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Redsox9  (Level: 161.9 - Posts: 1402)
Thu, 21st Jan '10 10:12 AM


Last night Ii was taking the Super Bowl quiz and it froze and the network signed off. A month ago I would have went nuts. But I thought about a couple of things. During the recent Christmas break I heard that two high school students and one player from the basketball team from a local school that I have officiated games for were involved in a car accident. The player lost a leg and the two students were brain dead. Now imagine it's 12 midnight and the police come to your door informing the kids' parents of the tragedy. Lives changed in an instant. Now think of the horror in Haiti and next year is the anniversary of 9/11. And I am worried about one lousy quiz, about getting my 200 points, about being number one on a sports quiz. I must be an idiot to think like that. So the next time this site freezes or you miss a question you know you should have gotten right, think of what is good in your life. If you are not pushing a shopping cart, pushing a wheelchair, or pushing up daisies, then life can't be all bad. After all this site is more than taking quizzes. It is connecting with the good people on this site and possibly making lasting frienships. I thank you for reading this.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Thu, 21st Jan '10 10:23 AM

Well said!

Winddancer41  (Level: 63.3 - Posts: 1113)
Thu, 21st Jan '10 10:44 AM

Thank you for saying in a much better way than i could, what i have been trying to say since i joined this site just as a stress break, because i have a daughter in a wheechair who is forty six and her father and i have taken care of her , because we love her. i also had to make the decision to have my 54 year old bothers life support turned off on January 2nd and that is sure a hard thing to do. So if once in a while if things don't go the way you want just think about the people who would trade places with you if even for a day. I would much rather say hi or give someone a good job than to have to say oh woe is me any time. charlotte

1mks  (Level: 221.4 - Posts: 5931)
Thu, 21st Jan '10 10:49 AM

Well said Craig.

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.5 - Posts: 6108)
Thu, 21st Jan '10 11:03 AM

Thank you, Craig! A wise way to think and live your life.


Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Thu, 21st Jan '10 11:16 AM

I just got out of a crappy meeting - where I got none of what I wanted - and left with more responsibilities and tasks. I was less than happy, but then I read your post. What you said can relate not just to Sploofus but work and life in general. So I will accept 10 more meetings that I don't have time for and several more aggrevations gladly. Thanks for putting it all so well.

Christiansinger  (Level: 93.7 - Posts: 61)
Thu, 21st Jan '10 11:55 AM

Great thought - reminds me of the saying 'Will it matter in 10 years?' - if it won't matter later, then there is no sense in wasting your precious time getting upset over something trivial. You and only you can decide what is worth fighting for and what is not. Make those decisions carefully.


Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5680)
Thu, 21st Jan '10 1:06 PM

Thanks Craig for helping all of see what really matters in this life...YOu are a sweetie...

Menopausin  (Level: 35.5 - Posts: 112)
Thu, 21st Jan '10 3:32 PM

You're right. Life is good for most of us if we take the time to look around us and see what others are going through. But, no, we're not idiots. Life goes on, and things are gonna get to us just like before. But, like you said, we have to put it in perspective. That's what separates the truly happy people from the rest. And I'm glad I can be happy and be on Sploofus at the same time! lol Thanks for putting it in a way I couldn't have. Words fail me at times, and I'm glad to be where someone else who still has the ability can do it. You guys stay safe and happy! And don't sweat the small stuff. There'll be plenty of time to perspire heavily later! Prayers going out for all who need it, all over the world.

Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Thu, 21st Jan '10 7:42 PM

Thanks for the perspective...well said.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Thu, 21st Jan '10 9:00 PM

Oh, that we would all remember this when we sweat the small stuff. Thanks, Craig.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Thu, 21st Jan '10 9:57 PM

Amen...and here I go...cause this takes A LOT out of me. I have told some, but I have been evasive about it for the most part.

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, my friend and her two kids (Angelo was in my son's class, Tommy was a year younger than my daughter) were killed by her husband, who was a close friend of my family...all of them were. The husband was a good friend and had NO outward signs of depression. But, he chose that day, to take his life, my friend's life, my son's friend and my daughter's friend...all at once. Tom (the dad)was my son's first t-ball coach, his basketball coach last year and a fabulous guy. How this crap happens, I don't know. I haven't been able to write about this for awhile.

All I know is, as the title suggests, this island is really just a place to come and enjoy ourselves. If it becomes anything less, speaking only for me...I'm DONE.

Don't sweat the small stuff....


Lynnm  (Level: 238.4 - Posts: 2060)
Thu, 21st Jan '10 10:11 PM

Thanks for the reminder.

Virtus  (Level: 171.1 - Posts: 2497)
Thu, 21st Jan '10 10:59 PM

Thank you for helping all of us think about what is important in life. There is so much that needs fixing in our world, it is hard to know where to start. Just look at Haiti.
The song Let There Be Peace on Earth and Let It Begin With Me comes to mind.

Blessings to all,

Haydn  (Level: 208.9 - Posts: 264)
Thu, 21st Jan '10 11:02 PM

This site is a great respite from the big stuff for me. Thanks to all for your kudos, well-deserved corrections and supportive messages!

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