The following came from one of those stupid emails that we all get at the rate of a double handful a day. It was highlighted by cartoon pictures of insanely cheerful little stick figures jumping around and doing insanely cheerful stuff. I was just about to delete it, but once I started to read it I realized that there were some lessons in it for all of us.
I have eliminated the dumb little stick figures. Please feel free to draw your own, if you are so inclined….
1) Try everything twice.
On one woman's tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph:
"Tried everything twice…loved it both times!"
2. Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down. (Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!)
3. Keep learning:
Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain get 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. (Editor’s note: This should not be a problem!) And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with him or her.
6. The tears happen:
Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. LIVE 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.
11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second chance.
Simplistic, maybe, but wouldn’t life be more enjoyable if we could laugh more, love more, share more? A lot of the battle is in our mind, not in our lungs.