We all try and do the right thing in life. Whether we actually do the right thing is something we could probably all argue over until the end of time. Really it’s about the attempt, more than anything else. As long as you put the effort in and have the right intentions, we’ve done about as good as any human being ever will with our short time here on Earth.
There are moments though, where the “right” thing seems to fly in the face of what our minds or bodies tell us. Eating healthy, for example. If broccoli is so good for us, why in the world does a hamburger taste so much better? (Full disclosure: I love broccoli.) Yet, many of us abstain from burgers, chocolate, cheese puffs and sugary soft drinks in favor of leafy greens, herbal teas and whole grains. Is it worth it? Is being “healthy” the right choice?
Certainly it helps most of us stay around just a little longer. If you’re planning on getting married, having kids, etc., isn’t it worth doing everything you can to help make sure you’re there for those about whom you care most? Or is personal satisfaction more important? It probably comes down to what makes you personally happy. If helping others makes you happy, or if the smile on your grandkids’ faces is what brings you joy, then maybe a little self-sacrifice is worth the effort.
If personal experiences lead you to your best self, we’re not ones to judge, though. You do you, and in the meantime, you might just enjoy this tale of a man and a woman who must have faced some of the same challenges and questions in their 60 years together. We’re laughing, but it definitely made us think about our own lives.
This 85-year-old couple, having been married almost 60 years, had died in a car crash. They had been in good health the last ten years mainly due to her interest in health food, and exercise.
When they reached the pearly gates, St. Peter took them to their mansion which was decked out with a beautiful kitchen and master bath suite and Jacuzzi.
As they "oohed and aahed" the old man asked Peter how much all this was going to cost.
"It's free," Peter replied, "this is Heaven."
Next they went out back to survey the championship golf course that the home backed up to. They would have golfing privileges every day and each week the course changed to a new one representing the great golf courses on earth.
The old man asked, "what are the green fees?".
Peter's reply, "This is heaven, you play for free."
Next they went to the club house and saw the lavish buffet lunch with the cuisines of the world laid out.
"How much to eat?" asked the old man.
"Don't you understand yet? This is heaven, it is free!" Peter replied with some exasperation.
"Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterol tables?" the old man asked timidly.
Peter lectured, "That's the best part...you can eat as much as you like of whatever you like and you never get fat and you never get sick. This is Heaven."
With that the old man went into a fit of anger, throwing down his hat and stomping on it, shrieking wildly.
Peter and his wife both tried to calm him down, asking him what was wrong. The old man looked at his wife and said, "This is all your fault! If it weren't for your blasted bran muffins, I could have been here ten years ago!"
Via: Marilyn Bond