Week 49

An old Chinese proverb says,

If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.

Week 48

A clergyperson was living in a town being flooded. The water was rising at a rate of 1 foot per hour. When the rescue personnel arrived, they found the clergyperson perched on the first floor roof. They told the clergyperson to get in the rowboat. They refused, saying, “God will protect me from drowning; go and save someone else.” Twelve hours later, the rescuers returned with a helicopter and asked the clergyperson to get on board. Again, they refused, saying, “God will protect me from drowning; go save someone else.” About 4 hours later, the clergyperson drowned and angrily confronted God in Heaven. “I took a vow and you told me you would protect me, yet, you let me drown.” God looked at the clergyperson and calmly stated, “I sent you a rowboat and a helicopter. It was you who refused to get in.”

Week 47

We don’t love others when we find them beautiful…we find others beautiful when we love them.

Week 46

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why they call it our present.

Week 45

A man informed his friends that God told him he would win the lottery…he repeatedly told his friends this for 40 plus years, but never won the lottery. The man died and angrily confronted God, saying, “You lied to me all those years and I made a fool of myself on earth, continually telling my friends that you told me I would win the lottery.” God looked at the man and said, “First you have to buy the ticket.”

Week 44

A little boy was standing on the shore of the ocean where 10,000 starfish had washed ashore…the little boy began tossing the starfish back into the ocean, one at a time. An elderly man who had been watching this little boy approached him and said, “Little Boy, I have been watching you throw the starfish back in the ocean one at a time…there are 10,000 starfish that have washed ashore…how can you be making a difference?” The little boy, with one starfish in his hand, answered, “I am making a difference for this one.”

Week 43

Think about this: In one 24 hour day, there are 1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds….

Week 42

Remember the 3 P’s:

…if you hang around with unhealthy playmates
…they will introduce you to unhealthy playgrounds
…and you will begin using unhealthy playthings

Week 41

Attain means to achieve a goal…Maintain means to insure that the goal is always maintained. Some people stop smoking only to start again or lose weight only to put it back on. You may have attained temporary sobriety or recovery many times before…however, you have not been able to maintain recovery long term.

Week 40

A $20 bill sometimes gets folded, crumpled, tattered, and torn, and stepped on. However, at the end of the day, despite the condition of this $20 bill and all it has gone through, it is still worth $20 in value.

Week 39

A mountain man was descending a mountain when he encountered a rattlesnake…the snake begged, “I’m dying. Will you please pick me up and put me in your backpack and carry me down to the bottom of the mountain so I can die with dignity there?” The mountain man answered, “Are you crazy? You’re a rattlesnake. You will bite me.” The snake said, “I have no intention of biting you…I’m dying…I don’t have any strength left.” “Please”, he urged, “won’t you bring me to the bottom of the mountain to die?” Against his better judgment, the mountain man picked up the snake, put it in his backpack, and proceeded to the bottom of the mountain. Halfway down the mountain, the snake coiled and bit the mountain man who fell to the ground dying. “Why would you bite me?”, the mountain man asked, “You gave me your word.” The snake looked at the dying mountain man and said, “You knew I was a rattlesnake and you still picked me up.”…

Week 38

You attitude in life will determine your altitude in life.

Week 37

The answer to getting any prayer answered is to first get up off your knees and do something about it.

Week 36

Remember, you first have to be somebody in life before you can ever be something in life.