One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, “Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd.” I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends ), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.
As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes. My heart went out to him.
So, I jogged over to him and as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye. As I handed him his glasses, I said, “Those guys are jerks They really should get lives.” He looked at me and said, “Hey thanks!” Then there was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude.
I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived. As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had gone to private school before now. I would have never hung out with a private school kid before.
We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play a little football with my friends. He said yes. We hung out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him, and my friends thought the same of him.
Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said, “Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!” He just laughed and handed me half the books.
Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were seniors, we began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown, and I was going to Duke. I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem.
He was going to be a doctor, and I was going for business on a football scholarship. Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being a nerd.
He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn’t me having to get up there and speak. Graduation day, I saw Kyle. He looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school. He filled out and actually looked good in glasses. He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him.
Boy, sometimes I was jealous. Today was one of those days. I could see that he was nervous about his speech. So, I smacked him on the back and said, “Hey, big guy, you’ll be great!” He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled. “Thanks,” he said.
As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began. “Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach…but mostly your friends… I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a story.”
I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met. He said he had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom wouldn’t have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home.
He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile. “Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable.” I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment. I saw his Mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile. Not until that moment did I realize it’s depth.
Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person’s life. For better or for worse.
God puts us all in each other’s lives to impact one another in some way. Look for God in others. “Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.” There is no beginning or end. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift.
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Two men traveled the same path. They walked through forests, rivers, mountains and deserts. They encountered many dangers on their journey. In the forest they were hunted and attacked by wolves. While crossing a river they nearly drowned. In the mountains they were pummeled by furious storms, and more than once, death looked like a reward. In the desert the sun plagued them like stinging hornets. Hunger gnawed them to the bone.
One of the men whined and complained the whole time, about everything, and was miserable. He was constantly stressed, worried and afraid, and wished he had not taken the journey. The other man was at peace. He was cheerful, carefree and lighthearted and looked upon each day like a warrior who understands the value of a worthy opponent. For him, life was an adventure from which he harvested its fruits.
After many days, while coming out of the desert towards evening and approaching a small village, they were robbed.
The miserable man became despondent, then bitter and began raging about their misfortune and the evil people in the world. He raged so much he became sick. The other man was at peace, even joyful and happy, though he was careful to hide it-just a little.
While the miserable man was recovering from his anxiety attack, he wondered at the happy man’s attitude. He couldn’t understand how anyone could be at peace and even happy during such punishing experiences. Curious, he asked the happy man how he came to be that way.
The happy man removed an old piece of leather from his pocket and handed it to the miserable man and said, “Because of this.”
The miserable man untied the small scroll and read, “Thank you G-D for this experience.”
The happy man explained, “Several years ago I was like you, just a right-down miserable fellow. I got in bad moods, upset and angry over everything that went wrong, over everything that didn’t please me. One day a man came into my shop and, seeing my unhappiness, handed me that piece of leather with those words on it, and shared what he called a ‘great secret.'”
“What secret?” asked the miserable man.
“He told me that the more thankful a person is to G-D, the happier he is. He told me that people who are thankful in all things, are happy in all things. He told me that if I would be thankful, even during my troubles, I would not only be happier, but I would have a spiritual awakening. He called it The Miracle. He said that after I experienced The Miracle I would always be at peace, joyful and happy.”
“That’s crazy,” said the miserable man, “a blessing? a miracle? that makes you happy all the time?”
“That’s what I thought, at first,” said the happy man, “but I had nothing to lose, just like you, so I tried it, and it worked. I started saying the words, ‘Thank you G-D for this experience,’ after every experience I had, even the ones that made me mad, and I became happier. It wasn’t long before I experienced The Miracle. And that’s the reason I’m happy all the time no matter what.”
“Well I’m not going to say ‘thank you’ for things that drive me crazy hoping to get some supposed blessing or miracle,” said the miserable man as he shoved the leather scroll towards the happy man. “And you can keep this too!”
“No. You keep it,” said the happy man. “It’s a habit for me to say thank you G-D for my experiences, and who knows, you may want to try it, after all, you have nothing to lose but your misery.
As the sun set the two men entered the village on the same path but worlds apart.
I’ll be happy when…
We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a family. Then we are frustrated that the kids are too young and we’ll be more content when they are older. After that, we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, when we are able to go on a nice vacation or when we retire. The truth is there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges.
It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with … and remember that time waits for no one.
Stop waiting… to be happy and content
Until your car or home is paid off.
Until you get a new car or home.
Until your kids leave the house.
Until you go back to school.
Until you finish school.
Until you lose 10 lbs.
Until you gain 10 lbs.
Until you get married.
Until you have kids.
Until you retire.
There is no better time to be happy than right now. Happiness is a journey, not a destination. So work like you don’t need money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and, dance like no one’s watching.
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The old man awoke just before sunrise, as he often did, to walk by the ocean’s edge and greet the new day. As he moved through the morning dawn, he focused on a faint, far away motion.
He saw a youth, bending and reaching and flailing arms, dancing on the beach, no doubt in celebration of the perfect day soon to begin. As he approached, he realized that the youth was not dancing to the bay, but rather bending to sift through the debris left by the night’s tide, stopping now and then to pick up starfish and then standing, to heave it back into the sea.
He asked the youth the purpose of the effort. “The tide has washed the starfish onto the beach and they cannot return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun rises, they will die, unless I throw them back into the sea.”
As the youth explained, the old man surveyed the vast expanse of beach, stretching in both directions beyond eyesight. Starfish littered the shore in numbers beyond calculation.
The hopelessness of the youth’s plan became clear and the old man countered, “But there are more starfish on this beach than you can ever save before the sun is up. Surely you cannot expect to make a difference.”
The youth paused briefly to consider my words, bent to pick up a starfish and threw it as far as possible. Turning to the man, he said, “I made a difference to that one.”
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by. The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career.
When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front-door key to the carpenter. “This is your house,” he said, “my gift to you.”
What a shock!
What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well. So it is with us.
We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized that we would have done it differently.
Think of yourself as the carpenter.
Think about your house.
Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build wisely. It is the only life you will ever build. Even if you live it for only one day more, that day deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity.
The plaque on the wall says, “Life is a do-it-yourself project.” Who could say it more clearly? Your life today is the result of your attitudes and choices in the past. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today.
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Make little things bother you.
Don’t just let them, MAKE them.
Lose your perspective on things and keep it lost:
don’t put first things first.
Get yourself a good worry,
one about which you cannot do anything.
Be a perfectionist, which means not that you
work hard to do your best, but that you condemn
yourself and others for not achieving perfection.
Be right. Be always right. Be the only one who
is always right, and be rigid in your rightness.
Don’t trust or believe people, or accept them
at anything but their worst and weakest.
Insist that others always have hidden motives.
Always compare yourself unfavorably to others.
This guarantees instant misery.
Take personally everything that happens to you.
Don’t give yourself whole-heartily
to anyone or anything.
THAT OUGHTA DO IT!
Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round
Or listened to the rain
lapping on the ground?
Ever followed a
butterfly’s erratic flight
Or gazed at the sun
into the fading night?
You better slow down
Don’t dance so fast
Time is short
The music won’t last
Do you run through each day on the fly?
When you ask “How are you?”
Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done,
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?
You’d better slow down
Don’t dance so fast
Time is short
The music won’t last
Ever told your child,
We’ll do it tomorrow
And in your haste,
not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
Cause you never had time
To call and say “Hi”?
You’d better slow down
Don’t dance so fast
Time is short
The music won’t last
When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift…. Thrown away…
Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over
“I got two A’s” the small boy said, his voice was filled with glee, his father very bluntly said “Why didn’t you get three?”
“Mom, I’ve got the dishes done” the girl called from the door. Her mother very calmly said, “Did you sweep the floor?”
“I mowed the grass” the tall boy said, “and put the mower away” His father asked him with a shrug, “Did you clean off the clay?
The children in the house next door seemed happy and content. The same thing happened over there, but this is how it went:
“I got two A’s” the young boy said, his voice was filled with glee, his father proudly said “that’s great, I’m glad you belong to me.”
“Mom, I got the dishes done,” the girl called from the door. Her mother smiled and softly said, “Each day I love you more.”
“I’ve mowed the grass,” the tall boy said, “and put the mower away” his father answered with much joy, “You’ve made my happy day”
Children deserve a little praise for tasks they’re asked to do. If they’re to lead a happy life, so much depends on you!
A daughter complained to her father about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.
Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In one he placed carrots, in the second he placed eggs, and the last he placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit and boil, without saying a word.
The daughter sucked her teeth and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. In about twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them a bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her he asked. “Darling, what do you see?”
“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.
He brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. She smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. She humbly asked. “What does it mean Father?”
He explained that each of them had faced the same adversity, boiling water, but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. But after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.
The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.
The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
“Which are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?” Are you the carrot that seems hard, but with pain and adversity do you wilt and become soft and lose your strength? Are you the egg, which starts off with a malleable heart? Were you a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a divorce, or a layoff have you become hardened and stiff. Your shell looks the same, but are you bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and heart?
Or are you like the coffee bean? The bean changes the hot water; the thing that is bringing the pain, to its peak flavor reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water gets the hottest, it just tastes better.
If you are like the coffee bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and make things better around you.
How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg, or coffee?
These are very powerful. Implement them whatever you can.
More than 100 years ago, author Robert Louis Stevenson offered the following tips for maintaining a positive attitude. They still apply today.
And don’t ever forget… For even a day… How very special you are.
The most destructive habit ……………..Worry
The greatest joy ………………………Giving
The greatest loss ……………………..Loss of self-respect
The most satisfying work ……………….Helping others
The ugliest personality trait……………Selfishness
The most endangered species ………….. Dedicated leaders
Our greatest natural resource……………Our youth
The greatest “shot in the arm”…………..Encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome……… Fear
The most effective sleeping pill…………Peace of mind
The most crippling failure disease……….Excuses
The most powerful force in life …………Love
The most dangerous pariah ………………A gossiper
The worlds most incredible computer…….. The brain
The worst thing to be without …………. Hope
The deadliest weapon …………………. The tongue
The two most power-filled words ……….. “I Can”
The greatest asset …………………… Faith
The most worthless emotion ……………. Self-pity
The most beautiful attire …………….. SMILE!
The most prized possession ……………. Self esteem
The most powerful channel of communication …Prayer
The most contagious spirit ……………… Enthusiasm
“To the world, you may be one person; but to one person, you may be the world.”
That person is a success who has lived well,
laughed often and loved much;
who has gained the respect of intelligent people
and the love of children;
who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
who leaves the world better than he found it,
whether by an improved poppy,
a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
who never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty
or failed to express it;
who looked for the best in others
and gave the best that he had.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
“A son and his father were walking on the mountains.
Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!”
To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating,
somewhere in the mountain: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!”
Curious, he yells: “Who are you?”
He receives the answer: “Who are you?”
And then he screams to the mountain: “I admire you!”
The voice answers: “I admire you!”
Angered at the response, he screams: “Coward!”
He receives the answer: “Coward!”
He looks to his father and asks: “What’s going on?”
The father smiles and says: “My son, pay attention.”
Again the man screams: “You are a champion!”
The voice answers: “You are a champion!”
The boy is surprised, but does not understand.
Then the father explains: “People call this ECHO, but
really this is LIFE. It gives you back everything you
say or do. Our life is simply a reflection of our actions.
If you want more love in the world, create more love
in your heart. If you want more competence
in your team, improve your competence.
This relationship applies to everything, in all
aspects of life; Life will give you back
everything you have given to it.
YOUR LIFE IS NOT A COINCIDENCE.
IT’S A REFLECTION OF YOU!
The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for GOD to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.
Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood and long grass to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions.
One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. “GOD, how could you do this to me?” he cried.
Early the next day he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island.
It had come to rescue him. “How did you know I was here?” asked the weary man of his rescuers. “We saw your smoke signal,” they replied.
It’s easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn’t lose heart, because GOD is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain, and suffering.
Remember that, the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground, it just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of GOD.
If you woke up this morning
with more health than illness,
you are more blessed than the
million who won’t survive the week.
If you have never experienced
the danger of battle,
the loneliness of imprisonment,
the agony of torture or
the pangs of starvation,
you are ahead of 20 million people
around the world.
If you attend a house of worship
without fear of harassment,
arrest, torture, or death,
you are more blessed than almost
a billion people in the world.
If you have food in your refrigerator,
clothes on your back, a roof over
your head and a place to sleep,
you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank,
in your wallet, and spare change
in a dish someplace, you are among
the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
If your parents are still married and alive,
you are very fortunate and especially blessed.
If you hold up your head with a smile
on your face and are truly thankful,
you are blessed because the majority can,
but most do not.
If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them
or even touch them on the shoulder,
you are blessed because you can
offer God’s healing touch.
If you can read this message,
you are more blessed than over
two billion people in the world
that cannot read anything at all.
You are so blessed in ways
you may never even know.
If you are a recipient of a blessing, keep the blessing working by being the source of blessing to other people.
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Today is the “Good old days” you will be talking about when you get older.
Small people talk of other people, Average people talk of things, Great people talk of ideas.
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
A man ninety years old was asked to what he attributed his longevity. “I reckon,” he said, with a twinkle in his eye, “it’s because most nights. I went to bed and slept when I should have sat up and worried.”
Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? How did they work out? Didn’t you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them? Didn’t most of them turn out all right after all?
Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.
There are people who seem to make a life out of worrying, who can’t look at anything going on in their lives without finding cause to think that the worst of everything is going to happen, and that it’s going to happen to them or to those they love–or both. But these people who worry so much are forgetting some very important life lessons, the most important of which is that worrying doesn’t change a single thing, doesn’t help a bit.
So why worry? Worrying wouldn’t help the situation at all, and it could negatively impact your health through the stress and strife that you would experience.
Worrying comes when we think of negative future possibilities. It’s that simple–we spend time and energy thinking about negative things that could happen, not that have happened. And therefore the energy that were expending usually is wasted, because those negative things tend not to come about after all. Mark Twain said that “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened,” and most of us can relate to this statement. Most of what we worry about never comes to pass, and the time we spent worrying was time and energy wasted.
The remedy to worry is sincere prayer to G-D, doing good deeds and living by practicing the positive ideas and philosophy presented on this page.
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