Monday, July 23, 2007
IF and WHEN were friends. Every week they met and had lunch. Their conversation usually centered on all the things they were going to achieve.
They both had many dreams and they loved to talk about them.
This particular Saturday when they met, WHEN sensed that IF was not in a great mood. As usual they sat at the table reserved for them and ordered their lunch. Once they placed their order, WHEN questioned IF. "IF what is wrong with you? You don't seem your usual cheery self?"
IF looked at WHEN and replied, "I'm not sure, I just don't feel like I am making any progress. This last week I saw a course I wanted to take if only I had the time to take it."
WHEN knew exactly how IF felt. "Yeah," replied WHEN, "I too saw a course and I am going to register when I get enough money together." WHEN then said, "well what about that new job you were going to apply for. You were so excited about it last week, did you apply?"
IF responded, "If my computer didn't break down last week, I would have applied. But, my computer is not working, so I could not type my resume."
"Don't worry about it IF, when you are ready another job will come through.
I have been thinking about looking for another job also, but I will wait and when the weather gets nicer I will look then." WHEN then went on to tell IF about his week, hoping that it would cheer him up a bit.
The man at the next table couldn't help overhear WHEN and IF. They both were talking about when this and if that, finally he couldn't take it anymore.
"Excuse me gentlemen," the man said. IF and WHEN both looked at the man and wondered what he wanted. The man continued, "I'm sorry, but I couldn't help hearing your conversation. I think I know how you could solve your problems."
IF smiled and thought, how could a complete stranger know how to solve all of their problems. If only he knew. When he realized the challenges they faced there was no way he could solve their problems! Curious, IF asked the gentleman, "How do you think you can solve our problems?"
The gentleman smiled and said, "You only need listen to yourselves. It reminds me of an old proverb:
'If and When were planted, and Nothing grew'."
IF and WHEN looked puzzled. The gentleman smiled and said, "Start counting how many times you use the words 'if' and 'when'. Rather than thinking 'if and when', start doing, take action, stop talking about 'if and when'."
IF and WHEN both looked surprised, and suddenly realized that what the gentleman had said was so true. Both of them were guilty of thinking, acting and living their life for the "ifs and whens". The gentleman left and IF and WHEN's conversation changed. They made a pact that when they met for lunch next week, there would be no "ifs and whens"; they would only talk about what they accomplished . ..
Posted by Lakenvelder at 7/23/2007 07:29:00 PM
A Donkey In The Well . . .
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer
tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be
covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to
come over and help him. They each grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.
At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement,
he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well, and was astonished at
what he saw.
As every shovel of dirt hit his back, the donkey did something amazing. He would shake it off and take
a step up. As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it
off and take a step up.
Pretty soon, everyone was amazed, as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off.
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting
out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles
is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not
stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!
Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less . . .
Story by - Unknown
Posted by Lakenvelder at 7/23/2007 07:13:00 PM
Thursday, July 19, 2007
I am trying to use less toxic cleaners. This week i mixed up a lemon scented fabric softener. I was presently surprised by it. I put 6 cups vinegar, 1 cup water, 1 cup baking soda and 20 drops of lemon essential oil. I stirred it and added 1 cup to the rinse cycle. Oh yes, nothing like the smell of fresh lemon.
Posted by Lakenvelder at 7/19/2007 09:02:00 PM