May 19, 2009

The Best Day of My Life

Today, when I awoke, I suddenly realized that this is the best day of my life, ever. There were times when I wondered if I would make it to today; but I did! And because I did I'm going to celebrate!

Today, I'm going to celebrate what an unbelievable life I have had so far: the accomplishments, the many blessings, and, yes, even the hardships because they have served to make me stronger.

I will go through this day with my head held high and a happy heart. I will marvel at God's seemingly simple gifts: the morning dew, the sun, the clouds, the trees, the flowers, the birds.

Today, none of these miraculous creations will escape my notice. Today, I will share my excitement for life with other people. I'll make someone smile.
I'll go out of my way to perform an unexpected act of kindness for someone I don't even know. Today, I'll give a sincere compliment to someone who seems down. I'll tell a child how special he is, and I'll tell someone I love just how deeply I care for them and how much they mean to me.

Today is the day I quit worrying about what I don't have and start being grateful for all the wonderful things God has already given me. I'll remember that to worry is just a waste of time because my faith in God and his Divine Plan ensures everything will be just fine.
And tonight, before I go to bed, I'll go outside and raise my eyes to the heavens I will stand in awe at the beauty of the stars and the moon, and I will praise God for these magnificent treasures.

As the day ends and I lay my head down on my pillow,
I will thank the Almighty for the best day of my life.
And I will sleep the sleep of a contented child, excited with expectation because I know tomorrow is going to be the best day of my life, ever!

May 11, 2009

Paradox of Our Time

A Columbia High School student wrote this.

The paradox of our time in history is that:

• We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers;
• Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints;
• We spend more, but enjoy it less.
• We have bigger houses and smaller families;
• More conveniences, but less time
• We have more degrees, but less sense;
• More knowledge, but less judgement;
• More experts, but more problems;
• More medicine, but less wellness;
• We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
• We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
• We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life;
• We’ve added years to life, not life to years.
• We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.
• We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space;
• We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted our soul;
• We’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice.
• We have higher incomes, but lower morals.
• We’ve become long on quantity, but short on quality.
• These are the times of tall men, and short character;
• Steep profits, and shallow relationships.
• These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare;
• More leisure, but less fun;
• More kinds of food, but less nutrition.
• These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce;
• Of fancier houses, but broken homes.
• It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom;
• A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to make a difference or just hit delete.