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We Only Live Once“We only live once, but if we do it well, once is enough.”

 

Every day I will . . .

 

  1. Take one step at a time

Each day, I promise myself not to try to solve all my life problems at once — nor shall I expect you to do so.

  1. Seek to learn something new each day

Starting each day, I shall look to learn something new about me and about you and about the world I live in, so that I may continue to experience all things as if they had been newly born.

  1. Communicate what I have to communicate 

Starting each day, I shall remember to communicate my joy as well as my despair, so we can know each other better.

  1. Take time to really listen

Starting each day, I shall remind myself to really listen to you and to do my best to hear your point of view and to discover the least-threatening way of giving you mine, remembering that we are both growing and changing in a hundred different ways.

  1. Let go of the need for perfection

Starting each day, I shall remind myself that I am a human being and not demand perfection of you until I am perfect, so you’re safe.

  1. Appreciate the beauty of life

Starting each day, I shall be more aware of the beautiful things in our world — I’ll look at the flowers, I’ll look at the birds, I’ll look at the children, I’ll feel the cool breezes, I’ll eat good food — and I’ll focus on your finest qualities and share them with you.

  1. Reach out and touch hearts

Starting each day, I shall remind myself to reach out and touch you, gently, with my words, my eyes and with my fingers, because I don’t want to miss feeling you.

  1. Be a lover

Starting each day, I shall dedicate myself again to the process of being a lover — and then see what happens.

  1.   Not miss out on life

You know, I’m really convinced that if you were to define love, the only word big enough to engulf it all would be “Life” — LOVE IS LIFE — in all its aspects … And if you miss love, you miss life !

Thank you to Luminata @ www.purposefairy.com who compiled this from A Start by Leo Buscaglia.

 

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The Old Woman and the Gunslinger

Old Woman

SHE WALKED UP AND TIED HER OLD MULE TO THE HITCH RAIL. AS SHE STOOD THERE, BRUSHING SOME OF THE DUST FROM HER FACE AND CLOTHES, A YOUNG GUNSLINGER STEPPED OUT OF THE SALOON WITH A GUN IN EACH HAND.

gunslingerTHE YOUNG GUNSLINGER LOOKED AT THE OLD WOMAN AND LAUGHED, SAYING, “HEY OLD WOMAN, HAVE YOU EVER DANCED?”

THE OLD WOMAN PROSPECTOR LOOKED UP AT THE GUNSLINGER AND SAID, “NO, I NEVER DID DANCE… NEVER REALLY WANTED TO.”

A CROWD HAD GATHERED AS THE GUNSLINGER GRINNED AND SAID, “WELL, YOU OLD BAG, YOU’RE GONNA DANCE NOW,” AND HE STARTED SHOOTING AT THE OLD WOMAN’S FEET.

Old WomanTHE OLD WOMAN – NOT WANTING TO GET HER TOE BLOWN OFF – STARTED HOPPING AROUND. EVERYBODY WAS LAUGHING.

WHEN HIS LAST BULLET HAD BEEN FIRED, THE YOUNG GUNSLINGER, STILL LAUGHING, HOLSTERED HIS GUNS AND TURNED AROUND TO GO BACK INTO THE SALOON.gunslinger walking away

THE OLD WOMAN TURNED TO HER PACK MULE, PULLED OUT A DOUBLE-BARRELED SHOTGUN, AND COCKED BOTH HAMMERS.

double-barrel shotgunTHE LOUD CLICKS CARRIED CLEARLY THROUGH THE DESERT AIR. THE CROWD STOPPED LAUGHING IMMEDIATELY.

THE YOUNG GUNSLINGER HEARD THE SOUNDS TOO, AND HE TURNED AROUND VERY SLOWLY. THE SILENCE WAS ALMOST DEAFENING.

THE CROWD WATCHED AS THE YOUNG GUNMAN STARED AT THE OLD WOMAN AND THE LARGE GAPING HOLES OF THOSE TWIN GUN BARRELS.

THE BARRELS OF THE SHOTGUN NEVER WAVERED IN THE OLD WOMAN’S HANDS, AS SHE QUIETLY SAID,

jack ass

“SON, HAVE YOU EVER KISSED A MULE’S BUTT?”

THE GUNSLINGER SWALLOWED HARD AND SAID, “NO M’AM… BUT… I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO.”

. . . and the Words of Wisdom for this week are . . .

1 – NEVER BE ARROGANT.
2 – Don’t waste ammunition.
3 – Whiskey makes you think you’re smarter than you are.
4 – Always, always make sure you know who has the power.

5 – Don’t mess with old women; they didn’t get old by being
stupid…

 

Thank you to Heidi Bailey, my good friend and assistant for sharing this with us

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