July 9, 2019
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Norman Vincent Peale
In these times with so much animosity running rampant through society it is important that we don’t become part of the problem. It seems like many feel that winning is done by making sure the other guy loses. Innuendo, slurs and falsehoods are used by too many to destroy those they don’t agree with. I long for a return to civility, a time when we worked together for the greater good. A time when most did not believe the ends justified the means.
A friend asked me how can we deal with the pain created by todays polarization, feeling that there was nothing people like you and I can do. My response was that we can lead by example even if it is only by how we chose to behave. If you and me and that other guy display kindness and empathy for others we will have done our part.
Here is a poem that can inspire the kind of behavior that can warm our hearts
Forget Each Kindness
By Priscilla Leonard
Forget each kindness that you do
As soon as you have done it.
Forget the praise that falls to you
The moment you have won it.
Forget the slander that you hear
Before you can repeat it.
Forget each slight, each spite, each sneer
Wherever you may meet it.
Remember every kindness done
To you, whate’er its measure.
Remember praise by others won
And pass it on with pleasure.
Remember every promise made
And keep it to the letter.
Remember those who lend you aid
And be a grateful debtor.
Remember all the happiness
That comes your way in living.
Forget each worry and distress;
Be hopeful and forgiving.
Remember good, remember truth,
Remember Heaven’s above you,
And you will find, through age and youth,
True joys and hearts to love you.
Life is a question and how we live it is our answer.
A Scotsman, planning a trip to the Holy Land, was aghast when he found it would cost fifty dollars an hour to rent a boat on the Sea of Galilee.
“Hoot mon,” he said, “in Scotland it wouldna ha’ been more than $20.”
“That might be true,” said the travel agent, “but you have to take into account that the Sea of Galilee is water on which our Lord himself walked.”
“Well, at $50 an hour for a boat,” said the Scotsman, “it’s no wonder he walked!”
Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long.
She said: During my training as a medical-group receptionist, I was told never to recommend one of our doctors over another, but simply state who had available appointments. One day a woman came in and looked at me conspiratorially. “I’m a nurse,” she whispered, “and I know the staff always knows which doctors are good and which aren’t. Who do you think I should see?” Knowing my supervisor was listening close by, I tried to sound most professional. “Oh, I’m sorry,” I replied. “I can’t recommend any of our doctors.” “Well, you must know!” she said, heading for the door.
Is it my imagination…or do buffalo wings taste like chicken?
Harry sighed, “Everything went wrong this morning, boss. The wife decided to drive me to the station. She got ready in ten minutes but then the drawbridge got stuck. I swam across the river — see? My suit’s still damp — ran out to the airport, got a ride on Mr. Trump’s helicopter, landed on top of Radio City Music Hall, and was carried here piggyback by one of the Rockettes.”
“You’ll have to do better than that, Harry,” said the boss. “No woman can get ready in ten minutes!”
All builders’ quotes and time estimates are complete fiction.
A few women were sitting around the table talking, and the subject turned to their husbands. One lady said “My husband just won’t go to church with me, I think he’s going to go to Hell.”
This led to talk around the table and it was generally agreed that, for one reason or another, all the husbands were going to end up in Hell.
So, then the housewives started speculating about themselves. One woman said “I try to be good – I’m sure I’ll make it to Heaven.”
Another one said, “No, I did this bad thing. I won’t make it unless I mend my ways and I better start soon.”
At this point they noticed that one of the ladies (the only single women in the group, and a blonde mind you) wasn’t saying anything. They turned to her and said “You’re such a nice lady, surely you’ll be going to Heaven?”
She says “No way! In fact, first thing in the morning, I’m going to buy me a ticket straight to Hell!”
They were shocked and asked, “Why??”
“Well, you don’t expect me to live in a world without men, do you?”
“I feel so strongly about toilet graffiti, I signed a partition.”
I was meeting a friend in a bar, and as I went in I noticed two pretty girls looking at me.
“Nine,” I heard one whisper as I passed.
Feeling pleased with myself, I swaggered over to my buddy and told him a girl had just rated me a nine out of ten.
“I don’t want to ruin it for you,” he said, “but when I walked in, they were speaking German.
My life is my message.
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