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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Thursday, February 14, 2013



I can't send you candy or flowers for Valentine's Day - so what's a person to do? I can send you something to use - to laugh about - right? Now the reason I picked stress for Valentine's Day is because I think if we can get some stress in our lives handled - we would be better off and healthier - at least I would be! So I hope you enjoy and have a great day.




Best Explanation of Stress

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question: "half empty or half full?" She fooled them all. "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile. Answers called out range from 8 oz. to 20 oz. She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case it's the same weight but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." She continued, "and that's the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."

As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden--holding stress longer and better each time practiced. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night. Pick them up tomorrow.

1. Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon and some days you're the statue!

2. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4. Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

5. If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

6. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8. Never buy a car you can't push.

9. Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

10. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

11. Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12. The second mouse gets the cheese.

13. When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

14. Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

15.

16. Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

17. We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty, and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors but they all have to live in the same box.

18. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

19. Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY...
20. Save the Earth...It's the only planet with chocolate!

Now 15 was missing - do you have a suggestion for me?  

Thank you - Sister Ann @ Franciscan Life



Love, Chatty

52 comments:

Lynn said...

15. Don't sweat the small stuff; it's all small stuff.

Happy V-Day, Sandie! xo

Shelly said...

Love these!

Your happiness is only complete when you can share it with others.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Happy Valentine's Day Sandie :)

Munir said...

Thanks, for sharing.
My husband loves # 2. I like them all.
# 15:- Value a good friend like Chatty Crone.

Munir said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you and your loved ones !

Remington said...

Awesome post! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wanda's Wings said...

15 Live life like there is no tomorrow.
Happy Valentines Day.

CalamityJr said...

I followed a car this morning with one of those paw magnets. Instead of saying I love my (insert favorite breed) it had #15 - what timing! (I'll clean it up, though.).

Handle stress like a dog. Pee on it and walk away.

Sorry! but that's what it said!

Pam ;) said...

Your happy heart is contagious Sandie- have a sweetheart of a day ~:)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Happy, Happy Valentine's Day, Sandie!!

15. Have good friends to visit (like Sandie).

blessings ~ tanna

Inger said...

You can't beat the comment by CalamityJr above. The dogs and I agree. Happy Valentine Sandie.

jack69 said...

15. Before saying I Love You, THINK!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Happy Valentines Day! Love and Laughter are two of the most important things in the world.

Comfypjs said...

#15 Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination, full of hope.

TexWisGirl said...

'don't eat yellow snow!'

andy said...

Happy valentines !!!! Hope your day is great !

Ginny said...

I LOVE this and am going to print it and put it o our prayer line!!! As to #15...well I just can't think of something clever enough at the moment. I probably have chocolate brain. Happy Valentine's Day, Sandie!!!!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That is great advice. Happy Valentine's Day to my dear friend.
XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

Sr. Ann Marie Slavin said...

Oops! I never noticed that #15 was missing on the original. I like Wanda's suggestion!

Renae at simple sequins said...

Chatty, nope not really. Those were all great. I have bookmarked those and I want to memorize that entire list. I'll refer to it when I am down, proud and foolish. THANK YOU AND HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!

The Boston Lady said...

Look back to remember and learn, look forward to progress and hope. If I meet my maker while reading your blog, "they" will think I'm the smartest person on the face of the earth! Ann

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sandy .. interesting article about Stress - and such a sensible approach ...

Happy Valentine's Day .. Hilary

Theresa said...

Give someone a smile, it may be the only one they get that day:) Happy Valentine's Day dear friend, HUGS!

Daisy said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Sandie! I loved the story about the glass of water.

My #15 is something I read elsewhere today, "Kindness always...all ways." :)

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

Sandi, Love it, love it, love it! If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague! :) Oh my gosh that makes me laugh.

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY to you too!

Beth said...

Happy Valentine's Day Sandie!

Sandra said...

9 is my downfall. i am always putting my foot in my mouth and have most of my life... but it doesn't stress me any more, to old to stress. 15. old age removes stress

Nancy said...

You are a jewel; thank you for all the wonderful posts throughout the year and today was no exception.....

Happy Valentine's Day...

LL Cool Joe said...

Happy Valentines day to you!!!

That corgi :) said...

This was good with the stress info; #15 Don't be afraid to laugh at yourself.

I hope you had a great day Sandie!

betty

barbara l. hale said...

Great advice! I like the different suggestions people left for #15. All are good. Thanks!!

Susan said...

15. Strive every day to live in the moment. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow none of us know whether we will have but we all have now.

Someone once said, today is a gift and that's why we call it the "present."

Great post, Sandie. Loved it.

Are you having a love-filled day? Susan

SweetMarie said...

I just love "handle stress like a dog, pee on it and walk away"! that cracked me up!!!
Happy Valentine's Day to you!!!

A Quiet Corner said...

15. Find something special in every day and everyone!...:)JP

Ann said...

That is a great explanation of stress. I love it. Happy Valentine's day

Dee said...

remember to count your blessings...name them one by one. Happy valentine Sandie♥

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Happy Valentine's Day Sandie:@)

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

wow, those are important. i had never thought about earth being the only one with chocolate. ha. ha!! i was waiting for my flowers & they never arrived. nuts!! just picking. happy <3 day!! big big hugs. ( :

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This is the best Valentine's post I've seen! Yes that stress can get heavy, so I'm glad I have you to help me hold it sometimes! BigHugs, Linda

Merlesworld said...

Be a child, act and discover like one for a few minutes every day.
Merle..........

Annmarie Pipa said...

be kind anyway.
happy valentines day!

Paula said...

#15 Say please or thank you every chance you get.

Diana said...

15. Try and make someone Smile every day!!
Very good post, if only we could get rid of stress altogether!!

Diana

Dar said...

Thank you for the lovely roses...I loved the lesson stress teaches...it takes less muscles to smile than frown, :) that's something I think of when I'm having a rough day. You made me smile today and I thank you.
I hope your V-Day was a happy one.
Blessings

Bev said...

Hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Awesome. I can so relate to #1. :) I hope you had a Happy Valentine's Day!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Happy Valentines Day!
love
tweedles

Belle said...

My favorite was number7. Your attitude is your choice.

Betty Manousos said...

a brilliant post for valentine's day, sandie.

hope you had a fabulous one!

xoxo

nancygrayce said...

It only took me two days to read this! That's because I was interrupted several times by stress! :). Thanks, this is good stuff! Hope your day was filled with love!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I love to read church signs that have funny messages. Yesterday, I went by one that had your # 2. It was a good and cute sign and showed that the pastor had a good sense of humor.

Annesphamily said...

Love these! You are such a doll! Gad to call you friend!