Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mid-Month Mirth Memo, January 2017


"Prepare for mirth, for mirth becomes a feast."

-William Shakespeare


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JANUARY 2017


MATH LESSONS OF THE MONTH:
Half of a large intestine = 1 semicolon

453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake

Shortest distance between two jokes = A straight line



THOUGHTS OF THE MONTH:I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.



CLASSIFIED AD OF THE MONTH:
Waitress wanted. Must be 18 years old with 20 years of experience.
-RD.com

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ARTICLE OF THE MONTH:
"Five Things I Discovered about Humor While Being in the Hospital, Being in Pain, and Being in Bed"

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

2016: A YEAR OF GRATITUDE



This year (2016), I’ve decided to send one email each day thanking someone who has enriched my life. .

It could be someone who is close to me, like a family member or a friend.
It could be someone I have only met once or perhaps admired from afar.
It could be someone I have known for a long time or only momentarily.

TODAY YOU ARE THAT PERSON.
I APPRECIATE YOUR BEING IN MY LIFE.

Allen  

P.S- Please know that there is no hierarchy here. In the past few days, your name and who you are in the world came to mind. When that happened I realized that I wanted to honor and thank you for enriching my life.


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Everyday in 2016, and yes I may have missed a day or two but in general I was pretty consistent, I sent the email above to someone thanking them for enriching my life.

My intent on sending it was to acknowledge those people who have helped me live a rich abundant life. However, as is often the case, I got back more than I gave.

Here are just a few of the unexpected comments I received:

It gave me goose-bumps to know I was thought of in this way.”

“This has been a tough week for me. My mother passed away and we've been dealing with   all the ‘stuff’ that goes with that transition in life. I'm okay  and doing better. It helps a lot to know I have friends out there, like you.”

What a delightful surprise I got from your e-mail. Bless you. Thank you for thinking of me and including me as someone who has enriched your life. You certainly have enriched mine.”  

“This is the nicest surprise I have ever had in my inbox and on a day that I could really use it.”

“Wow! That is so incredible Allen, to be a recipient of so much love. I was feeling very grateful and blessed all day so far. To be thanked and appreciated by you is the cherry on top of an already spectacular sundae of a Monday.”



One final note: A number of people have asked if they may borrow the idea to use themselves, with their family or with their organization. Of course they, and you, are most welcome to use this idea. Can you image what kind of world we would have if everyone did this simple exercise every day?


Friday, January 6, 2017

Five Things I Discovered about Humor
While Being in the Hospital, Being in Pain, and Being in Bed


ONE
Since I was in the hospital on New Year’s Eve, I tried to joke with some of the staff related to that celebratory night. When they changed my IV bags, I would ask them if that was the one with the champagne. A few of the staff would chuckle but others would not. I realized that some of the staff might consider laughing with a patient unprofessional, especially if they were from other countries where this might be the case. They were there to do their job and they took that seriously.

TWO
I realized that I too could not laugh at times either. When the pain was intense it was all encompassing. It totally took over to the exclusion of everything else. And even when the pain wasn’t as intense and when I was in a drug-filled state, struggling to deal with one small thing at time, any humorous comment from someone else threw me off track and I had to start my thought processes all over again.
         For example, when my wonderful and caring husband David, was making light of something I said, it threw me into a crying yelling tirade. Not because I didn’t appreciate his caregiving or his humor, but with my lightheadedness from the drugs, and the pain from my disease, I could not handle one more thing at that moment, even it might have lightened up the situation.

THREE
If I looked for it, I saw that there could be humor between the bouts of pain. When my stomach was distended making me appear pregnant, I told people that I was going to name the baby after the hospital: Davies Sutter. From then on, the hospital doctor, who was fabulous and got my sense of humor, would joke with me on our daily encounters about whether the baby was born yet.
         Once the pain started to recede the humorous thinking started to return. One of the signs that the medicine was taking effect and the colon was healing is that the bowels, which were blocked for five days, start to open up again. Everything comes rushing out, and I mean everything! In fact, I think I saw things that I misplaced around the house months ago.

FOUR
People are going to repeatedly ask you how you are feeling. If you want to tell them about all your aches and pains, fine go right head. But I found it too draining. Instead, I came up with a few catchphrases that I could use over and over again with various people. My favorite was the more positive, “I’m better than yesterday but not as good as tomorrow.”

FIVE
A few other non-humorous things I learned from this experience.
         First is that I am not infallible. I have been fortunate to live a long and happy life. Mostly doing the work I want to do and hopefully bringing joy to others. I would like to do that as long as I can but this experience, along with a recent heart arrhythmia made me realize that I am not going to live forever. Of course, I knew that intellectually but now I know it on a much deeper level. (And, considering my recent medical condition, this was truly on a “gut’ level.)
         Second is that pain is good. We tend to push it away, to avoid it. But without pain we would not know that something is wrong. It is a cry for help that needs to be heeded.
         Finally, the third is that humor is complicated. It is there sometimes but not at others. It is there for some people but not for others. Some people will get it, some won’t. But it is always there, no matter what.


© Allen Klein 2017


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Mid-Month Mirth Memo, December 2016


"Prepare for mirth, for mirth becomes a feast."

-William Shakespeare


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DECEMBER 2016


JOKE OF THE MONTH:
Maryann was told that the women in her family were able to walk on water on their 25th birthdays. It didn't seem possible, but her mother told her it was indeed true. So on her 25th birthday, Maryann takes a boat out to the lake, steps out of the boat and sinks. Back home again, she confronts her mother. "You told me that every women in our family could walk on water when they turned 25.

"It's true," says her mother.

"But when I just tried it, I almost drowned!"

"That's because your sisters and I were all born in December. You were born in July."


STUDENT REPLIES OF THE MONTH:Q: What is the opposite of main?
A: New Hampshire
- Amy Rebecca Butters

Q: Who was Joan of Arc?
A: She was Noah's wife.
- Jennifer Evans Pfohl

Q: What percentage of the European population died following the outbreak of the plague?
A: One hundred percent, eventually.
- Kim McCollum

HOLIDAY QUOTATION OF THE MONTH:
"There is nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child."
- Erma Bombeck
                                          HAPPY HOLIDAYS                                 

GIFTS OF THE MONTH:
Check out these books, ebooks and audiobooks on Amazon.com
- The Art of Living Joyfully
- Words of Love: Quotations from the Heart
- You Can't Ruin My Day
- Inspiration for a Lifetime
- Change Your Life: A Little Book of Big Ideas
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

MidMonth Mirth Memo, November 2016


"Prepare for mirth, for mirth becomes a feast."

-William Shakespeare


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NOVEMBER 2016


MEDICAL ADVICE OF THE MONTH:
"I finally have a dental plan. I chew on the other side." —Janine DiTullio

MARRIAGE ADVICE OF THE MONTH:
"Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet service to see who they really are." —attributed to Will Ferrell
HOLIDAY ADVICE OF THE MONTH:
One Thanksgiving a woman wanted to impress her friends with an elaborate dinner. She cooked all day and hired someone to help serve the meal. All went well until the main course. As the hired help was bringing in the turkey, the kitchen door hit them from behind and the turkey flew across the floor. The woman froze, regained her composure, then commanded, "Dear, don't just stand there. Pick up the turkey, go in the kitchen, and get the other one!"

BOOK OF THE MONTH:
WORDS OF LOVE: Quotations from the Heart (Viva Editions)
http://www.allenklein.com/words-of-love.htm
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