She had no money and was living out of one suitcase and sleeping in her car.
A judge who was in a benevolent mood as he questioned the prisoner. "What are you charged with?" he asked.
"Doing my Christmas shopping early," replied the defendant".
"That's no offense." said the judge. "How early were you doing this shopping?".
"Before the store opened" countered the prisoner..
Worth to Follow-- WE FORGET
We quickly forget the stranger whose smile lifted our spirits and helped us get through the day.
We nearly ignore the kind driver who provided us the courtesy of slowing their progress and waving us into their lane.
What would happen if we gave those moments pause? Thanked them silently? Extolled their virtues within ourselves?
Would we become more aware of other people just like them, who, let’s say, make our experience at stores more pleasant? Our phone conversations to customer service departments less stressful? Our meal at a restaurant more enjoyable?
There are so many people who are doing kind things every day. Yet, because there are also those who remind us of past disappointments, or because we are caught up in the chatter of our busy lives, we far too often fail to become an active witness to the thoughtful efforts that the every-day person puts forth.
Although it certainly would be nice if we could expect everyone to treat us with the politeness we desire, we need to recognize that every single person serving us, passing us, moving forward in the world with us; every single person, including us, has personal issues that sometimes interfere with their ability to be as positive as both we and they would prefer.
But if we make a point to NOTICE… If we take even the briefest moment to internally thank those whose attitudes are positive, encouraging, or helpful, a palpable change occurs. Like a refreshing breeze, it passes over us and wafts on to the next person, who is also in need of its restorative powers.
I want to notice. So, today, I am making a list of the many people who have used a funny quip to lighten my spirit at work. I am including those who have paused politely when I crossed the street as a pedestrian, or stood patiently while holding a door. Those who have created a television commercial that made me laugh, or written gentle stories of courage and hope. These kind souls are passing on what they are able. They are sharing the joy and thankfulness they feel today, and by doing so, are offering the same encouragement to us.
Today, I will mentally thank the world for all the little gifts I took for granted when they occurred. And, I am offering this little note as my apology for not noticing and embracing them, the moment they happened.
Tomorrow, I resolve to appreciate them AS they occur, and to pass them on to another!
"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change."
Four Gallon Puzzle
This is a classic you may have read about before. You are next to a pond, and for whatever reason (okay, I forgot the reason) you need to have exactly four gallons of water in your bucket. The problem is that you have a bucket that holds exactly three gallons, and one that holds exactly five gallons, and they have no marks for lesser amounts.
Can you think of a fast efficient way to measure out exactly four gallons of water?
Answer at the End!
Riddle Answer: Fill the three-gallon bucket, pour it into the five-gallon one, then fill the small one again. This time when you pour the water into the larger one, there will only be space for two more gallons (3+2 = 5), so one gallon will remain. Dump out the five-gallon bucket and pour the gallon of water into it. Now just fill the three-gallon one again and add it to the gallon in the larger bucket. You'll have exactly four gallons.
"What other people do or say is their stuff; how we react is our stuff."
When they get there, St. Peter says, 'We only have one rule here in heaven: don't step on the ducks!'
So they enter heaven, and sure enough, there are ducks all over the place. It is almost impossible not to step on a duck, and although they try their best to avoid them, the first woman accidentally steps on one.
Along comes St. Peter with the ugliest man she ever saw.
St. Peter chains them together and says, 'Your punishment for stepping on a duck is to spend eternity chained to this ugly man!'
The next day, the second woman accidentally steps on a duck and along comes St. Peter, who doesn't miss a thing. With him is another extremely ugly man. He chains them together with the same admonishment as for the first woman.
The third woman has observed all this and, not wanting to be chained for all eternity to an ugly man, is very, VERY careful where she steps.
She manages to go months without stepping on any ducks, but one day St. Peter comes up to her with the most handsome man she has ever laid eyes on ... very tall, long eyelashes, muscular, and thin.
St. Peter chains them together without saying a word.
The happy woman says, 'I wonder what I did to deserve being chained to you for all of eternity?'
The guy says, 'I don't know about you, but I stepped on a duck!'
The biggest organ in our bodies, is the liver. Technically, the skin is a human's largest organ, but it's on the outside of things.
Inner Man is protected and kept ticking along by more than 500 functions performed by this multi-purpose organ. Perhaps its biggest and most onerous duty, is that of filtering out impurities and contaminants. As blood carrying the contents processed by the stomach and intestines wends its way through the liver, it's purified and returned to the body. Waste is then eliminated.
Among its many other roles, the liver produces proteins and vitamins, controls glucose, controls fat storage, regulates elements of blood clotting, aids digestion, manufactures bile, turns out hormones, renders some poisons harmless, processes drugs, and manufactures cholesterol.
The liver is also the only organ in our body, which can be partially removed, and still function at a level to keep a human healthy. In fact, the liver re-grows itself over several months, depending on how much was removed. While most organ donations are the result of someone else having died, it is now possible for relatives to donate portions of their liver to a close relative, after which their own will re-grow.
"It's surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you're not comfortable within yourself, you can't be comfortable with others " -Sydney J. Harris, 1917-1986