Archive for July, 2010
Thanks to my Dad for this share.
The Optimist’s Creed by Christian D. Larson
Be sure you say I Promise Myself prior to each statement when reading it aloud to yourself each day
To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person I meet.
To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to
expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the
greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile
to every living creature I meet.
To give so much time to improving myself that I
have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and
too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud word, but in great deeds.
To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side,
so long as I am true to the best that is in me.
WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN WHEN WE PRAY?
This is one of the nicest e-mails I have read and is so true:
I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, ‘This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received. I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.
Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section. The angel then said to me, “This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them.” I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.
Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. “This is the Acknowledgment Section, my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed
embarrassed.” How is it that there is no work going on here? ‘ I asked. “So sad,” the angel sighed. “After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments”
“How does one acknowledge God’s blessings? ” I asked.. “Simple,” the angel answered. Just say, “Thank you, Lord. ” “What blessings should they acknowledge?” I asked. “If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than
75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy. And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity.”
“If you woke up this morning with more health than illness .. You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day. “
“If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation … You are ahead of 700 million people in the world.”
“If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world.”
“If your parents are still alive and still married …you are very rare.”
“If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you’re unique to all those in doubt and despair…….” Ok, what now? How can
I start? If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.
Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you care to, pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are
ATTN: Acknowledge Dept.
“Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and for giving me so many wonderful people with whom to share it. “
If you have read this far, and are thankful for all that you have been blessed with, how can you not send it on ??? ? I thank God for everything, especially all my family and friends.
Thank you to Stephanie N. O. – friendship knows no bounds, not geography, not time.
I am a big fan of Icanhascheezburger, but if you have ever read my blog, you already know this. I check it about once a day to get my daily smile or giggle. Recently, I came across some pics of some soldier heroes who had saved some kittens. Here’s just one:
I read some of the comments associated with these pics on the site and was a bit astounded to see a few indicate that the soldiers need to spend more time with the Afghan people helping them. They are! But they also need to have more than just a singular purpose in their lives. Do you have just one purpose in your life – to work? Do you not have friends, family, movies, books, restaurants, parks, and a myriad of other choices every single minute of your life? For those few who commented like that, I say STFU.
I find every single person in our military to be selfless heroes who protect freedom in this world. I don’t know that I could do what they do and some, repeatedly, having gone back for more than one tour. If you would like to see more about what our soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq are doing, please visit Nowzad for more information. I know, some say I am a bleeding heart when it comes to animals. Well so be it. It’s who I am. I routinely provide money to various animal charities throughout the year and I will continue to do so. I believe our pets are our family.
My family, Menley then Mew:
I saw this on Icanhascheezburger and just fell in love. I wish I could give this Dr. a hug.
Forbes Magazine ranks Omaha #1 – Best Bang for the Buck! Des Moines? #4
Yet more validation that Omaha is a truly great place to live. Like I needed anymore 🙂
Check out why I live in Omaha. Frigging cool site!
TEXTING BAN BEGINS JULY 15
Thanks in part to a national campaign sponsored by AAA, the act of sending, receiving or reading electronic text messages while driving will become illegal in Nebraska effective Thursday, July 15, 2010.
Nebraska joins 28 other states in enacting this legislation, which prohibits behind-the-wheel texting via cell phones, laptop computers plus a host of other wireless communication devices. Certain emergency personnel and situations will be exempt.
The Penalties for Texting
Under Nebraska law, texting while driving will be classified as a secondary offense, which means you can only be stopped and ticketed when committing another citable traffic offense. Violators will incur 3 points on their driving record and face a fine of $200 for a first offense; $300 for a second offense; and $500 for any subsequent offenses.
Ban Backed by Public
This welcome reform stems from a groundswell of public support – punctuated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s findings attributing nearly 6,000 deaths and 500,000 injuries in 2008 to distracted driving habits – such as texting.
Additional findings have shown that individuals who text while driving are more than 20 times more likely to be involved in a crash than non-distracted drivers. Nebraska’s new anti-texting law will help reduce this dangerous behavior and lead to safer roadways.