December 30, 2019
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
Anthony J. D’Angelo
At a recent lunch my table mates and I discussed how impressed we were by some of our fellow residents. We each have been surprised by how so many older folks retain their intellectual capacity while continuing to fully enjoy the lives they lead.
I have come to believe that graceful aging is primarily the results of a positive attitude. The beauty of staying positive is what you get in return. I am sure you know that a frown will not generate a smile in return but your warm smile will. I find I am drawn to happy people, I bet you are too. Here is a story that reminds us that we reap what we sow.
Reflection of you
There is a story about a father and his young son who were walking through the mountains. Suddenly, the son fell, hurting his leg on a rock. He screamed, ‘AAhhhh!’ To his surprise, he heard a voice repeating, ‘AAhhhh!’
This made him even more curious. So, he yelled, ‘Who are you?’ Back came the same answer, ‘Who are you?’
Feeling a bit perturbed by this response, he yelled out, ‘Coward!’ Back came the same reply, ‘Coward!’
He looked at his father and asked: ‘What’s going on?’ His father smiled and said: ‘Son, pay attention.’
Looking across the valley, his father yelled to the mountain, ‘I admire you!’ The voice answered: ‘I admire you!’
Again the man cried out: ‘You are a champion!’ The voice replied, ‘You are a champion!’
The boy was amazed, but he was very confused. So, his father explained…
‘You are only hearing an echo, the sound of our voices bouncing back from the mountains. However, this really is how life works. It returns to you what you think, say and do!
Our lives are a reflection of our thoughts and actions. If you want more love in your world, create more love in your heart. If you want to be treated with kindness, treat others with kindness. If you want more competence on your team, become more competent.
This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life. Life will give to you, everything you give to it, only it will give you even more in return. Your life is not ever a coincidence. Each moment is a reflection of you!’
The son listened and grew in understanding, and through the following years, he witnessed the truth of these words in his life!
Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.
Mary Lou Retton
Remember the kids, they taught us:
Never tell your little brother that you’re not going to do what your mom told you to do.
—Hank, Age 12
Listen to your brain. It has lots of information.
— Chelsey, Age 7
Never dare your little brother to paint the family car.
—Philip, Age 13
Life is only as long as you live it.
“So,” Jane asked the detective she had hired. “Did you trail my husband?”
“Yes ma’am. I did. I followed him to a bar, to an out-of-the-way restaurant and then to an apartment.”
A big smile crossed Jane’s face. “Aha! I’ve got him!” she said gloating. “Is there any doubt what he was doing?”
“No ma’am.” replied the sleuth, “It’s pretty clear that he was following you.”
An oral contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.
There once was a 94-year-old nun in the 1890’s whose worn-out body began to surrender. Her doctor prescribed for her a shot of whiskey three times a day, to relax her. However, not to be lured into worldly pleasures, she huffily declined. But her mother superior knew the elderly sister loved milk. So she instructed the kitchen to spike the milk three times a day.
Eventually, the elderly pious one approached her final hour. As several sisters gathered around her at bedside, the mother superior asked if she wanted to leave them any words of wisdom.
“Oh, yes,” she replied. “Never sell that cow!”
Recession: A period when you go without things your grandparents never heard of.
A saleswoman is driving toward home in northern Arizona when she sees an elderly American Indian woman walking on the side of the road. As the trip had been long and quiet, she stops the car and the Indian woman gets in.
After a bit of small talk, the Indian woman notices a brown bag on the front seat. “What’s in the bag?” she asks.
“It’s a bottle of wine. I got it for my husband,” says the saleswoman.
The Indian woman is silent for a moment, then says, “Good trade.”
He who would go a hundred miles should consider ninety-nine as halfway.
Master Sergeant Alfie was a thirty-year Army veteran now assigned to a training battalion and tough as nails. He seemed to have no thought whatsoever about how others responded to his cut-and-dried military manner.
One day he assembled the training battalion and announced, “Private Monroe, take one step forward.” Private Monroe took one step forward, and the sergeant bellowed, “Private Monroe. Report to the chaplain; your mother just died.” Monroe just crumbled and fainted dead away from shock.
Later that day, the battalion commander chewed out the master sergeant: “You’re going to have to learn something about TACT. You just can’t yell at a man and tell him his mother just died. The next time you’re called on for this duty, you’d better do it in a more compassionate way.”
It just so happened that the very next day, another soldier’s mother died, and the MSGT assembled the troops again. “All you whose mother is living” he shouted, “take one step forward. NOT SO FAST, TAYLOR!”
Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive, because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive, because your behavior become your habits. Keep your habits positive, because your habits
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Comments on: "They Live on the Bright Side" (1)
This is so true and I love the story