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PostSubject: Living Life To The Fullest   Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:23 pm

Sent to me by a friend and would like to share with all here.


One day I had lunch with some friends. Jim, a balding golfer type about 80 years old, came along with them --- all in all, a pleasant bunch. When the menus were presented, we ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Jim who said, "Ice Cream, please. Two scoops, chocolate."

I wasn't sure my ears heard right, and the others were aghast. "Along with heated apple pie," Jim added, completely unabashed.

We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the time... But when our orders were brought out, I didn't enjoy mine. I couldn't take my eyes off Jim as his pie a-la-mode went down. The other guys couldn't believe it. They ate their lunches silently and grinned.

The next time I went out to eat, I called and invited Jim. I lunched on white meat tuna. He ordered a parfait. I smiled. He asked if he amused me I answered, "Yes, you do, but also you confuse me. How come you order rich desserts, while I feel I must be sensible?"

He laughed and said "I'm tasting all that is possible. I try to eat the food I need, and do the things I should. But life's so short, my friend, I hate missing out on something good. This year I realized how old I was. (He grinned) I haven't been this old before. So, before I die, I've got to try those things that for years I had ignored. I haven't smelled all the flowers yet. There are too many trout streams I haven't fished. There's more fudge sundaes to wolf down and kites to be flown overhead. There are too many golf courses I haven't played. I've not laughed at all the jokes. I've missed a lot of sporting events and potato chips and cokes. I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His grace. I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning toast. I want un-timed long distance calls to the folks I love the most. I haven't cried at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain. I need to feel wind on my face. I want to be in love again. So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, then should I die before night fall, I'd say I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart's desire. I had that final chocolate mousse before my life expired."

With that, I called the waitress over... "I've changed my mind,” I said. "I want what he is having, only add some more whipped cream!" 

This is my gift to you - We need an annual Friends Day! If you get this twice, then you have more than one friend. 
Live well, love much & laugh often - Be happy. 

Be mindful that happiness isn't based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people we like and respect. Remember that while money talks, CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM SINGS!
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PostSubject: Re: Living Life To The Fullest   Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:00 pm

Thank you for this wonderful message. My current mantra, "Life is short. Please don't make it shorter."
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PostSubject: Re: Living Life To The Fullest   Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:17 pm

get that man a beer!
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PostSubject: Re: Living Life To The Fullest   Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:17 pm

at 80, Life is a bonus so why not spend the bonus lavishly ?
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PostSubject: Re: Living Life To The Fullest   Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:20 pm

You know what? I thought Tiger Woods thought the same thing. Some of us just live our lifes differently.
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PostSubject: Re: Living Life To The Fullest   Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:31 pm

chuangyee wrote:
You know what? I thought Tiger Woods thought the same thing. Some of us just live our lifes differently.
TW must have received this years earlier than when my friend forwarded it to me. Laughing 
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PostSubject: Re: Living Life To The Fullest   Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:05 pm

yes...thump up....life is short and unpredictable...instead of letting the troubles bothering us...why not we let the happiness surround us....thanks for this inspirational words
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PostSubject: Re: Living Life To The Fullest   Fri Aug 15, 2014 10:06 pm

Most of us want long and full lives - few get to live it!

So we have to choose a short and full OR a long less fulfilling life. I choose to live and enjoy each day and not worry how many such days I will have - at least I lived a life doing/eating the things I enjoy!

Frankly, I think long life is over rated - just visit some old folks home or hang around the void decks/neighborhood markets and you will know what I mean!

PS: my kids are independent and my oldies are no longer around i.e. no dependents.
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PostSubject: Re: Living Life To The Fullest   Sat Aug 16, 2014 11:30 am

Beer 
Even my golf budget burst for the month, I'm still cheonging to game
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PostSubject: Re: Living Life To The Fullest   Sat Aug 16, 2014 1:33 pm

With the super high cost of living, not easy to conserve enough money to live till 80!!
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