January 27, 2019
The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
Good morning, I hope you had a great weekend, I did. One of my granddaughters visited us on Saturday and as always, we enjoyed her company. She is currently in Physician Assistant School and is about to start her clinicals at various hospitals around the nation. I am proud of her and my other six grandchildren. They were raised well by their parents,
This is a big week for me as I will turn eighty-five next Friday and most of my family will join me to celebrate. My world traveling brother and his wife will even fly in to be with us.
While I was not always the best father in the world my wife was the always the best mother. I am proud of our children; they have turned out to be fine people. They have been a success in their vocations but of greater importance they have turned out to be warm, kind and caring individuals.
I am grateful for the joy that they and theirs have brought into our lives and I am especially grateful to my wife of sixty-six years who is the most responsible for who we all are today.
Here is a story that reminds me of what responsibilities we have to the future.
What You Pass On
By Joseph J. Mazzella
I was lying on my back this morning doing a few light exercises hoping to coax a little more energy into my aging body to face another day. As I was doing them, however, my eyes and mind started to wander. I looked up at an old picture of me and my children back when they were only three, six, and eight years old. It must have been taken almost 25 years ago, yet it still seemed like yesterday. I noticed something too. Each of the smiling faces had the same pointed chin tilting slightly to the right and the same unique grin. I glanced over to the picture of my parents taken even longer ago. There was the same pointed, crooked chin on my Dad and the same unique smile on my Mom. It was amazing to see so much of the same face blended together in 3 generations of my family.
It made me think too of all the things that we pass on to future generations. It is so much more than just heredity and genetics. It is everything we say. It is everything we do. What we pass on can be so helpful or so destructive. It can make this world a better or a worse place for generations to come. No one can even imagine how important and vital a single life can be in this world. No one can even imagine our value here or in eternity.
Each day we are leaving a legacy for those who come after us. Every tree we plant and garden we grow brings a little more life into this world. Every smile we share, every person we help, every kind act we do, every bit of love we give to others makes this world a better place for all the generations to come.
What kind of legacy are you going to leave to this world? What is your gift to God going to be? I pray that you will always let it be LOVE!
The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.
He said I am glad to be a guy because:
Everything on your face gets to stay its original color.
Chocolate is just another snack.
You can quietly enjoy a car ride from the passenger’s seat.
You never have to worry about other people’s feelings.
You can wear a white shirt to a water park.
Three pairs of shoes is more than enough.
I finally got my head together and my body fell apart.
A guy tells his doctor, “I am under a lot of stress. I keep losing my temper with people and insulting them. You gotta help me, doctor!”
The doctor says, “Tell me about your problem.”
The guy looks at him and yells, “I just did YOU STUPID S.O.B.!”
“Can people predict the future with cards?” said one little boy to another.
“My mother can,” said the other boy.
“Yes, she takes one look at my report card and can tell me exactly what will happen when my Dad gets home.”
She said: Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hair stylist you like.
“If I ever see a falling star, I’m going to use my wish to wish that it had never fallen in the first place. If I’m lucky, that will throw the entire universe into a logic loop and while everyone is busy attending to that, I’ll skip work the next day.”
At one Army base, the annual trip to the rifle range had been canceled for the second year in a row, but the semi-annual physical fitness test was still on as planned. One soldier mused, “Does it bother anyone else that the Army doesn’t seem to care how well we can shoot, but they are extremely interested in how fast we can run?”
“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he’d learned in seven years.”
Mr. Smith patted his daughter’s hand fondly, and told her, “Your young man told me today he wanted you as a bride, and I gave my consent.” Oh, Papa,” gushed the daughter, “it’s going to be so hard leaving mother.”
“I understand perfectly, my dear,” beamed Mr. Smith. “You can just take her with you.”
They keep telling us to get in touch with our bodies. Mine isn’t all that communicative but I heard from it the other day after I said, “Body, how’d you like to go to the six o’clock class in vigorous toning?” Clear as a bell my body said, “Do it and die.”
So far today, Lord, I’ve done alright. I haven’t gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish or over-indulgent. I’m very thankful for that.
But in a few minutes, Lord, I’m going to get out of bed. And from then on, I’m probably going to need a lot more help.
“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.”
Shannon L. Alder
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