THE JOY OF LIVING
Men too often act as if life were nothing more than hardships
to be endured and difficulties to be overcome.
They look upon what is happy or inspiring with eyes that really
fail to see. As Wordsworth says of Peter Bell,
'A primrose by the river's brim
A yellow primrose was to him,
And it was nothing more.'
But to stop now and then and realize that the world is fresh and buoyant and happy,
will do much to keep the spirit young. We should be glad that we are alive, should tell ourselves
often in the words of Charles Lamb: 'I am in love with this green earth.'
The south wind is driving
His splendid cloud-horses
Through vast fields of blue.
The bare woods are singing,
The brooks in their courses
Are bubbling and springing
And dancing and leaping,
The violets peeping.
I'm glad to be living:
© Gamaliel Bradford.
An Amish man answered a knock on his door one morning.
An electric company worker handed him a piece of paper stating that the
electric company would like to run a power line through his pasture. The Amish man said,
"No." "Legally, that paper says we can." replied the worker.
As he turned and left returning to his co-workers in the field,
the Amish man went to his barn and turned his bull into the pasture.
As the bull rumbled toward the workers in the field, the Amish man hollered, "Show HIM your paper!"
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