Life Lesson: On Celebrating Life

from Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL
By: Karen Klosterman

When I look into the mirror, I see a survivor.
I don’t think of anything but living.
Well, that’s not true because the farther I get from cancer, the more hopes and dreams I let creep in.

When I looked into the mirror during my illness, I wasn’t that bald person staring down at me.
I didn’t recognize myself.
My body had let me down, but I didn’t want my soul to escape.

People responded to the way I looked.
I hated the pity I saw in their eyes as much as the fear.
The body is back to its original state, but the soul has taken on the wonderful layers of a survivor.

Now I celebrate

Bad-hair days

Bushy eyebrows


Stubbled legs with razor burn

I celebrate
Blended flavors of peanut butter and chocolate


Sweet lemonade through a straw


Greasy hamburgers with bacon

I celebrate
Whining children


Shouting and arguing


Pulsating music and barking dogs

I celebrate
Making plants


Dreaming
The hoping that goes with having a future

I celebrate life.

*images from http://www.google.com

Life Lesson: On Life’s Wonders

from email, source unknown

THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD:

A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present “Seven Wonders of the World.” Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:

1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids

2. Taj Mahal

3. Grand Canyon

4. Panama Canal 

5. Empire State Building  

6. St. Peter’s Basilica  

7. Great Wall of China


While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, “Yes, a little.  I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there are so many.”

The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.”

“The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ are:

1) To See

2) To Hear

3) To Touch

4) To Taste

5) To Feel

6) To Laugh

7) To Love

The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous!

A gentle reminder:

The most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.:)

* images of the modern wonders from here
* images of world destinations from google

Life Lesson: On Appreciation

photo from http://www.sabahwomen.blogspot.com

from email, source unknown

Focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life now.

If you find yourself stuck in heavy traffic, don’t despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.

Should you have a bad day at work, think of the man who has been out of work for years.

Should you despair over a relationship gone bad, think of the person who has never known what it’s like to love and be loved in return.

Should you grieve the passing of another weekend, think of the woman in dire straits,
working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children.

Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance, think of the paraplegic
who would love the opportunity to take that walk.

Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror, think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful. There are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity.

Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness or
insecurities, remember, things could be worse. You could be one of them!

Should you decide to send this to a friend, thank you, you may have touched their life in ways you will never know.

Life Lesson: On The Value of Time

image from http://www.twilightandliteracy.webs.com

from email, source unknown

To realize
The value of a sister
Ask someone
Who doesn’t have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
who has given birth to
A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one-second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when
you can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend or family member:
LOSE ONE.

Life Lesson: On Being Thankful

image from http://www.adayinalife-commonground.blogspot.com

from email, source unknown

BE THANKFUL

FOR THE WIFE
who says it’s hot dogs tonight
because she’s home with me
and not out with someone else

FOR THE HUSBAND
who is on the sofa
being a couch potato
because he is home with me
and not out in the bars

FOR THE TEENAGER
who complains about doing the dishes
because it means s/he is home
and not on the streets

FOR THE TAXES I PAY
because it means I am employed

FOR THE MESS TO CLEAN UP AFTER A PARTY
because it means I have been surrounded by friends

FOR THE CLOTHES THAT FIT A LITTLE TOO SNUG
because it means I have enough to eat

FOR MY SHADOW THAT WATCHES MY WORK
because it means I am out in the sunshine

FOR A LAWN THAT NEEDS MOWING, WINDOWS THAT NEED CLEANING, AND GUTTERS THAT NEED FIXING
because it means I have a home

FOR ALL THE COMPLAINING I HEAR ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT
because it means we have freedom of speech

FOR THE PARKING SPOT I FIND AT THE END OF THE PARKING LOT
because it means I am capable of walking and have been blessed with transportation

FOR THE LADY BEHIND ME IN CHURCH WHO SINGS OFF KEY
because it means I can hear

FOR THE PILE OF IRONING AND LAUNDRY
because it means I have clothes to wear

FOR THE ACHING MUSCLES AT THE END OF THE DAY
because it means I have been capable of working hard

FOR THE ALARM THAT GOES OFF EVERY MORNING
because it means I am alive