June 24, 2019
“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.”
Last Saturday was special, one of my grandsons married his beautiful fiancé. She is a sweet and lovable girl who we welcomed into our family. The wedding reception included our three children, their great spouses and our seven grandchildren. If that was not enough it also included our extended family.
Our children and grandchildren have turned out to be warm and loving people who have all done well. This event trigged in me a strong sense of affection for these who enrich my wife’s and my life.
When they had a dance for all the married couples my wife had us joining even though we are not very spry these days. As they had couples sit down as they called the years of marriage we ended up as the only ones left on the dance floor. We felt special.
I love my grandson and his new wife and yesterday was the first day of their lives together. I know they will be as happy as we are. Here are some tips I picked up from Marc Chernoff that I think are important and I hope all my family does as well.
Things You Need to Stop Wasting Time On
“What do I need to stop wasting time on?”
Distractions that keep you from special moments with special people. – Pay attention to the little things, because when you really miss someone you miss the little things the most, like just laughing together. Go for long walks. Indulge in great conversations. Count your mutual blessings. Let go for a little while and just BE together.
Compulsive busyness. – Schedule time every day to not be busy. Have dedicated downtime – clear points in the day to reflect, rest, and recharge. Don’t fool yourself; you’re not so busy that you can’t afford a few minutes of sanity.
Negative thinking about your current situation. – Life is like a mirror; we get the best results when we smile. So talk about your blessings more than you talk about your problems. Just because you’re struggling doesn’t mean you’re failing. Every great success requires some type of worthy struggle to get there.
Regrets of any kind. – You don’t have to be defined by the things you once did or didn’t do. Don’t let yourself be controlled by regret. Maybe there’s something you could have done differently, or maybe not. Either way, it’s merely something that has already happened. Leave the unchangeable past behind you as you give yourself to the present moment.
Every point in time other than right now. – Don’t cry over the past, it’s gone. Don’t stress too much about the future, it hasn’t arrived. Do your best to live NOW and make this moment worth living.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
– Lao Tzu
Heather and Marcy hadn’t seen each other in a while, so they decided to meet for lunch. The talk naturally got around to their respective love lives. Marcy confided that there really wasn’t anyone special in her life. Heather, on the other hand, was beaming about the new man she had found. “He’s perfect. He’s handsome, and last night when we went out to dinner, he said the four little words I’ve been waiting to hear a man say to me!”
“He said ‘will you marry me’?” Marcy asked.
Heather replied, “No, he said ‘put your money away’.”
Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.
Joe’s wife likes to sing so she decided to join the church choir. From time to time she would practice while she was in the kitchen preparing dinner. Whenever she would start in on a song, Joe would head outside to the porch.
His wife, with hurt feelings, said, “What’s the matter, Joe? Don’t you like my singing?”
Joe replied, “Honey, I love your singing, but I just want to make sure the neighbors know I’m not beating you.”
My dog saw a sign that said: “Wet Paint” so he did!
A Catholic Dictionary
AMEN: The only part of a prayer that everyone knows.
BULLETIN: Your receipt for attending Mass.
CHOIR: A group of people whose singing allows the rest of the congregation to lip-sync.
HYMN: A song of praise usually sung in a key two octaves higher than that of the congregation’s range.
RECESSIONAL HYMN: The last song at Mass often sung a little more quietly, since most of the people have already left.
INCENSE: Holy Smoke!
JUSTICE: When kids have kids of their own.
PEW: A medieval torture device still found in Catholic churches.
RECESSIONAL: The ceremonial procession at the conclusion of Mass led by parishioners trying to beat the crowd to the parking lot.
RELICS: People who have been going to Mass for so long, they actually know when to sit, kneel, and stand.
USHERS: The only people in the parish who don’t know the seating capacity of a pew.
Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.
A young couple met with their Rabbi to set a date for their wedding. When he asked whether they preferred a contemporary or a traditional service, they opted for the contemporary. On the big day, a major storm forced the groom to take an alternate route to the synagogue. The streets were flooded, so he rolled up his pants legs to keep his trousers dry.
When he finally reached the shul, his best man rushed him up the aisle and up to the altar, just as the ceremony was starting.
“Pull down your pants,” whispered the Rabbi.
“Uh, Rebbe, I’ve changed my mind,” the groom responded. “I think I would prefer the traditional service.”
“What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life–to strength each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?”
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