If I Knew…

If I knew it would be the last time
that I’d see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I’d hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute or two
to stop and say “I love you,” instead
of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
well I’m sure you’ll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there’s always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything right.

There will always be another day
to say our “I love yous”,
And certainly there’s another chance
to say our “Anything I can dos?”

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I’d like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget,

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight..

So if you’re waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you’ll surely regret the day,

That you didn’t take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you’ll always hold them dear,

Take time to say “I’m sorry,” “please forgive me,”
“thank you” or “it’s okay.”
And if tomorrow never comes,
you’ll have no regrets about today.

If A Child…

  • If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
  • If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
  • If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
  • If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
  • If a child lives tolerance, he learns to be patient.
  • If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident.
  • If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.
  • If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.
  • If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
  • If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.
  • If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world.

I Am Thankful For…

  • For the teenager who is not doing dishes but is watching TV, because that means he is at home and not on the streets.
  • For the taxes I pay, because it means that I am employed.
  • For the mess to clean after a party, because it means that I have been surrounded by friends.
  • For the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat.
  • For my shadow that watches me work, because it means I am out in the sunshine.
  • For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home.
  • For all the complaining I hear about the government, because it means that we have freedom of speech.
  • For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means I am capable of walking, and that I have been blessed with transportation.
  • For my huge heating bill, because it means I am warm.
  • For the lady behind me in my place of worship when she sings off key, because it means that I can hear.
  • For the pile of laundry and ironing, because it means I have clothes to wear.
  • For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day, because it means I have been capable of working hard.
  • For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, because it means that I am alive.
  • and finally….

  • For too much email, because it means I have friends who are thinking of me.

How Rich Are We?

One day a father and his rich family took his son to a trip to the country with the firm purpose to show him how poor people can be. They spent a day and a night in the farm of a very poor family.

When they got back from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”

“Very good Dad!”

“Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked.


“And what did you learn?”

The son answered, “I saw that we have a dog at home, and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden; they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lamps in the garden; they have the stars. Our patio reaches to the front yard; they have a whole horizon.”

When the little boy was finishing, his father was speechless.

His son added, “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are!”

Isn’t it true that it all depends on the way you look at things? If you have love, friends, family, health, good humor and a positive attitude towards life – you’ve got everything!

You can’t buy any of these things, but still you can have all the material possessions you can imagine, provisions for the future, etc., but if you are poor of spirit, you have nothing!

How Are You?

Every Day I am asked “How are You?” My response is always, “Fine, thank you” What I would really like to say is, “Yes … I am okay.”

I Have My Sight… although not perfect, I can still see the glorious sunsets, the antics of a puppy, the smile of a child, and the most important … I can see if there are any bugs in my food..

I Have My Hearing … even though impaired I can hear the music that takes the wrinkles out of my day. I can hear others tell me they love me! And every morning I can hear the snap, crackle, pop … even if it isn’t the cereal.

I Have My Sense Of Smell … although marred with allergies I could tell if the house is on fire, or the baby needs changing. Oh and isn’t it heavenly to smell that first cup of coffee in the morning?

I Still Have My Sense Of Taste … I can tell when something has gone bad or sour, even though I have to wonder about my own cooking sometimes … LoL!

I Still Have My Sense Of Touch … even though some people say I am really touched … The joy of touching another, loving another, petting your cat, makes you feel you are not alone…

I am O.K. you see.
I can walk, even though I may stumble —
I can talk, sometimes without stopping —
I can laugh, even when nothing is funny —
and I can cry, anytime I want to…..
In fact, I think I am better than just Okay !!

How about you my friend?

God Won’t Ask

God won’t ask what kind of car you drove,
He’ll ask how many people you drove who didn’t have transportation.

God won’t ask the square footage of your house,
He’ll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.

God won’t ask about the clothes you had in your closet,
He’ll ask how many you helped to clothe.

God won’t ask about your social status;
He will ask what kind of class you displayed.

God won’t ask how many material possessions you had,
He’ll ask if they dictated your life.

God won’t ask what your highest salary was,
He’ll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it.

God won’t ask how much overtime you worked,
He’ll ask if your overtime work was for yourself or for your family.

God won’t ask how many promotions you received,
He’ll ask how you promoted others.

God won’t ask what your job title was,
He’ll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.

God won’t ask what you did to help yourself,
He’ll ask what you did to help others.

God won’t ask how many friends you had,
He’ll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.

God won’t ask what you did to protect your rights,
He’ll ask what you did to protect the rights of others.

God won’t ask in what neighborhood you lived,
He’ll ask how you treated your neighbors.

God won’t ask about the color of your skin,
He’ll ask about the content of your character.

God won’t ask how many times your deeds matched your words,
He’ll ask how many times they didn’t.


When you are sad, I will get you drunk and help you plot
revenge against the scum sucking bastard/bitch who made you sad.

When you are scared, I will laugh at you and tease
you about it every chance I get.

When you are worried, I will tell you how much worse
it could be and to quit complaining.

When you are confused, I will use little words
to explain it to your dumb ass.

When you are sick, I will hold your hair while you
pay homage to the porcelain god.

When you fall, I will point and laugh at your clumsy ass.

This is my oath; I pledge till the end.

Why you may ask? Because you’re my friend.

The Forgotten Ten Other Commandments

  • Thou shall not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.
  • Thou shall not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never come to pass.
  • Thou shall not cross bridges before you come to them, for no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this.
  • Thou shall face each problem as it comes. You can only handle one at a time anyway.
  • Thou shall not take problems to bed with you, for they make very poor bedfellows.
  • Thou shall not borrow other people’s problems. They can better care for them than you can.
  • Thou shall not try to relive yesterday for good or ill, it is forever gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life and be happy now!
  • Thou shall be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear different ideas from your own. It is hard to learn something new when you are talking, and some people do know more than you do.
  • Thou shall not become “bogged down” by frustration, for 90% of it is rooted in self-pity and will only interfere with positive action.
  • Thou shall count thy blessings, never overlooking the small ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one.

The Facts of Life

  • At least 5 people in this world, love you so much they would die for you.
  • At least 15 people in this world love you, in some way.
  • The only reason anyone would ever hate you, is because they want to be just like you.
  • A smile from you, can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don’t like you.
  • Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
  • You mean the world to someone.
  • Without you, someone may not be living.
  • You are special and unique, in your own way.
  • Someone that you don’t know even exists, loves you.
  • When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
  • When you think the world has turned it’s back on you, take a look, you most likely turned your back on the world.
  • When you think you have no chance at getting what you want, you probably won’t get it, but if you believe in yourself, you probably sooner or later will get it.
  • Always remember complements you received, forget about the rude remarks.
  • Always tell someone how you feel about them, you will feel much better when they know.
  • If you have great friends, take the time to let them know that they are great.

Daily Affirmations

  • If you open it, close it.
  • If you turn it on, turn it off.
  • If you unlock it, lock it up.
  • If you break it, admit it.
  • If you can’t fix it, call in someone who can.
  • If you borrow it, return it.
  • If you value it, take care of it.
  • If you make a mess clean it up.
  • If you move it, put it back.
  • If it belongs to someone else and you want to use it, get permission.
  • If you don’t know how to operate it, leave it alone.
  • If it’s none of your business, don’t ask questions.
  • If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
  • If it will brighten someone’s day, say it.
  • If it will tarnish someone’s reputation, keep it to yourself.