How are you doing today?

I asked a friend this morning how she was doing.

She replied, “I am unbelievably fantastic”, with an attitude in her voice that told me she was being honest about how she wants the day to go.

Of course, I jokingly responded with, “Good to see you put drugs in your oatmeal this morning.”

But honestly a part of me wondered, am I rubbing off on others? Or was she just saying what I say every day, before I got the chance to say it.

Either way – I am glad she is doing unbelievably fantastic.

We all need to be, despite the stuff.

A Prayer for Courage

Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers,
But to be fearless in facing them.
Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain,
But for the heart to conquer it.
Let me not look for allies in life’s battlefield,
But to my own strength.
Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved,
But hope for the patience to win my freedom.
Grant me that I may not be a coward,
feeling your mercy in my success alone,
But let me find the grasp of your hand in my failure.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Consider this . . what are you praying for?

Courtesy of Motivational Moments by Nigel Alston

To Believe

To believe is to know that every day is a new beginning.
It is to trust that miracles happen, and dreams really do come true.
To believe is to see angels dancing among the clouds,
To know the wonder of a stardust sky and the wisdom of the man in the moon.
To believe is to know the value of a nurturing heart,
The innocence of a child’s eyes and the beauty of an aging hand, for it is through their teachings we learn to love.
To believe is to find the strength and courage that lies within us.
When it is time to pick up the pieces and begin again.
To believe is to know we are not alone,
That life is a gift and this is our time to cherish it.
To believe is to know that wonderful surprises are just waiting to happen,
And all our hopes and dreams are within reach.
If only we believe.

Thanks to Motivational Moments by Nigel Alston for allowing me to repost this

How to stay Young

Another Oldie but Goody – HOW TO STAY YOUNG

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay "them".

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil’s workshop." And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9 Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER – Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Our Lives need Warmth

We need warmth to sustain us in life. In order to truly be “alive”‘ we need warmth at all times.

The warmth I am referring to is not from our furnaces, fireplaces or from the blankets we curl up with when it’s cold outside. I am referring to the warmth that is created within our body when we truly live life by sharing ourselves in a positive, meaningful way with others.
Helping others in any way creates this warmth.

helping others starts when we are young

This warmth is a feeling deep within our souls that makes us smile to ourselves. It causes us to smile, laugh, tear-up or even get just a little giddy. When this feeling comes over us it’s hard to think anything but happy and positive thoughts. This feeling of warmth can become a catalyst for even more of the same actions.

This warmth is a perpetual type of feeling. Share what you have and who you are with others with sincere compassion and our bodies will immediately create even more warmth.

Warmth exists and can be discovered when we individually seek to find ways to provide meaning and personal value to others. The amount of warmth in each of us varies. But share what we have and who we are with others, with love and compassion, and our bodies will generate more warmth, endlessly.

God created us as individuals with lots of uniqueness. It’s clear that one way we are different is in how we share with others and then how we benefit from this thing I call Warmth.

We can share ourselves and what we have with an endless number of people. No one need be excluded. There are hundreds of people you know personally, thousands you know in business and community, millions who live around you and billions of people in the world. The number of people that you can affect in a positive and caring way is far greater than you can imagine and can expand easily.

Our uniqueness extends into how we share ourselves, as well as what we have, with others. No one can tell us how to do this. The number of ways we can do this is greater than number of stars in the sky, including giving time, a helping hand, funds or a hug and a smile.

It’s not how you share or what you share, it’s being aware within yourself that you are sharing for others and not yourself. The honest acts of doing, listening, asking, giving, helping, or any other action where your primary purpose is for others, is what creates more warmth. This is also how you turn your existence into a truly living life. This results in warmth automatically regenerated within ourselves.

Once you do share yourself and what you have with someone else, feel the warmth regenerate within yourself. Repeat this act of sharing as often and in as many ways as you can today. At the end of the day I promise you will feel the warmth wrapped around your body again.

Share yourself and what you have frequently and regularly and the benefits to yourself are far more rewarding than you can imagine.

According to Webster’s dictionary warmth is “the quality or state of being warm in feeling”.

I believe that sharing yourself in a positive way with others, even in the simplest of ways, is how you create this feeling of warmth.

Share yourself and what you have with true compassion and care, then enjoy the warmth.

Another story by Teddy Burriss. I hope you enjoyed it.

An important message from Papa

My grandfather, Horace Burriss, “PaPa” to me, passed away on December 7, 1999. Days before his death I had the opportunity to sit with him at the hospital in Maryland.

Papa laid on the hospital bed as we talked. I sat in a chair next to him, leaning against his pillow, up close to his head.

While in the room, we talked about different things, including my 4 daughters growing up in North Carolina.

At one point during the chat I told PaPa that my oldest daughter, Jessie was going to get married.

I said, “Papa, Jessie is going to marry Oscar soon.”

He did not say anything for a moment, but I could tell that he wanted to say something and that he was getting ready to.

He raised his head just off of the pillow and rolled it to the left and then back toward me clearly looking to see if anyone else was in the room. There was no one in the room except us.

Then Papa said to me, “Lee, I hope she is not marrying for Sex.”

I was just a little surprised with his response.

I said, “No Papa, I am sure that Jessie and Oscar are in love.”

I will never forget what Papa said next. He gave me two keys that I am sure are related to both marriage and life in general.

Papa said, “I am happy for them Lee. A marriage will last forever if it is filled with love.” He continued on with the second key, “And loving what you do is the best reason to do it.”

Papa, laid back down and relaxed on his bed.

I am sure that Papa had a lot going thru his mind at that moment and that the story of Jessie and Oscar getting married fell right into the middle of some of those thoughts. I saw no reason to ask him why he asked me if they were in love. If he wanted me to know, I am sure he would have said more, but he did not.

We talked for a while longer that day. Papa passed away a few days later.

In early 2000, I shared this story with Jessie and Oscar at their wedding reception.

I told them that if it was important enough for her Great-Grandfather, while on his death bed, to ask if they were in love, then he wanted them to remember to always keep love in their marriage. Nearly 10 years later, I am quite certain they both agree.

Being in love with your spouse was a very important message, then and now.

The second line of his statement – “And loving what you do is the best reason to do it”, was more about life in general. I interpreted this to be a key to living a life filled with happiness and rewards, if you love what you are doing. This has helped me make lots of decisions in my life.

I miss Papa, he was a good grandfather. I loved being on the farm with him, helping him feed the livestock, bale hay and drive the tractors. I loved the corny jokes he told over and over again, that I now tell my grandkids (rooster, hen, pullet).

Papa was a character, playfully teased everyone, especially the girls. No doubt that this gene passed from Papa, thru my Dad, and directly into me.

Papa is gone now, but I have great memories of growing up around Papa. And I have an important message from him that he shared with me during the last few days of his life. A message that I have used to guide me over the last 11 years.

This message is so important, I want everyone to remember it

“A marriage will last forever if it is filled with love. And loving what you do is the best reason to do it.”

Your marriage and life will be filled with happiness and great rewards if you do.

Teddy

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I am doing Unbelievably Fantastic and Hovering near Ecstasy. Right now this attitude is not Chemically Induced; however it can be later on.

I wish you a great day and fabulous success at everything you do.

It is an honor, a privilege and ever so exciting for you to meet me today!

You are welcome for everything you have.

Anyone you can, anytime you can, and for those who can’t handle it – do it again!