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A Normal Life – Tim O’Shea

You’re born. You get no drugs and no vaccinations. During childhood you have the usual illnesses, but conservative treatment gets you through them without antibiotics or drugs, and you build your natural immune defenses. You don’t eat white sugar, white flour, hydrogenated oils, too much meat or cheese, or drink soft drinks or pasteurized milk. You concentrate on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and a clean, natural diet. You never learn to drink coffee or to smoke cigarettes. The only pills you take are natural antioxidants and enzymes and minerals, which are part of your daily intake. You drink at least 1 liter of water every day.

Into adulthood, you never get sick: no colds, no flu, no headaches, no diabetes, no ADD, no “thyroid problems,” no panic attacks, growing pains, fatigue, or digestive disorders, no high blood pressure. The only pains you experience come from accidental injury. Perhaps you do moderate exercise or sports activity to maintain mobility and general fitness. You look to the care of your spine. Your entire adulthood is spent in this disease-free mode. As you age, your mind gets sharper, your body gets stronger, your immune system tougher. You experience no arthritis, cancer, or osteoporosis, no Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. Finally one day after 90 or 100 years, you flicker like a candle and go out.

Goethe Quotes

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” — Goethe

What youth desires, age receives in abundance.

Age does not make us childish, as some say; it finds us true children.

Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Looking at its sad appearance who would think that those stiff branches, those jagged twigs would turn green again and blossom and bear fruit next spring; but we hope they will, we know they will.

The first and last thing required of genius is the love of truth.

Nothing hurts a new truth more than an old error.

Everyone hears only what he understands.


Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better. — Richard Hooker


A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.

The lecturer replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter.  It depends on how long you try to hold it.  If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem.  If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.  If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance.

In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

He continued, “And that’s the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on. ”  “As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.  When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.”

“So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down.  Don’t carry it home.  You can pick it up tomorrow.  Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can.”

So, my friend, put down anything that may be a burden to you right now.   Don’t pick it up again until after you’ve rested a while.

Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

* Accept that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue.

* Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

* Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

* Drive carefully. It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.

* If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

* If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

* It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply be kind to others.

* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.

* Nobody cares if you can’t dance well.  Just get up and dance.

* Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

* The second mouse gets the cheese.

* When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

* Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

* You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

* Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

* We could learn a lot from crayons … Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

*A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Cracked Pot

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of  a pole  which she carried across her neck.  One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of  water.  At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.  For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.  Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.  But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.”  The old woman smiled, “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?”

“That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.”  “For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.

Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.”  Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.  You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

I Can Read this. Can You?

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The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the  class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was…

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous “yes.”

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students

“Now,” said the professor as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things–your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions–and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.  The sand is everything else–the small stuff. “If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and
energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.  Take care of the golf balls first–the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life mayseem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

“Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows” — Henry David Thoreau

The world is not obstructing you – it is challenging you. It knows its deepest treasures can only be revealed by the deepest faculties of your soul, and it taps those powers by providing isometrics for the soul. – Lubavitcher Rebbe

To get profit without risk, experience without danger, and reward without work is as impossible as it is to live without being born. — A. P. Gouthey

It is essential to learn to enjoy life. It really does not make sense to go through the motions of existence if one does not appreciate as much of it as possible. — M. Csikszentmihalyi, Psychologist and educator

Every one of us alone has the power to direct the course of our lives by choosing what actions we will or won’t take. While sometimes it’s easier to believe you don’t have a choice, the reality is that you always have a choice to behave differently. — Francine Ward, Business leader and motivational speaker

Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better. — Richard Hooker, Theologian

Success is a word in search of individual definition.  – Eve Blohm

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals.
Samuel Ullman

Life is not a dress rehearsal. Quit practicing what you’re going to do, and just do it. In one bold stroke you can transform today. — Marilyn Grey, Motivational speaker

Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.

Blushing is the color of virtue.  — Diogenes

It’s all fun and games, ’till someone loses an eye! Then it’s a “SPORT”.

Lottery: A tax on people who don’t understand statistics.

Two most common elements in the universe: Hydrogen & Stupidity.

Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.
Sarah Ban Breathnach

The three stages of a man’s life:

1. He believes in Santa Claus.
2. He doesn’t believe in Santa Claus.
3. He is Santa Claus.

You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose. — Dr. Suess (Oh, The Places You’ll Go)

One time a group of people came to Abraham Lincoln to discuss something that had been causing some trouble.  Their arguments were not base on facts but on suppositions.

After listening for a while, Lincoln asked, “How many legs would a sheep have, if you called its tail a leg?”

“Five” was the reply.

“No, “said Lincoln, “it wouldn’t.  It would only have four.  Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it one.”

A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after. – Peter De Vaies

Anyone can hit bottom – but can you bounce back up?

A faithful friend is the medicine of life.  —  The Bible

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!
– Lydia Child

A dad is a man haunted by death, fears, and anxieties.  But who seems to his children the haven from all harm.  And who makes them certain that whatever happens – it will come out alright. – Clara Ortega

The impression made by a father’s voice can set in motion an entire trend of life. – Gordon Mac Donald

All fathers…are invisible in daytime; daytime is ruled by mothers.  But fathers come out at night.  Darkness brings home the fathers, with their real, unspeakable power.  There is more to them than meets the eye. – Margaret Atwood

Forgiveness is the scent that the rose leaves on the heel that crushes it.

A pat on the back, though only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, is miles ahead in results.

The taller bamboo grows, the lower it bends.

When we choose to be parents, we accept another human being as part of ourselves, and a large part of our emotional selves will stay with that person as long as we live.  From that time on, there will be another person on this earth whose orbit around us will affect us as surely as the moon affects the tides, and affect us in some ways more deeply than anyone else can.  Our children are extensions of ourselves in ways our parents are not, nor our brothers and sisters, nor our spouses.  — Fred Rogers

As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn’t supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it’s harder every time. You’ll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You’ll fight with your best friend. You’ll blame a new love for things an old one did. You’ll cry because time is passing too fast, and you’ll eventually lose someone you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you’ve never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you’ll never get back.   Don’t be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.

There is no limitation other than what you think. – Kenneth Mills

If you’re not enjoying the journey, you probably won’t enjoy the destination.
— Joe Tye Motivational speaker and coach

The door to the room of success swings on the hinges of opposition. Author unknown

The opportunity for brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human being.
Jane Wyman Actor

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living and the other helps you make a life. – Sandra Carey Therapist

Service is nothing but love in work clothes.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were? – Satchel Paige

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. – William Arthur Ward

“One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.” — Chinese Proverb

“You cannot force a solution to a problem to come to mind.  But you can keep your mind open so you can recognize possible paths to solutions when they present themselves.”

Today’s work is the down payment on your future.

Problems are nothing but wake-up calls for creativity.

The reason some people don’t recognize opportunity is because it often comes disguised as hard work.

“If you don’t know where you are going, every road will take you nowhere.” — Henry Kissinger

“An idealist believes the short run doesn’t count.  A cynic believes the long run doesn’t matter.  A realist believes that what was done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.”
— Sidney Harris

There is no failure except in no longer trying.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.  They must be felt with the heart.” — Helen Keller

If you do enough little things every day, big things will come to you asking to be done.

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”  — Malcolm S. Forbes

“It’s a rare person who wants to hear what they don’t want to hear.” — Dick Cavett

“A Warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” — William Authur Ward

“The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.” — Kahil Gibran

The road to success is marked with many attractive parking places, tempting rest stops, and forbidden U-turns.  And watch out for the detours.

“You can tell a man is clever by his answers.  You can tell a man is wise by his questions.”
— Naguib Mahfouz

Killing time murders opportunities

Kind hearts are the garden,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the blossoms,
Kind deeds are the fruits. — John Ruskin

Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument, an exchange of ignorance. — Robert Quillen

Always remember —
Just like everyone else

Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos.
Before a brilliant person begins something great, he must look foolish to the crowd. — I Ching

A mentor is someone whose hindsight can become your foresight.

What is the hardest task in the world?
To think. — Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Money is a wonderful thing.  But it is possible to pay too high a price for it. — Alander Bloch

A bend in the road is not the end of the road …
… unless you fail to make the turn.

MYTH:  It’s not what you know.  It’s who you know.
TRUTH:  It’s what you know; it’s who you know; and who knows you.

“When small men cast long shadows the sun is going down.” — Venita Cravens

Here is a test to see if your mission on earth is finished:  If you’re alive, it isn’t. — Richard Bach

If you want your dreams to come true — don’t oversleep!

The new year brings 365 days of opportunity.

The new year brings 8,760 hours of opportunity.

You cannot shake hands with a clinched fist. — Golda Meir

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by
the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore.  Dream.  Discover.
— Mark Twain

Aspire to inspire before you expire.

What does this say???


Did you read it as …
Opportunity is nowhere.
Opportunity is now here?

Life is a test.
It is only a test.
If this had been an actual life,
You would have received
Further instructions on
Where to go and what to do!

My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.
— Charles Kettering

Somehow I can’t believe there are many heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true.  This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in fore C’s.

They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy, and the greatest of these is CONFIDENCE.  When you believe a thing, believe it all over, implicitly and unquestioning.
— Walt Disney

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people move our souls to dance.
They awaken us to new understanding
With the passing whisper of their wisdom.
Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon.
They stay in our lives for awhile,
Leave footprints on our hearts,
And we are never the same.

It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success. — John Mason

Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.
The second best time is now. — Chinese proverb

In the game of life, heredity deals the hand, society makes the rules, but you can still play your own cards.

The Dalai Lama’s Instructions for Life

Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
Follow the three R’s:
–  Respect for self,
–  Respect for others and
–  Responsibility for all your actions.
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
Spend some time alone every day.
Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and
think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
Be gentle with the earth.
Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Mr. Rogers

When we choose to be parents, we accept another human being as part of ourselves, and a large part of our emotional selves will stay with that person as long as we live. From that time on, there will be another person on this earth whose orbit around us will affect us as surely as the moon affects the tides, and affect us in some ways more deeply than anyone else can. Our children are extensions of ourselves in ways our parents are not, nor our brothers and sisters, nor our spouses.