act now!
Time is gold; it couldn’t be renewed.
Value experiences, learn from mistakes.
Improve for the better, live for others.
Do what is right and what is best.
Always be yourself, unique from the rest.
Laugh as if there’s no tomorrow.
Dance as though you’ll never get through.
Love with all your heart and soul.
Sing like you’re on the top of the world.
Forget the money, the root of all evil.
Treasure your loved ones; you’re lucky they’re still there.
Strengthen your faith, live with God.
The best things in life are for free, so why not?!
Dance… enjoy each step along the way.
A retired four-star general ran into his former orderly, also retired, in a Manhattan bar and spent the rest of the evening persuading him to come work for him as his valet. “Your duties will be exactly the same as they were in the army,” the general said. “Nothing to it-you’ll catch on again fast.”
Next morning promptly at eight o’clock, the ex-orderly entered the ex-general’s bedroom, pulled open the drapes, gave the general a gentle shake, strode around the other side of the bed, spanked his employer’s wife on her bottom and said, “OK, sweetheart, it’s back to the village for you.”
A kindergarten teacher asked, “What is the shape of the earth ?”
One lil’ girl spoke up: “According to my Daddy — terrible!”
A young couple were touring southern Florida and happened to stop at a rattlesnake farm they discovered along the road. After seeing the sights, they engaged in small talk with the man that handled the snakes.
“Gosh!” exclaimed the young woman. “You certainly have a dangerous job. Don’t you ever get bitten by the snakes?”
“Yes, on rare occasions,” answered the handler.
“Well,” she continued, “what do you do when you’re bitten by a snake?”
“I always carry a razor-sharp knife in my pocket, and as soon as I am bitten, I make cut across the fang entry and then suck the poison from the wound.”
“What, uh…what would happen if you were to accidentally sit on a rattler?” persisted the woman.
“Ma’am,” answered the snake handler, “that will be the day I learn who my real friends are.”
How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realize we have discovered a friend.
I volunteered recently to perform a parachute jump for charity. On our first day of training, the instructor made an important point about preparing for landing at 300 feet.
“How do you know when you’re at 300 feet?” asked one woman.
“A good question,” replied the instructor. “At 300 feet you can recognize the faces of people on the ground.”
The woman thought about this for awhile before saying, “What happens if there’s no one there I know?”
Luck is being ready for the chance.
My daughter goes to extremes in caring for her new sports car.
One afternoon we went to get gas. When the attendant asked what kind, she said, “Unleaded — super. The best you have. And check the oil, please.”
When the man found the car needed a quart, he asked, “What kind do you use?”
“I just want the finest,” she said. “Whatever it costs. And look at the radiator too. It might need water.”
“What does it take,” the attendant inquired, “Perrier?”
“If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late.”
“May I try on that dress in the window?” the gorgeous young woman asks the manager of the designer boutique.
“Go ahead,” the manager replies. “Maybe it’ll attract business.”
Holding-on does not have to be a desperate teeth-gritting kind of holding-on. Holding-on can be a joyful “this is just the nature of Life, so I may as well enjoy it” kind of holding-on.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
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