Good Instructions, Better Life

  • Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
    Memorize your favorite poem.
  • Find you a good King James Bible and read it.
  • Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want.
  • When you say, ‘I love you’, mean it.
  • When you say, ‘I’m sorry’, look the person in the eye.
  • Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
    Believe in love at first sight.
  • Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.
  • Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.
  • In disagreements, fight fairly. No name-calling.
  • Don’t judge people by their relatives.
  • Talk slowly but think quickly.
  • When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, ‘Why do you want to know?’
  • Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  • Call your mom every week.
  • Say ‘God bless you’ when you hear someone sneeze.
  • When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  • Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.
  • Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  • When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  • Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
  • Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, conversational skills will be as important as any other.
  • Spend some time alone.
  • Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
    Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Read more books and watch less TV.
  • Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll get to enjoy it a second time.
  • Trust in God but lock your car.
  • It’s ok to set your cell phone down and forget you own one.
  • A loving atmosphere in your home is so important. Do all you can to create a tranquil harmonious home.
  • In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  • Read between the lines.
  • Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
  • Pray and believe. There’s immeasurable power in it.
  • Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
  • Mind your own business.
  • Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  • If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth’s greatest satisfaction.
  • Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a blessing.
  • Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other.
  • Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  • Remember that your character will determine your destiny.
  • Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

 

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Dark Clouds (it’s no secret)

*Survival thoughts

Today, millions of Americans say they believe the United States is on the verge of a major economic collapse and will soon be entering another Great Depression. But only a small percentage of those same people are prepared for this to happen.

The sad truth is most Americans would last little more than a month on what they have stored up in their homes. Most of us are so used to running out to the supermarket or to Wal-Mart for whatever we need that we never even stop to consider what would happen if suddenly we were not able to do that.

Already the U.S. economy is starting to stumble (thanks to the hidden elites) about like a drunken frat boy. All it would take for the entire U.S. to resemble New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina would be for a major war (or an ongoing war to increase), a terror attack (false flags), a deadly pandemic (CDC controlled release) or a massive natural disaster (or HAARP weather manipulation) to strike at just the right time and push the teetering U.S. economy over the edge.

Just how would you survive if you suddenly could not rely on the huge international corporate giants (big box stores, grocery chains, etc) ? Do you have a plan? What is plan “B” for you and yours? Who are you trusting now for your needs?

Unless you already live in a cave or you are a complete and total mindless follower of the establishment media, you should be able to see very clearly that regardless of how many positive thoughts you think or meditative moments you have, society is more vulnerable now than it ever has been.

We have a world that is full of lunatics in positions of power, and if one of them decides (and they will one day) to set off a nuclear, chemical or biological weapon in a major city it could paralyze an entire region. War could erupt in the Middle East at literally any moment, and if it does the price of oil will double or triple (at least) and there is the possibility that much of the entire world could be drawn into the conflict.

Scientists believe a massive high-altitude EMP (electromagnetic pulse) blast could send large portions of the United States back to the stone age in an instant (that might be interesting). In addition, there is the constant threat that the outbreak of a major viral pandemic (bio-weapons) could kill tens of millions of people around the globe and paralyze the economies of the world (which is the hidden agenda from behind the scenes).

But even without all of that, the truth is that the U.S. economy is going to collapse one day; or dramatically change as so that not everyone would benefit equally. So just think of what will happen if one (or more) of those things does happen on top of all the economic problems we are already having.

If you’re not trusting God-Jesus Christ to get you through, you better have plan “B” God WILL supply our needs without bondage to the world. And what you might need right now IS the Lord; He’s still listening for a plea from you. As long as you draw breath, there is time!

Mk 13:13 “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. ”

Rom 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Credit: more so to Frank M.
Certain Additions by Moraldiplomat

Never Forget

As you read this list take just a few moments to think about each one, before going on to the next one.

-Laughing so hard that your face hurts.
-No lines at the supermarket, bank or post office.
-Taking a drive on a pretty road.
-Hearing your favorite song on the radio.
-Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.
-Hot towels fresh out of the dryer.
-A good conversation.
-Lying on a warm, sunny beach.
-Finding a 20 dollar bill in your coat from last winter.
-Sharing a sunset with someone special.
-Running through sprinklers.
-Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.
-Good friends.
-Overhearing someone say something nice about you.
-Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.
-Playing with a new puppy.
-Having someone brush your hair (girls only).
-Swinging on swings.
-Making and then eating chocolate chip cookies.
-Holding hands with someone you care about.
-Knowing you’ve done the right thing, no matter what other people think.

Does anyone remember the good ol’ days…even those good memories of yesterday? Can we still remember? Can we repeat these things of the past? We should; and let nothing or no one stop us! Keep the dreams alive……keep living!

Phil 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Jn 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Rev 3:2 “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

Your Mark

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Did you know…?

That Joan of Arc was only seventeen when she was riding at the head of the army that liberated France from the English?

That John Calvin was twenty-six when he published his “Institutes”?

That John Keats died when he was twenty-six?

That Shelley was thirty when he was drowned, but not before he left English literature his classic “Odes”?

That Sir Isaac Newton had largely discovered the working of the law of gravitation when he was twenty-three?

That Henry Clay, the “great compromiser,” was sent to the United States Senate at twenty-nine and was Speaker of the House of Representatives at thirty-four?

That Raphael painted his most important pictures between twenty-five and thirty?

That Mozart only lived thirty-five years?

Of course, most of us will never achieve the prominence of these extraordinary individuals. Nor should we — we are each cut from a unique pattern. But many people feel as if they should be leaving more of a mark on the world. When I was a young man I wanted to make things happen. After a few years I realized I would have to content myself with watching most things happen. (Now I often find that I have no idea at all what is happening!)

It helps to remember that there is a time for everything – and everybody. Our time to bear good fruit may be yet to come. In fact, we may do our best work, or find our unique place, later in life.

Colorado aspen trees grow vigorously. After the devastation of a forest fire, frequent occurrences in the Rockies, aspens are sometimes the first trees to return. They re-forest an area quickly,providing shade for slower-growing spruce and pine saplings. These evergreens grow slower, but may live many years longer than the aspens. Each tree grows in its own time.

So does each person. Some people come to fruition quickly, others contribute more significantly in later years.

If you’ve not yet come into your own, don’t worry. Tend to your work and aspirations with care. Don’t give up; but rather be patient, for growth can be slow. Remember, storms and trials can be devastating, but experiences can also prune you and make you stronger. With proper nurture, you will in time enjoy a full harvest.

There is a time for everything and everybody. And the time to begin is now.

This trail takes you through a splendid aspen forest near the ghost town of Ashcroft, near Aspen, Colorado. I loved how the light seemed to dance ahead of me, drawing me onward along the trail. Taken 2008.

 

There Goes the Time!

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They say time is the fire in which we burn.”-Delmore Schwartz (December 8 1913 – July 11 1966)

‘The problem we all seem to have is time passing us by, opportunity passing us by. Before we get a chance to hold on to it for long, it is gone. When we see something we like or want, we wait for it to come to us but it never does and then we get hung up on it because we’ll never know what we could have had. You think it is coming over to you but it’s really floating away. The time you think you have it, you really don’t.

You can’t expect things to happen just because you want them to. If you want something, go and get it. Don’t be afraid to take a chance because if you don’t, you’re not going to have what you want anyway.

If you try, you’ll either succeed or fail. If you don’t try, you’ve already failed. When you try, you find out whether or not it was worth it and there is bigger chance you’ll get over it quicker. If you finally succeed and get what you want, don’t take advantage of it because it won’t be there forever and when forever is up, you’ll only have memories to look back on and stories to tell.’

Credit: J.H.— Australia, Age 15

Thanks J.H.

What are you going to do with your time today?

Rev 3:2 “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

Eph 5:16 “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

Col 4:5 “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”

1 Jn 2:18 “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.”

1 Pet 4:17 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

1 Pet 5:6 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: ...”

A Dog as a Teacher; well………

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If Your Dog Were Your Teacher !

You would learn stuff 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.
  • When it concerns God, practice obedience.
  • Let others know when they’ve crossed bad territory.
  • Take naps and stretch before rising.
  • Run, romp, and play daily.
  • Give attention to others.
  • 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 lay under a shady tree.
  • When you’re happy, dance around and rejoice in the Lord.
  • No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout – run right back and make friends.
  • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk. You’re never alone.
  • Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.
  • Be loyal to the Master, the Lord Jesus.
  • Never pretend to be something you’re not.
  • If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

And MOST of all…

  • When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

Mt 6:34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

Jn 15:12 “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. ”

Mt 6:30 “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?”

Lk 3:14 “And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.”

1 Tim 6:8 “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”

2 Cor 1:4 “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

1 Thess 5:11 “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”

2 Thess 2:17 “Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.”

Why We Sing Auld Lang Syne on New Year’s Eve

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This tradition is mostly thanks to Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadian Band. While their work is largely unknown to those born in the last few decades, the band has sold over 300 million records to date. Guy Lombardo himself has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he was once the “Dick Clark” of New Years before Clark and his “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” attempting to appeal to younger audiences, started supplanting “Mr. New Year’s Eve,” Guy Lombardo.

It was in 1929 that Guy Lombardo and his band took the stage at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City on New Year’s Eve. Their performance that night was being broadcast on the radio, before midnight Eastern-time on CBS, then after on NBC radio.

At midnight, as a transition between the broadcasts, the song they chose to play was an old Scottish folk song Lombardo had first heard from Scottish immigrants in Ontario. The song was Auld Lang Syne.

Previous to this, there are several documented instances of others singing this song on New Year’s Eve, going all the way back to the mid-nineteenth century, but it wasn’t anywhere close to the staple it would soon be after Lombardo’s performance.

The next year, and every year thereafter, all the way to 1976, with Lombardo dying at the age of 75 in 1977, they played it at midnight on New Year’s Eve at first broadcast out on the radio and later on TV. Thanks to “Mr. New Year’s Eve” and his band, it’s still tradition to this day.

Bonus Fact:

It is often said that the song, Auld Lang Syne, was written by famed eighteenth century poet/songwriter, “Scotland’s Favorite Son” -Robert Burns. However, Burns never claimed to have written the song -in fact, quite the opposite. When he submitted it to the Scots Musical Museum, he included a note stating:

“The following song, an old song, of the olden times, and which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript until I took it down from an old man’s singing, is enough to recommend any air.”

The song was first published in 1788, and later a slightly modified version was published in Thomson’s Select Songs of Scotland in 1799, three years after Burns’ death.

The title, roughly translated to modern English, literally means “old long since,” but more figuratively means, “Times Gone By” or “Times Long Past.” It is simply a song about remembering old friends and the times spent with them. Burns set the lyrics to a traditional Scottish ditty called Can Ye Labour Lea. (Source)