"Life is so much brighter when we focus on what truly matters…"
"We gotta figure out how to shut this thing off!"
There were these two elderly people living in a Florida mobile home park.
He was a widower and she a widow.
They had known one another for a number of years.
Now, one evening there was a community supper in the big activity center.
These two were at the same table, across from one another.
As the meal went on, he made a few admiring glances at her and finally gathered up his courage to ask her, “Will you marry me?”
After a dramatic pause and precisely six seconds of ‘careful consideration,’ she answered. “Yes. Yes, I will.”
The meal ended and with a few more pleasant exchanges and they went to their respective places.
Next morning, he was troubled. “Did she say ‘yes’ or did she say ‘no’?”
He couldn’t remember. Try as he would, he just could not recall. Not even a faint memory.
With trepidation, he went to the telephone and called her.
First, he explained to her that he didn’t remember as well as he used to.
Then he reviewed the lovely evening past.
As he gained a little more courage, he then inquired of her, “When I asked if you would marry me, did you say ‘Yes’ or did you say ‘No’?”
He was delighted to hear her say, “Why, I said, ‘Yes, yes I will’ and I meant it with all my heart.”
Then she continued, “And I am so glad that you called because I couldn’t remember who had asked me.”
It's Give up Your Shoulds Day! It's not about quitting but about taking the stress off by reframing how you think about your goals. Take one thing, such as workouts, and find a different way of reminding yourself to go to the gym. It's Calzone Day (a yummy dish of pizza-like fillings in a garlicky crusty package, like a turnover), All Saints Day (a Christian holiday that celebrates all the saints), Stout Day (celebrates the stronger, darker beers), Deep Fried Clams Day (there are over 2000 species of clams and it's the soft-shelled ones that are usually deep-fried), Brush Day (not your hair; after a day of candy, appropriately a day to remind us to brush our teeth and practice good dental hygiene), Authors Day (celebrates all authors of all genres; who's your favorite to curl up with on a overcast day?), Go Cook for Your Pets Day (encourages pet owners to go the extra step for a day and cook vet-approved foods for our pets instead of the grocery-store versions), Family Literacy Day (encourages families to read together; establish strong examples at home to encourage reading by all members and the kids will do better in school and in life), Men Make Dinner Day (this day is aimed at the men who never learned how; take this day to man-up and learn how to make simple dishes), Vinegar Day (celebrates this versatile food item that is used in cooking, cleaning, and even science projects---remember the volcano?), Prime Meridian Day (a conference agreed in 1884 to establish Greenwich, England as the 0 degree longitude and divide the Eastern and Western Hemispheres), Vegan Day (celebrates the animal-free way of eating and living), Calan Gaeaf (the first day of winter celebrated in Wales), Non-Fiction Day (celebrates in the UK the non-fiction books for children), Project Management Day (honors the professionals that oversee major projects and keep them on time and on budget), Extra Mile Day (a day to encourage everyone to go that extra step to help others and the community), and Autistics Speaking Day (a blogging event to battle negative perceptions about autistic people).