"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom
I was having coffee with a friend this morning when we started to talk about worry. I shared with him that I sometimes get criticized because I don’t often worry. As I am sure you know, most things we worry about never happen. I shared with my friend that I generally don’t worry about something until it is too late. I expect most everything to work out and most of the time it does and when it doesn’t there is no use worrying since it is time to do whatever needs to be done to get over it. Maybe I am not smart enough to worry much, or maybe lazy, or a little slow, whatever it is I like it. I know I do much better during worry-free time than I ever would if my mind was filled with worry. If something goes wrong I’ll deal with it when it does, until then let me stay happy and enjoy all there is to enjoy.
Here is something I found on the net that says it better than I ever could.
I will no longer worry about yesterday. It is in the past and the past will never change. Only I can change by choosing to do so.
I will no longer worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will always be there, waiting for me to make the most of it. But I cannot make the most of tomorrow without first making the most of today.
I will look in the mirror and I will see a person worthy of my respect and admiration. This capable person looking back at me is someone I enjoy spending time with and someone I would like to get to know better.
I will cherish each moment of my life. I value this gift bestowed upon me in this world and I will unselfishly share this gift with others. I will use this gift to enhance the lives of others.
I will take a moment to step off the beaten path and to revel in the mysteries I encounter. I will face challenges with courage and determination. I will overcome what barriers there may be which hinder my quest for growth and self-improvement.
I will take life one day at a time, one step at a time. Discouragement will not be allowed to taint my positive self-image, my desire to succeed or my capacity to love.
I walk with renewed faith in human kindness. Regardless of what has gone before, I believe there is hope for a brighter and better future.
I will open my mind and my heart. I will welcome new experiences. I will meet new people. I will not expect perfection from myself nor anyone else … perfection does not exist in an imperfect world. But I will applaud the attempt to overcome human foibles.
I am responsible for my own happiness and I will do things that make me happy. I will admire the beautiful wonders of nature, listen to my favorite music, pet a kitten or puppy, and soak in a bubble bath. Pleasure can be found in the most simple of gestures.
I will learn something new; I will try something different; I will savor all the various flavors life has to offer. I will change what I can and the rest I will let go. I will strive to become the best me I can possibly be.
I will live life this year in a way that I can look back on it fondly and without regrets and
I WILL MAKE THIS THE BEST YEAR EVER!
A gent from Chicago was on a fishing vacation up north in the Wisconsin woods He was out fishing on a lake in a small boat and not having much luck. He noticed a man in another small boat that was close by, open his tackle box and take out a mirror.
Being curious the man rowed over and enquired, "What is the mirror for?"
"That’s my secret way to catch fish," replied the other man. "I Shine the mirror on the top of the water. The fish notice the spot of sun on the water above and they swim up to the surface. Then I just reach down and net them and pull them into the boat."
"Wow! Does that really work?" exclaimed the guy from Chicago.
"You bet it does." was the response.
"Would you be interested in selling that mirror? I’ll give you $30 for it." offered the big city gent.
"Well, okay." said the country guy.
After the money was transferred, the city fisherman asked, "By the way, how many fish have you caught this week?"
The country local, grinned and said, "You’re the sixth."
"Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons."
"I had the toughest time of my life. First, I got angina pectoris and then arteriosclerosis. Just as I was recovering from these, I got tuberculosis, double pneumonia and phthisis. Then they gave me hypodermics. Appendicitis was followed by tonsillectomy. These gave way to aphasia and hypertrophic cirrhosis. I completely lost my memory for a while. I know I had diabetes and acute ingestion, besides gastritis, rheumatism, lumbago and neuritis. I don’t know how I pulled through it. It was the hardest spelling test I’ve ever had."
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
An old fellow came into the hospital truly on death’s door due to an infected gallbladder. The surgeon who removed the gallbladder was adamant that his patients be up and walking in the hall the day after surgery, to help prevent blood clots forming in the leg veins. The nurses walked the patient in the hall as ordered, and after the third day the nurse told how he complained bitterly each time they did. The surgeon told them to keep walking him.
After a week, the patient was ready to go. His family came to pick him up and thanked the surgeon profusely for what he had done for their father. The surgeon was pleased and appreciated the thanks, but told them that it was really a simple operation and we had been lucky to get him in time. "But doctor, you don’t understand," they said, "Dad hasn’t walked in over a year!"
"Did you know that hospital gowns come in three sizes?
"Short, shorter, and don’t bend over!"
In 1990 a woman entered a Haagen-Dazs in the Kansas City Plaza for an ice-cream cone. While she was ordering, another customer entered the store. She placed her order, turned and found herself face to face with Paul Newman. He was in town filming a movie. His blue eyes made her knees buckle. She finished paying and quickly walked out of the store, her heart still pounding. Gaining her composure she suddenly realized she didn’t have her cone; she turned to go back in. At the door she again came face-to-face with Paul Newman who was coming out. He said to her, "Are you looking for your ice-cream cone?" Unable to utter a word she nodded yes. "You put it in your purse with your change."
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
A blonde is on board a small two seater plane when suddenly the pilot dies. Not knowing how to fly a plane she grabs the radio. "Mayday, Mayday! My pilot just died!" she screams.
Ground control receives her call for help and answers back: "Don’t worry, madam. I’ll talk you down, just do as I say. First I need you to give me your height and position"
"I’m 5"2′ and sitting in the front"
Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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