June 7, 2019
Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.
I am disheartened sometimes when I observe someone fail to appreciate what other folks have done for them. In my case there is not a day that goes by that a friend, family member or even a stranger has done something to make my life easier.
It seems that some of us become so self-centered that we have lost the ability to appreciate what others do for us. I find that positive aging is enhanced by what folks do to make our lives easier. I also know that the folks who do the most are those who are appreciated the most.
The following story is an example of what unappreciation can do.
The Blind Girl
There was a blind girl who hated herself purely for the fact she was blind. The only person she didn’t hate was her loving boyfriend, as he was always there for her. She said that if she could only see the world, she would marry him.
One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her – now she could see everything, including her boyfriend. Her boyfriend asked her, “now that you can see the world, will you marry me?”
The girl was shocked when she saw that her boyfriend was blind too, and refused to marry him. Her boyfriend walked away in tears, and later wrote a letter to her saying: “Just take care of my eyes dear.”
Moral of the story:
When our circumstances change, so does our mind. Some people may not be able to see the way things were before, and might not be able to appreciate them. There are many things to take away from this story, not just one.
Our compassion and acts of selflessness take us to the deeper truths.
A Jewish friend sent me this in order for me to better understand the Hebrew language.
Question: “What time is it?”
English answer: “Sorry, I don’t know.”
Hebonic answer: “What am I, a clock?”
Remark: “I hope things turn out okay.”
English response: “Thanks.”
Hebonic response: “I should BE so lucky!”
Remark: “I like the tie you gave me; wear it all the time.”
English response: “Glad you like it.”
Hebonic response: “So what’s the matter; you don’t like the other ties I gave you?
Remark: “Sarah and I are engaged.”
English response: “Congratulations!”
Hebonic response: “She could stand to gain a few pounds.”
Question: “Would you like to go riding with us?”
English answer: “Just say when.”
Hebonic answer: “Riding, shmiding! Do I look like a cowboy
To guest of honour at his birthday party:
English remark: “Happy birthday.”
Hebonic remark: “A year smarter you should become.”
Remark: “A beautiful day.”
English response: “Sure is.”
Hebonic response: “So the sun is out…what else is new?”
Answering a phone call from son:
English remark: “It’s been a long time since you called.”
Hebonic remark: “You didn’t wonder if I’m dead yet?”
I’d give you a piece of my mind, but I’m on the last one!
For his final project in a statistics class, a student decided to conduct a survey. So it wouldn’t be a boring project, he chose to find out peoples’ favorite pastimes.
The teacher required that he sample at least 100 people, so he started out his project visiting a fairly large apartment building near the university.
He knocked on the first door and a man answered.
“Sir, what is your name?” asked the student
“Sir, I’m doing a school study and would like to know what is your favorite pastime?”
“Watching bubbles in bath,” Came the reply.
He liked the esoteric answer and continued down the hall, until he came to the next door, when he asked again.
“Sir, what is your name?”
“Sir, Would you please tell me your favorite pastime ?”
“Watching bubbles in bath,” was the answer.
Quite amused and confused he went on to ask a good number of people in the building and all of them had the same pastime “watching bubbles in bath”.
He left the building and walked across the street where there were several row houses to continue the survey. At the first house, he knocks and an attractive college girl opens the door.
Our surveyor starts again – “What is your name?”
She said: I haven’t found Mr Right, but I have found Mr. Cheap, Mr. Sleazy and Mr. Wrong.
He said: My daughter goes to great extremes in caring for her new sports car. One afternoon I went with her to get gas in it.
She pulled up to the ‘full service’ pump at the station. When the attendant came out and asked what ‘grade’ of gas she wanted, she said, “Unleaded — super. The best you have. And would you check the oil too, please.”
When the man found the car needed a quart of oil, he asked, “What kind do you use?”
“I just want the finest,” she said. “Whatever it costs. Oh, and would you look at the radiator too. It might need water.”
And just what does your radiator take,” the attendant inquired dryly, “Perrier?”
Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.
– Christopher Morley
Greg: I used to hunt grizzly bears with a club.
Ed: I don’t believe that.
Greg: Why not?
Ed: Because it’s too dangerous, hunting grizzly bears with a club.
Greg: Well, I don’t do it anymore, anyway.
Ed: Why not?
Greg: The membership fees got too high.
For some of us, the world appears to provide only a fixed quantity of each resource – a limited amount of food, of money, of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited. Their world expands with the generosity, compassion, inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie
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