To share what we have learned is the best gift

Life's lessons bring the best gift. That's what is discussed in this week's Hammertime.

Life would be perfect if every day was a great day, but we all know, no matter how old we may be, that this will never happen. While we love to celebrate the good times with others, when we are down we need to reach out to family and our real true friends for a helping hand, just like we would do for them. No matter what our day may bring, our free and gracious gift to others is to simply share what we have learned along the way, and then strive to enjoy the ongoing challenges and stay on the same path of life.

What we have learned…

*That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person;

*That when you are in love it shows, and that no one is perfect until you fall in love with them;

*That just one person expressing to us, “You’ve made my day’ makes our day;

*That having a child fall asleep in our arms is one of the most peaceful things in the world that we should never say no to a gift from a child, and when our newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, and then we are surely hooked for life;

*That we can always pray for someone when we don’t have the strength to help them in any other way, and that because sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand;

*That no matter how serious our life requires us to be, that everyone needs some friends to be goofy with, and that being kind is way more important than always being right;

*That we found out later in our lives that walks with our father around the block on cool summer nights when we were kids did wonders for us as an adult, and that it is usually those little daily happenings that make life so spectacular;

*That love and not time heals all wounds, and that money does not buy class;

*That life is like a roll of toilet paper, because the closer it gets to the end the faster it goes;

*That when we plan to get even with someone, we are only letting that person continue to hurt us, simply because when we continue to harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere;

*That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve our looks, and no matter what, everyone we meet deserves to be greeted with that same smile (and what better way is there to surround ourselves with good and happy people);

*That life can be tough, but we can be tougher, but along the way we should always keep our words both soft and tender, because tomorrow we may have to eat them;

*I wish that I could have told my mom that I love her one more time before she passed away, but we must all carry on and cherish those very precious memories;

*That everyone wants to live on the top of the mountain, but that all of the happiness and growth occurs while we are climbing that amazing ladder of life; that opportunities are never lost, and thank goodness that someone else will always come along and take the ones we missed;

We have all learned somewhere along the line that to ignore facts does not change the facts, and that on many occasions the less time we have to work with, the more things we will get done..

There is hope and even a little humour as thousands of residents slowly return to fire-ravaged Fort McMurray after a month away. One gentleman claimed that after cleaning out his fridge and cutting his grass his house was just fine, with the only thing he found wrong was that his bathroom scales had gained 15 pounds while he was away. Another lady claimed that now that we are all finally coming home we are not just a community, we are an extended family.

Enjoy the sun but expect some rain and a few rumbles, and have a great week, all of you.

 

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