A weekend wasted isn't a wasted weekend.
A few weeks ago I wrote in the Daily on a Friday that I thought that we needed to lock away our things-to-do lists, store our worries and just let ourselves enjoy life for a couple of days. I was pleased when I got a note from one of our readers that the message got to her just at the right moment for she was loading up work to take home that would tie her up all weekend and decided to just set it back down and start Saturday without an agenda. She said it worked great and she finished the weekend reenergized.
I don’t know about you but I am exhilarated by having a couple of days each week when I am free to treat myself to exploration, contemplation, drop out time, some experimentation, some special cooking, possibly some recreational reading, a visit with a friend just to hang out, the list of opportunities for enjoyment is endless. But it is there only if I let myself set down obligations, concerns, and demands on my time. What about you? Do you give yourself the gift of dropout time? You know we have so much to be thankful for and yet we have so much that we don’t see, take for granted and ignore.
Here is what an unknown author wrote who I think really gets it:
The Best Day of My Life
Today, when I awoke, I suddenly realized that this is the best day of my life, ever!
There were times when I wondered if I would make it to today; but I did! And because I did I'm going to celebrate! Today, I'm going to celebrate what an unbelievable life I have had so far: the accomplishments, the many blessings, and, yes, even the hardships because they have served to make me stronger.
I will go through this day with my head held high, and a happy heart. I will marvel at God's seemingly simple gifts: the morning dew, the sun, the clouds, the trees, the flowers, the birds.
Today, none of these miraculous creations will escape my notice. Today, I will share my excitement for life with other people. I'll make someone smile. I'll go out of my way to perform an unexpected act of kindness for someone I don't even know. Today, I'll give a sincere compliment to someone who seems down. I'll tell a child how special he is, and I'll tell someone I love just how deeply I care for her and how much she means to me.
Today is the day I quit worrying about what I don't have and start being grateful for all the wonderful things God has already given me. I'll remember that to worry is just a waste of time because my faith in God and his Divine Plan ensures everything will be just fine. And tonight, before I go to bed, I'll go outside and Praise my eyes to the heavens. I will stand in awe at the beauty of the stars and the moon, and I will praise God for these magnificent treasures.
As the day ends and I lay my head down on my pillow, I will thank the Almighty for the best day of my life. And I will sleep the sleep of a contented child, excited with expectation because I know tomorrow is going to be the best day of my life, ever!
How pleasant is Saturday night,
When I've tried all the week to be good,
And not spoke a word that was bad,
And obliged everyone that I could.
A young and foolish pilot wanted to sound cool and show who was boss on the aviation frequencies. It was his first time approaching a field during the night time. Instead of making any official requests to the tower, he said: "Guess who?"
The controller switched the field lights off and replied: "Guess where!"
Sound travels slowly. Sometimes the things you say when your kids are teenagers don't reach them till they're in their 40s.
It was a sunny Saturday morning, and Pete was beginning his preshot routine. As he was visualizing his upcoming shot, a voice came over the loudspeaker, "Would the gentleman on the ladies tee please back up to the men's tee, please!"
Pete was still deep in his routine, seemingly impervious to the interruption. Again the announcement, "Would the man on the women's tee kindly back up to the men's tee!"
Pete had had enough. He yelled, "Would the announcer in the clubhouse kindly shut up and let me play my second shot!"
I was going to buy a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking, and then I thought: What good would that do?
The new Ensign was assigned to subs, where he'd dreamed of working since a young boy. He was trying to impress the Master Chief with his expertise learned in Sub School.
The Master Chief cut him off quickly and said, "Listen, 'sir', it's real simple. Add the number of times we dive to the number of times we surface. Divide that number by two. If the result doesn't come out even, don't open the hatch."
What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
1) If it rings, put it on hold.
2) If it clanks, call the repairman.
3) If it whistles, ignore it.
4) If it's a friend, take a break.
5) If it's the boss, look busy.
6) If it talks, take notes.
7) If it's handwritten, type it.
8) If it's typed, copy it.
9) If it's copied, file it.
10) If it's Friday, forget it!
"Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof."
John Kenneth Galbraith
Jack, a lawyer, lies dying with his partner of 40 years by his bedside. "Mike, I've got to confess. I've been sleeping with your wife for 30 years and I'm the father of your daughter. On top of that, I've been stealing from the firm for a decade."
"Relax," says Mike, "and don't think another thing about it. I'm the one who put the poison in your martini."
I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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