Monday, September 17, 2018

Inspirational stories: Burned Biscuits

Burned Biscuits

A lesson we all should  When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!

All my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my Mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit. He ate every bite of that thing...never made a face nor uttered a word about it!

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my Mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget what he said, "Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then."

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your Mom put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides--a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!"
As I've grown older, I've thought about that many times. Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people.
I'm not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. But what I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each other's faults and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

And that's my prayer for you today...that you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn't a deal-breaker!

We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!

"Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket--keep it in your own."
So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine.

Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
"Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil--it has no point"


Monday, September 10, 2018

Wisdom: Savvy Sense

Savvy Sense

The most destructive habit…Worry

The greatest joy…Giving

The greatest loss…Loss of self-respect

The most satisfying work…Helping others

The most endangered species…Dedicated leaders

Our greatest natural resource…Our youth

The greatest "shot in the arm"…Encouragement

The greatest problem to overcome…Fear

The most effective sleeping pill…Peace of mind

The most crippling failure disease…Excuses

The most powerful force in life…Love

The most dangerous pariah…A gossiper

The world's most incredible computer…The brain

The worst thing to be without…Hope

The deadliest weapon…The tongue

The two most power-filled words…"I Can"

The greatest asset…Faith

The most worthless emotion…Self-pity

The most beautiful attire…A smile!

The most prized possession…Integrity

The most contagious spirit…Enthusiasm

"To the world, you may be one person; but to one person, you may be the world."
Author Unknown

 Apple Seeds

Monday, September 3, 2018

Wisdom: Ten Commandments for a Long and Peaceful Life

Ten Commandments for a Long and Peaceful Life

  1. Thou shalt not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.
  2. Thou shalt not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never come to pass.
  3. Thou shalt face each problem as it comes. You can handle only one at a time.
  4. Thou shalt not cross bridges before you get to them, for no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this.
  5. Thou shalt not take problems to bed with you, for they make very poor bedfellows.
  6. Thou shalt not borrow other people's problems. They can take better care of them than you can.
  7. Thou shalt be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your own. It's very hard to learn something new when you're talking.
  8. Thou shalt not try to re-live yesterday for good or ill—it is gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life today.
  9. Thou shalt not become bogged down by frustration, for 50 percent of it is rooted in self-pity and will only interfere with positive actions.
  10. Thou shalt count thy blessings, never overlooking the small ones—for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Expressions: It's raining cats and dogs.

Way back when, houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath.  It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof.  When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof... 

Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

Inspirational stories: Life is a Gift

There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told her boyfriend, ‘If I could only see the world, I will marry you.’

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.

He asked her, ‘Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?’ The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn’t expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.

Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying : Take good care of my eyes, dear. I’ll always love you.

This is how the human brain often works when our status changes. Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who was always by their side in the most painful situations. 

Life is a Gift.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Inspirational stories: The Man With Cheese on His Mustache – A Story About Our Attitudes

The Man With Cheese on His Mustache – A Story About Our Attitudes

A man walked into the family room of his house.
“It stinks in here,” he announced before leaving and going into the kitchen.
“It stinks in here, too,” he said again and walked into dining room.
“And this room stinks as well,” he said, screwing up his face as he did.
His family looked at him and said in one voice, “You’ve got cheese on your moustache.”
He washed it off and of course everything started to smell better.
It’s easy to complain about the world around you.
Your job, your boss, your spouse, your kids, your favorite sporting team, the traffic, the economy, the government, the list can go on and on.
But what I’ve found is that the people who complain the most are the ones who have a perspective that is tainted by their own attitudes.
So if you really think that the world and everything in it stinks, don’t complain about it in the hope that it will get better.  First, try changing your perspective, living with the gratitude, optimism and sense of wonder required to  experience life as a truly magnificent opportunity.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Hiking: Palm Springs Tram to San Jacinto Peak

So, here are pictures from my trip from the Palm Springs Tram to San Jacinto Peak. 

You park at the base of the mountain. A shuttle will come by and pick you up.

The inner workings of the tram can be seen from the base.
Here are some pictures on the way up.

We went on the  Long Valley Discovery Trail which is about 1.2 miles. There are five notches with beautiful views.

We agreed that notch #3 is the best so don't skip it.

When we got back we walked up to the vista at the top and saw this little guy eating a Cheeto:

Some folks like to throw coins out there for good luck:

This ride is not cheap. It costs $107 for the tickets and we got pictures which the wife thought we needed. Those were another $49. Yikes!