Beachcombing

By: 
Jay Beeler

The internet is a vast source of information and words of wisdom, such as the following Facebook item attributed to Randy Kellogg: “I asked a friend who has crossed 70 and is heading toward 80 what sort of changes he is feeling in himself? He sent me the following:

  • After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children and my friends, I have now started loving myself.
  • I have realized that I am not “Atlas.” The world does not rest on my shoulders.
  • I have stopped bargaining with vegetable & fruit vendors. A few pennies more is not going to break me, but it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter’s school fees.
  • I leave my waitress a big tip. The extra money might bring a smile to her face. She is toiling much harder for a living than I am.
  • I stopped telling the elderly that they’ve already narrated that story many times. The story makes them walk down memory lane and relive their past.
  • I have learned not to correct people even when I know they are wrong. The onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection.
  • I give compliments freely and generously. Compliments are a mood enhancer not only for the recipient, but also for me. And a small tip for the recipient of a compliment, never, never turn it down, just say “Thank you.”
  • I have learned not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. Personality speaks louder than appearances.
  • I walk away from people who don’t value me. They might not know my worth, but I do.
  • I remain cool when someone plays dirty to outrun me in the rat race. I am not a rat & neither am I in any race.
  • I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. It’s my emotions that make me human.
  • I have learned that it’s better to drop the ego than to break a relationship. My ego will keep me aloof, whereas with relationships, I will never be alone.
  • I have learned to live each day as if it’s the last. After all, it might be the last.
  • I am doing what makes me happy. I am responsible for my happiness and I owe it to myself.
  • Happiness is a choice. You can be happy at any time, just choose to be.”
     

I recently spotted the following online post by Bernard Serrano of Bluff Park:

URGENT NEW HOME WANTED!

[Photo displayed] This is Bella, she’s an 8-week-old German Shepherd puppy, I bought her as a surprise for my wife for Christmas but it turns out she is allergic to dogs so I am now urgently looking to find her a new home. I don’t want any money just free to a good home. Her name is Angie, she’s 35 years old, a beautiful and caring woman who drives, she is a great cook, good with kids and always keeps a clean house.

 

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