Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself. If all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying.
Simone de Beauvoir
As I was looking for inspiration for today’s Daily I stumbled across this poem that was shared by a wise 16 year old. What he has provided makes a lot of sense to me. In fact it probably will make sense to most everyone but as the last line asks, will we remember in the morning? Of more importance we will take advantage of the changes we can make or do we just go through another day like yesterday with no expectation that tomorrow will be any better.
Every day goes by like the last
It seems that time flies too fast
I close my eyes and ask it to stop
I look at the clock and another minute has passed
I think to myself…
What would I do if I weren't consumed
Consumed by the world and all that it is
The obligations attached to being successful and popular
What would I do?
Embrace those that I love…
Care for those that I don't…
Learn how to love those I hate….
Enjoy every moment I get…
Forget about what means nothing …
Remember all that means everything…
Make a joke when I shouldn't…
Laugh even though its not funny…
Cry when I'm happy…
Never fear, it only wastes time…
Show the devil when he's met his match…
Cast out my demons forever…
Travel the world and see…
Stand on the highest mountain…
Be the heart of a dead country...
Make my own music…
Even though it doesn't rhyme, make my own poem…
Sing my own songs…
Make new friends…
Accept different cultures…
Eat weird food…
Hug, kiss, and never let go…
All the things that I used to think were so important
I now realize mean nothing
All I want to do is help those who can't help themselves
All the money in the world can't buy my happiness
All the joys of doing what I love
All means nothing in the face of God if
All I have is nothing for him
In a matter of 60 seconds
I've figured out the secret of life
But now I'm falling asleep
Will I remember when I wake up?
Author Unknown --- Submitted by D.R., Age 16
No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.
Barbara de Angelis
A teacher was having trouble teaching arithmetic to one little boy.
So she said, "If you reached in your right pocket and found a nickel, and you reached in your left pocket and found another one, what would you have?"
"Somebody else's pants."
The worst tempered people I have ever met were those who knew that they were wrong.
The decision to carry heart defibrillators on airplanes saved a passenger's life on a Dallas flight.
Unfortunately, his HMO only covers coronaries on round trip flights, purchased 14 days in advance with a Saturday stay over.
There's a story about an MIT student who spent an entire summer going to the Harvard football field every day wearing a black and white striped shirt, walking up and down the field for ten or fifteen minutes throwing birdseed, blowing a whistle, and then walking off the field.
At the end of the summer, it came time for the first Harvard home football game, the referee walked onto the field and blew the whistle, and the game had to be delayed for a half hour to wait for the birds to get off of the field.
The guy wrote his thesis on this, and graduated.
"The person who would like to make his dreams come true must stay awake."
A housewife with three young children was getting dinner ready when the phone rang. The six-year-old picked it up and said, "Hi, Daddy!" and she began telling him about her day. She then passed the phone to her brother and sister as was the custom whenever Daddy called from work.
When it was finally the wife's turn to talk she took the receiver and said, "Hi, hon."
"Thank God, lady," the voice on the other end replied. "I just called to tell you that the wallpaper you ordered is here!"
I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it!
Negotiations between union members and their employer were at an impasse. The union denied that their workers were flagrantly abusing their contract's sick-leave provisions.
One morning at the bargaining table, the company's chief negotiator held aloft the morning edition of the newspaper, "This man," he announced, "called in sick yesterday!"
There on the sports page, was a photo of the supposedly ill employee, who had just won a local golf tournament with an excellent score. The silence in the room was broken by a union negotiator.
"Wow," he said. "Think of what kind of score he could have had if he hadn't been sick!"
To change one's life:
Do it flamboyantly.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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