“However long the night, the dawn will break.”
As the year winds down many of us will take stock of how the year has been. I, like most people have some good memories and some that are not so good. Most of the unpleasant stuff was due to the unavoidable medical setbacks that come from aging. But some of my fond memories come from how much I appreciate the folks who provide me medical care.
I also appreciate the many positive minutes I spent with friends and family. I am particularly grateful for having attended so many quality entertainment offerings in my city, especially those provided by professional actor friends. While I do miss participating in as many projects and seminars as I have in the past the ones that I did participate in were especially rewarding. Of course as usual my days were brightened by the friendship offered by so many of you.
Some years ago Brian Dyson, the then CEO of Coca-Cola wrote the following that I think we should all think about as we plan how we will live in the year ahead. I do appreciate all of you and look forward to the months ahead.
Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life. How?
◾Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.
◾Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.
◾Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.
◾Don’t let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live ALL the days of your life.
◾Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
◾Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us each together.
◾Don’t be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
◾Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it’s impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.
◾Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you’ve been, but also where you are going.
◾Don’t forget that a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
◾Don’t be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.
◾Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.
“One's doing well if age improves even slightly one's capacity to hold on to that vital truism: "This too shall pass.”
Alain de Botton
Lawyer: Tell us about the fight.
Witness: I didn't see no fight.
Lawyer: Well, tell us what you did see.
Witness: I went to a dance at the Turner house, and as the men swung around and changed partners, they would slap each other, and one fellow hit harder than the other one liked, and so the other one hit back and somebody pulled a knife and someone else drew a six-shooter and another guy came up with a rifle that had been hidden under a bed, and the air was filled with yelling and smoke and bullets.
Lawyer: You, too, were shot in the fracas?
Witness: No sir, I was shot midway between the fracas and the navel.
I'm convinced that in a past life I was somebody named Occupant, and they're still forwarding my mail.
WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW BEFORE I HAD KIDS
* Which lines of The Cat in the Hat and If I Ran the Circus can be skipped over without a child noticing.
* How bright a 3 a.m. full moon is.
* The design marvels of hooded towels, Velcro-strap shoes and mitten clips.
* Locations of public restrooms all across town.
* Why anyone would bother retracing their steps for miles just to retrieve a lost blankie.
* That tigers live in the trees in our backyard.
* How to open a van door while bobbling 2 lunch boxes, two extra coats, a purse, a diaper bag and a baby.
* That solid white socks get lost in the dryer at a much slower rate than do the mates of patterned socks that coordinate to special outfits.
* How little sleep a human body truly needs to function.
* Almost every Disney lyric ever penned.
* That one can never own too many sippy cup lids or refrigerator magnets.
* Scientific names of dinosaurs from A to Z.
* That reverse psychology really works.
* The distinctive sounds of Cheerios crunching underfoot.
* How far you can dilute juice and still retain it's taste.
* The blessedness of naps, the inviolate importance of routines.
* How much you could love one human being!
"Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why."
A little old lady told a friend of mine the other day, when they were standing in line together, that all she had ever wanted in life was four animals.
My friend, who has a large dog, and a big heart for strays said, "Oh really, what kind of animals do you want?"
The little old lady replied, "A mink on my back, a Jaguar in my garage, a tiger in my bed, and a jackass to pay for all of it!"
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
Early one morning, my husband, who works in a funeral home, woke me, complaining of severe abdominal pains. We rushed to the emergency room, where tests were performed to determine the source of the pain. My husband decided not to have me call in sick for him until we knew what was wrong. When the results came back, the nurse informed us that, true to our suspicions, he was suffering from a kidney stone. I turned to my husband and asked, "Would you like me to call the funeral home now?"
With a scornful look, the nurse turned to me and snapped, "Honey, he's not that sick!"
“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you've lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that's good.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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