August 20, 2021
And as ridiculous as it may sound, sometimes all any of us needs in life is for someone to hold our hand and walk next to us.
I doubt that there is anything more important than the companionship of others. It is our friends and loved ones who help us celebrate the god times and help us through the bad times. As we grow older we need to replenish our supply of friends. Ihave found that the glue that binds friendship is trust and empathy.
I think it is up to ourselves to nuture friendhips by having a sincere interest others. I know it is the companionship of my fellow residents in our Independent Living facility that make my days as pleasant as they are.
Here is a story that reminds us of the value of trust.
A young boy and girl were enjoying a pleasant afternoon playing outside in their neighborhood together. The boy showed the girl his collection of beautiful, unique marbles. In turn, the girl showed the boy the handful of candy that she had just gotten for her birthday.
The boy proposed that the two of them switch–he would give her all of his marbles if she handed over all of her candy. The girl agreed, as she found the marbles to be beautiful as well.
The boy handed over all of his marbles, but kept one–the most exquisite one of them all–in his pocket. The girl kept her promise and gave the boy all of her candy.
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You have to be a participating factor in your relationship if you want it to be built on trust.
That night, the girl was happy with the exchange and peacefully went to sleep.
The boy, however, couldn’t sleep, as he was up wondering if the girl had secretly kept some of her candy, just like he did with the marble.
If you don’t give 100% in your relationships, you will always assume your partner isn’t giving 100% either. If you want your relationships to be built on trust, you have to be a participating factor in that.
She was struck by the simple truth that sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people…
My wife and I got married in New York 68 years ago, believe me these were true.
“39 ways to tell your a New Yorker”
1. You say “the city” and expect everyone to know that this means Manhattan.
2. You have never been to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building.
3. You can get into a four-hour argument about “the best” way to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park at 3:30 on the Friday before a long weekend, but can’t find Wisconsin on a map.
4. You never pronounce the letter “R.”
5. The subway makes sense.
6. The subway should never be called anything prissy, like the Metro.
7. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multilingual.
8. You’ve considered stabbing someone just for saying “The Big Apple.”
9. Your door has more than three locks.
10. The most frequently used part of your car is the horn.
11. You consider eye contact an act of overt aggression.
12. You call an 8-by-10-foot plot of patchy grass a yard.
13. You cried the day Ed Koch took over for Wapner.
14. You think Central Park is “nature.”
15. You see nothing odd about the speed of an auctioneer’s speaking.
16. You’re paying $1,200 for a studio the size of a walk-in closet and you think it’s a “steal.”
17. You’ve been to New Jersey twice and got hopelessly lost both times.
18. You pay more each month to park your car than most people in the U.S. pay in rent.
19. You haven’t seen more than 12 stars in the night sky since you went away to camp as a kid.
20. You go to dinner at 9pm and head out to the clubs when most Americans are heading to bed.
21. Your closet is filled with black clothes.
22. You haven’t heard the sound of true absolute silence since 1977, and when you did it terrified you.
23. You pay $5 without blinking for a beer that cost the bar 28 cents.
24. You take fashion seriously.
25. Being truly alone makes you nervous.
26. You have 27 different menus next to your telephone.
27. Going to Brooklyn is considered a “road trip.”
28. America west of the Hudson is still theoretical to you.
29. You have jaywalking down to an art form.
30. You’re suspicious of strangers who are actually nice to you.
31. You haven’t cooked a meal since helping mom last Thanksgiving.
32. You take a taxi to get to your health club to exercise.
33. Your idea of personal space is no one actually standing on your toes.
34. $50 worth of groceries fits in one paper bag.
35. You have a minimum of five “worst cab ride ever” stories.
36. You don’t hear sirens anymore.
37. You’ve mentally blocked out all thoughts of the city’s air quality and what it’s doing to your lungs.
38. You live in a building with a larger population than most American towns.
39. Your doorman is Russian, your grocer is Korean, your deli man is Israeli, your building super is Italian, your laundry guy is Chinese, your favorite bartender is Irish, your favorite diner owner is Greek, the watch-seller on your corner is Senegalese, your last cabbie was Pakistani, your newsstand guy is Indian, and your favorite falafel guy is Egyptian.
If the computer is so smart, how come it gets blamed for our mistakes?
A concerned Father asked his daughter if her latest beau was serious about their relationship.
“I’ll say he is Daddy,” she replied. “Why just last night he asked me how much you make, what kind of meals Mom serves, and if you guys are easy to get along with.
“You are not responsible for the face you are given, but you are responsible for the expression on it.”
Two Texans are sitting on a plane from Dallas and an old Jewish Texan is sitting between them. The first Texan says, “My name is Roger. I own 250,000 acres. I have 1000 head of cattle and they call my place The Jolly Roger”
The second Texan says, ‘ My name is John. I own 350,000 acres. I have 5000 head of cattle and they call my place Big Johns’.
They both look down at the Jewish man who says, ‘ My name is Irving and I own 300 acres ‘ . Roger looks down at him and say, ‘ 300 Acres ? What do you raise ? ‘ ‘Notink’ Irving says. Well then, what do you call it?’ Asked John.
Giving a man his physical, a doctor noticed several dark, ugly bruises on his shins, so he asked, “Do you play hockey, soccer, or any physical sport?”
“Not at all. I just play bridge with my wife.”
“I Know About Stressed — It’s Desserts Spelled Backwards”
Shirley and Abe, a retired couple from New York City, living in Boca Raton, are getting ready to go out to dinner. Shirley says, “Abe, darling, do you want me to wear this Chanel suit or the Gucci?”
Abe says, “Do I care?”
A few minutes later Shirley says, “Abe, should I wear my Cartier watch or my Rolex?”
Abe says, “Who cares?”
A few more minutes pass and Shirley says, “Abe, love, shall I wear my five-carat pear diamond ring or my six-carat round diamond ring with the baguettes?”
Abe says, “Shirley, I really don’t care what you wear, but if you don’t move your tuchas, we’re going to miss the Early Bird Special.
The essentials: air, food, water, sleep, leisure, exercise, solitude, companionship. The inessentials: everything else.
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