Have You No Enemies?

If you and I boast that we have no enemies – none at all – we may be failing to do the right thing on many occasions.

I am reminded of the verses by Charles MacKay which run thus:-

“You have no enemies, you say?
Alas, my friend, the boast is poor.
Of duty that the brave endure,
Must have made foes.
If you have none,
Small is the work that you have done Fenwick;
You’ve hit no traitor on the hip;
You’ve never turned the wrong to right,
You’ve been a coward in the fight:
If you no enemies have made.

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

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Don’t Put Off Until Tomorrow What You Should Do Today!

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I’ve tried to be a little more flexible. How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn’t suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed?

Does the word “refrigeration” mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched ‘Jeopardy’ on television? I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, “How about going to lunch in a half hour?” She would gasp and stammer, “I can’t. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I Wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, it looks like rain.”

And my personal favourite: “It’s Monday.”

She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together. Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We’ll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Stevie toilet- trained. We’ll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We’ll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college. Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer.

One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of “I’m going to”, “I plan on”, and “Someday, when things are settled down a bit.”

When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It’s just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now…go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to……not something on your SHOULD DO list..

If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting? Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you.

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask “How are you?” Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head?

Ever told your child, “We’ll do it tomorrow.” And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say “Hi”? When you worry and hurry through your day, It is like an unopened gift….Thrown away… Life is not a race. Take it slower.

Hear the music before the song is over.

Thanks for being my friend.

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

When I Have Time

Here is a very thoughtful – and inspirational – poem from our old friend Anonymous:-

When I have time, so many things I’ll do
To make life happier and much more fair
For those whose lives are crowded now with care:
I’ll help to lift them from their low despair
When I have time.

When I have time, the friend I love so well
Shall know no more these weary, toiling days,
I’ll lead his feet in pleasant paths always,
And cheer his heart with words of sweetest praise.
When I have time.

When you have time, the friend you hold so dear
May be beyond the reach of all your sweet intent,.
May never know that you so kindly meant
To fill his life with bright content.
When you had time.

Now is the time: Speed, friend, no longer wait
To scatter loving smiles and words of cheer
To those around whose lives are now so drear;
They may not need you in the far-off years.
Now is the time!

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Florence:- The Sailor’s Friend

Florence Martus was a young woman who lived in Savannah, Georgia, where there’s now a bronze statue of her on the riverfront.

What did she do to deserve this honour? She waved at strangers.

Florence’s brother was the quarantine officer on an island in the Savannah river. Ships entering the estuary would signal information about the health of their crew before docking.

Florence lived with her brother and took up the habit of waving to every ship that sailed past.

She waved a handkerchief in the daytime and held a lamp at night. Sailors from all over the world came to expect and look forward to a friendly welcome as they passed by.

How many lives could we brighten today, how many lonely folk could we reach out to, with a wave and a friendly, “How are you?”

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey