October 2, 2018
“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”
Stephen R. Covey
Some of the challenges that I have found that come with age have been that I physically I can’t do as much as I once did and that my failing eyesight and hearing result in more minor mistakes. In other words it is again time to rebalance and adjust to my new reality.
I think the secret is to not give up and stagnate but rather to find a more compatible path in order to continue to enjoy life. Some time ago I read the following article that made a lot of sense then as it still does now.
Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life. How?
◾Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.
◾Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.
◾Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.
◾Don’t let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live ALL the days of your life.
◾Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
◾Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us each together.
◾Don’t be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
◾Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it’s impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.
◾Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you’ve been, but also where you are going.
◾Don’t forget that a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
◾Don’t be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.
◾Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.
By Coca Cola CEO Brian Dyson
“Balance activity with serenity, wealth and simplicity, persistence with innovation, community with solitude, familiarity with adventure, constancy with change, leading with following.”
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
The discussion of radiator caps reminds me of an old car I once had. You know the kind, ratty and raggedy, driven when I was a poor college student. I was having trouble with something I couldn’t readily identify myself, so I took it into the shop. The mechanic looked at it a couple of minutes and said, “What you really need is the radiator cap solution.” “Oh,” I said, trying not to sound too confused. “Do you mean the radiator cap isn’t holding enough pressure?” “That’s part of the problem” he said. “You need to lift the radiator cap and drive another car under it. Then the next day you can replace the radiator cap, and it should solve your problem.”
For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.
A young man called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met the woman of his dreams. Now what should he do? His mother had an idea: “Why don’t you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your place for a home-cooked meal?” He thought this was a great strategy and arranged a date for a week later. His mother called the day after the big date to see how things had gone. “The evening was a disaster,” he moaned. “Why, didn’t she come over?” asked his mother. “Oh, she came over, but she refused to cook.”
Why do we press harder on the remote when we know the battery is dead?
Three elderly ladies were at the doctor for a cognitive reasoning test. The doctor says to the first gal, “What is three times three?” “297,” was her prompt reply. “Ummm humm,” says the doc.
The doctor says to the lady, “It’s your turn now. What is three times three?” “Friday,” replies the second lady. “Ummm humm…”
Then the doc says to the third, “Okay, mam, your turn. What’s three times three?” “Nine,” says she. “That’s wonderful!” says the doc. “Tell me, how did you get that?” “Simple,” she says, beaming… “I subtracted 297 from Friday!”
By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he’s too old to go anywhere.
Even though I was an engineering student at the University of Maryland, chemistry was a required course in my day. The Professor, on the first day of class, asked everyone to name the most outstanding contribution chemistry had made to society. When my turn came, I answered, “Blonds!”
TEACHER: If you received $10 from 10 people, what would you get?
SASHA: A new bike.
The wife chewed out her husband at the company picnic awhile back. “Doesn’t it embarrass you that people have seen you go up to the buffet table five times???”
“Not a bit,” the husband replied. “I just tell them I’m filling up the plate for you!”
Of course I’m against sin; I’m against anything that I’m too old to enjoy.
The first woman recruit in the Army reported for duty and was told that although her quarters would be in a separate building, she was to mess with the men. It wasn’t until four weeks later someone finally told her that meant to eat her meals with them.
“A time for everything: A time to relax and a time to be busy, a time to frolic and a time to labor, a time to receive and a time to give, a time to begin and a time to finish.”
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
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