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What Money Can’t Buy

A First Kiss from Someone Special – The sweet rush of butterflies in your tummy when you kiss someone special for the very first time.

The Realization of True Love – The warm feeling you get many years after your first kiss when you realize you married the right person.

Beauty – Because beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

True Friendship – Through thick and thin, they stood by your side.  They were there when you had nothing but them.

Peace of Mind – It can only be acquired with an honest heart.

Beginner’s Eyes – You’ll never see it again for the very first time.

The Joy of Telling an Interesting True Story – One of the most enticing roles we lead in life is that of a storyteller.  There are few things more satisfying than telling a true story that others enjoy listening to.

Happiness – True happiness is achieved by doing what you love and being involved in something you believe in.

Success – Success is simply excelling at doing what you love.

A Single Moment of Time – Once it’s gone, it’s gone.  Don’t miss it.

A Baby’s Laughter – Babies don’t care about money.  They care about kindness, love, and living in the moment.

Surprise Encounters with Long-Lost Friends – You haven’t seen them in years, and you figured you’d probably never see them again.  Then suddenly, there they are standing right in front of you.

The Feeling of Self-Accomplishment – You set your sights on a specific goal and followed through until you achieved it.  Now that’s something to celebrate.

The Sound of Raindrops Outside – …as you snuggle up on the couch.  Few sounds are more soothing.

A Good, Genuine Conversation – Those moments of verbal bonding when the topic of conversation flows seamlessly and all parties involved gain as much as they put in.

An Unexpected Compliment – It seems like just another dreary Monday afternoon, but then she walks into your office and says, “I love your shirt.  That color looks great on you.”

The Feeling You Get When Your Idea Works – You’ve been struggling to resolve a complex problem all day, but you just can’t seem to get it right.  Filled with frustration, you decide to try one last idea before calling it a night.  You’ve had many ideas before that failed miserably… but this time it works.

Randomly Hearing Your Favorite Song – You’re stuck in bumper to bumper rush hour traffic, so you crank on a radio station for a little distraction.  The opening notes to your favorite song instantly chime in.

Watching a Live Blooper Unfold in Front of You – As you walk alongside a friend, she trips over her own feet, wobbles erratically, regains her balance, and then tries to play it off like nothing happened.  Hilarious!

A Sunny Sunday Afternoon – The birds are chirping, a light breeze in blowing through your hair, and the sun’s rays are warming your cheeks.

The Rush of Adolescent Love – Those magical moments of adolescent lust and affection that only you and one other person rightly remember.

Being In The Right Place at The Right Time – You’re sitting in the nosebleed seats at a professional baseball game.  The home team batter cranks a monstrous, game-winning home run.  The ball bounces off another fan’s glove two seats in front of you and lands right in your lap.

The Recollection of Great Childhood Memories – Do you remember the first time you learned to ride a bike?  What about wrestling with your dad?  Or climbing trees with your friends?

Reminiscing About Old Times with Your Best Friend – Those crazy life experiences only the two of you lived through together.  Like that wild 24 hour road trip to Atlanta, or that drunken night on the 3rd floor balcony of your college apartment.

Passion – True wealth comes naturally to those who follow their hearts.  You can’t pay someone to be emotionally passionate about something.  Nor can you pay them to psychologically give-up on their passions.

Objects of Sentimental Value – Old family photos, your great grandmother’s music box, that painting your baby brother made for you… some things are priceless.

The Comfort of an Old Familiar Smell – You just pulled into your parent’s driveway after being away for a long while.  You smell familiarity in the air, the scent of the pine tree in the neighbor’s yard.  As you head through the front door, more familiar smells consume your senses.  Gosh, it feels good to be home.

The Hilarity of an Inside Joke – You’ll never get it unless you were there at its inception.

Amazing Talents You Are Born With – Like the mind of a genius or the voice of an angel.

The Excitement of Making Someone Else Smile – Because her smile makes you smile back.

Exercising Your 5 Senses – Sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.  Each provides a gateway to rewarding personal experiences.

Sharing a Good Laugh with Friends and Family – Some of the most memorable moments in your life will be moments spent in laughter.

The Warm Coziness of Your Own Bed – No bed is more comfortable than your own.

Watching Wild Animals in Nature – Like a hawk gracefully soaring above the tree line, or a deer prancing across a grassy field.

A Home – Money can buy a house, but not a home.  Because home is where the heart is.

Waking Up to the Smell of a Home Cooked Meal – You were still asleep, but someone special knew you’d be hungry soon.

The Peaceful Sound of Absolute Silence – Shhhhh…

Streams of Consciousness and Clarity – You’re ‘in the zone!’  Act while your mind is hot.

The Sound of a Light Breeze Through the Trees – It’s the sound of Mother Nature all around you.

The Captivating Experience of People Watching – The interesting (and sometimes foolish) things people do never ceases to please.  You can’t buy this quality of entertainment.

Watching the Sunrise and Sunset with Your Beloved – Make time for this.  It’s worth it.

The Sound and Sight of Ocean Waves – Another phenomenal act of Mother Nature.

The ‘Pump’ After a Great Workout – You feel like you can conquer the world.

The Blissful Act of Daydreaming – Just being… and thinking… and dreaming.

When He Says “I Love You” – …and you know she means it because you can read the sincerity in her eyes.

When an Unlikely Someone Remembers Your Birthday – A friend you haven’t seen in over a month calls you at 9AM on your birthday just to say “happy birthday.”

Finding Something You Thought You’d Lost Forever – You searched for it for days and finally gave up.  Now, six months later, it basically appears right in front of you.

The Inspiration Behind Creative Works of Art – Every piece of art is priceless in the eyes of someone who can relate to it.  The creative inspiration behind these works of art is no different.

When Your Pet Snuggles Up Next to You – It’s just soooo cute.

A Moment of Eye Contact with an Attractive Stranger – You’ve never seen them before, and you may never see them again.  But a moment was shared.

A Long Hug from a Loved One – Those deep, warm hugs you wish you could nestle in forever.

Happily Singing at The Top of Your Lungs – Well… You know you make me wanna shout! Kick my heels up and shout! Throw my hands up and shout! Throw my head back and shout! Come on now… Shout!

Seeing Your Breath on a Chilly Night – A simple phenomenon that has entertained children since the beginning of mankind.

The Feeling of Acceptance – You’re now a part of something greater… and it feels good.

Watching the Clouds Form Cool Shapes – Never the same show twice.

Cuddling a Newborn Baby – Precious… simply precious.

When You Know You Can Trust Someone – You can see it in their eyes and you can feel it in your heart.  They have no ulterior motive.

Sitting Around a Bonfire with Your Friends – One of the greatest settings for reminiscing and storytelling with those your care about.

Seeing Two Elderly Folks Who are Madly in Love – It’s a sight of love that has surpassed the tests of time.

The Beauty of a Moonlit Sky – Few simple pleasures are more satisfying than gazing up into a starry, moonlit sky.

The Awesomeness of Skipping Rocks Across Water – It doesn’t matter how old you get, this one never gets old.

Watching Lightning in the Distance – Peaceful and powerful at the same time.

Slow Dancing in Your Living Room – Dancing is like dreaming with your feet. -Constanze

Knowing He’ll Be There When You Get Back – Yes.  There is stability in your life.  And he’s a big part of it.

The Colors of Fall – It’s Mother Nature’s artwork.

People Who Make You Smile Just by Thinking of Them – Wherever I am, no matter what I’m doing, just thinking of him makes me smile.

The Warm Touch of Your Beloved – It’s the touch no one else has.

When You Realize People Are Reading What You Write – Words can’t explain it.  Thank you.

August 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

19 Parts of Your Body You Don’t Need


1. VOMERONASAL ORGAN (VNO), or Jacobson’s organ: a tiny hole on each side of the nasal bridge that is considered to be connected to nonfunctional chemical receptors. Could be all that is left from our once great ability to detect pheromones.

2. EXTRINSIC EAR MUSCLES: These three muscles most likely made it possible for our ancestors to move their ears independently of their heads, as rabbits and dogs do. We still have them, which is why most people can learn to wiggle their ears.

3. WISDOM TEETH: Early humans had to chew a lot of plants to get enough calories to survive, making another row of molars helpful, but unless you chew a lot of branches, these will eventually come out in a painful procedure. Only about 5 percent of the population has a healthy set of these third molars.

4. NECK RIB: A set of cervical ribs—possibly leftovers from the age of reptiles, still appear in less than 1 percent of the population. They often cause nerve and artery problems.

5. THIRD EYELID: A common ancestor of birds and mammals may have had a membrane for protecting the eye and sweeping out debris. Humans retain only a tiny fold in the inner corner of the eye, exactly there where you always catch a spec of dust or debris.

6. DARWIN’S POINT: A small folded point of skin toward the top of each ear is occasionally found in modern humans. It may be a remnant of a larger shape that helped focus distant sounds.

7. SUBCLAVIUS MUSCLE: This small muscle stretching under the shoulder from the first rib to the collarbone would be useful if humans still walked on all fours. Some people have one, some have none, and a few have two.

8. PALMARIS MUSCLE: This long, narrow muscle runs from the elbow to the wrist and is missing in 11 percent of modern humans. It may once have been important for hanging and climbing. Surgeons harvest it for reconstructive surgery.

9. MALE NIPPLES: Lactiferous ducts form well before testosterone causes sex differentiation in a fetus. Men have mammary tissue that can be stimulated to produce milk. This just makes me angry; I’ve been spending a fortune on milk all these years! I’ll have to test this tomorrow with my Special K.

10. ERECTOR PILI: Bundles of smooth muscle fibers allow animals to puff up their fur for insulation or to intimidate others. Humans retain this ability (goose bumps are the indicator) but have obviously lost most of the fur.

11. APPENDIX: This narrow, muscular tube attached to the large intestine served as a special area to digest cellulose when the human diet consisted more of plant matter than animal protein. It also produces some white blood cells. Annually, more than 300,000 Americans have an appendectomy.

12. THIRTEENTH RIB: Our closest cousins, chimpanzees and gorillas, have an extra set of ribs. Most of us have 12, but 8 percent of adults have the extras.

13. PLANTARIS MUSCLE: Often mistaken for a nerve by freshman medical students, the muscle was useful to other primates for grasping with their feet. It has disappeared altogether in 9 percent of the population.

14. MALE UTERUS: A remnant of an undeveloped female reproductive organ hangs off the male prostate gland.

15. FIFTH TOE: Lesser apes use all their toes for grasping or clinging to branches. Humans need mainly the big toe for balance while walking upright, the other four are for holding when you slam them on a coffee table at night!

16. FEMALE VAS DEFERENS: What might become sperm ducts in males become the epoophoron in females, a cluster of useless dead-end tubules near the ovaries.

17. PYRAMIDALIS MUSCLE: More than 20 percent of us lack this tiny, triangular pouch-like muscle that attaches to the pubic bone. It may be a relic from pouched marsupials.

18. COCCYX: These fused vertebrae are all that’s left of the tail that most mammals still use for balance and communication. Our hominid ancestors lost the need for a tail before they began walking upright. All they’re good for now is give us painful falls on the butt.

19. PARANASAL SINUSES: The nasal sinuses of our early ancestors may have been lined with odor receptors that gave a heightened sense of smell, which aided survival. No one knows why we retain these perhaps troublesome mucus-lined cavities, except to make the head lighter and to warm and moisten the air we breathe.

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