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Friday, June 29, 2018

I Helped Him Cry

Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge, The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.

"The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.  Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked him what he had just said to the neighbor, the little boy said, "Nothing, I just helped him cry."

I had had many times in my life when things seemed very dark and overwhelming. It was then that my family members or my friends were there to "help me cry."  They were there to remind me that love and compassion can provide encouragement, hope and trust that life will get better with help and emotional support.

Many individuals wonder what to say to family and friends after their loved one has died or to someone who is very ill.  The beauty is that we don't have to "say" anything.  We just have to "be there".  With observation it is often apparent what is needed and how that need can be met.  All of us have times in our lives when we need the services of those who love us or strangers who become our earth angels. These angels make life easier during our turn to the experience trials and obstacles in our life.

Remember to keep your eyes and heart open to others who need you to "help them cry" and to find faith again!

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Fathers,Heroes or Persons?


To those of us who have children in our lives, whether they are our own, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. or is something to make you chuckle.

Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to His own children. After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve.  And the first thing he said was, "Don't." "Don't what?" Adam asked. "Don't eat the forbidden fruit." God said.  "Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey, Eve...we have forbidden fruit!" "No way!"  "Yes. way!" "Do not eat the fruit! said God.  "Why?" "Because I am your Father and I said so!", God replied, (wondering why he hadn't stopped creation after making the elephant).  

A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and was he ticked!  "Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit?" God, as our first parent asked. "Uh huh," Adam replied. "Then why did you? said the Father. "I don't know," said Eve. "She started it!" Adam said, "Did not!" "Did too!" "Did not!"  

Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus, the pattern was set and it has never changed!  But there is reassurance in this story.  If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven't taken it, don't be hard on yourself.  If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?"  

Advice for the day: If you have a lot of tension and you get a headache, do what it says on the aspirin bottle: "Take two Aspirin" and "Keep away from children."   
Taken from anonymous internet

"Do I want to be a hero to my son? No.  I would like to be a very real human being.  That's hard enough."  
              Robert Downey Jr.,  Actor

Happy Father's Day!!

Monday, June 4, 2018

A Little Laughter

"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."  e.e. cummings

"Humor is the shock absorber of life:  It helps us take the blows." writer Peggy Noonan

"Everyone looks so much better when they smile."  Jimmy Fallon, comedian and late-night TV host

"A word or smile is often enough to put fresh life in a despondent soul."  St. Therese of Lisieux

What I have learned is that humor is never a waste of time.  Humor helps us deal with everyday issues and puts life in perspective.  Also we look better when we smile!   Our smile may uplift someone else who may be having a difficult time!

Humor is a wonderful gift to share.  It is never used to "make fun" of someone else. Sometimes it helps to make fun of ourselves!

"My daughter started making fart noises with her mouth and then laughing.  And I was like, Oh, well, I've taught her everything I know.  Andy Samberg, actor

The military is a difficult place to find humor but many succeed:

Humor in Uniform

"The military has a long, proud tradition of pranking recruits.  Some favorites from
Instructed a private in the mess hall to look for left-handed spatulas
Sent a Recruit to medical-supplies office in search of fallopian tubes.
Ordered a private to bring back a five-gallon can of dehydrated water (in fact, the sergeant just wanted an empty water can)"

"We made a private sweep all the sunshine off the sidewalks. It took the poor guy all day."
 Ben Savage

I hope that life sends you many opportunities for laughter!  Remember!

"The smile is the shortest distance between two people."  Victor Borge, pianist