Thought for the Week

 

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

  • Epictetus

Thought for the Week

Age 3: Looks at herself and sees a Queen!

Age 8: Looks at herself and sees herself as Cinderella/Sleeping Beauty.

Age 15: Looks at herself and sees herself as fat/pimples/ugly. (Mom I can’t go to school looking like this!)

Age 20: Looks at herself and sees ‘too fat/thing, too short/tall, too straight/too curly’, but decides she’s going anyway.

Age 30: Looks at herself and sees ‘too fat/thin, too short/tall, too straight/too curly’, but decides she doesn’t have time to fix it so she’s going anyway.

Age 40: Looks at herself and sees ‘too fat/thin, too short/tall, too straight/too curly’ – but says, “At least I’m clean”, and goes anyway.

Age 50: Looks at herself and sees “I am,” and goes wherever she wants to go.

Age 60: Looks at herself and reminds herself of all the people who can’t even see themselves in the mirror anymore. Goes out and conquers the world.

Age 70: Looks at herself and sees wisdom, laughter and ability, and goes out and enjoys life.

Age 80: Doesn’t bother to look. Just puts on a purple hat and goes out to have fun with the world.

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Pearls of Wisdom

Love is grand! Divorce is a hundred grand.

I am in shape. Round is a shape.

Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.

Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels good.

Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.

~ Author unknown

Thought for the Week

No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years will this matter?

Always choose life. Forgive everyone every thing.

What other people think of you is none of your business.

Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.

However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

Believe in miracles.

Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it  now.

Growing old beats the alternative: dying young.

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Let your boat of lift be light, packed only with what you need – a homely home and simple pleassures, one or two friends worth the name, someone to love and to love you…

~  Jerome K. Jerome, (1859-1927)

Jerome Klapka Jerome (May 2, 1859 – June 14, 1927) was an English writer and humorist, best known for the comic travelogue Three Men in a Boat (1889). Other works include the essay collections Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (1886) and Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow; Three Men on the Bummel, a sequel to Three Men in a Boat, and several other novels.

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Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. The holiday is also a federal holiday.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty U.S. states officially celebrated Labor Day.

Thought for the Week

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart.

Anger is only one letter short of danger.

If someone betrays you once, it’s his fault; if he betrays you twice, it’s your fault.

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.

He who loses money, loses much; he who loses a friend, loses more; he who loses faith, loses all.

Beautiful young people are acts of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.

The tongue weighs practically nothing, but so few people can hold it.

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Ten more rules for life.

It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood, but the second one is up to you and no one else.

When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save them for a special occasion. Today is special.

Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

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With all the fun things going on tomorrow for Independence Day, please take a moment to think about the history of our country and the wonderful place we live.

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Notes from the 4th of July Committee –

A reminder that chairs along the parade route cannot be put out before 6:00 pm on July 3rd.

The Fireworks will be shot off on the north end of the Port property. Little seating is available on Railroad Avenue due to construction, so the viewing will be directly on the Port property and the marina looking north. NO OUTSIDE FIREWORKS will be allowed anywhere in the Marina or on Port Property.
The entire 4th of July Celebration is put on by an all-volunteer committee with the help from their sponsors, the City and the Port. If you are interested in helping with future 4th of July planning, please visit their website at www.ridgefield4th.com for contact info.
Enjoy the holiday and your freedoms, and be safe!

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Words of wisdom from Will Rogers, who died in a plane crash with Wylie Post in 1905, was probably the greatest political sage this county has ever known. Enjoy his homespun philosophy:

  1. There are two theories to arguing with a woman – neither works.
  2. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
  3. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
  4. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your wallet.
  5. Good judgment comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
  6. If you’re riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.
  7. Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier’n puttin’ it back.

Have a great week!

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Things to think about:

  1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
  5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
  6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  8. Save for retirement with your first paycheck.
  9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

Author unknown

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A Short History of Memorial Day

On May 5, 1868, the Grand Army of the Republic established Memorial Day or Decoration Day as the national day to decorate the graves of the Civil War soldiers with flowers. Major General John A. Logan appointed May 30 as the day to be observed. Arlington National Cemetery had the first observance of the day on a grand scale. The place was appropriate as it already housed graves of over 20,000 Union dead and several hundred Confederate dead. Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant presided the meeting and the center point of these Memorial Day ceremonies was the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion. Speeches were followed by a march of soldiers’ children and orphans and members of the GAR through the cemetery strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves. They also recited prayers and sang hymns for the dead.

Many cities in the North and the South claim to be the first to celebrate Memorial Day in 1866 but Congress and President Lyndon Johnson officially declared Waterloo, New York, as the ‘birthplace’ of Memorial Day in 1966. It was said that on May 5, 1866, a ceremony was held here to honor local soldiers and sailors who fought in the Civil War, businesses were closed for the day and residents furled flags at half-mast. It was said to be the first formal, community-wide and regular event.

In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by the Congress, who designated the last Monday in May as the day for its observance. Many states observe separate Confederate Memorial Days.

Thought for the Week

RECIPE FOR A GOOD LIFE

Take a passel of friends and family. Add a lot of love, laughter and caring. Mix well.

Stir in a few hard times to help you appreciate the good times.

Shake well to distribute all ingredients evenly.

Season with memories and traditional events. Expose to sun, wind, rain and snow by hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, singing, loving.

Add new memories as needed.

This recipe stretches to serve as many as needed. Keep it in a warm place in your heart and you will never go hungry.

Thought for the Week

The most important 6 words: “I admit I made a mistake.”

The most important 5 words: “I am proud of you.”

The most important 4 words: “What is your opinion?”

The most important 3 words: “If you please.”

The most important 2 words: “Thank you.”

The most important word: “We.”

The least important word: “I.”

Thought for the Week

You might be from the Northwest if…

You know the state flower (mildew)

You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash

Use the statement ‘sun break’ and know what it means

Know more than ten ways to order coffee

Know more people who own boats than air conditioners

Feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant

Stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the ‘walk’signal

Consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it is not a real mountain

Can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle’s Best and Stumptown

Know the difference between Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon

To be continued…