September 20, 2019
Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age
Good morning my friends. I hope you are doing as well as I am. I just took inventory, spending some time counting my blessings, I quit counting my woes sometime ago. You see I had breakfast with a friend yesterday who is at another crossroad in her life. She has just retired and is now free to do what she pleases.
The freedom that comes from more available time can be frightening if it is thought of as the harbinger of old age and infirmity rather than the opportunity to find and be yourself. I actually find that being released from the burdens of vocational and other obligations can be like an injection of youth serum. Our bodies may age but our minds can thrive and lead us to happiness and satisfaction.
I shared with my friends that I felt the secret of graceful aging is to enjoy getting through another day always deferring as many concerns as possible until the day after tomorrow. Like Swindoll says below, it is a matter of attitude.
Attitude on Life
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
It is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than whatever anyone might say or do.
It is more important than appearances, giftedness or skill.
The remarkable thing is that we have the choice to create the attitude we have for that day.
We cannot change our past. We cannot change the way people act. We cannot change the inevitable.
The one thing we can change is the only thing we have control over, and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what actually happens to us and 90% how we react to it.
Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives
A cowboy rode into town and stopped at the saloon for a drink. Unfortunately, the locals always had a habit of picking on newcomers. When he finished, he found his horse had been stolen.
He comes back into the bar, handily flips his gun into the air, catches it above his head without even looking and fires a shot into the ceiling. He yelled with surprising forcefulness “Who stole my horse?”
No one answered. “I’m gonna have another beer and if my horse ain’t back outside by the time I’m finished, I’m gonna do what I dun back in Texas and I don’t want to have to do what I dun back in Texas!”
Some of the locals shifted restlessly. He had another beer, walked outside, and his horse was back! He saddled up and started to ride out of town. The bartender wandered out of the bar and asked, “Say partner, what happened in Texas?”
The cowboy turned back and said, “I had to walk home!”
A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.
A retired four-star general ran into his former orderly, also retired, in a Manhattan bar and spent the rest of the evening persuading him to come work for him as his valet. “Your duties will be exactly the same as they were in the Army,” the general said. “Nothing to it-you’ll catch on again fast.”
Next morning promptly at eight o’clock, the ex-orderly entered the ex-general’s bedroom, pulled open the drapes, gave the general a gentle shake, strode around the other side of the bed, spanked his employer’s wife on her bottom and said, “OK, sweetheart, it’s back to the village for you.”
“There will always be two kinds of people: those who say what they think, and those who keep their friends.”
A man brings some very fine material to a tailor and asks him to make a pair of pants. When he comes back a week later, the pants are not ready. Two weeks later, they still are not ready. Finally after 6 weeks, the pants are ready. The man tries them on. They fit perfectly. Nonetheless, when it comes to pay, he cannot resist a jibe at the tailor.
You know, he says it tool God only six days to make the world. And it took you six weeks to make just one pair of pants.
Ahhh says the tailor But look at this pair of pants, and then look at the world.
Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience.
The boss returned from lunch in a good mood and called the whole staff in to listen to a couple of jokes he had picked up. Everybody but one woman laughed uproariously. Used to having a better audience, his good mood quickly faded.
“What’s the matter?” grumbled the boss. “Can’t you get the joke?”
“I don’t have to laugh,” she said. “I’m quitting Friday.”
Risk more than others think is safe.
Care more than others think is wise.
Dream more than others think is practical.
Expect more than others think is possible.
Claude T. Bissell
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