Monday, August 03, 2015

Merry Monday and Living in the Moment

Hello everyone!  A very warm welcome to you all! 

I wanted to share something with you all.  On Saturday, I went with my friend and her husband to visit her mother, who is 91.  She resides in a place for senior citizens who have various health issues from Alzheimer's to whatever.  My friend's mother has Alzheimer's but I think she looks very good for 91, and she doesn't seem to be as advanced in her Alzheimer's as I know that some people are, so she is pretty alert and can carry on a conversation.  I love her, she is such a sweet woman!  

Anyway, the reason I am sharing this is because when I was there, there was also a gentleman who used to be a doctor (a surgeon, I am told).  He doesn't have Alzheimer's, but I haven't found out yet what his health issues are.  Apparently he was an excellent doctor and saved many lives.  I found it so sad to see him, as he was sitting at a table and had his arms folded on the table and his head was buried in his arms.  Almost as if he was saying to himself, "What did I do to end up here?"  I wanted to share this because I think it is so important to live in the moment and appreciate the people we have in our lives and the things we have (a job, roof over our heads, food in our stomachs, etc.), as we just never know if, or when, something like this could happen to us.  Thank you so much for listening.  

The videos I have chosen for this post are:

A Just for Laughs Gag/Juste pour Rire

10 Satisfying Moments of Summer

Otai (Thirsty for)

A Simple Act of Kindness Creates an Endless Ripple

For the following, I am providing the link sources beneath each photo.  You just need to click on the images to see a larger view.


A lot of the pain that we are dealing with are really only thoughts.


Whatever life may send your way - make the best of it.  Don't waste your time and energy worrying about it.  Instead, find a way to do something about it. Learn from it, adjust to it, be strong, be flexible and be your best in every situation. - Les Brown


Give thanks.  Be kind.  Stay honest.  Laugh often. Be grateful.  Smile daily.  Be generous.  Love with all your heart.


Give extra love to the young ones today.  They need us.


If they miss you, they'll call.  If they want you, they'll say it.  If they care, they'll show it.  And if not, they aren't worth your time.


Contentment.


A penguin cannot become a giraffe, so just be...the best penguin you can be. 


You are what you do.


Blink at the negative.  Gaze at the positive.


There's a magical place inside you where nothing is impossible.




Thank you all so much for visiting me here!  I always appreciate and enjoy reading your kind thoughts, which you are always welcome to share!

39 comments:

  1. amen, totally agree. we must cherish every second of every day.

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  2. I agree about living in the moment.

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  3. Must enjoy life while we still have the ability to do so.

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  4. Wow! My dad's 92 and thank God he's doing really well, praise the Lord!

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  5. Words so true, last Friday 2 friends and I visited a mutual friend who is close to death, she has Alzheimers, and we sat, had some tears, prayed, and all of us felt comfort for each and every one there. On Saturday my long time friend of 64 years, her husband died, on Sunday a neighbour died on his way to hospital via ambulance. And with Hugh's surgery over, I value every day, Carpe Diem.

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  6. Businessman steals taxi, is very nice Linda. I wish you a very good new week.

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  7. I agree with your post I have an aunt who has Alzheimers and has gone downhill so quick it's so sad to see.

    I enjoyed the videos from funny to heart warming :-)

    Have a tanfastical week :-)

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  8. Love each other, Linda, always... !
    Nice gag !
    ...Kindness..., very touching...

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  9. I loved the contentment one--though for me it would be a book included!
    Have a lovely day

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  10. A post full of wisdom!
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful artistic post.
    A good start to the new week.
    ENJOY SUMMER.

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  11. that's a sobering reminder about the effects of age on us ... my grandmother is in her 90s, and she does suffer from hearing problems and she often forgets things a lot. it's difficult, and i do agree that we should appreciate and treasure the health we have now.

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  12. Great reminder no doubt. Thanks for that, have a good week!

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  13. je te souhaite une belle semaine

    ici journée deja chaude mais il annonce deja de la pluie demain ....

    je vais donc en profiter , le chien est reparti , le perroquet pas encore pas , je vais lézardé ce jour :)

    bisous et a demain

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  14. Some great advice, both from you directly Linda in your introduction and in your post.

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  15. I love campfires.... mosquitos not so much...:)

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  16. Your commentary is so interesting Linda. I agree with you 100%. Wonderful post as always :)

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  17. Bonjour Linda,
    J'ai beaucoup aimé le vidéo avec le gâteau, quel beau geste d'amour, de générosité... C'est très touchant ♥

    Bisous

    Manon

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  18. Hi, dear Linda! That Montreal gag team is so well known all over the world that they might soon run out of people to prank. :) Your story about the doctor in the nursing home is a sad reminder that we have the ability to prolong life but that we are mortal and not invincible. I was very touched by the vignette "A simple act of kindness creates an endless ripple." I hope everyone around the world catches on to the power and joy of committing random acts of kindness.

    Thank you, dear friend Linda!

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  19. Dear Linda, In this post your videos and pictures are interesting as always, but what is exceptionally fine is to read your thoughts about the visit to the hospital. You are so right! We take so much for granted! Especially those of us in North America have so much to be thankful for. Let us recognize it!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  20. Hi Linda! What an important thing you shared! I have a dear friend with dementia; it's so hard. I am living in the moment every day I can, because life is precious and wonderful, and I'm grateful for every healthy happy day I have. Wishing you a lovely day, my friend! Hugs!

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  21. The "act of kindness" video was very touching. We may never know in this life what impact we have on the lives of others, good or bad. May we do our best to be sure that that impact is good.

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  22. Hi Linda! I wish they could find a cure for Alzheimer's disease or even a prevention. The story of the doctor is really sad and there must be many others like that. The sayings are touching!
    Have a nice week!

    Sandra xx

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  23. I agree with what you said in your post. I am so thankful that I am able to do and go places. I hope I am not a burden to my children when I get older. I try my best to live a good life and take each day as a blessing. Wonderful videos and quotes. Have a blessed day. Madeline

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  24. Thank you for sharing, Linda! Your sentiments are so true. Many of us are homebound without many visitors, but we can always somehow make life fulfilling and find things to enjoy during our lives. Perhaps it is an attitude of appreciation and thankfulness that helps us when things are so depressing or discouraging.

    One thing I learned upon quitting my job for health reasons was that we tend to be wrapped up in what we do rather than in who we are. When asked to tell about ourselves, we mention what we do for a "job", if we are married, have children, etc etc, but seldom do we actually share about our characteristics, and the deeper essence of our being.

    It was a lesson that took some 6 months for me to come to terms with after leaving my job and finding myself alone during the days. This was before the internet. We live out in the sticks and I was not able to drive. Everyone else was very busy with normal stuff - but I consider it a gift - this gift of self-discovery and probably would not have occurred as deeply as it did had my health not failed.

    I was also able to discover little ways of volunteering and cheering others up during those days. Thanks for letting me share, and for offering encouraging and thought-provoking goodies for us. xo

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  25. You are so right - life can change in an instant, and you just never know when. I agree, appreciate every moment, and live life to the fullest.

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  26. Hi Linda, love all the beautiful quotes. Love the mama cow and her baby!

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  27. Happy Monday Linda... I like that quote that you are what you do... this is very true xox ♡

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  28. Yes, living in the moment is so important. In OCD treatment, we are taught this over and over again. Thanks for this great reminder. (How sad for that man, though.)

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  29. The circle of life is a natural thing. We are young an vibrant then we age and become less and less vibrant. We much enjoy each day.

    Loved the gag.

    Oh the summer video. All those boats. I smiled when I saw the boats.

    The last video is fabulous. I've seen it many times before. Paying it forward is a wonderful thing.

    Have a fabulous day Linda. ☺

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  30. Thanks for your personal story about the retirement home. We should all remember to be thankful for what we have. You never know when or how it will end. I feel sad for older people who don't have family or friends to come visit them.

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  31. Bonjour Linda, quel beau moment comme toujours! Gros bisous et bonne journée dans la joie!

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  32. Alzheimer.....une maladie grave..

    et un rémède ne serait pas pour toute de suite..

    greetings

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  33. Wonderful wisdom! You have some great reminders of what's important in life. It must take you quite a bit of time to do your posts. Thanks you! I really enjoy them!

    Hugs
    Jane

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  34. There's a movie on DVD that I'd like to watch about alzheimers. It's called Still Alice and is getting great reviews. Have you seen it?

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  35. Although I enjoyed the collection, the story about the doctor and your advice was the best part about this post, Linda. Thank you!!

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  36. Thank you for sharing that opening story Linda. You are so right. I am definitely voting for your inspirational and positivity quotes.

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  37. The penguin pic is quite appropriate!

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