24 April 2007

Daily Musings

My Dad, who is a retired Methodist minister and will be 87 next month, sends out a daily email to friends and family. This is from today's missive:

Dear Ones,

It’s been a rather somber week so I think its time for a bit o’ foolishness, like the following:

Famed fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and his gruff assistant Doctor Watson pitch their tent while on a camping expedition, but in the middle of the night Holmes nudges Watson awake and questions him, “Watson, look up at the stars and tell me what you deduce?”

After giving it some deep thought Watson replied, “I see millions of stars, and if there are millions of stars, and if even only a few of those have planets, it is quite likely there are some planets like earth, and if there are a few planets like earth there might also be life out there.”

“Watson, you idiot! Somebody stole our tent.”

A bit o’ humor can sometimes help us over the rough places along the way.

Getting peace of mind isn't complicated. You merely feed your mind with thoughts that cause it to be peaceful. Practice thinking a carefully selected series of peaceful thoughts. Fill your mind with all the peaceful experiences possible, then make planned and deliberate excursions to them in memory. For example, visualize some beautiful valley filled with the hush of evening time, as the shadows lengthen and the sun sinks to rest. Or, recall the silvery light of the moon falling gently upon soft shores of sand. Or picture in your mind a beautiful sunrise over the mountains spreading its colorful rays into the valley below.”—Selected [I assume he left something out here.]

“We may not be able to give much but we can always give the joy that springs in a heart that is in love with God.”--Mother Teresa

With love,

Ole Man of the Mountain

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