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9/16/18 Success

Sunday, September 16, 2018

"Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success." Swami Sivananda

"Vampires sleep all day, fly wherever they want for free, and can't see themselves in a mirror. Where do I sign?"

A young man was walking through a supermarket to pick up a few things when he noticed an old lady following him around. Thinking nothing of it, he ignored her and continued on. Finally he went to the checkout line, but she got in front of him.

“Pardon me,” she said, “I’m sorry if my staring at you has made you feel uncomfortable. It’s just that you look just like my son, who just died recently.”

“I’m very sorry,” replied the young man, “is there anything I can do for you?”

“Yes,” she said, “As I’m leaving, can you say ‘Good bye, Mother!’ ? It would make me feel so much better.”

“Sure,” answered the young man.

As the old woman was leaving, he called out, “Goodbye, Mother!”

As he stepped up to the checkout counter, he saw that his total was $127.50.

“How can that be?” he asked, “I only purchased a few things!”

“Your mother said that you would pay for her,” said the clerk.

It's Stepfamily Day. A day to honor that special group of blended families and the extra effort and love they put forth to make it work. It's also Anne Bradstreet Day (a 17th century Puritan who is recognized as the first American poet), Day for the Preservation of the Ozone (honors the day in 1987 that countries signed the Montreal Protocol on Substances and the Ozone), Mayflower Day (102 brave souls and 30 crew left Plymouth, England in 1620 for a new life; trip took 66 days), Mexican Independence Day (also known as Cry of Dolores as the call to arms to fight the Spanish in 1810), Back to Church Sunday (efforts by some to encourage others to visit churches), Collect Rocks Day (remember doing this as a kid?; be a kid again and look for some pretty stones), Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina (a day set aside for the victims of Katrina that hit the Gulf states in 2005), Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day (save me a slice), Play-Doh Day (fun clay-like goop was manufactured in Cincinnati, OH in the 1930's), Neighborhood Day (a day to reinforce the relationships that thread through our communities), Stay Away from Seattle Day (tongue-in-cheek celebration to encourage the tourists to stay home), Guacamole Day (where are my chips), Women's Friendship Day (a nod to the special relationship between female friends that is like no other; we get each other), Tattoo Story Day (the idea that the tattoos on a person tell a story that is as unique as the person wearing the tattoos), Wife Appreciation Day (husbands! Pay Attention!; show your spouse how much you appreciate everything she does that makes your life easier), Trail of Tears Commemoration Day (honors the many Native American tribes that suffered forced relocations across the Southeast during a 19-year spread), Wrinkled Raincoat Day (honors the birthday of Peter Falk, born in 1927, who played the iconic detective Columbo and always wore a wrinkled raincoat), Working Parents Day (a tip of the hat to the families where both parents work and hold the family together), and Heroes Day in Saint Kitts and Nevis (honors individuals that made significant contributions to the advancement of the country).
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