July 7, 2022
The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility.
Thomas S. Monson
I have a busy day today. I don’t want to waste anytime on challenges I can’t do anything about so I am just going to get rid of my concerns. Like in the following story I plan on rooting them out.
The Weeds in Our Lives
Isn’t it amazing how you never have to water your weeds or nurture them and they still give you an unwanted crop?
I can remember as a young boy growing up in Santa Cruz, California my grandfather showed me how to dig up this pesky weed called Bermuda grass. It was terrible stuff and it would really spread if you didn’t get it out by the roots.
That was then. But more recently when my wife and I bought our first home about 8 years ago; guess what I had to deal with? If you said weeds, you are correct. There was this certain patch of weeds that was similar to the Bermuda grass. In other words, just as invasive.
After getting the inside of our home settled, it was time to work on the outside. On my hands and knees I vigorously attacked the weeds with a small hand trowel getting each one out by the roots. Spring after, spring that was my ritual.
Just this Spring I realized that one particular weed was no longer prevalent but another one was in full force. So again, I got down on my hands and knees and got to work ridding them from my yard. When I was finished, my yard was better off.
What hidden message is this true story purveying? Sometimes our life can be oh so similar. Yes, we all have weeds in our life. These weeds can be challenges, setbacks, negative beliefs, or naysayers, and the list can go on and on.
The solution is when dealing with these weeds of life is to get to the root of it and remove them one by one and eventually you will conquer this round. And when another crop of weeds shows up, deal with them directly before they spread, because now that you know what to do with them by getting to the root of it, it will give you more courage and wisdom the next time a problem crops up.
You could say we all need weeds in our life to challenge us to grow. Once you know how to handle the weeds in your yard to make it beautiful – so too will your life be.
Written by Tony Masiello
You can’t dwell on disappointment. You’ve got to take the positives and keep looking ahead.
There was an old priest who got sick of all the people in his parish who kept confessing to adultery. One Sunday, in the pulpit, he said, “If I hear one more person confess to adultery, I’ll quit!”
Everyone liked him, so they came up with a code word. Someone who had committed adultery would say instead that they had “fallen.”
This seemed to satisfy the old priest and things went well until the priest passed away at a ripe, old age. A few days after the new priest arrived, he visited the mayor of the town and seemed very concerned.
“Mayor, you have to do something about the sidewalks in town. When people come into the confessional, they keep telling me they’ve fallen.”
The mayor started to laugh, realizing that no one had told the new priest about the code word. But, before he could explain, the priest shook an accusing finger at him and shouted, “I don’t know what you’re laughing about, because your wife has already fallen three times this week!”
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TEACHER: If you had one dollar and you asked your father for another, how many dollars would you have??
VINCENT: One dollar.
TEACHER(sadly): You don’t know your arithmetic…
VINCENT(sadly): You don’t know my father…
What I need is a list of the specific unknown problems we will encounter.
Suzanne was on a flight from Detroit to San Diego when the guy next to her asked if she would like to play a fun game. She was tired and just wanted to take a nap, so she politely declined and rolled over to the window to catch a few winks. The neighbor persisted and explained that the game was easy and a lot of fun. He said, “I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me five dollars, and vice versa.”
Again, she declined and tried to get some sleep. Agitated, the man said, “Okay, if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $500.”
This caught Suzanne’s attention and, figuring there will be no end to this torment, agrees to the game. The guy asked the first question: “What’s the distance from the earth to the moon?” Suzanne doesn’t say a word, reaches into her purse, pulls out a $5.00 bill, and hands it to him.
“Okay,” says the man, “your turn.”
She asks, “What goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four legs?”
The neighbor, puzzled, takes out his laptop computer and searches all his references… no answer. He taps into the air phone with his modem and searches the Internet and the Library of Congress… nothing. Frustrated, he sends e-mails to all his friends and coworkers but to no avail.
After an hour, he woke up Suzanne and handed her $500.
She thanked him and turned back to get some more sleep.
The guy, more than a little miffed, stirred Suzanne and asked, “Well, what’s the answer?”
Without a word, she reached into her purse, handed the guy $5, and went back to sleep.
“Nobody believes the official spokesman, but everybody trusts an unidentified source.”
A few signs your mobile home may be haunted…
You come home one day and it’s clean.
The eyes on the velvet Elvis painting move.
Instead of saying “boo” the ghost says “boo-ya’ll!”
The trailer is shaking, but there’s no tornado in sight.
Your Dale Earndhart bed sheets have eyeholes cut in them.
The lights turn on and off even though you paid the power bill.
That car in your front yard isn’t on blocks — it’s levitating by itself.
Mysterious footsteps seem to be stomping out Achy Breaky Heart.
Anytime you suffer a setback or disappointment, put your head down and plow ahead.
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