The City of Regret
I had not really planned on taking a trip this time of year, and yet I found myself packing rather hurriedly.
This trip was going to be unpleasant and I knew in advance that no real good would come of it.
I’m talking about my annual “Guilt Trip.”
I got tickets to fly there on Wish I Had airlines. It was an extremely short flight. I got my baggage,
which I could not check. I chose to carry it myself all the way. It was weighted down with a thousand
memories of what might have been. No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the Regret City
International Airport. I say international because people from all over the world come to this dismal town.
As I checked into the Last Resort Hotel, I noticed that they would be hosting the year’s most important event,
the Annual Pity Party. I wasn’t going to miss that great social occasion. Many of the towns leading citizens would be there.
First, there would be the Done family, you know, Should Have, Would Have and Could Have. Then came the I Had
family. You probably know ol’ Wish and his clan. Of course, the Opportunities would be present, Missed and Lost.
The biggest family would be the Yesterday’s. There are far too many of them to count, but each one would have
a very sad story to share.
Then Shattered Dreams would surely make and appearance. And It’s Their Fault would regale us with stories
(excuses) about how things had failed in his/her life, and each story would be loudly applauded by Don’t Blame Me
and I Couldn’t Help It.
Well, to make a long story short, I went to this depressing party knowing that there would be no real benefit in doing so.
And, as usual, I became very depressed. But as I thought about all of the stories of failures brought back from the past,
it occurred to me that all of this trip and subsequent “pity party” could be cancelled by ME! I started to truly realize that
I did not have to be there. I didn’t have to be depressed. One thing kept going through my mind, I CAN’T CHANGE
YESTERDAY, BUT I DO HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE TODAY A WONDERFUL DAY. I can be happy, joyous, fulfilled,
encouraged, as well as encouraging. Knowing this, I left the City of Regret immediately and left no forwarding address.
Am I sorry for mistakes I’ve made in the past? YES! But there is no physical way to undo them.
So, if you’re planning a trip back to the City of Regret, please cancel all your reservations now. Instead, take a trip
to a place called, Starting Again. I liked it so much that I have now taken up permanent residence there. My neighbors,
the I Forgive Myselfs and the New Starts are so very helpful. By the way, you don’t have to carry around heavy
baggage, because the load is lifted from your shoulders upon arrival. God bless you in finding this great town.
If you can find it — it’s in your own heart — please look me up. I live on I Can Do It street.
by Larry Harp
Life is Like a Multifaceted Prism
Life is like a multifaceted prism,
which gives different colored images,
when viewed from different angles.
Look how it appears to different people:
a. Life is a struggle, face it.
b. Life is a brief intermission, between birth and death, enjoy it.
c. Life is a lesson, learn it.
d. Life is not a joke, take it seriously.
e. Life is work, work is life.
f. Life is a dream, to be realized.
g. Life is to be lived, enjoy it.
h. Life, without a wife, is no life.
i. Life is not a bed of roses.
j. Life is an ocean, fathom it.
k. Life is an opportunity, don’t miss it.
l. Life without love is desolate.
m. Life is a goldmine, exploit it.
n. Life is what you make it.
o. Life lies in optimism. Be a positive thinker.
p. Life is like a game of snakes and ladders; one faces many pitfalls before one reaches the top.
q. Life will be a pleasure, if you love your work.
r. Life without goals, is groping in darkness.
s. Life without trust is a life in turmoil.
t. Life is a journey; make it as pleasant as possible.
u. Life doesn’t mean bread alone.
v. Life is meaningful, only if there is a mission.
w. Life is enriched by good friendship.
x. Life doesn’t mean years alone: “IT IS THE LIFE IN THOSE YEARS”
y. Life is useful, if you contribute something that will outlive it.
z. Life lies in diversity, not in monotony.
by M. K. Soni
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.
Three things in life that, once gone, never come back –
Three things in life that can destroy a person –
Three things in life that you should never lose-
Three things in life that are most valuable –
2. Family & Friends
Three things in life that are never certain –
Three things that make a person –
3. Hard work
Three things that are Truly Constant
♥ ♥ ♥
Our GOD and FATHER JEHOVAH
His SON Our Messiah JESUS CHRIST
GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT