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You Are What You Choose

Friday, October 09, 2009

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind,
moved to a nursing home today.

His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the assisted living home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.

As he manoeuvred his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.

I love it,' he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

Mr. Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait.'

'That doesn't have anything to do with it,' he 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 I 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!

Thank you for your part in filling my Memory Bank. I am still depositing.

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.


  


Enter 212...The Extra Degree

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Enter 212...The Extra Degree

The 212 concept is one of the most powerful communication concepts that I've ever experienced. Here's the idea...

At 211 degrees...water is hot.
At 212 degrees...it boils.
And with boiling water, comes steam.
And steam can power a locomotive.
And, it's that one extra degree that...
Makes all the difference.

  


Express Gratitude!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

The more you express gratitude for what you have the more you will have to express gratitude for.
Zig Ziglar

  
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ALB@ATIME 10/7/2009 8:26AM

    i'll have to remember that one...thx

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May We All Be Coffee

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Food for thought!
A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee...

You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.


A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things
were so
hard for her.
She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up;
She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was
solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and
placed each on a high fire.
Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second
she placed eggs, and in
the last she placed ground coffee beans She let them sit and boil; without
saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots
out and placed
them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.
Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, ' Tell me what you see.'
'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots.
She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter
to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the
hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter
smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked,
'What does it mean, mother?'

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same
adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in
strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the
boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its
thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting
through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground
coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water,
they had changed the water.
'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your
door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong,
but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with theheat?
Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial
hardship or some
other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same,
but
on the inside am Ibitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water,
the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it
releases the
fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things
are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.
When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate
yourself
to another level? How do you handle adversity?
Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to
make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to
make you happy. The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of
everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their
way.
The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you
can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and
heartaches.
When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was
smiling. Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is
smiling and everyone around you is crying.

You might want to send this message to those people who mean
something to you (I JUST DID); to those who have touched your life in one
way
or another; to those who make you smile when you really need it; to
those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really
down; to those whose friendships you appreciate; to those who are so
meaningful in your life.

If you don't send it, you will just miss out on the opportunity to
brighten someone's day with this message!



MAY WE ALL BE COFFEE!!!!!!!!!

  


Prepare to Win!

Monday, October 05, 2009

The will to win is important but the preparedness to win is essential.

Remember that good luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity. Therefore, there is no substitute for preparedness in all of our activities.

  
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CARLARCO 10/5/2009 7:07PM

  Thanks for the reminder.

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