October 19, 2021
Tough times never last, but tough people do.
I am still recovering from my tendenitis but am able to walk a little better and I was able to make a meal in our residence dining room and visit my wife yesterday. I continue to find each day to be something of an adventure and am often surprised by what they hold. But life goes on and I intend to continue to do the best I can.
Here is a piece I abridged that offers us suggestions for the days ahead.
5 About the Precious Little Time You Have Left
WRITTEN by MARC CHERNOF
1. Opportunity is only ever found in the present. – Some people wait all day for 5pm, all week for Friday, all year for the holidays, all their lives for happiness and peace. Don’t be one of them. Life is too short. Time is running out. Don’t wait until your life is almost over to realize how good it has been.
2. Your entire life can be customized from day to day. – There are hundreds of people in every town on Earth who live their entire lives on the default settings, never realizing they can customize everything. Don’t be one of them. Don’t settle for the default settings in life. Find your loves, your talents, your passions, and embrace them. The life you create from doing something that moves and excites you is far better than the life you get from sitting around wishing you were doing it.
3. The willingness to do hard things makes life worth living. – If you want a job, be ready to work. If you want a relationship, be ready to work. If you want a family, be ready to work. If you want happiness, be ready… To learn and earn and give and grow, NOT just want and have and take and show. Truth be told, one of the most important abilities you can develop in life is the willingness to accept and grow through life’s challenges and discomforts.
4. Daily kindness is a beautiful legacy to leave behind. – Some people will be kind to you. Some won’t. Be kind anyway. Through kindness you have the ability to make a profound difference in every life you touch, including your own.
5. Everything will change again, faster and sooner than expected. – Nothing lasts. Everything changes. Day to day is a winding journey. As human beings we are constantly outgrowing what we once thought we couldn’t live without, and falling in love with what we didn’t even know we wanted. Life literally keeps leading us on journeys we would never go on if it were up to us. Don’t be afraid. Trust the journey.
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
A journalist assigned to the Jerusalem bureau takes an apartment overlooking the Wailing Wall. Every day when she looks out, she sees an old Jewish man praying vigorously. So the journalist goes down and introduces herself to the old man. She asks: “You come every day to the wall. How long have you done that and what are you praying for?”
The old man replies, “I have come here to pray every day for 25 years. In the morning I pray for world peace and then for the brotherhood of man. I go home have a cup of tea and I come back and pray for the eradication of illness and disease from the earth.”
The journalist is amazed. “How does it make you feel to come here every day for 25 years and pray for these things?” she asks.
The old man looks at her sadly. “Like I’m talking to a wall.”
“I’m looking for a perfume to overpower men – I’m sick of karate.”
Jim had an awful day fishing on the lake, sitting in the blazing sun all day without catching a single one. On his way home, he stopped at the supermarket and ordered four catfish.
He told the fish salesman, “Pick four large ones out and throw them at me, will you?”
“Why do you want me to throw them at you?”
“Because I want to tell my wife that I caught them.”
“Okay, but I suggest that you take the orange roughy.”
“Because your wife came in earlier today and said that if you came by, I should tell you to take orange roughy. She prefers that for supper tonight.”
Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
Kitchen closed – – this chick has had it!
Martha Stewart doesn’t live here!!
I’m creative; you can’t expect me to be neat too!
So this isn’t Home Sweet Home… Adjust!
Ring Bell for Maid Service…If no answer do it yourself!
I clean house every other day…. Today is the other day!
If I throw a stick, will you leave?
The mother of a problem child was advised by a psychiatrist, “You are far too upset and worried about your son. I suggest you take tranquillizers regularly.”
On her next visit the psychiatrist asked, “Have the tranquillizers calmed you down?”
“Yes” the mother answered.
“And how is your son now?” he asked.
“Who cares?” she replied.
Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
George Bernard Shaw
He told me: As I was dropping off my son at his daycare the other day, I overheard some of the other children talking about their siblings.
“My brother takes karate lessons,” bragged one little boy.
“My sister takes gymnastics,” said another.
Not to be outdone, the littlest child in the group piped up and said, “My sister takes antibiotics!”
Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.
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