Each Day Is  Gift


This morning a friend shared these Philosophical Thoughts with

 me. And I share them with you

The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.  

Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready.  

As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, the attendant provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. "I love it," she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. "Mrs. Jones, you haven't seen the room .... just wait."  

"That doesn't have anything to do with it," she replied. "Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged ... it's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it...  

It's a decision I make every morning when wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.  

Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I've stored away ... just for this time in my life." Old age is like a bank account .... you withdraw from what you've put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories. Remember the five simple rules to be happy:  

1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.

No one can go back and make a brand new start.

Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

 God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain,

but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.  

Disappointments are like road bumps, they slow you down a bit but you enjoy the smooth road afterwards.

 Don't stay on the bumps too long. Move on!  

When something happens to you, good or bad, consider what it means.

 There's a purpose to life's events, to teach you how to laugh more or not to cry too hard.  

You can't make someone love you, all you can do is be someone who can be loved.

The rest is up to the person to realize your worth.  

It's better to lose your pride to the one you love, than to lose the one you love because of pride.  

We spend too much time looking for the right person to love or finding fault with those we already love.

When instead we should be perfecting the love we give.  

Never abandon an old friend.

You will never find one who can take his/her place.

 Friendship is like wine, it gets better as it grows older.

And a final thought:

  Some people complain because roses have thorns.

While others are grateful that there are roses among the thorns.


My gratitude to the Unknown Author

Now, let's add this well known Advice to this page




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 & clearly; and listen to others, even the dull & ignorant;

they too have their story.

Avoid loud & aggressive persons, they are vexations to the Spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain & 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 future 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 & disenchantment
it is 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 imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond wholesome discipline,

Be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees & 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 & aspirations,

in the noisy confusion of life keep Peace with your Soul.

For with all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams,

This is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.



My good friend, Dr. Gayle Fuqua, sent me the following 'food for thought'.

 We both thank the author of this Insight.

Sent : Tuesday, March 04, 2003 7:43 AM
Ah, YES, it’s SOOOOO clear now!

At a certain college, there was a professor with a reputation for being
tough on Christians.  At the first class every semester, he asked if
anyone was a Christian and

proceeded to degrade and mock their statement of faith.

One semester, he asked the question and a young man raised his hand

 when asked if anyone was a Christian. 

The professor asked, "Did God make everything, young man?"

"Yes he did, sir," the young man replied.

The professor responded, "If God made everything,

then God made evil, and if we can only create from within ourselves,

 then God is evil."

The student didn't have a response and the professor was happy to have
once again "proved" the Christian faith to be a "myth."

Then another man raised his hand and asked,

"May I ask you something, sir?"

"Yes you may," responded the professor.

The young man stood up and said
"Sir, is there such thing as cold?"

"Of course there is, what kind of a question is that?

  Haven't you ever been cold?"

The young man replied,
"Actually, sir, cold does not exist. 

 What we consider to be cold, is really only the absence of heat. 

 Absolute zero is when there is absolutely no heat,

 but cold does not really exist. We have only created that term to

 describe how we feel when heat is not there."

The young man continued,
"Sir, is there such thing as dark?"

Once again, the professor responded
"Of course there is."

And once again, the student replied
"Actually, sir, darkness does not

exist. Darkness is really only the absence of light.

 Darkness is only a term man developed to describe what happens

 when there is no light present."

Finally, the young man asked,
"Sir, is there such thing as evil?"

The professor responded,
"Of course. We have rapes, and murders

 and violence everywhere in the world, those things are evil."

The student replied, "Actually, sir, evil does not exist.

 Evil is simply the absence of God

Evil is a term man developed to 

 describe the absence of God.  God did not create evil.

 It isn't like Truth,

 or Love, which exist as Virtues like heat and light.

Evil is simply the state where God is not present,

 like cold without heat or darkness without light.

The professor had nothing to say.

 And my friend concludes “Why didn’t I think of that as I reflect on this beautiful Insightfulness into the TRUTH of the Universe!"

Here's my kind of Philosophy:

'Life is not a journey to the grave, lived with the intention of
arriving there in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather it is to skid in broadside, boots on, guns blazing like the best Western Hero, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, 'Wow!  What a Ride!'


And finally, there is this to illustrate the great difference in the way men and woman see each other, and may help to explain the way we treat each other, depending on whether we reflect the masculine or feminine sides of Life. 

An English professor wrote on the blackboard the words  ……… 

woman without her man is nothing

and directed the students to punctuate it correctly.

The men wrote: "Woman, without her man,

 is nothing."

 The women wrote, "Woman! Without her,

man is nothing."

Mother Teresa put it this way: "Whatever you do for your family, for your children, for your husband, for your wife, you do for God … Let no one ever come away from you, without coming away better and happier … All we do, our prayers, our work, our suffering, is for Jesus. Our life has no other reason or motivation."