Thought for the Day.... - Posted by Ed Garcia

Posted by CarolFL on May 28, 2000 at 14:47:23:

Wow, I get to email that one to Dennis, out in the Wild West! (he hardly checks the newsgroup without me to point out the good stuff.)

Ed, I know how devoted you are to your family and your wife in particular… it’s just that serene doesn’t describe your personality (though my money says you have more than your share of it internally, where it counts.)

It’s so easy to yank your chain - 'cause you care so much.

BTW, while in SLC this next semester, I intend to get to San D to visit family. Trust we’ll have the pleasure of meeting some of your family of mythical stature!

As always,

Thought for the Day… - Posted by Ed Garcia

Posted by Ed Garcia on May 28, 2000 at 09:37:12:

Thought for the Day?.

I’m sure most of you have heard today’s “Thought for the Day” before, but it’s a good one.
I’m sorry to say, that I’m doing it from memory and it may be a little incorrect from the
original, and I can’t remember the author.

Thought for the Day?.

GOD gave us the ABILITY, to accept the things we cannot change.

To CHANGE the things we can.

And the WISDOM, to know the difference.

Ed Garcia

Here ya go, Ed… - Posted by Brandi_TX

Posted by Brandi_TX on May 28, 2000 at 14:12:16:

Though most people recite just the first part, here is the Original Serenity Prayer as written by Reinhold Niebuhr:

“God, grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference: living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time: accepting hardship as a pathway to peace: taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is not as I would have it: trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will: so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.”

I needed to be reminded of that, I keep getting closer… - Posted by Stew (NE)

Posted by Stew (NE) on May 28, 2000 at 13:00:07:

but just falling short of finding another property(I have one rental). I believe my criteria is sound, because I found a house that met it and just got outbid. Oh well, this is something I can’t change. I know that I can only fail if I stop trying. So in the words (actually one word) of the true real estate investor…NEXT!

I like your version, even if it’s a bit different - Posted by Carol

Posted by Carol on May 28, 2000 at 11:35:22:

No surprise the “serenity” part didn’t show up in your version … how does that show up in the rest of your life, Ed !!

Re: Brandi, that’s it… - Posted by Ed Garcia

Posted by Ed Garcia on May 28, 2000 at 14:45:09:


That’s it. Thank you for correcting me. I lost the thought for the day, I originally
was going to give, so I had to think of something to replace it. I think it’s a good one.


Ed Garcia

Re: I like your version, even if it’s a bit different - Posted by Ed Garcia

Posted by Ed Garcia on May 28, 2000 at 14:39:26:

It’s there Carol.

I always try to put things in their proper perspective. I don’t always accomplish it,
but I do most of the time. Carol, you know FAMILY is important. Believe it or not, last night
Old Garcia, took his wife and daughter to see the movie, Dinosaur’s.

I’ll be working this weekend with some of my students from the workshop. as well as all of next
Week. Next weekend I’ll be going to Del Mar to the horse show, my daughters show Arabian show horses.
They show English Pleasure. We have a couple of good horses that we feel can compete on the
National level. So this year my oldest daughter who is 16, has already qualified to go to the Nationals and
we’re taking her. Then there’s my wife Sandra. Carol, I have been blessed with the best wife on the planet,
who else could put up with me. The problem is Carol, when you have a wife as good as mine, you can
never do enough for her. Sandra is a beautiful tall blonde 5’9 130lbs who is a Mother with a capital “M”.

She at one time had her own business and when I married her we both felt it was in our best interest for
her to sell her business and stay home to raise our girls. If you were to ask me one of the most romantic occasions I’ve done for Sandra, it was on her birthday.

I told her to dress up because I was taking her out to dinner. When she went out side there was a white limo
waiting for her, with birthday decorations in it with her name on them. We went off in the limo, and would
you believe we got lost. We found ourselves driving around, and next thing you know some how we ended
up at the air port. The next thing you know out of the sky comes this helicopter from no where, and lands
right next to the limo. I brought another couple with us, and the pilot and his assistant, escorted us from the
limo into the helicopter. After we got into the helicopter, the helicopter flew us off to L.A. to have dinner.

When we arrived in L.A. we landed on a high story building called the Towers, which is one of the twin towers. There were some host there to greet us and escort us down to the restaurant where we had a fantastic dinner. We drank fantastic wine and had a great meal, along with some good company.
Our table was right by the window on the 22nd floor with a fantastic view for Sandra.

After dinner the helicopter returned to pick us up and we flew all around the city looking at the city lights.
By this time after drinking some great wine and champagne, the helicopter flew us in to Burbank, California where our limo was waiting for us. This time the limo had a special birthday cake with Sandra’s name on it, and we were laughing, drinking, and sharing old times until the wee hours of the morning.

The cost of this event was nothing, knowing that I had done something special for Sandra that was out of the ordinary. Something that took a little imagination, and caring to want to go to such an extreme to have a birthday dinner for her, that she will never forget, and perhaps have memories that she can take to her grave. Carol, many of my most fantastic moments with my wife cost me nothing. We’ve shared a walk on the beach, having a glass of wine just sitting around the pool, talking about what ever comes up at the time.

Carol, there is no question that I am somewhat of a driven man. Everything I do, I do with a passion.
But for some reason you give me the feeling that maybe you think that I’m so driven, that I don’t spend
time where it counts. Carol, there’s one more thing I’d better tell you about this tall blonde. She would never let it happen.

She does to me, what you do to Dennis, and that’s why I’m always asking about him,


Ed Garcia