Tuesday, September 25, 2012

IS YOUR MARRIAGE SECRETLY GOING DOWN THE DRAIN?

I see it all the time. Hell, it happened to me. You start out as husband and wife. And that's great. The next thing you know you have kids running around demanding your attention. Now, you're not only husband and wife but dad and mom too. You have jobs, even careers that not only require your attention but your devotion as well. Family and friends need you just about everyday. And what about that house that needs cleaning and repairs. Just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day.

What am I talking about? I'm not talking about the stress of everyday life. I'm talking about what all this does to a marriage.One of the most hackneyed statements I've ever heard is, "You need to work at a marriage." Good Lord, I've heard that all my life, but you know something, it's very true. You go about your life struggling with your job, the kids, the house, and the next thing you know you're staring at a mommy or a daddy and not a wife or a husband. Somewhere along the way, the mommy and daddy labels took over, and the husband and wife disappeared.

It happened to me. After years of struggling with life, I stepped back and looked at what once was my wife and saw a mother. Actually, I looked upon her as if she was my sister, and we all know that you don't look at your sister with passion in your eyes.

If you're married and got a bunch of kids dominating your life, wake up! You might just be falling in that trap. Get a babysitter for the little brats, and the two of get out of the house. If you are smart, you will go out together on a date equipped with flowers, dinner, a movie and maybe go park the car on some deserted country road. Damn it have fun! You'd better pay attention to that spouse of yours because one day you could be splitting up the household belongings and going your separate ways.

 I hope this whole thing was a waste of my time. I hope you realized what was going on years ago and still love your mate as much as the day you were married. If not, learn from my mistakes, and before this day is over go grab that mate of your and hug and kiss them like you never did before. Why not? It couldn't hurt!

Friday, September 21, 2012

A Dog's Purpose? (from a 6-year-old).

 
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.
 
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
 
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
 
The next day, I felt the familia r catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
 
The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''
 
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.
 
He said, ''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?,'' the six-year-old continued, ''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''
 
Live simply.
 
Love generously.
 
Care deeply.
 
Speak kindly.
 
Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
 
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
 
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
 
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
 
Take naps.
 
Stretch before rising.
 
Run, romp, and play daily.
 
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
 
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
 
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
 
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
 
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
 
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
 
Be loyal.
 
Never pretend to be something you're not.
 
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
 
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
 
There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right. Think good thoughts for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of LIFE...Getting back up is LIVING...
 
Have a great life.

Monday, September 17, 2012

THE BEER RUN

Da Beer Run and Common SenseKirk & Kay lived by lake in Nordern Minnesota. It 

vas early vinter and da lake had froze over. Kirk asked kay if she vould valk 

across da frozen lake to da yeneral store to get him some beer. She asked him 

for some money, but he told her, "Nah, yust put it on our tab." So Kay valked 

across, got the beer at da yeneral store, den walked back home across the lake. 

Ven she got home and gave Kirk his beer, She asked him, "Kirk, you alvays tell 

me not to run up da tab at da store. Why didn't you yust give me some money?" 

Kirk replied, "Vell, I didn't vant to send you out dere vit some money ven I 

vasn't sure how tick the ice vas yet."

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

BRAIN TEASER

Only 5% of Stanford University graduates figured it out! 
Can you answer all seven of the following questions with the same word?

1. The word has seven letters.... 
2. Preceded God... 
3. Greater than God... 
4. More Evil than the devil... 
5. All poor people have it... 
6. Wealthy people need it.... 
7. If you eat it, you will die. 

Did you figure it out?
Try hard before looking at the answers 


Did you get it yet?

Give up? 


Brace yourself for the answer.... 




The Answer is: 


NOTHING!

NOTHING has 7 letters. 
NOTHING preceded God. 
NOTHING is greater than God. 
NOTHING is more Evil than the devil. 
All poor people have NOTHING. 
Wealthy people need NOTHING. 
If you eat NOTHING, you will die. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

GROWING OLDER

As 

I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. 

I've become my own friend.

I have seen too many dear friends 

leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom 

that comes with aging.

Whose business is it, if I choose to read, 

or play, on the computer, until 4 AM, or sleep until noon? I will dance 

with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50, 60 &70's, and if I, 

at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.

I will 

walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, 

and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the 

pitying glances from the jet set.
They, too, will get old.

I 

know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as 

well forgotten. And, I eventually remember the important 

things.

Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can 

your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child 

suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But, 

broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and 

compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will 

never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have 

lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful 

laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have 

never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn 

silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care 

less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. 

I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your 

question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have 

become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I 

will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about 

what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like 

it).