InspirEmail No 69 - Living Life and Having Fun


Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions
Harold S. Geneen

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InspirEmail No 69 - September 26, 2005
'Inspirational messages to refresh the spirit and boost the emotional bank account'

Living Life and Having Fun

A house becomes a home when you can write 'I love you' on the furniture. I can't tell you how many countless hours that I have spent cleaning. I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend making sure things were just perfect - 'in case someone came over.' Then I realized one day that no-one came over; they were all out living life and having fun!

Now, when people visit, I find no need to explain the condition of my home. They are more interested in hearing about the things I've been doing while I was away living life and having fun. If you haven't quite figured this out as yet, please heed this advice.

Life is short, so enjoy it!

Dust if you must,
but wouldn't it be better to
paint a picture or write a letter,
bake a cake or plant a seed,
or even ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there's not much time,
with rivers to swim and mountains to climb,
music to hear and books to read,
friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the worlds out
there with the sun in your eyes,
the wind in your hair, a flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
This day will not come around again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
old age will come and it's not kind.
And when you go - and go you must,
you, yourself will make more dust!

It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived ... and remember, a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.

Author Unknown

With many thanks to David Freeman from Taree, Australia for sending this story to me.

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Please Listen to Me

When I ask you to listen to me and you start giving advice, you have not done what I asked.

When I ask you to listen to me and you begin to tell me why I shouldn't feel that way, you are trampling on my feelings.

When I ask you to listen to me and you feel you have to do something to solve my problems, you have failed me, strange as that may seem.

All I ask is that you listen. Not talk or do, just hear me.

Advice is cheap: 50 cents will get you both Dorothy Dix and Dr Spock in the same newspaper.

And I can do for myself I'm not helpless. Maybe discouraged and faltering, but not helpless.

When you do something for me that I can and need to do for myself you contribute to my fear and weakness.

But when you accept as a simple fact that I do feel what I feel, no matter how irrational, then I quit trying to convince you and can get about the business of understanding what�s behind this irrational feeling.

And when that's clear, the answers are obvious and I don't need advice.

So, please listen and just hear me, and if you want to talk, wait a minute for your turn; and I'll listen to you.

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