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Sick Leave

FACING REALITY

    I had an interesting conversation with a 74 year old lady this morning. She dug up an old letter and shared it with me and a few others. She wrote it the day after her husband's funeral. Heather is a real trooper. She goes to work everyday --- not for the money but because she likes people. At her age she is blessed with relatively good health --- no pain, no handicap and a very sharp mind full of lessons learned from life which she generously passes on to others. She does Uber --- driving strangers like a taxi cab driver --- and she's having the time of her life.

    Life has changed since the love of her life left her behind to face the world alone. I am sharing her letter with her permission.

   I know there are some of you (who read this email) whose lives have been shattered by the death of a loved one. Well, you are not alone.

   Heather's attitude contrasts with so many others (just read a few of them in social media) who always look at themselves as victims of society --- being born poor, not having the same opportunities, not being physically attractive ... the list is endless. True, their gripes may be valid but even "war wounds" can make us stronger, right? I think of the tsunami victims --- those in Katrina vs those in Japan. One group felt entitled for help while the other accepted their fate and moved on. Shall we blame education for this difference in outlook? How long can we keep blaming and justifying our failures? Where's the line that we step over to own it? Is there even a line?

    What are your concerns? Work? Marriage? Family? Do you think a 74 year old widower can teach you a little attitude adjustment?

Wisdom from Chuck of Whittier, CA
Words of Wisdom

When you blame someone else; you lose the opportunity to change.”

Thanks to this week's winners:
Tom of Pasadena; Mike of New York; Edgar and Reynaldo of the Philippines; Don of Kelowna; Libbe of S. California; Chuck of Whittier; and Joel of Singapore.


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We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.
2 Corinthians 10

Sick Leave
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena.CA

I urgently needed a few days off work, but, I knew the Boss would not allow me to take leave. I thought that maybe if I acted 'Crazy' then he would tell me to take a few days off. So I hung upside-down on the ceiling and made funny noises.

My airhead co-worker asked me what I was doing. I told her that I was pretending to be a light bulb so that the Boss might think I was 'Crazy' and give me a few days off.

A few minutes later the Boss came into the office and asked, 'What in the name of goodness are you doing?'


I told him I was a light bulb. He said, 'You are clearly stressed out.' Go
home and recuperate for a couple of days.'

I jumped down and walked out of the office.

When my airhead co-worker followed me, the Boss asked her, '..And where do you think you're going?!'

(You're gonna love this....)


She said, 'I'm going home, too. I can't work in the dark."


AND NOW THE CONTINUING SAGA OF ...

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Videos of the week:

Don't Look Inside the Hole
Contributed by Edgar of the Philippines

Don't Look Inside

If you saw a sign that said "Don't Look Inside," would you?

Something about the humor in South America – it can be cruel ... they can really hurt people. If this happened in America, they could get sued.

Creative Ad for Home Depot
Contributed by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

Home Depot ad

This is a funny video but it is also a great ad because it shows you what you can do with company's products.

Adult Science Quiz
Contributed by Mike of New York

Science Quiz

This not a video but a website with an online test. See if you still remember all that good stuff you learned about Science back in the days as well as how well you have kept up with the issues in the news. I got 10 correct answers.

American Pie
Contributed by Mike of New York

Ameruican Pie

I'm sure you're familiar with Don McLean's American Pie but do you really know what the words meant? I thought I understood it but watching this video taught me other historical trivia that I was not aware of.

Bug-A-Salt Gun
Contributed by Mike of New York

Bug-A-Salt Gun

Serious fun here. With a "toy" like this, I would want to go to Florida or somewhere in the South where there are a lot of bugs – just so I could play with this.


Impromptu Performance by the University of the Philippines Concert Chorus

Contributed by Joel of Singapore
Peeling Mango

Pure talent. No need for mics, instruments – just voices. A spontaneous but stupendous rendition of a Tagalog romantic ballad while the choral group was busy with their baggages. Thank God for video phones!

Funny Thai Boxing
Contributed by Reynaldo of the Philippines

Thai Boxing

Is this bout a joke or not? By the way the people are laughing, I guess it is but these guys are really hitting each other. Hard to believe people who play this sport can take so much punishment and keep coming back for more.

Deaf People Hearing for the First Time
Contributed by Libbe of Southern California

Deaf Listening

A collection of very moving moments.
Oh, the things we take for granted ... so many blessings ... we just need to open our eyes and our EARS.

TGIF people!

Comments

RAOUL:

YOU ARE SO SWEET TO SHARE MY STORY AND YOUR COMMENTARY IS "RIGHT ON" I BELIEVE THAT GRATITUDE IS THE GREATEST TRAIT THAT A PERSON CAN POSSESS. EVERYTHING SEEMS TO COME INTO FOCUS WHEN YOU COUNT YOUR MANY BLESSING EACH DAY. I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE, MY FAMILY AND MY FRIENDS. AND, PLEASE KNOW THAT I CONSIDER YOUR FRIENDSHIP A GIFT IN MY LIFE.

FONDEST REGARDS,
HEATHER

Raoul,

Can 'we' (collective for subscribers) share the 74-year-old Woman's letter with the world through FB or Twitter? Or perhaps you can and we can repost?

After reading her poignant letter; I got up from morning coffee and gave my hubs a big hug and kiss. She brought to life the 'bumping in the night' and 'snoring' our husbands do-I just wear earplugs but he doesn't complain when I turn on my Kindle in the middle of the night either.

Your article and her letter made me wish I could meet this woman and have coffee and conversation with her. I bet she has some worthwhile life experiences and lessons to share with us.

Thanks for sharing.

Anne

Thanks for writing about Heather. She is truly special.

Jerry

Where's the letter of Heather?

I also like that you shared the UP concert chorus. Unfortunately, our sound system is still out. Ah...what I am missing. But I enjoyed the sincere expressions of their joy in singing.

Love,

Dette

Finally read the letter. It is beautiful and you don't feel sorry for Heather at all. She had the best of life and love. [What else do we need to ask for?] I'm glad that she is around to help others with her outlook in life. God bless her!

Dette

Hi Bro,

You are correct. We can all learn from Heather.

Thank you and have a nice weekend.

Rick, Chino Hills, CA

Heathers letter is Wonderful.
Your drawings are first rate and video selections superb.

Thanks,
Tom, Pasadena, CA

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