Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.
If you are like I am there have been times in your life when events deflected you from the path you were on. I know in my lifetime there have been a number of events that set me on the road that took me to where I am today.
What at the moment seemed to be a disaster just provided me the opportunity to adapt and move on. If I had not been put into a boarding school I would not have been left without close friends when I returned home years later. If that hadn’t happened, I probably would not have joined the US Navy Reserve. That resulted in my being called to active duty during the Korean war. That resulted in my meeting my wife on a blind date and led to sixty-five years of our happy marriage.
My list goes on and on where events took me to the next phase in my life. The thing I have learned is not to overreact to events, but to accept them and move on for often they result in something positive. The following article reminds me of how my life has developed.
If You Bring Love
At a certain moment in Nietzsche’s life, the idea came to him of what he called ‘the love of your fate.’ Whatever your fate is, whatever the heck happens, you say, “This is what I need.” It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge.
If you bring love to that moment – not discouragement – you will find the strength is there. Any disaster that you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow. Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You’ll see that this is really true.
Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not.
Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.
The math teacher posed this problem, “A wealthy man dies and leaves ten million dollars. One fifth is to go to his wife, one fifth is to go to his son, one sixth to his butler, and the rest to charity. Now, what does each get?”
The savvy student answered, “A lawyer!”
Did you hear about the gal that shot an arrow into the air?
Three students are leaving their last classes of the day.
The law student is thinking, “I’m tired and thirsty. I must have coffee.”
The engineering student is thinking, “I’m tired and thirsty. I must have beer.”
The medical student is thinking, “I’m tired and thirsty. I must have diabetes.”
“I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything until noon. Then it’s time for my nap.”
A customer at Green’s Gourmet Grocery marveled at the proprietor’s quick wit and intelligence.
“Tell me, Green, what makes you so smart?”
“I wouldn’t share my secret with just anyone,” Green replies, lowering his voice so the other shoppers won’t hear. “But since you’re a good and faithful customer, I’ll let you in on it. Fish heads. You eat enough of them, you’ll be positively brilliant.”
“You sell them here?” the customer asks.
“Only $4 apiece,” says Green.
The customer buys three. A week later, he’s back in the store complaining that the fish heads were disgusting and he isn’t any smarter.
“You didn’t eat enough, ” says Green. The customer goes home with 20 more fish heads. Two weeks later, he’s back and this time he’s really angry.
“Hey, Green,” he says, “You’re selling me fish heads for $4 apiece when I can buy the whole fish for $2. You’re ripping me off!”
“You see?” says Green. “You’re smarter already.”
The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow.
The first grade teacher, Miss Johanson asked Little Bennie, “Bennie if I gave you two bunnies, and then two more bunnies and then two more bunnies, how many would you have?”
Bennie replied, “Seven bunnies, Miss Johanson.”
The teacher asked again, “Listen Bennie, If I gave you two bunnies, plus two more bunnies, plus two more bunnies, how many bunnies would you have altogether?”
Bennie smiled, “That’s easy, Teacher, I would have seven.”
“Ok Bennie,” Miss Johanson said. “Let’s try it a different way. If I gave you two cans of Coke, plus two more cans of Coke, plus two more cans of Coke. How many cans of Coke would you have?”
“Six cans,” Bennie answered.
“OK,” said the teacher. “Now think of that with this question. If I gave you two bunnies, then two more bunnies, then two more bunnies, how many would you have?”
“Seven, Teacher.” Bennie replied.
Exasperated, Miss Johanson asked, “Why seven?”
Bennie replied, “Because I already have one bunny at home!”
Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.
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