"Friends are the Angels that help you fly"
I have been thinking lately about how fortunate I am to have met and been with so many interesting people. Many have become good friends while others enrich my life by sharing their wisdom and opening up new opportunities for adventure. I will always be grateful to those who have become my friend and to those who have provided me entry into the many organizations I have been privileged to help.
Here is something I saved a number of years ago, I don’t even know who wrote it but it more clearly states why my hobby of collecting friends has done so much for me.
Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be – a roommate, a neighbor, a professor, a friend, a lover, or even a complete stranger – but when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment they will affect your life in some profound way.
Sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved straight flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.
The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience, help to create who you are and who you become. Even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are sometimes the most important ones.
If someone loves you, give love back to them in whatever way you can, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things. If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart.
Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and listen to what they have to say.
Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don’t believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you.
You can make anything you wish of your life. Create your own life and then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets. And if you love someone tell them, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store.
"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."
The doctor told Feldman, a condominium tycoon, that he needed an operation. He said, "Do you want a local anesthetic?"
Feldman shook his head. "Let's not pinch pennies, doctor. Get the best -- use the imported."
"Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy."
Gretta Brooker Palmer.
Morris a young Jewish lad entered Notre Dame to play football. At the end of the season, he returned home. As luck would have it, he ran into his Rabbi at the airport. The rabbi asked, "Are they trying to convert you at Notre Dame ?"
The youngster said, "Of course not, Father!"
Our church welcomes all denominations....tens, twenties, fifties...
A young minister sitting down to dinner was about to say grace when he opened the casserole dish that his thrifty bride had prepared from all of the refrigerator leftovers.
"I don't know," he said dubiously, "but it seems to me that I've blessed all this stuff before."
Last week I forgot how to ride a bicycle.
Kyle and Justin were about to eat with the baby sitter when 6 year old Kyle said, "You can't sit in Daddy's seat!"
"Daddy's not home," the baby sitter replied. "Since I'm responsible for you while he's gone, I can sit here. Today I'm the boss."
Justin, the 4 year old, quickly piped up, "If you're the boss, you sit over there in Mommy's chair!"
Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Native American Indian.
"How long have you been driving without a tail light, buddy?" demanded the policeman.
The driver jumped out, ran to the rear of his car, and gave a low moan.
His distress was so great that the cop was moved to ease up on him a bit.
"Aw, come now," he said, "you don't have to take it so hard. It isn't that serious."
"It isn't?" cried the motorist.
"What happened to my boat and trailer?"
If I can be of any help, you're in worse trouble than I thought.
An insurance agent was teaching his wife to drive when the brakes suddenly failed on a steep, downhill grade.
"I can't stop!" she shrilled. "What should I do?"
"Brace yourself," advised her husband, "and try to hit something cheap."
"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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