We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.
François Duc de La Rochefoucauld
Sorry for being late, the day got away from me, between a morning and a noon meeting and hours installing new security software the clock skipped 2, 3, and 4 PM and went straight to 5. Rather than wait any longer I am sending a favorite from the past.
I like many others have been distressed by those things that are happening around us. War, rising prices, medical costs, terrorism, governmental fiscal mismanagement, political polarization and partisanship, are all burdens we share. What is even more bothersome is the fact that these are legacies we will leave for our children and our grandchildren. It will be even worse if we let it get to us and we become part of the problem. My friend Jen offers the following advice to treat ourselves.
Stop Criticizing Yourself – Criticism never changes a thing. Refuse to criticize yourself. Accept yourself exactly as you are. Everybody changes. When you criticize yourself, your changes are negative. When you approve of yourself, your changes are positive.
Don’t Scare Yourself – Stop terrorizing yourself with your thoughts. It’s a dreadful way to live. Find a mental image that gives you pleasure (mine is yellow roses), and immediately switch your scary thought to a pleasurable thought.
Be Gentle And Kind And Patient – Be gentle with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be patient with yourself as you learn the new ways of thinking. Treat yourself as you would someone you really loved.
Be Kind To Your Mind – Self hatred is only hating your own thoughts. Don’t hate yourself for having the thoughts. Gently change your thoughts.
Praise Yourself – Criticism breaks down the inner spirit. Praise builds it up. Praise yourself as much as you can. Tell yourself how well you are doing with every little thing.
Support Yourself – Find ways to support yourself. Reach out to friends and allow them to help you. It is being strong to ask for help when you need it.
Be Loving To Your Negatives – Acknowledge that you created them to fulfill a need. Now, you are finding new, positive ways to fulfill those needs. So, lovingly release the old negative patterns.
Take Care Of Your Body – Learn about nutrition. What kind of fuel does your body need to have optimum energy and vitality? Learn about exercise. What kind of exercise can you enjoy? Cherish and revere the temple you live in.
Mirror Work – Look into your eyes often. Express this growing sense of love you have for yourself. Forgive yourself looking into the mirror. Talk to your parents looking into the mirror. Forgive them too. At least once a day say: "I love you, I really love you."
Love Yourself .. Do It Now – Don’t wait until you get well, or lose the weight, or get the new job, or the new relationship. Begin now — and do the best you can.
"If you cannot find peace within yourself,
you will never find it anywhere else."
~~ Marvin Gaye ~~
A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.
"13 Things PMS Stands For"
1. Pass My Shotgun
2. Psychotic Mood Shift
3. Perpetual Munching Spree
4. Puffy Mid-Section
5. People Make me Sick
6. Provide Me with Sweets
7. Pardon My Sobbing
8. Pimples May Surface
9. Pass My Sweatpants
10. Pissy Mood Syndrome
11. Plainly; Men Suck
12. Pack My Stuff
13. Potential Murder Suspect
Another good thing about being poor is that when you are seventy your children will not have you declared legally insane in order to gain control of your estate.
A new mother goes upstairs to check on her napping infant. As she opens the door she see’s her husband sitting in front of the crib. He hasn’t noticed her yet so she slowly and quietly walks up to him. The new father is just staring at the baby in the crib, not saying a word, deep in thought. The mother looks and sees expressions of bewilderment, disbelief, and absolute pure joy on her husband’s face.
Dad finally notices his wife and says, "It’s amazing, isn’t it?"
Mother who, spent over 17 hours in labor without an epidural, says, "Yes dear, it’s just incredible," as she wipes a tear of joy from her husband’s face.
He looks directly into her eyes and says, "Who’da thought ya could buy a crib this good for fifty bucks!"
There’s nothing in the world I wouldn’t do for my brother, and there’s nothing in the world he wouldn’t do for me. We spend our lives doing nothing for each other.
Phil and Jill had been married for many years but now were in divorce court. The judge asked, "Phil, is it true that the last three years of your marriage, you did not speak to Jill?"
Phil replies, "Yes Judge, that is correct."
"And how do you explain this unusual conduct?" the judge inquires.
Phil replies, "I didn’t want to interrupt her, Your Honor. Momma always said that’s impolite!"
A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.
The Wizard to the Tin Man
You may have heard the old joke about Shirley, the Jewish mother in NYC, who brought her 6 year old boy to the psychoanalyst, who diagnosed: "Nothing much wrong with your son, just a slight Oedipus complex.
Said Shirley the mom… "Oedipus, schmedipus, the important thing is that he loves his mother"
If you don’t have wrinkles, you haven’t laughed enough.
"The people who influence us the most are not those who detain us with their continual talk,
but those who live their lives like the stars of the sky and ‘the lilies of the field’ — simply and unaffectedly.
Those are the lives that mold and shape us."
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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