Sad People: Dead at 25, Buried at 70


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he store where I purchase rhinestones requires customers to take a number and wait to be called. Over the years I’ve come to know each of the sales clerks.

Instead of leading with, “Let me get 10 gross of Swarovski, ss20’s in crystal volcano.” I greet the sales agents with a smile and an enthusiastic, “How ya doing’?”

Some people don’t think about their reply and impulsively respond with, “I’m fine,” or “Good.”

On one particular occasion a sales clerk before replying to me paused, went completely still, stared me down, took a deep inhale, shrugged her shoulders and said, “No joy, I have no joy. I stand here all day wearing this uniform and measure out rhinestones.”

Her eyes were sad and she looked as though she was on her last leg. I felt for her.

She was about 40 years of age but at that moment she had the disposition of an 80-year-old.

I spoke with her for a while. I found it interesting that even though she has no idea what I did for a living, she kept saying to me, “You’re lucky.”

When I asked why she thought I was lucky, she replied, “Because you have courage, you’re not afraid.”

How sad that many of us die with so much life left in us.

You are here for greatness. Regardless of circumstance or condition you have the power to create the life you want.

Despite background, family, or environment – please know that you don’t need something outside yourself to happen before you can triumph.

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

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