I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.
It seems like each day we are hit with more bad news. For those of us in retirement we see the combination of plummeting investments with inflation and predictions of even stormier times ahead requiring us to rethink our life plans. Many of those not in retirement who have seen job loss, home foreclosures, loss of personal wealth, increased educational cost and incidences of uninsured health interventions are now having to readdress their life style. The future for almost everyone is unclear these days and most of us are faced with momentous choices. The adjustments can be difficult and it is often hard for our loved ones to understand.
Many of us may be at one of the most significant junctures in our lifetime. For many it will be a time of agony and woe resulting in anger and their striking out against whoever they can blame. Hopefully most will see the situation as a test of their mettle and the opportunity to decide what is really important in their lives. If we invest in maintaining a positive attitude, not by pretending that problems don’t exist, but rather by learning how to make the best of bad times we can find happiness in new ways. We need to decide if we will let adversity take us out of the game or will we implement changes that allow us to rise above it? The choice is ours. Here is what Ralph Marston suggests:
Adversity is only adversity. Choose not to make it anything more.
Adversity will affect the circumstances in which you live and work. Yet you do not have to let it affect who you are, or where you’re headed, or what you’re able to do. Take note of the setbacks and adjust to them. But don’t expand on them by making them a part of you.
Instead, use each instance of adversity as a reminder of why you have chosen to move in the direction you are moving. Use each setback as an opportunity to redouble your positive, forward-looking efforts. Every day brings new value and new possibilities. There is always a way to take the next step forward on the path you have chosen.
Find that step today and take it. No mere circumstance can stop you from moving steadily and joyfully forward in the direction of your dreams.
If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem.
Everything else is inconvenience.
I was walking into the casino when I passed a very depressed man sitting dejectedly on the floor by the entrance. Normally, I would have kept walking and minded my business, but something about this individual made me pause. So I stopped and asked him what was wrong. "Oh, I got problems you don’t want to hear about," he told me. I persisted. "What kind of problems?" I asked him. He looked up at me and said, "I just got bad news. My wife is very sick and needs immediate medical treatment. I don’t have insurance and I have to find the cash to take care of her."
"How much do you need?" I asked.
"$200.00," he responded.
I thought for a moment and then asked the guy, "Look, if I gave you the money to take your wife to the doctor, how do I know you just won’t turn around and go into this casino and gamble the money away."
He looked up at me reassuringly and stated "Oh, I got gambling money!"
God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones that I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.
Louise was describing her new apartment to her mother. "Mom, you’ve got to come and see it. It’s gorgeous! Great sitting room and the bedroom is exquisite. The kitchen is a model of efficiency and the bathroom…well, all I can say is…the bathroom is out of this world!"
There was a pause, then her mother remarked, "Isn’t that a little inconvenient?"
Believe it, those were sad days!
In the winter of 1926, Thelma Goldstein from Chicago treated herself to her first real vacation in Florida. Being unfamiliar with the area, she wandered into a restricted hotel in North Miami.
"Excuse me," she said to the manager. "My name is Mrs. Goldstein, and I’d like a small room for two weeks."
"I’m awfully sorry," he replied, "but all of our rooms are occupied." Just as he said that, a man came down and checked out.
"What luck," said Mrs. Goldstein. "Now there’s a room."
"Not so fast, Madam. I’m sorry, but this hotel is restricted. No Jews allowed."
"Jewish? Who’s Jewish? I happen to be Catholic."
"I find that hard to believe. Let me ask you, who was the Son of God?"
"Jesus, Son of Mary."
"Where was he born?"
"In a stable."
"And why was he born in a stable?"
"Because a schmuck like you wouldn’t let a Jew rent a room in his hotel!"
There is no failure except in no longer trying.
A woman was at work when she received a phone call that her daughter was very sick with a fever. She left her work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication for her daughter. When returning to her car she found that she had locked her keys in the car. She was in a hurry to get home to her sick daughter, she didn’t know what to do, so she called her home and told the baby sitter what had happened and that she did not know what to do.
The baby sitter told her that her daughter was getting worse. She said, "You might find a coat hanger and use that to open the door".
The woman looked around and found an old rusty coat hanger that had been thrown down on the ground possibly by someone else who at some time or other had locked their keys in their car. Then she looked at the hanger and said, "I don’t know how to use this."
So she bowed her head and asked God to send her some help. Within five minutes an old rusty car pulled up, with a dirty, greasy, bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag on his head. The woman thought, "Great God. This is what you sent to help me????" But, she was desperate, so she was also very thankful.
The man got out of his car and asked her if he could help. She said "Yes, my daughter is very sick……I stopped to get her some medication and I locked my keys in my car, I must get home to her. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car."
He said, "SURE". He walked over to the car, and in less than one minute the car was opened.
She hugged the man and through her tears she said, "THANK YOU SO MUCH…..You are a very nice man."
The man replied, "Lady, I am not a nice man, see, I just got out of prison today. I was in prison for car theft and have only been out for about an hour."
The woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears cried out loud….."THANK YOU, GOD, FOR SENDING ME A PROFESSIONAL!!!!"
"The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with."
A woman was driving down the highway about 75 miles an hour, when she noticed a motorcycle policeman following her. Instead of slowing down, she picked up speed. When she looked back again, their were two motorcycles following her. She shot up to 90 miles. The next time she looked around, there were three cops following her.
Suddenly, she spotted a gas station looming ahead. She screeched to a stop and ran into the lady’s room. Ten minutes later, she innocently walked out.
The three cops were standing their waiting for her. Without batting an eye, she said coyly, "I’ll bet none of you thought I would make it."
"This is how hope works: it looks for the good in people and situations, rather than finding the worst; it discovers what can be done instead of throwing up its hands at what can’t; it considers problems large and small, as opportunities to move forward when it would be easier to quit; it makes us human, helping us find the very best in ourselves for those around us and the situations we face."
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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