verse & stories

"Worrying - is to pray for something you do not want"

Wise fool exclaimed.
"If I hadn't believed it, I wouldn't have seen it with my own eyes"

Some Verse
The more you give, the more you get
The more you laugh, the less you fret
The more you do unselfishly, the more you'll live abundantly
The more of everything you share, the more you'll always have to spare
The more you love, the more you'll find
That life is good and friends are kind
For only what we give away
Enriches us from day to day.

A Smile
A smile costs nothing but gives much, it enriches those that receive
Without making poorer those who give
It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever
None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it and none is so poor
But he can be made rich by it
A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in business,
And is the countersign of friendship
It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged
Sunshine to the sad and is the natures best antidote for trouble
Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen
For it is something that has no value to anyone
Until it is given away
Some people are too tired to give you a smile
Give them one of yours, as none is needs a smile
As he that has no more to give.

Smiling is infectious.

You catch it just like flu.
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin, when he smiled I realised, I'd passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile and realised its worth.
A single smile, just like mine, could travel round the earth.
So if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected.
Let's start an epidemic quick, and get the world infected.


Some Stories
An Indian boy sitting with his Grandfather around the fire listening to the old mans wisdom and stories.
The old man told of the two wolves that fought inside him every day, one thrived on envy, hate, greed, etc. The other thrived on love, kindness, giving, selflessness.
The little boy asked. "Which one wins?" The old man replied.
"The one I feed"


Getting Old is Not for Sissies
Julie Andrews - Priceless!

Born Julia Elizabeth Wells on October 1st, 1935, in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. Julie Andrews, to commemorate her 71st birthday on October 1,
Actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan's

Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP.

One of the musical numbers she performed was "My Favorite Things" from the legendary movie "Sound Of Music."

Here are the lyrics she used:

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting, Walkers and handrails
and new dental fittings, Bundles of magazines tied up in string, These
are a few of my favorite things.

Cadillacs and cataracts and hearing aids and glasses, Polident and
Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,! Pacemakers, golf carts and
porches with swings, When we remember our favorite things.

When the pipes leak,
When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things, And then I don't feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions, No spicy hot food or
food cooked with onions, Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring, These are a few of my favorite things.

Back pains, confused brains, and no fear of sinnin', Thin bones and
fractures and hair that is thinnin', And we won't mention our short
shrunken frames, When we remember our favorite things.

When the joints ache,
When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had, And then I don't feel so bad.

Ms Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd that lasted over four minutes.


The Obstacle in Our Path
In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the big stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. On approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. As the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many others never understand. Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve one's condition.

Author Unknown

A Butterfly

A man watched a butterfly struggling to get out of his chrysalis, all day he watched, he decided to help by making the hole a little wider to enable the butterfly to emerge. When the butterfly did eventually come out, it could not fly. What the young man did not know was that the butterfly only makes the hole big enough, so that as he emerges, the sides of the hole wipes the excess moisture from his wings, enabling the sun to dry the remainder and allow him to fly.

The moral of this story is that sometimes in life, when we think we are helping someone, we may well be delaying their progress.


Crackpot Friends
An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the end of a pole which she carried around her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman only bringing home one and a half pots of water. Of course the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it was meant to do. After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream "I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes the water to leak out all the way back to the house."

The old woman smiled, "Did you not notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pots side?". "That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day, while we walk back, you water them". "For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it is the cracks and flaws that we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You have got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.


A Bed Near The Window

During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director what the criterion was that defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized.

"Well," said the Director, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub."

"Oh, I understand," said the visitor. "A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup."

"No," said the Director. "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?"

Author Unknown