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Thoughts to Ponder

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The Big Idea
All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten


When you are feeling the repetitive demands of your daily life and wonder what it all means.

Consider the following story.

It was one of those spring storms that came out of nowhere. The beach was chaos as tourists and local vendors scattered in every direction trying to find shelter from the storm. Monstrous waves crashed against the shoreline. They ripped claw-like into the sand, digging deep rifts where children had been building sand castles only minutes earlier. Mother Nature had proved
her supremacy once again.

Just as quickly as the storm had appeared, it now vanished into a distant gray rumble. The beach was cleared of the human clutter, but a new kind of chaos took its place; it was breathtaking as the sunlight danced across a sparkling array of stranded starfish. There were
thousands of them scattered everywhere. As the children returned to the beach, some of the boys began to throw the starfish back into the now calm sea. It gave them a sense of pride to know they were helping the marooned little creatures.

Just then an elderly man approached. He walked with an odd swinging gait as he slowly dragged a partially lame foot across the sand. The old man had a forbidding air about him and most children moved in another direction whenever he came around. He liked it that way.

The old man stopped his halting gait and watched the boys for a moment. "Stop that," he called, "Can't you see that what you're doing isn't going to make any difference ...none at all!? This beach goes on for hundreds of miles! It's loaded with stranded starfish just like these. What you're doing won't matter a bit, not one bit! "

The boys stood as if frozen and eyed the wintry old man, unsure of how to respond to his demands. The youngest of the boys gazed thoughtfully at the starfish closest to his feet. He quietly picked up the starfish and cast it out into the ocean. He turned to the elder and calmly
stated, "It mattered to that one."


George Carlin's Views on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

"How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!" You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key.

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

"How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life... you become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . . . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; "I Was JUST 92."

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. "I'm 100 and a half!"

May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

HOW TO STAY YOUNG

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

Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

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.

Enjoy the simple things.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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