August 28, 2018
“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.”
Henry Ward Beecher
As we prepare to move from our home that has provided us so much happiness for more than a quarter century I again realize how much we have to be thankful for. We have survived the storms both real and imagined. I was allowed to participate in a second career that was amazing as it allowed me to do work that made a difference in the health of so many.
My wife and I have been fortunate to have been able to travel extensively leaving us with hundreds of fond memories. But what is really special is the people we have met along the way, people like you. Some were famous and others do what they do quietly. Some were rich, while most were not, but all were good people. We are blessed not by our wealth or fame but by the people who have become our friends.
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary, because it means you’ve made a difference.
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
A millionaire informs his attorney, “I want a stipulation in my Will that my wife is to inherit everything, but only if she remarries within six months of my death.”
“Why such an odd stipulation?” asks the attorney.
“Because,” he says, “I want someone to be sorry I died.”
Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
A barber runs out of his shop and down to the nearest corner where a policeman is standing.
“Officer,” he asks, “have you seen a man run by here in the last few minutes?”
“No, I haven’t. What’s the problem?”
“The lousy cheat ran out of my shop without paying me!”
“Does this fellow have any distinguishing features?” the officer asked.
“Well, yes,” the barber replies. “He’s carrying one of his ears in his left hand.”
Harp: A nude Steinway.
She said: Sitting at the kitchen table after dinner one night, my son-in-law was telling us that he’d finished his training for volunteer firefighting and was showing us his beeper. As he spoke, the beeper let out a shrill “there’s a fire” message.
Bryan nearly jumped over the table getting to the door.
We watched him as he raced for the car and sped up the block to the fire hall.
“It’s wonderful to know our firemen are trained to respond instantly,” I said to my daughter. “I didn’t know Bryan could move so fast.”
“I hate to burst your bubble, Mom,” she replied, “but the first guy there gets to drive the truck.”
I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
Louisa May Alcott
Everyone was surprised when fastidious, virginal Percy lispingly announced his intention to wed.
“What, you, Percy?” was the amazed reaction. Some skeptics made bets that he wouldn’t go through with it, but Percy fooled them. He even went on a honeymoon.
Upon his return, one of the losers bitingly asked, “Well, is your wife pregnant?”
“I certainly hope so,” said Percy with great sincerity. “I wouldn’t want to go through that again!”
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones
The following is supposedly a true story relating to an actual guide and his response to questions.
Swiss mountain guides who always do the same trails can get tired answering the same questions over and over.
An English tourist was giving his guide an especially hard time with silly questions. They were walking through a mountain valley that was strewn with rocks, and the traveler asked, “How did these rocks get here?”
“Sir,” said the guide, “They were brought down by a glacier.”
The tourist peered up the mountain and said, “But I don’t see any glacier.”
“Oh, really?” said the guide. “I guess it has gone back for more.”
“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton
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