Why enjoying yourself can never be a waste of time


Enjoying yourselfTime you enjoyed wasting, was not wasted. ~John Lennon

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a great believer in making the most of your time.

In particular, a constant message is that you should not waste your time. However, as with everything, it is important to strike a balance.

As John Lennon reminds us in his observation above, truly enjoying yourself can never be a waste of time.

Enjoying yourself and having fun has positive benefits for your health.

For a start, it reduces stress. Also what would be the point of life if you couldn’t have a little fun occasionally?

Remember the words in that old Music Hall song, “Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think. Enjoy yourself while you’re still in the pink.”

You can’t be serious all the time. Sometimes you’ve just got to have some fun. So go on. You know you want to.

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10 inspirational quotes to increase your motivation

Inspirational quotes to increase your motivationUse those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best. ~Bernard Meltzer

The mind is for seeing, the heart is for hearing. ~Arab Proverb

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. ~Bill Cosby

I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate. ~George Burns

If you want to achieve things in life, you’ve just got to do them, and if you’re talented and smart, you’ll succeed. ~Juliana Hatfield

You have the same number of hours in the day as everyone else. What you accomplish depends on how wisely they are used. ~Roy Sutton

You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people, than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. ~Bernard Meltzer

Making a hundred friends is not a miracle. The miracle is to make a single friend who will stand by your side even when hundreds are against you. ~Author Unknown

True love isn’t about being inseparable; it’s about two people being true to each other even when they are separated. ~Author Unknown

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. ~Mark Twain

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15 Quotes by Whoopi Goldberg

Quotes by Whoopi GoldbergBorn Caryn Elaine Johnson, Whoopi Goldberg is a leading American actor, comedian, author, and television host.

She’s been one of America’s leading stars for over 30 years and has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards for her work in television.

She’s also one of the few entertainers to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award.

Whoopi Goldberg was the second black woman in the history of the Academy Awards to win an acting Oscar.

By any measure she’s been successful and it’s always worth listening to successful people.

So here are 15 quotes by Whoopi Goldberg which I think are interesting.

Quotes by Whoopi Goldberg:

  1. Sometimes experience trumps assumption. ~Whoopi Goldberg
  2. I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities. ~Whoopi Goldberg
  3. It never occurs to me that there are things I can’t do. ~Whoopi Goldberg
  4. If you don’t look out for others, who will look out for you? ~Whoopi Goldberg
  5. Everything for me is visual. That’s just how my head works. ~Whoopi Goldberg
  6. Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine. ~Whoopi Goldberg
  7. You have to believe in yourself in spite of what other people believe. ~Whoopi Goldberg
  8. I don’t think in terms of failure. I don’t feel like anyone outside of me should be setting limitations. People should be encouraged to shoot for the moon. ~Whoopi Goldberg
  9. I don’t believe that there is any good career move or bad career move. I believe there are only the things that make me happy. ~Whoopi Goldberg
  10. If you can handle the fact that people are going to be mad at you when you do what you think is right, you’ll be alright. ~Whoopi Goldberg
  11. I’ve learned to take time for myself and to treat myself with a great deal of love and respect, because I like me. I think I’m kind of cool. ~Whoopi Goldberg
  12. I am the American Dream. I am the epitome of what the American Dream basically said. It said you could come from anywhere and be anything you want in this country. That’s exactly what I’ve done. ~Whoopi Goldberg
  13. Most of all, I dislike this idea nowadays that if you’re a black person in America, then you must be called African-American. Listen, I’ve visited Africa and I’ve got news for everyone: I’m not an African. ~Whoopi Goldberg
  14. I fear waking up one morning and finding out my life was all for nothing. We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark. When you’re kind to someone in trouble, you hope they remember and are kind to someone else and so on. Soon it will be like a wildfire. ~Whoopi Goldberg
  15. When I was a kid they didn’t call it dyslexia. They called it you know, you were slow, or you were retarded, or whatever. What you can never change is the effect that the words ‘dumb’ and ‘stupid’ have on young people. I knew I wasn’t stupid, and I knew I wasn’t dumb. My mother told me that. If you read to me, I could tell you everything that you read. They didn’t know what it was. They knew I wasn’t lazy, but what was it? ~Whoopi Goldberg

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15 Quotes by Bob Newhart

Quotes by Bob NewhartThere are many fine comedians and many of the finest are American in my opinion.

And I think one of the funniest American comedians of all time is Bob Newhart. He’s certainly made me laugh out loud, many times.

Many years ago I was fortunate enough to stumble upon his audio recording the Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart and from that moment on I was absolutely hooked.

This album was one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard.

Imagine my situation, I’m sitting in my car waiting for the traffic lights to turn green. Suddenly on my car radio they play the Tobacco sketch from that album. It was so funny it had me laughing so much that people around me were starting to stare at me as if I’d gone mad. It really was that funny.

If you’re unfamiliar with Bob Newhart’s work then I recommend you check him out. And a good place to start would be Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart. It’s still available on Amazon.

However before you check it out, here are 15 quotes by Bob Newhart, some of which reflect his humor, some reflect his sense of the absurd and some are just thought-provoking.

Quotes by Bob Newhart:

  1. The only way to survive is to have a sense of humor. ~Bob Newhart
  2. Don’t be silly and don’t waste your time. ~Bob Newhart
  3. Don’t live in the past. There’s no point. You can’t change anything. What a waste of time. ~Bob Newhart
  4. I don’t like country music but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means ‘put down’. ~Bob Newhart
  5. People are meant to be in certain places, and I think I’m meant to be on a sound stage doing situation comedy. ~Bob Newhart
  6. The best advice I was probably given and the best advice I could give someone who is trying to get into the comedy field is to take advantage of every opportunity you have to work to hone your skills. ~Bob Newhart
  7. Comedians are innately programmed to pick up oddities like mispronounced words, upside-down books on a shelf, and generally undetectable mistakes in everyday life. ~Bob Newhart
  8. I don’t know how doctors pick one specialty over another. Some you can understand. Paediatricians or gynaecologists delivering babies, bringing a new life into the world, but how does someone want to be a proctologist? How can you fall in love with proctology? ~Bob Newhart
  9. With the advent of cell phones, especially with the very small microphone that attach to the cell phone itself, it’s getting harder and harder I find, to differentiate between schizophrenics and people talking on a cell phone. ~Bob Newhart
  10. I think one reason for a successful marriage is laughter. I think laughter gets you through the rough moments in a marriage. ~Bob Newhart
  11. All comedians are, in a way, anarchists. Our job is to make fun of the existing world. ~Bob Newhart
  12. Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on. ~Bob Newhart
  13. Probably the best advice I ever got in my life was from the head of the accounting department, Mr. Hutchinson, at the Glidden Company in Chicago, and he told me, ‘You really aren’t cut out for accounting.’ ~Bob Newhart
  14. I just made the decision that I was going to try comedy, and if didn’t work, then I knew it didn’t work. Then I would go back and do whatever. But at least I wouldn’t torture myself the rest of my life, wondering whatever would have happened. ~Bob Newhart
  15. All I can say about life is, ‘Oh God, enjoy it!’ ~Bob Newhart

If you’re not familiar with Bob Newhart’s work then I  can strongly recommend you listen to the Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart. I can also recommend The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back!

These audio recordings are  both funny and well worth your time. Well worth buying your own copies too. I think so anyway.

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21 thought-provoking quotes about success

Quotes about successMany people say they want to be successful but few achieve success in any meaningful way.

That said one person’s success is another person’s failure.

In fact, we all have different ideas about what constitutes success.

For some people it’s all about owning a million dollar mansion, whereas for others just being happy and contented would be their measure of success.

So, what does success mean to you?

In today’s post there are 21 thought-provoking quotes about success to help you reflect on what success actually means to you.

However you choose to define success it is possible to get to where you’d like to be with effort and determination.

Just decide where you want to go and don’t stop until you get there; though not before you’ve read today’s thought-provoking quotes about success.

Not only are they thought-provoking, I hope you’ll find them motivating and inspirational too dear reader.

Quotes about success:

  1. Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. ~Stephen King
  2. Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. ~Herman Cain
  3. Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again. ~Richard Branson
  4. Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat. ~Malcolm S. Forbes
  5. The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny. ~Albert Ellis
  6. You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. ~George Lorimer
  7. If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it. ~Olin Miller
  8. The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do. ~Roy L. Smith
  9. Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. ~Lucille Ball
  10. Quotes about successSuccess is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds. ~Orison Swett Marden
  11. You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. ~Albert Einstein
  12. Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. ~Abraham Lincoln
  13. Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ~John R. Wooden
  14. Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday. ~Brian Tracy
  15. Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be. ~George Sheehan
  16. The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. ~Benjamin Disraeli
  17. There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed. ~Ray Goforth
  18. Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. ~Napoleon Hill
  19. You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. ~Clay P. Bedford
  20. The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. ~Mark Caine
  21. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out. ~Robert Collier

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101 Proverbs everyone should know

ProverbsThere are literally thousands of proverbs. These are simple sayings which express essential truths and they exist in every language.

Most have become clichés but they’re based on common sense and centuries of experience and they’re no less valid for their overuse.

Here are 101 proverbs that everyone should know.

These proverbs can be very useful when your aim is to emphasise a point. So see how many of them you can work into your conversations today.

101 Proverbs:

  1. There’s no place like home
  2. Beggars can’t be choosers
  3. Opportunity never knocks twice at any man’s door
  4. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
  5. Possession is nine tenths of the law
  6. A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind horse
  7. A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men
  8. Adversity makes for strange bedfellows
  9. There’s honour among thieves
  10. There’s no fool like an old fool
  11. Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion
  12. Don’t get mad, get even
  13. The road to hell is paved with good intentions
  14. Give a man enough rope and he’ll hang himself
  15. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
  16. East, west, home is best
  17. Every picture tells a story
  18. Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die
  19. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance
  20. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link
  21. A change is as good as a rest
  22. The proof of the pudding is in the eating
  23. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach
  24. Faint heart never won fair lady
  25. Fortune favours the brave
  26. Give credit where credit’s due
  27. Children and fools tell the truth
  28. Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face
  29. He who sups with the Devil should have a long spoon
  30. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
  31. Once a thief, always a thief
  32. Hindsight is always twenty-twenty
  33. If anything can go wrong, it will
  34. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
  35. Into every life a little rain must fall
  36. It never rains but it pours
  37. There are none so blind as those that will not see
  38. There’s an exception to every rule
  39. It’s better to travel hopefully than to arrive
  40. The early bird catches the worm
  41. Once bitten, twice shy
  42. It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease
  43. Judge not, that ye be not judged
  44. Least said, soonest mended
  45. Let the buyer beware
  46. Lightning never strikes twice in the same place
  47. Many a true word is spoken in jest
  48. Many are called but few are chosen
  49. Marry in haste, repent at leisure
  50. Necessity is the mother of invention
  51. ProverbsNever give a sucker an even break
  52. No pain, no gain
  53. Nothing is certain but death and taxes
  54. Oil and water don’t mix
  55. Old soldiers never die, they just fade away
  56. One good turn deserves another
  57. One volunteer is worth ten pressed men
  58. Prevention is better than cure
  59. Procrastination is the thief of time
  60. Revenge is a dish best served cold
  61. Rome wasn’t built in a day
  62. Still waters run deep
  63. Stupid is as stupid does
  64. Talk is cheap
  65. The apple never falls far from the tree
  66. The customer’s always right
  67. The darkest hour is just before the dawn
  68. The Devil finds work for idle hands
  69. When in Rome, do as the Romans do
  70. Where there’s muck there’s brass
  71. You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family
  72. You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs
  73. You can’t win them all
  74. You’ll catch more flies with sugar than you will with vinegar
  75. You reap what you sow
  76. The Devil is in the details
  77. The end justifies the means
  78. The exception which proves the rule
  79. If you want a thing done well, do it yourself
  80. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
  81. In the kingdom of the blind the one eyed man is king
  82. The pen is mightier than sword
  83. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts
  84. There’s no such thing as a free lunch
  85. There’s no such thing as bad publicity
  86. Familiarity breeds contempt
  87. There’s nowt so queer as folk
  88. There’s one born every minute
  89. There’s safety in numbers
  90. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it
  91. Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
  92. Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas
  93. Time and tide wait for no man
  94. Time is money
  95. To the victor go the spoils
  96. Tomorrow never comes
  97. Truth is stranger than fiction
  98. There’s many a good tune played on an old fiddle
  99. There’s many a slip ‘twixt cup and lip
  100. You win some, you lose some
  101. Youth is wasted on the young

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Perhaps you feel that there are some better ones which should be on this list?

If so, what are they?

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21 funny quotes about age certain to amuse you

Funny Quotes About AgeDoes getting older bother you dear reader?

If you’re like me then it might just bother you a little bit.

The years go by so quickly, don’t they? Life goes by in the blink of an eye.

We all want to make the most of our time of course. However life usually gets in the way.

When we’re young, we have time and energy but no money and few skills.

As we get older, we have the demands of work and family eating up the time we have. And whilst we have some money, it mostly goes on paying bills.

Then in old age we have money if we’ve been lucky and we have fewer demands on our time but we have no energy and our bodies start to let us down.

Life can be like a cruel joke at times. However done right, life can be fun too. Well I think so anyway.

Live life whilst you can and don’t put anything off until someday because someday never comes. If you want to do it, do it now.

Here are 21 funny quotes about age certain to amuse you and certain to get you thinking about life too.

Funny quotes about age:

  1. Age is a very high price to pay for maturity. ~Tom Stoppard
  2. At my age “getting lucky” means walking into a room and remembering what I came in for. ~Author Unknown
  3. I don’t do drink or drugs. At my age I get the same effect just standing up too fast. ~Author Unknown
  4. Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese. ~Luis Buñuel
  5. Where does it say we have to act our age? As long as it makes me happy and I’m not hurting anyone, I will act whatever age I want to. ~Author Unknown
  6. Middle age is when a guy starts turning off lights for economic rather than romantic reasons. ~Eli Cass
  7. I don’t let my age define me but the side-effects are getting harder to ignore. ~Author Unknown
  8. Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. ~Benjamin Franklin
  9. Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn’t for you. ~Ogden Nash
  10. Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age. ~Victor Hugo
  11. No one is so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. ~Henry David Thoreau
  12. We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. ~George Bernard Shaw
  13. Age is not how old you are but how many years of fun you’ve had. ~Matt Maldre
  14. I’ve reached the age where my brain went from “You probably shouldn’t say that” to “What the hell, let’s see what happens.” ~Author Unknown
  15. Don’t let ageing get you down. It’s too hard to get back up. ~John Wagner
  16. Age is just a number that changes depending on who’s asking. ~Author Unknown
  17. Old age is always ten years older than me. ~Author Unknown
  18. Today is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll ever be again. ~Author Unknown
  19. At my age I’ve heard it all; I’ve seen it all; and I’ve done it all. I just can’t remember it all. ~Author Unknown
  20. Old age is not so bad when you consider the alternative. ~Maurice Chevalier
  21. Growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional. ~Walt Disney

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5 short jokes that will have you rolling on the floor laughing

1. The Brown Bear:

Two friends, Bill and George were out hiking in the Katmai National Park in Alaska when suddenly they see a brown bear ambling along in their direction.

Bill immediately takes out a pair of running shoes from his backpack and then sits down to replace his heavy hiking books with his Nikes.

George is puzzled by Bill’s actions, so naturally he asks, “Bill why are you putting on your running shoes right now?

George you don’t seriously think I’m going to hang around until we’re spotted by that bear, do you?” Bill responds.

Bill, don’t be ridiculous,” said George “you’ll never outrun a brown bear.

I don’t have to outrun the bear,” Bill responded “I only have to outrun you!

With that Bill disappeared into the distance shouting back as he went, “Good luck with that bear George.

Moral of the Story: When it’s you or the other guy, make sure it’s not you.

2. The Efficiency Expert:

I took my wife to a fancy restaurant in Manhattan called The Lemon Tree.

As the waiter was taking our order I noticed he had a spoon in his shirt pocket. This seemed a little strange but initially I ignored it.

However when the busboy brought our water and utensils, I couldn’t help noticing that he also had a spoon in his shirt pocket.

And then as I gazed around the restaurant I could see that all the staff had spoons in their shirt pockets.

So when the waiter came back to serve the soup naturally I enquired, “Why is every member of staff here carrying a spoon?

Well,” said the waiter, “the restaurant’s owner hired consultants from McKinsey to improve our processes. After several weeks of analysis, they concluded that the spoon was the most frequently dropped utensil. They calculated that there was a drop frequency of approximately three spoons per table per hour.

Are you serious?” I felt compelled to ask.

Yes sir!” said the waiter. “They concluded that if our people are better prepared, we can reduce the number of trips back to the kitchen and save 15 man-hours per shift.

As luck would have it at this point I managed to drop my spoon and he replaced it with the spare from his pocket immediately.

He then explained, “I’ll simply get another spoon when I next go to the kitchen, rather than making a special trip there right now.

Such efficiency was impressive.

I then noticed that there was a string hanging out of the waiter’s fly.

Looking around, I could see that all of the other waiters had the same string hanging from their flies too.

Puzzled by this I asked the waiter, “Why do you all have string hanging from the fly in your trousers?

Oh!” he said, lowering his voice, “The McKinsey consultants concluded that this will help us save time when we have to visit the restroom during a shift.

How so?” I enquired.

Well,” he said, “by tying this string to the tip of our ‘you-know-what’, we can pull it out without touching it and eliminate the need to wash our hands. This shortens the time spent in the restroom by 39% they think.

Wow!” I said. “But how do you put it back in your trousers once you’ve finished?

Well,” he whispered, “I don’t know about the others, but I use the spoon.

Short Jokes3. The Counterfeiters:

A couple of small time counterfeiters, Jack and Earl had managed to get hold of a small stock of the actual paper used for printing American currency. This was a genuine stroke of luck and they intended to make the most of it. So they set about printing some twenty dollar bills.

However they’d been drinking heavily beforehand and their attention to the job wasn’t all that it should have been. Nevertheless they printed off their counterfeit currency and then staggered off to bed.

The following morning when they’d sobered up they looked at their previous night’s work and suddenly realized they’d printed $18 dollar bills by mistake.

Oh, no!” said Jack. “We’ve used all the paper, so we can’t print them off again, can we?

No problem,” said Earl. “All we need to do is find some little hick town in the hills somewhere and go into a store and ask some inbred to change them for lower denomination notes.

Do you think that will work?” said Jack.

Sure!” said Earl “And I know just the place.

So Jack and Earl got in their car with all the counterfeit currency and headed for a little hick town in NowheresVille.

Eventually they came to a tiny little town deep in the hills which had just one single store. So they stopped and entered the store.

Jack handed one of the counterfeit $18 bills to the guy behind the counter and politely asked, “Hey buddy, would you mind changing this for some lower denomination notes please? If you could, that would be appreciated.

The clerk looked at the $18 bill, smiled and said, “Sure, no problem. What’s your preference, two nines or three sixes?

4. The Thoughtful Husband:

Sometime after Stephen had died his widow, Alice was finally able to speak about what a wonderful and thoughtful man her late husband had been.

Stephen thought of everything“, she told her friend Mabel. “You know, just before he died, Stephen called me to his bedside and he handed me three envelopes.

Really?” said Mabel. “And what did he say?

He said, Alice I have put my last wishes in these three envelopes. After I am dead, please open them and do exactly as I’ve instructed. Then I can rest in peace,” Alice responded.

So, what was in the envelopes?” Mabel enquired.

In the first envelope there was $5,000 with a note which said, ‘Please use this money to buy a nice casket’. So I bought a beautiful mahogany casket with such thick padding in the lining that I know Stephen is resting very comfortably.” Alice responded.

Really?” said Mabel.

Yes” said Alice, “And in the second envelope there was $10,000 with a note which said, ‘Please use this for a nice funeral’. I arranged a very dignified funeral for Stephen, attended by all his friends and family.

So what was in the third envelope?” asked Mabel.

The third envelope contained $50,000 with a note which said, ‘Please use this to buy a suitable stone so I’m remembered’.” Alice responded.

At this point, she held up her hand to Mabel and pointed to the ten carat diamond ring on her finger.

So Mabel,” said Alice, “do you like the stone?

5. The Hearing Test:

Bill was concerned about his elderly wife’s hearing. So he decided to test it without telling her.

He went to the corner of the room about 15 feet away from her and said, “Honey can you hear me?

There was no response.

So he went about 5 feet away from his wife and again said, “Honey can you hear me?

Still he got no response.

So he leaned over the back of her chair and raised his voice, shouting in her ear, “HONEY CAN YOU HEAR ME?”

His wife put down her newspaper and turned towards him saying, “Bill, I said ‘Yes’ three times already!

Moral of the Story: Don’t assume someone else is the source of a problem. It could be you who’s the problem.

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15 Quotes to inspire you to Think Bigger

Quotes to inspire you to think biggerIf you’re thinking anyway then you might as well think big, or so the saying goes.

Far too many people underestimate their ability; what they can do; and what they can achieve.

If you want to make your mark on this world then you’ll need to think big. You’ll need to make a difference. You’ll need to stand out head and shoulders above the crowd.

That can be a lonely place to be, of course. However the rewards can be extraordinary.

Rewards can be in terms of recognition but they can also be financial too. And let’s not forget that such rewards have the potential to include your place in history.

Does that sound a little too dramatic?

Well other people leave their mark on history, so why not you?

Too many people fear trying in case they fail. However there is no such thing as failure, just opportunities to learn, to hone your skills and then have another go with a better understanding of what will and won’t work.

You must believe in yourself dear reader. Self-belief is an essential ingredient for success. Others don’t need to believe in you but you must feel you have whatever it takes to do it, whatever it is.

You’re as good as anyone and, if you dig deep, you’ve got what it takes.

Here are 15 quotes to inspire you to Think Bigger.

Quotes to inspire you to think biggerQuotes to inspire you to Think Bigger:

  1. Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. ~Albert Einstein
  2. Courage is like a muscle; it’s strengthened by use. ~Ruth Gordon
  3. Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. ~Conrad Hilton
  4. That’s precisely the question everyone should be asking, why the hell not? Why not you? Why not now? ~Timothy Ferriss
  5. The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. ~Vince Lombardi
  6. It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are. ~E.E. Cummings
  7. Do not let what you cannot do; interfere with what you can do. ~John Wooden
  8. Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it. ~André Gide
  9. No one is so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. ~Henry David Thoreau
  10. Do not be afraid to ask dumb questions; they are easier to handle than dumb mistakes. ~Author Unknown
  11. What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left. ~Oscar Levant
  12. Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. ~Benjamin Franklin
  13. Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn’t for you. ~Ogden Nash
  14. We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. ~George Bernard Shaw
  15. Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age. ~Victor Hugo

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Why passion is the key to success

Why passion is the key to successIf success is your aim then received wisdom suggests that you should find your passion. You’ve heard that before dear reader I’m sure. However the phrase is now spoken so often that it’s has become a bit of a cliché, don’t you think?

And of course once something becomes a cliché then it’s hard to take it seriously, would you agree?

Then again, just because something has become a cliché doesn’t in itself mean that it lacks an underlying truth.

From experience I can tell you that if you really want to succeed at anything then whatever it is must matter to you. And I’m not talking about mattering just a little bit. I mean it really, really, really must matter to you. It must be as important to you as the air that you breathe.

You can call it a ‘passion’; you can call it something with which you have ‘a sense of connection’; or you can call it your ‘Why’. Whatever you call it, you’ll only have the determination to see it through as far as it goes if it actually matters to you.

How lucky are those people who find something in life that matters so much that it drives them to make their mark. To be recognised for making a significant contribution to their chosen pursuit.

That pursuit may be painting or writing or playing a musical instrument. It may be computers or fast cars. It may be starting a business and making serious money. Whatever it is, it’s that special something which for those people is not only interesting and absorbing but rewarding too.

It becomes so important to them that it would be their hobby if they couldn’t make a living at it. Because they love it so much, it’s not work at all, for them it’s a pleasure.

It’s something for which they have a sense of enthusiasm or ‘passion’ and instinctively they recognise that it’s what they’re good at. And of course, because they love it, they practise and keep practising. And because they practise they hone their skills and they get even better at it. This creates a virtuous circle.

Constant practise will help you excel and reach the very top of your game.

Sadly for most people, that special something is something they never find.

However, if you’ve yet to find that special something, you must never stop looking. One day you might just stumble upon it and it’s never too late for you to become the person you really could be.

That’s why passion is the key to success.

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