We Watch The Years Go By

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On a lighter note today, I took this photo of a couple watching their kids playing soccer.


They are sitting in Dick’s chairs. 


His (blue) and hers (pink).


Very cute!


The new generation grows up and supplants their elders–who still may feel “young at heart!”


As I get older, it definitely seems like time goes faster (and faster). 


It isn’t that some days aren’t long, but that overall the less time we have as we get into the latter portions of our life, the quicker it all seems to be passing.


So much so that it all becomes like one big dream (it should never be a nightmare, G-d forbid). 


If only we could rewind and redo the portions of our lives where we made mistakes, hurt others or ourselves, or could have just done better.


I’m not sitting in those chairs yet, but when I do, I hope it is with pleasure of heart, mind, and soul–with G-d’s mercy. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Live A Good Life, Choose Right

Whether you’re Jewish, Christian, Muslim, or any other religion, I think this is a great music video on living an introspective life, choosing right from wrong, and replacing guilt with inspiration.

We are all confronted every day with situations that are tests of our moral fiber and courage to do what’s right–not necessarily what is easy,

We should choose carefully, consciously, and with a mind toward the master of the universe who watches over us.

While we don’t control everything that happens, we can definitely make a difference in the world by the way we conduct ourselves to our G-d and to each other.

Listening, caring, being sensitive to others, treating others with respect and dignity, trying to help wherever and whenever we can–we can all make a positive contribution.

Well done with the music video to remind us of what’s important–thank you Maccabeats!

Changing Regrets Into Fulfillment

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The Guardian (1 February 2012) published an important article called “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.”

The items mentioned were compiled by a palliative nurse caring for patients at end of life.

The list is a wake up call for many of us who work hard, but in the process perhaps forget the most important aspects of life are the people we love and the pursuit of opportunities to really be ourselves and achieve our purpose.

Here is the list of top 5 things you can do different in your life before it passes you by:

1. Be your true self–“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

– Ask yourself what are your dreams and how can you make them happen!

2. Work less–“I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.”

– Ask yourself are you living to work or working to live?

3. Express yourself–“I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.”

– Ask yourself if you’ve told significant others how you really feel and genuinely worked things out with them.

4. Maintain relationships–“I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends”

– Ask yourself have you been generous with your time, emotions, and material things with family, friends, and others important to you?

5. Seek out opportunities for happiness–“I wish that I had let myself be happier.”

– Ask yourself what does happiness even really mean to you and how can you find it amidst the daily grind.

Life is always too short and everyone makes mistakes and has regrets–that’s part of being human, learning, and growing.

But if we can get our priorities straights and set clear goals, perhaps we can leave the world with less bitterness and more fulfillment in lives granted and well spent.

(Source Photo: here with Attribution to Raspberries1)