May 13, 2021
Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
I participated in a survey the other day that asked me questions about my life in my senior residence. After thinking through what I appreciated about my current life I decided what I liked the most was the the people I live with, both fellow residents and staff. They enrich my days allowing me to stay active and interested in the world around me. Life can be complicated so we are fortunate to have others who help us live it.
Here is a story I found on the LIVE LIFE HAPPY web site that I agree with.
THE STORY OF LIFE
Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be (possibly your roommate, neighbor, coworker, longlost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger) but when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment that they will affect your life in some profound way.
And sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart.
Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.
The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience help to create who you become. Even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones. If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious when you open your heart. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things.
Make every day count!!! Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don’t believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you. You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets.
20. My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
* Home is where you hang your @.
* The E-mail of the species is more deadly than the mail.
* Pentium wise; pen and paper foolish.
* Too many clicks spoil the browse.
* The geek shall inherit the earth.
* A chat has nine lives.
* Don’t byte off more than you can view.
* What boots up must come down.
* Windows will never cease.
* Virtual reality is its own reward.
* A user and his leisure time are soon parted.
* Oh, what a tangled website we weave when first we practice.
“Lost time is never found again.”
A minister decided to do something a little different one Sunday morning.
He said, “Today, in church, I am going to say a single word and you are going to help me preach. “Whatever single word I say, I want you to sing whatever hymn comes to your mind. The pastor shouted out, “Cross!” Immediately the congregation started singing, in unison, “The Old Rugged Cross.”
The pastor hollered out, “Grace!” The congregation began to sing “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound…”
The pastor said, “Power.” The congregation sang “There Is Power in the Blood.”
The Pastor said, “Sex.” The congregation fell in total silence. Everyone was in shock. They all nervously began to look around at each other, afraid to say anything. Then all of a sudden, way from in the back of the church, a little old 87-year-old grandmother stood up and began to sing “Precious Memories.”
Wife to bill-paying husband: “I slashed expenses last month. Everything was charged on one credit card so that it will cost only one stamp to pay all of our bills.”
Little Sam was out shopping with his mother, something he didn’t like very much. But when they passed a toy store, Sam came to life. He saw a new toy in the window that he didn’t have but wanted. Sam begged, pleaded and nagged but to no avail. He got so rude that his mother firmly said, “I’m very sorry Sam, but we didn’t come out to buy you a toy.”
Sam angrily said, “I’ve never met a woman as mean as you.”
Holding his hand gently, she replied, “Sam, darling, one day you’ll get married and then you will … you really will, I promise you.”
After the funeral the Rabbi said, “I don’t think you’ll ever find another man like your late husband Morris.”
The widow replied, “So who’s looking for one?”
At the beginning of the grandparents’ class I teach, I ask participants if they would share the very first feelings they had when they learned they were going to be grandparents.
Most people say they were happy and excited. During one class, however, an expectant grandmother blurted, “I just hated it! I finally knew for certain that my daughter was having sex.”
We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.
Jill had applied for a job, and when she returned home, her mother asked how the interview went.
Jill replied, “Pretty good I think, but if I go to work there I won’t get a vacation unless I’m married.”
Her mother, of course, had never heard of such a thing and asked, “Is that what they told you?
Jill replied, “No, they didn’t tell me that, but on the application it said, “Vacation time may not be taken until you’ve had your first anniversary.”
Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
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