Tuesday, April 5, 2011
More than a Mantra
A few weeks ago I purchased some coffee mugs for our new home. The color and design were perfect, but it was the words on the mugs that really influenced my overall purchase. The words Sit long, Talk much, Laugh often, just the message that I wanted our family and friends to receive and feel when they visited our new home.
It was a few days later when I was pouring a cup of coffee into one of the mugs that I read those words again… Sit long, Talk much, Laugh often, and as I sat down to enjoy my late afternoon cup of java I began to wonder if it was even possible to exercise that kind of mantra, especially in today’s fast paced tech savvy world. Is this Sit long, Talk much, Laugh often mantra just reserved for guest who are visiting our home or when we go away on vacation or major holidays? Can we realistically apply these words to our everyday lives?
I believe that we can and will if we see the value of Sitting long with the people who are apart of our lives, taking time to talk much (face to face) which could very well lead to laughing often. The mugs are there to server as a daily reminder to live life this way…then and only then those words will become much more than just a mantra on a coffee mug. Have you had your warm sip of the gift of life today?
When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing - just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park? Ralph Marston
Let’s talk, let’s open our hearts out to each other and talk
You may laugh at this plea, at this suggestion you may balk
You might scoff and tell me, “You’ve gone mad today.”
But reflect a bit and you will find many things to say
Come hither, and let us bare our sorrows to each other
So that we can feel lighter and be not in a spot of bother
Good or bad, let us talk about our dealings with life
It’s much better to be open than be cut up by tension’s knife.
Taken from Let’s Talk - by Rony Patra
Laughter is good medicine it’s a great “shock absorber” for life’s unexpected bumps. It helps take the monotony out of everyday life.
Don’t miss out on the continual feast of a cheerful heart.
You’ll see that a happy heart bubbles over into a smile. And it’s contagious!
Love, your God of joy – Proverbs 17:22; 15:13-15
Taken from Hugs for friends by LeAnn Weiss & Caron Loveless
Proverbs 15:13 (KJV)
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
Proverbs 17:22 (KJV)
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
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