Enjoy Life

rose and leaves“Enjoy life by limiting your emotional baggage to a small carry on.” – Tim Fargo. It seems,  that apart from being a successful author, Tim runs a profitable insurance fraud investigative service. He probably knows lots of inventive ways to avoid emotional baggage, get rid of emotional baggage and live life to the full. Whatever his knowledge and experience, he certainly has a sense of humour, something that holds anyone who has the good luck to have one, in good stead. Personally, I have found a sense of humour to be one of life’s greatest assets. It is of value as long as we can laugh at ourselves and find humour in the adverse situations life sometimes puts us in. I was taught this by my beloved agrandfather, who had a long and rich life. As an elder, he outlived most, and  he had to keep attending the funerals of his peers and others. He  had a repertoire of real stories about real people going to their graves and told them with gusto and verve. This was distasteful to some but he cared nothing for what others thought of him. Or perhaps he did, but pressed on regardless. He was something of a romantic and gave his wife a beautiful painting of a very romantic scene for a wedding gift. The happy couple was said to have honeymooned on a tandem. No marriage certificate has ever been found and those of you cognisant with family trees and the tracing of ancestors will understand what that means!

For those of you who are romantics and do Valentine’s Day have a wonderful day ❤ . For those of you who do not, have a wonderful day. ❤

Saint Valentine was probably a wonderful chap. I wonder what he would have thought about the American style Valentines Day, full of extravagant expenditure and expectations, with a side serve of disappointment, bitterness, crushed hopes and dreams and heavily laden with greed, envy, exhibitionism and waste?  Little is known about  him and Wikipedia tells us he was ” a priest of Rome or as the former Bishop of Terni, Narnia and Amelia, a town of Umbria, in central Italy. While under house arrest of Judge Asterius, and discussing his faith with him, Valentinus (the Latin version of his name) was discussing the validity of Jesus. The judge put Valentinus to the test and brought to him the judge’s adopted blind daughter. If Valentinus succeeded in restoring the girl’s sight, Asterius would do whatever he asked. Valentinus laid his hands on her eyes and the child’s vision was restored. Immediately humbled, the judge asked Valentinus what he should do. Valentinus replied that all of the idols around the judge’s house should be broken, and that the judge should fast for three days and then undergo baptism ” We don’t know the outcome for the judge’s adopted daughter but hope that she had little in the way of carry on baggage.  ❤

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