by Henry Jackson
that the time capsule in which this memo is to be placed
will primarily be of interest
to you two at some point in the future. I am
therefore addressing it to you.
I could discuss many things, I choose to tell you about some
of the lessons that I have learned
about life and that I consider
Approach life with gratefulness: Be grateful for a sunny day, and
for a rainy day (which has its
own magic if you look for it). Look for
simple things in life to be thankful
for: a casual conversation with a
friend, finding a parking spot,
a delicious apple. Once we adopt the habit
of being on the lookout for things
to be thankful for, they appear in
abundance and our life is filled
Everyone is doing the best they can: The person who deliberately
chooses to do an evil act is rare.
Most of what we do that irritates
others, or that others do that
is inadvertent rather than intentional.
with others, seek clarity and compassion. Everyone
struggles with their own concerns,
with their inclination to be
self-involved or preoccupied with
their own interests, rather than aware of
others and sensitive to their
needs. We can start with the assumption that people intend to cause
us harm or irritation and we will
spend much of our lives in anger,
being critical of others --
or we can start with the assumption
that no one
wishes to hurt us, that others
are simply absorbed
with their own worries, and that
everyone is doing the best
that he or she can.
Let people be who they are: None of us has the right and we
certainly have no obligation to
change anyone else.
We cannot know what is best for
or what would suit their personality
human personality is so intricate
that it is hazardous
and presumptuous for us to try
to change anyone.
The best things in life aren't things: It takes effort to resist
the consumer values of our culture,
and to remain aware that
we do not need, and do not derive
commensurate enjoyment from,
many of the things that we are
urged to acquire --
at the cost of spending so much
lives working to earn the money
to buy them. The one who dies
with the most toys, still dies,
and the things that we own, own us.
The measure of
an individual is not what he or
she has --
but what he or she is.
are two ways to feel wealthy: Earn more or desire less.
It is important to exercise some
critical judgment about the things
that we are encouraged to desire,
so that we do not spend out lives working excessively to obtain things
that do not
significantly enhance our lives.
This is my movie: Each of us is living his or her own drama
-- it is not a dress rehearsal.
And each of us is the principal actor,
playwright, director, producer
and audience of the movie or play that is
our life. We have to recognize
and accept our personal responsibility for
our movie and not see ourselves
as victims of circumstances or the
influence of others. We
must constantly ask ourselves -- Is this the way
I want my movie to turn out?
And if it isn't, we have to take action
to make the changes that are necessary.
Each play is unique and is the
most authentic expression of who we are.
It is the single most important
creative act that we are capable
every scene and every line, with awareness that
the play is of infinite value
because it is performed only once
and then never again.
best of good wishes for good things in abundance in the New
-- Henry Jackson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Posted with Mr. Jackson's permission
I am honoured, and I have not misspelt
'honoured' I am an English born
(London) Canadian citizen.
All, you need to know is printed
in Heartwarmers, and I posted it to
everyone I know on the Internet,
including Heartwarmers. The lovely
responses I have received enhance
my opinion of the human race,
particularly wonderful, wonderful
Americans. A few sour ones, but
what the heck.
Enjoy your day, enjoy your life.
Heartwarmers Mailing List Note:
Henry says, "I wrote this
on New Year's Eve, December 31, 1999. I had a
dream in which my daughter and
her fiance had called and asked me to write
something that could be hidden
in a time capsule for 25 years. I thought
that some members of Heartwarmers
might enjoy it."
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