May 4, 2018
Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
The other day a friend and me were having lunch at one of our favorite restaurants where we were served by two vivacious cheerful waitresses. They are the kind of folks that would brighten anyone’s day. I know the lunch was the highlight of my day due in part to these two.
My friend is one of those special people who is always ready to appreciate the people she meets, all being potentially a new friend. As we ate our lunch we discussed some of the friends we have common and how fortunate we are to have them in our lives.
Be always ready to like the people you meet for they are can become the cobble stones on life’s road that help make the journey a happy one. Here is a story I like, I hope you will too.
The Story of Life
Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be (possibly your roommate, neighbor, coworker, long lost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger) but when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment that they will affect your life in some profound way.
And sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart.
Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.
The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience help to create who you become. Even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones. If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious when you open your heart. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things.
Make every day count!!! Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don’t believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you. You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets.
The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of the world-famous detective Sherlock Holmes, was not above telling tales about himself in which he was the laughing-stock. In one situation, he was waiting at a taxi stand outside the railway station in Paris. When a taxi pulled up, he placed his suitcase in the car and took a seat next to it.
‘Where can I take you, Mr. Doyle?’ asked the taxi driver.
Doyle was flabbergasted. He asked the driver whether he knew him by sight.
‘No, sir, I have never seen you before.’
The puzzled Doyle asked him how he knew he was Conan Doyle.
‘This morning’s paper had a story about you being on vacation in Marseilles. This is the taxi-stand where people who return from Marseilles always come to. Your skin color tells me you have been on vacation. The ink-spot on your right index finger suggests to me that you’re a writer. Your clothing is very English, and not French. And so, I deduced that you are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.’
Doyle remarked, ‘This is truly amazing. You are a real-life counterpart to my fictional creation, Sherlock Holmes.’
‘There is one other thing,’ the driver said.
‘What is that?’
‘Your name is on the front of your suitcase.’
I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.
A woman answered her front door and found two little boys standing there holding a long list.
“Excuse me,” one of them explained, “we’re on a scavenger hunt, and we still need three grains of wheat, a pork-chop bone and a piece of used news paper to earn a dollar.”
“Wow,” the woman replied. “Who sent you on such a challenging hunt?”
“Our baby-sitter’s boyfriend.”
As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.
A few nights ago a few friends and I were in a bar, telling all the blond jokes we knew; boy what a feast! Anyway, I ducked into the restroom to sprinkle the old porcelain. While I was in there, this big guy came in and said to me, “Hey pal, I’m blond and I don’t like you telling all those blond jokes!”
So I said, “Well, they’re not against you, pal, just against anyone blond.”
“My mother is blond!” He screams, and pulls out a razor.
Boy was I scared! I was sure he would have killed me, but luckily he couldn’t find a place to plug it in.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
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