December 28, 2018
“You can get excited about the future. The past won’t mind.”
As 2018 nears its end many of us will review our last twelve months and asses how we did with a intent to make meaningful resolutions for the new year. In my case my biggest accomplishment was making it this far. My year was filled with unexpected change, testing my ability to go with the needed responses to the realities of aging.
My plans for 2018 weight loss, modest travel, learning experiences and service were all modified by the new reality required by senior living. But all that was replaced by what I can do and how I can make our days as pleasant as possible, So as I face the new year my one resolution is to do as much as I can for my wife and my healthy happiness. Of course I plan on continuing to be a good husband, father and friend.
Here is a piece I copied from The Indian Child blog that is in line with what I plan on finding in the year ahead.
A Lesson in Life
Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad 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, if they be events, illnesses or relationships, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere.
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 to who you open your heart to.
If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and opening your heart and eyes to things you would have never seen or felt without them.
Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again.
Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually listen. 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, no one else will believe in you either.
You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life and then go out and live it.
◦“Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.”
I was a vegetarian until I started leaning toward the sunlight.
“I noticed you always carry my photo in your handbag. Why?” a husband asked his wife.
“When there is a problem, no matter how impossible, I look at your picture and the problem always disappears,” she said.
The man smiled. “You see how good I am for you?” he asked.
“Yes,” she said. “I see your picture and say to myself, ‘What other problem can there be that is worse than this one?'”
“One nice thing about egotists: they don’t talk about other people.”
A blonde is complaining to her friend what a horrible day at work she had; her boss had a heart attack and died!
Her friend says, “Why, that’s terrible! What did you do?”
The blonde shakes her head and says, “There was nothing I could do. He kept yelling at me to call 911, but he wouldn’t tell me the rest of the numbers!”
In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.
Sir Francis Bacon
An old man strode in to his doctors office and said, “Doc, my druggist said to tell you to change my prescription and to check the prescription you’ve been giving to Mrs. Smith.”
“Oh, he did, did he?” the doctor shot back. “And since when does a druggist second guess a doctor’s orders?”
The old man says, “Since he found out I’ve been on birth control pills since February.”
“I like to play blackjack. I’m not addicted to gambling, I’m addicted to sitting in a semi-circle.”
Judy reports that a not necessarily well-prepared student sat in his life science classroom, staring at a question on the final exam paper. The question directed: “Give four advantages of breast milk.”
What to write? He sighed, and began to scribble whatever came into his head, hoping for the best:
- No need to boil.
- Never goes sour.
- Available whenever necessary.
So far so good – maybe. But the exam demanded a fourth answer. Again, what to write? Once more, he sighed. He frowned. He scowled, then sighed again. Suddenly, he brightened. He grabbed his pen, and triumphantly, he scribbled his definitive answer:
- Available in attractive containers of varying sizes.
He received an A
To get a man’s attention, just stand in front of the TV and don’t move. He’ll talk to you. Guaranteed!!
Bambi, in her fourth year as a UCLA freshman, sat in her US government class. The professor asked Bambi if she knew what Roe vs. Wade was about. Bambi pondered the question then finally said,
“That was the decision George Washington had to make before he crossed the Delaware.”
◦“You can be clumsy yet clever. You can be classy yet poor. It’s not tearing a leaf off a calendar which will make you a better or a worse man but the attitude that you have from dusk till dawn every day.”
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