May 5, 2022
“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”
I have met some famous folks over the years but none have impressed me more then the everyday people I have met along the way. These have been people who sincerely care for others. I am sure you too have those you respect and care for. Let’s never forget these good people for the enrich or lives.
Who really cares
The people who make a difference
Please take a moment to answer these questions:
Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
Name the last five recipients of the Australian of the Year Award.
Name the last five winners of the Miss World contest.
Name ten people who have won the Nobel Peace prize.
Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
Name the winners of the last five World Series Cricket Series.
How did you do? The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers, they are the best in their fields. But the applause dies, awards tarnish and achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here’s another set of questions. See how you do with these:
List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
Name a few people whose stories have inspired you.
Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
Was this a little easier to complete?
So what is the message?
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care. If you agree please pass this on to those people who have made a difference in your life.
“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”
Every morning Custer rode through the Indian Reservation on his horse accompanied by his faithful Indian scout. And every morning as he rode past the Indian chief he was greeted with the gesture of first a finger raised vertically – then the finger thrust horizontally.
Eventually Custer said to his scout “I know what the chief means by the vertical finger, but what’s the significance of the horizontal one?”
The scout replied “Chief, him no like your horse either!”
Noah was a trusting soul. Imagine going out in a wooden boat with two termites on board.
What we say, what we mean
Project slightly behind original schedule due to unforeseen difficulties–We got so sick of working on this that we decided to do something else.
Major Technological Breakthrough–Back to the drawing board.
Developed after years of intensive research–It was discovered by accident.
Customer satisfaction is believed assured–We are so far behind schedule that the customer will be happy to get anything at all from us.
The design will be finalized in the next reporting period–We haven’t started this job yet, but we’ve got to say something.
Test results were extremely gratifying–It works, and are we surprised.
Extensive effort is being applied on a fresh approach to the problem–We just hired three new guys; we’ll let them kick it around for a while.
Preliminary operational tests are inconclusive–The darn thing blew up when we threw the switch.
The entire concept will have to be abandoned–The only guy who understood the thing quit.
Modifications are under way to correct certain minor difficulties–We threw the whole thing out and are starting from scratch.
If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. If you don’t wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes.
At the Henry Street Hebrew School, Goldblatt, the new teacher, finished the day’s lesson. It was now time for the usual question period.
“Mr. Goldblatt,” announced little Joey, “there’s somethin’ I can’t figger out.”
“What’s that Joey?” asked Goldblatt.
“Well accordin’ to the Bible, the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, right?”
“An’ the Children of Israel beat up the Philistines, right?”
“An’ the Children of Israel fought the ‘gyptians, an’ the Children of Israel fought the Romans, an’ the Children of Israel wuz always getting in trouble somewhere, right?”
“Er, yes, you could say that,” agreed Goldblatt. “So what’s your question?”
“What I wanna know is this,” demanded Joey. “What wuz all the grown-ups doin”?
Women have many faults.
Men only have 2
Everything they say,
And everything they do.
This will make you believe that we CAN make a difference when we give a child the gift of our time.
A young family moved into a house, next door to a vacant lot. One day a construction crew turned up to start building a house on the empty lot.
The young family’s 5-year-old daughter naturally took an interest in all the activity going on next door and spent much of each day observing the workers.
Eventually the construction crew more or less adopted her as a kind of project mascot. They chatted with her, let her sit while they had coffee and lunch breaks, and gave her little jobs to do here and there to make her feel important.
At the end of the first week they even presented her with a pay envelope containing two dollars.
Her mother said all the appropriate words of admiration and suggested that they take the two dollar “pay” she had received to the bank the next day to start a savings account for her.
When they got to the bank, the teller was equally impressed and asked the little girl how she had come by her very own pay check at such a young age. The little girl proudly replied, “I worked last week with the crew building the house next door to us.”
My goodness gracious,” said the teller, “and will you be working on the house again this week, too?”
The little girl replied, “I will if those jerks at Home Depot ever deliver the darned sheet rock!”
The number of people watching you is directly proportional to the stupidity of your action.
Tax Day, April 15, was looming when an elderly lady appeared at my desk at the IRS. She said she required a thick stack of tax forms.
“Why so many?” I asked.
“My son is stationed overseas,” she said. “He asked me to pick them up.”
“You shouldn’t have to do this,” I told her. “It’s the base commander’s job to make sure the troops have the forms they need.”
“I know,” she replied. “I’m the base commander’s mother.”
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
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