Today’s Smile

Joe: “I went to dentist and said, “I have yellow teeth. What should I do?”

Pete “What did the dentist say?”

Joe “My dentist said, “Wear a brown tie. It will go nicely with your teeth.”

Today’s Power Thought ~ There’s a Better Way to Spend Time

Don’t waste a moment arguing with folks stuck in false illusions or blind biases. You’ll have better luck emptying the ocean of water. Instead, hang out with folks who want to discover the truth and are not fearful of asking tough questions.

Something to Think About

When my brother and I first learned to canoe it was a hilarious adventure. We’d go from one side of the river to the other side. A straight line was next to impossible. It was a good thing we both could swim seeing that we tipped the canoe more than a few times. Eventually we got it right and figured out how to paddle and not tip the canoe. When we’re not working in sync with each other, getting to where we want to go is difficult. When we argue over our perspectives and can’t find a compromise we tip our canoe. It works better when we figure out how to work together. We get to where we want to go much quicker and we don’t tip the canoe. 

A Better Life ~ I Love My Library

I’m sitting at a table at my nearby branch library. A college-aged male and female student sit at the other end of the table working on math problems and flirting. I think they’re better at flirting than they are at working through their math problems. I’ve always enjoyed coming to the library. My mom took me to the library when I was in second grade and made sure I had a library card. Thanks, Mom. Because of that card, I became an avid reader and realized that the library held adventures for me and my right brained mind that school could never offer to me. Try visiting your library. They’re not the library of my childhood. They’ve kept up with changing times. Libraries will always be relevant to intellectually curious people. 

Today’s Health Tip ~ What to Maintain a Healthy Mind?

If You Take Care of Your Heart, You’re Taking Care of Your Brain

You know how to take care of your heart: Eat a healthy diet, get plenty of exercise, don’t smoke, and don’t drink too much. These healthy habits are good for your brain, too. Researchers tracked 1,588 dementia-free older adults for 21 years. At the end of the study period, they tallied up each person’s risk factors for heart disease, such as smoking, drinking, obesity, cholesterol, and blood pressure. They also tested memory and thinking skills. Those who had greater risk for heart disease also had a faster decline in brain performance over the years.


What If . . .

What if today you made a different kind of checklist. Normally we make checklists of things we have to do. We fill better when we check them off one at at time. Today, what if your check list were a list of kind actions that you plan to take? Think of how much better the world will be as you check off these items one at a time. 

Today’s Poem ~ Talking

Khalil Gibran
And then a scholar said, “Speak of Talking.”

And he answered, saying:

You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;

And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.

And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.

For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words many indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.

There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone.

The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves and they would escape.

And there are those who talk, and without knowledge or forethought reveal a truth which they themselves do not understand.

And there are those who have the truth within them, but they tell it not in words.

In the bosom of such as these the spirit dwells in rhythmic silence.

When you meet your friend on the roadside or in the market place, let the spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue.

Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear;

For his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine is remembered

When the color is forgotten and the vessel is no more.

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