THE GIFT OF WORK...he who loves his work never labors. ...He loved me enough to make sure that I learned the entire lesson that my Uncle Red planned for the gift of work. I also learned that there is a certain love which comes from doing a job well. When you can step back at the end of a long, hard day and watch the sun set over a straight and strong fence that you built yourself, you get the feeling that everything is right with the world.
THE GIFT OF MONEY...money is nothing more than a tool. It can be a force for good, a force for evil, or simply idle....I learned that loving money leads to a hollow, empty existence. But when you learn how to love people and use money, everything is in its proper perspective.
THE GIFT OF FRIENDS...it is a wealthy person, indeed, who calculates riches not in gold but in friends. ...I learned that you can love others in a way I has never known. When you just worry about yourself, you are always disappointed. But when you think about others and their well-being first, everything works out best for you and for them.
THE GIFT OF LEARNING...education is a lifelong journey whose destination expands as you travel.... I discovered that people who have no material things -- but a passion to learn and a true love of learning -- are really quite wealthy.
THE GIFT OF PROBLEMS....problems can only be avoided by exercising good judgement. Good judgement can only be gained by experiencing life's problems....taught me that obstacles are nothing more than a challenge that we face. ...when you look at your problems through a spirit of love, you realize that there is a grand design to this world, and the problem is given to you for the lesson it will teach you and the better persons it will make you.
THE GIFT OF FAMILY...some people are born into wonderful families. Others have to find or create them. Being a member of a family is a priceless privilege which costs nothing but love. ...I learned that families are present when love is present. People can become a family when they add love to their relationships. Without love, families are just a group of people who share the same family tree.
THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER...laughter is good medicine for the soul. Our world is desperately in need of more such medicine. ...in order to love life, you have to enjoy it. And when you can laugh at the good things and the bad, you will begin to feel the love life really has to offer.
THE GIFT OF DREAMS...faith is all that dreamers need to see into the future....I came to understand that life has been given to us with a sense of love for everything around us. Our passions and dreams and goals are the outward manifestations of the love we feel inside.
THE GIFT OF GIVING....the only way you can truly get more out of life for yourself is to give part of yourself away...when you give out of love, both the giver and the receiver have more than they started with.
THE GIFT OF GRATITUDE....in those times when we yearn to have more in our lives, we should dwell on the things we already have. In doing so, we will often find that our lives are already full to overflowing....we can truly feel and experience love when we remember and enjoy all of the wonderful things we have been given.
THE GIFT OF A DAY...life as its essence boils down to one day at a time. Today is the day!...if I only had twenty-four hours left to live, I would want to feel and experience as much love as I could and pass it on to as many others as possible.
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