September 6, 2019
“A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.”
What brightens our days the most is the time we spend with the friends we have made here at our senior residence. Some of these good people have become our extended family. I am especially appreciative of the friendliness of the people who work here, they too have become our friends.
I don’t think there is much better in life than the friends who are with you in both good and bad times. I find that is especially true as we age. Friends help to keep our spirits up as well as offering a helping hand when needed.
Friends are too valuable to allow them to slip away, our friendships need to be nurtured and preserved. A few years ago Luns Darcy shared her thoughts on how we can enrich our friendships, Here are excerpts from what she wrote.
Simple Ways To Be the Best Friend Ever
Appreciate all things. – Say “Thank you” when your friend did something for you regardless of whether it’s a big thing or a small one.
Be yourself. – Just be real and be who you are.
Communicate honestly. – Your friend would appreciate a brutal honesty than a lie.
Be sensitive of their situation. When they’re feeling down, cheer them up.
Hug. – Physical touch is comforting. If you feel like your friend needs a hug, hug them!
Keep your promises. – Make only the promises that you can keep.
Listen attentively.- When your friend is talking, give your undivided attention. Stop whatever you’re doing and focus. Maintain eye contact and validate what is being said if necessary.
Respect them. – Along the way, you may have some arguments and that’s completely normal. You are different individuals with unique ways of thinking. What matters most is that you respect each other’s point of view and opinions and continue being friends despite the differences.
Zero negativity. – You’ve got to be an agent of positivity. We all know life is unfair but always find the silver lining in every situation. This would make you a good influence to your friend.
“If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”
These are the nominees for the Chevy Nova Award. This is given out in honor of the GM’s fiasco in trying to market this car in Central and South America. “No va” means, of course, in Spanish, “it doesn’t go”.
- The Dairy Association’s huge success with the campaign “Got Milk?” prompted them to expand advertising to Mexico. It was soon brought to their attention the Spanish translation read “Are you lactating?”
- Coors put its slogan, “Turn It Loose,” into Spanish, where it was read as “Suffer From Diarrhea.”
- Scandinavian vacuum manufacturer Electrolux used the following in an American campaign: “Nothing sucks like an Electrolux.”
- Clairol introduced the “Mist Stick,” a curling iron, into Germany only to find out that “mist” is slang for manure. Not too many people had use for the “Manure Stick.”
- When Gerber started selling baby food in Africa, they used the same packaging as in the US, with the smiling baby on the label. Later they learned that in Africa, companies routinely put pictures on the labels of what’s inside, since many people can’t read.
- Colgate introduced a toothpaste in France called Cue, the name of a notorious porno magazine.
“USA Today has come out with a new survey: Apparently three out of four people make up 75 percent of the population.”
A funny story circulated recently about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Doyle evidently told of a time when he climbed into a taxi cab in Paris. Before he could utter a word, the driver turned to him and asked, “Where can I take you, Mr. Doyle?”
Doyle was flabbergasted. He asked the driver if he had ever seen him before.
“No, sir,” the driver responded, “I have never seen you before.”
Then he explained: “This morning’s paper had a story about you being on vacation in Marseilles. This is the taxi stand where people who return from Marseilles always come to. Your skin color tells me you have been on vacation. The ink spot on your right index finger suggests to me that you are a writer. Your clothing is very English, and not French. Adding up all those pieces of information, I deduced that you are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.”
“This is truly amazing!” the writer exclaimed. “You are a real life counter- part to my fictional creation, Sherlock Holmes!”
“There is one other thing,” the driver said.
“What is that?”
“Your name is on the front of your suitcase.”
“The nice thing about egoists is that they don’t talk about other people.”
Lucille S. Harper
Princess, having had sufficient experience with princes, seeks frog.
Don’t treat me any differently than you would the Queen.
If you want breakfast in bed, sleep in the kitchen.
Of course I don’t look busy…I did it right the first time.
I’m one of those bad things that happen to good people.
Gross ignorance: 144 times worse than normal ignorance.
A few years ago, I decided to visit my brother who was stationed in Germany. I assumed that most Germans would speak English. But I found that many people spoke only their native tongue – including the ticket inspector on the train. He punched my ticket, then chatted cordially for a bit, making gestures like a windmill. I simply nodded from time to time to show him that I was interested.
When he had gone, an American woman soldier in the compartment leaned forward and asked if I spoke German.
“No,” I confessed.
“Then that explains,” she said, “why you didn’t bat an eyelid when he told you that you were on the wrong train.”
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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