April 12, 2018
Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
Jean Baptiste Massieu
We had a full day yesterday that started with a morning celebration of our 65th wedding anniversary by a group of friends. We also received a multitude of cards, flowers. E-mails and phone calls. We even stayed out later than unusual dinning with family.
My wife’s and my being able to share memories with friends and family made the day special, especially because we did it together. She even laughed when I told her I went to Victoria’s secret to buy her an anniversary gift but when I had asked what they had for an 85-year-old lady they told me “Directions to Walmart.”
Yesterday reminded me just how grateful I am for my life partner’s tolerance and support. The following is in that spirit.
People will probably forget what you said and they will possibly forget what you did . . . but they will never forget how you made them feel!
Either a good or bad word from someone will stay with you for a long while – but how they made you feel in what they said – will stay with you forever!!! Of course there’s two sides to this principle (as there is for most things in life) – both equally important!!!
One aspect is the negative, destructive one. If we drive a nail into something, or a knife into someone (whether real or virtual) – even when we remove them – the resulting damage, or scar, remains forever!!! Please stay aware of that – without focusing on it.
The other aspect of this principle – the one we really should focus on – is the power of encouragement !!!
The power of uplifting words or actions to another individual – or group of people – is almost impossible to measure – but the results will be sustainable if the words or actions are used consistently !!!
My suggestion to you is to give encouragement on a daily basis – and if you’re not particularly good at it – then try it for just one week and see how it feels – and observe the change in the dynamics of the people around you – they will be incredible ….. once they’re over the shock 🙂 One week of successful encouragement will change your entire life – because it will become a great habit!!!
Sure – it’s easy to say nothing if someone in our lives does something that involves some level of achievement (no matter how large or small) – but your life (and theirs) will become far richer and more fulfilling if you can learn to give genuine praise and encouragement !!! It may not even be achievement just yet – they may only be ‘trying’ to do something – but just not quite getting there (?).
Written by Phil Evans
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
A man goes into a bar and seats himself on a stool. The bartender looks at him and says, “What’ll it be buddy?”
The man says, “Set me up with seven whiskey shots and make them doubles.” The bartender does this and watches the man slug one down, then the next, then the next, and so on until all seven are gone almost as quickly as they were served. Staring in disbelief, the bartender asks why he’s doing all this drinking.
“You’d drink them this fast too if you had what I have.”
The bartender hastily asks, “What do you have pal?”
The man quickly replies, “I have a dollar.”
HE SAID : May I hold your hand?
SHE SAID: No thanks, it isn’t heavy.
The little young lady of the house, by way of punishment for some minor misdemeanor, was compelled to eat her dinner alone at a little table in a corner of the dining room.
The rest of the family paid no attention to her presence until they heard her audibly praying over her repast with the words, “I thank thee, Lord, for preparing a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.”
LUNCH AND LEARN SEMINAR: WHO’S CONTROLLING YOUR LIFE?
(Get your manager’s permission before attending)
While my friend was working as a receptionist for an eye surgeon, a very angry woman stormed up to her desk.. “Someone stole my wig while I was having surgery yesterday,” she complained.
The doctor came out and tried to calm her down. “I assure you that no one on my staff would have done such a thing,” he said. “Why do you think it was taken here?”
“After the operation, I noticed the wig I was wearing was cheap-looking and ugly.”
“I think” explained the surgeon gently, “that means your cataract operation was a success.”
Once over the hill, you pick up speed.
Things I MUST remember by THE DOG
- The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff.
- I do not need to suddenly stand straight up when I’m lying under the coffee table.
- I will not roll my toys behind the ‘fridge or sofa or under the bed.
- I must shake the rainwater off of my coat before entering the house.
- I will not eat the cats’ food before they eat it or after they throw it up.
- I will stop trying to find the few remaining pieces of clean carpet in the house when I am about to get sick.
- I will not throw up in the car.
- I will not roll on dead or decaying mammals, fish or fowl just because I like the way they smell.
- “Kitty box crunches,” although they are tasty, are not food.
- I will not eat any more Kleenex or napkins and then redeposit them in the backyard after processing.
- The diaper pail is not a cookie jar.
- I will not chew my human’s toothbrush and not tell them.
- I will not chew crayons or pens, especially not the red ones, or my owners will think I am hemorrhaging.
- When in the car, I will not insist on having the window rolled down when it’s raining outside.
- Even though we have a door bell, I will not bark each time I hear one on TV.
- I will not steal my mom’s underwear and dance all over the back yard with it.
- The sofa is not a face towel. Neither are Mom & Dad’s lap.
- My head does not belong in the refrigerator.
- I will not bite the Trooper’s hand when he reaches in for Dad’s driver’s license and car registration.
- I will not play tug-of-war with Dad’s underwear when he’s on the toilet.
- To avoid having a string hanging out of my butt, I will not eat mint-flavored dental floss out of the bathroom garbage.
- I will not “roll around in the dirt” after getting a bath.
- I will not fart, belch, or sneeze at my owner while sleeping in their bed.
- I will not come in from outside and immediately drag my butt across the carpet.
- The toilet bowl is not a never-ending water supply and, just because the water is blue, it doesn’t mean it is cleaner.
The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!
Henry Ward Beecher
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