• 45 Lessons Life Taught Me
    Life Lessons

    45 Lessons Life Taught Me

    45 Lessons Life Taught Me was written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer Newspaper, Cleveland, Ohio. Sometimes we all need to look back on what life has taught us so far to appreciate it. “To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more: 1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good. 2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.. 3. Life is too short – enjoy it.. 4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.…

  • the final inspection
    Life Lessons

    The Final Inspection

    The Final Inspection The Soldier stood and faced God,Which must always come to pass.He hoped his shoes were shining,Just as brightly as his brass.‘Step forward now, Soldier,How shall I deal with you?Have you always turned the other cheek?To My Church have you been true?’ The soldier squared his shoulders and said,‘no, Lord, I guess I ain’t.Because those of us who carry guns,Can’t always be a saint.I’ve had to work most Sundays,And at times my talk was tough.And sometimes I’ve been violent,Because the world is awfully rough.But, I never took a penny,That wasn’t mine to keep.Though I worked a lot of overtime,When the bills got just too steep. And I never…

  • Humor,  Life Lessons

    Life From The Seat Of A Tractor

    Life from the seat of a tractor.. An old Farmer’s Words of Wisdom we could all live by……. Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. Words that soak into your ears are whispered¦….not yelled. Meanness don’t just happen overnight. Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads. Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you. It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge. You cannot unsay a cruel word. Every path has a few puddles.…

  • Children,  Life Lessons

    TIME

    TIME A young man learns what’s most important in life from the guy next door. Over the phone, his mother told him, “Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday.” Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days. “Jack, did you hear me?” “Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It’s been so long since I thought of him. I’m sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago,” Jack said… “Well, he didn’t forget you. Every time I saw him he’d ask how you were doing. He’d reminisce about the many days you spent over ‘his side of the…

  • Children,  Life Lessons

    Grandma’s Hands

    Grandma’s Hands Grandma, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench. She didn’t move, just sat with her head down staring at her hands. When I sat down beside her she didn’t acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat I wondered if she was OK. Finally, not really wanting to disturb her but wanting to check on her at the same time, I asked her if she was OK. She raised her head and looked at me and smiled. ‘Yes, I’m fine, thank you for asking,’ she said in a clear strong voice. ‘I didn’t mean to disturb you, grandma, but you were just sitting here staring…

  • How Heavy Is The Glass
    Life Lessons

    How Heavy Is The Glass?

    How Heavy Is The Glass? How heavy is this glass of water? The answer will surprise you. A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have…

  • Life Lessons

    16 Questions Every 20 Something Should Ask Themselves

    16 Questions Every 20 Something Should Ask Themselves Usually we are writing and gearing our blog towards the “Second Act” theme. One of the things I realized with this is that we also have adult children that may need a bit of direction. I hope that you will share 16 Questions Every 20 Something Should Ask Themselves with your adult children. As a 20-something you are faced with many challenges and struggles. Whether those challenges are focusing on your career path, your relationships, your body image, or even your life’s purpose; no one can give you the answers to the questions you should be asking yourself. Asking yourself questions when faced with…

  • Life Lessons

    Is The Jar Full?

    Is The Jar Full? 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…