Saturday, June 23, 2007

The Real Meaning of Peace.

Post 238 - - - - - Saturday, 23rd June, 2007.

Hello Everyone ~~ I hope you are all enjoying your lives and
that the weather is how you like it. When I woke this morning
the temperature was Minus 2 C, so I was glad when it warmed
up during the day. To around 12 or 13 c. I am feeling better
each day, so expect to survive !!!

The story I have tonight is called "The real Meaning of Peace."
The author is unknown. Hope you enjoy it.

There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who
would paint the best picture of Peace. Many artists tried.
The king looked at all the pictures, but there were only two
he really liked, and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror
for peaceful mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue
sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought
that it was a perfect picture of peace.

The other picture had mountains too. But these were rugged
and bare. Above was an angry sky, from which rain fell and
in which lightning played. Down the side ot the mountain
tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.

But when the king looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall
a tiny bush growing in the crack in the rock. In the bush, a
mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush
of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest in perfect peace.

Which picture do you think won the prize ? The king chose the
second picture. Do you know why ?

"Because," explained the king. "Peace does not mean to be in a
place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace
means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in
your heart. That is the real meaning of peace."

Ways to Have Fun at the Supermarket. - - -

1. Take shopping baskets for the express purpose of filling them
and stranding them at strategic locations.

2. Ride those little electronic cars at the front of the store.

3. Set all the alarm clocks to go off at 10 minute intervals.

4. Start playing Calvinball; see how many people you can
get to join in.

5. Contaminate the entire auto department by sampling all
the spray air fresheners.

6. Challenge other customers to duels with tubes of gift wrap.

7. Leave cryptic messages on typewriters.

8. Re-dress the mannequins as you see fit.

9. When there are people behind you, walk REALLY SLOW,
especially in narrow aisles.

10. Tell an employee in an official tone, "I think we have a
Code 3 in Housewares," ans see what happens.

11. Tune all the radios to a polka station; then turn them
off and turn the volume to 10.

12. Play with the automatic doors.

13. Walk up to complete strangers and say, " Hi, I haven't
seen you in so long . . ." See if they play along.

14. Walking through the clothing department, ask yourself
loud enough for all to hear, "Who BUYS this junk anyway?"

15. Repeat No. 14 in the jewelry department.

16. Ride a display bicycle through the store; claim you're
taking it for a "test drive."

17. As the cashier runs your purchases over the scanner, look
mesmerized and say, "Wow, Magic."

18. Put M & M s on layaway. (layby in Australia)

19. Move the "Caution - Wet Floor" signs to carpeted areas.

20. When someone asks you if you need help, begin to cry
and ask, "Why won't you people just leave me alone?"

21. Nonchalantly "test " the brushes and combs in Cosmetics.

22. When someone steps away from their cart to look at
something, quickly make off with it without saying a word.

23. Relax in the patio furniture until you get kicked out.

24. During announcements over the P A, assume the fetal
position and scream, "No, no ! It's those voices again."

25. If the store has a food court, buy a soft drink; explain
that you don't get out much, and ask if they can put a little
umbrella in it.
I sure wouldn't do any of the above, but had a laugh typing
them.. Merle.

A young couple had a fatal accident on the way to their
wedding. When they met St. Peter at the Pearly Gates,
they asked if it was
possible for them to marry in
heaven. He said he would make some inquiries and get
back to them.

A year later, St. Peter found the couple and told them
that they could get married. "Could we get a divorce if
it doesn't work out ?" they wanted to know.

"Good grief !" St. Peter exclaimed, "It took me a whole
year to find a preacher up here --- and now you want me
to find a lawyer."

"Mommy has no idea how to raise children," said the
child to his father.
"How can you say such a thing ?" replied the father.

"Well, Mommy always sends me to bed at night, when
I'm not sleepy, and wakes me up in the morning,
when I am."

"How do you account for your longevity ?" asked the
reporter on Harry's 110 th birthday.

"You might call me a health nut
, " Harry replied,
"I never smoked, I never drank, and I was always in bed
and sound asleep by 10 o'clock. And I've always walked
three miles a day, rain or shine.

"But, said the reporter, "I had an uncle who followed
that exact routine and he died when he was 62. How
come it didn't work for him ?"

"All I can say, " replied Harry, "is that he didn't keep
it up long enough."

The doctor told Uncle Fred that if he ran five miles
every day for 300 days , he would lose 75 pounds.
At the end of 300 days, Uncle Fred called the doctor
to report that he had lost the weight, but he had a
The doctor asked, "What's the problem ?"
"I'm 1,500 miles from home."

Just a few quotes - - - -

What is success?
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the
affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and
endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a
healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed
social condition.
To know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.
- - -Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The fact that people are born with two eyes and two
ears but only one tongue suggests that they ought to
look and listen twice as much as they speak. - -Anon.

When you arise in the morning
Give thanks for the morning light
Give thanks for your life and strength
Give thanks for your food
And give thanks to the joy of living.
And if perchance you see no reason for
giving thanks,
Rest assured the fault in in yourself.

- - -American Indian saying.

Bye for now, my friends, Enjoy the rest of the
weekend. Love and Best Wishes to you all. Merle.

Post 238 - - - - Saturday, 23rd June, 2007.


Gledwood said...

electronic cars at the front of the store.. we don't got those... what do you mean? you don't mean those awful COIN OPERATED children's horrors do you ... o! yeeeukk!!

if you do mean something else please put me out of my misery!

Gledwood said...

Where do you get all this stuff from Merle? Surely it must be a fulltime job looking for such interesting stuff to post every day ... wow ... I loved the supermarket one especially as you probably guessed ... keep up the great blogging ... all the best


hope you're having a fantabulous weekend!!

Vickie said...

You have such a way of finding things that will interest everyone---and no one can leave without knowing there is something special for them---inspiration, humour, everyday life----you have it all.

Thanks for all you do and share.

Hope you are feeling better and enjoying the weekend.

Lady Di Tn said...

I think it would be a hoot to try some of those supermarket fun tips.

I must try and remember the wedding joke to share with the Art Venture Group next Friday at lunch.

I hope you do not get tired of blogging as we sure do not get tired of you.

Glad you are feeling better. I am sure it was my poem that did it.
take care Peace

Puss-in-Boots said...

Hi Merle

Loved the fun to have in the supermarket...must try some of those when I'm in Coles or Woolies next...chortle. I'd probably be arrested.

It's warmed up today and we had rain last night with more promised tomorrow night and Tues. Let's hope so.

Glad you're feeling a little better. Colds can make you feel so miserable and I'm the world's worst patient. Can't stand anyone around me...just go away and let me expire in peace. Oh, I tell you, it's!

Thanks for the laughs and the inspiration, Merle. You should be made a National Treasure.

Hugs xoxo

Jeanette said...

Hi Merle, Laughed at fun in the supermarketI can just picture that happening. good fun post I laughed at fred being 1500 from home.
thank you for your lovely comment on my embroideryive got a couple more cloths but will do them later. Take care another very white frost this morning pleased to hear your improving, Janxoxoxo

audrey` said...

Hi Merle
I'm very happy to know that you're getting better.
"What is Success?" is so informative.
Please continue to take very good care of yourself, Merle =)

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

The story "The real Meaning of Peace" is excellent, Merle. It reminds me of an oriental story I once used in a sermon. A bit different, but the same message. Thank you.