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 have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
Weâve learned how to make a living, but not a life. Weâve added years to life not life to years. Weâve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. Weâve done larger things, but not better things.
Weâve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. Weâve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. Weâve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom 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 share this insight, or to just hit deleteâ¦
Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesnât cost a cent.
Remember, to say, âI love youâ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.
Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
THE MIND OF THE MOTHER-IN-LAWÂ The editors at Reader's Digest compiled this list of things your mother-in-law thinks, but would never say to you. It's not only great insight into the mind of the mother-in-law -- but a good guide to developing a better relationship with the mother of your man.Things Your Mother-in-Law Won't Tell You:1. "I spent a couple of decades being the leading lady; now I have a character role. It hurts to be downsized." 2. "I know he's your husband now, but he's still my son." 3. "You don't seem very confident about yourself. The littlest comment from me is taken as a criticism, so I'm very careful what I say around you." 4. "Every year, I send you a birthday present, but you never even pick up the phone to thank me. This year, I said, 'That's it. No more.' Yet look at me: I'm about to send another present. I guess that's how I am."5. "We mothers say to our children, 'I want you to be happy.' And we mean that. What we don't say is, 'But I would like to be happy too.'"6. "I've bought and sold 13 houses in my life. Why won't you ask for my advice?"7. "When I visit you, I'm not coming for a white-glove inspection. I'm just coming to see the family."8. "When I really want to talk to my son privately, I don't call your house. I call his cell phone." 9. "I'm in competition with your mother. She takes you on vacations every year and buys things I can't afford. All I can do is love you and babysit for you. I hope that's enough and that it's appreciated."
The following list came with much help of Kim Stewart and was a follow-up to a story yesterday morning about how office flings were on the increase in our shaky economy. I mentioned that I had read an article about signs that you could be having an "emotional affair" and not even know it.
The phones lit up and everyone wanted that list. Not knowing where I had originally seen the list, Kim the "Queen of the Google Search" found it for me by searching "lint" + "emotional affair".
Here is the list:
Question: Are You Having an Emotional Affair?
"You've Probably Crossed the Line if You...
1. Touch your male friend in "legal" ways, like picking lint off his blazer.
2. Pay extra attention to how you look before you see him.
3. Think crush-like thoughts like "He'd love this song!"
4. Tell him more details about your day than you do your partner.
5. No longer feel comfortable telling your mate about this person and begin to cover up your relationship.
6. Experience increasing sensual tension; you admit your attraction to him but also insist to yourself that you would never act on it."