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It’s working!

In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.

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I have had a pretty good week, I hope you have as well. My weight loss continues apace and I have become use to hearing the pounds falling off, fourteen of them so far. I also got on my treadmill on the days that I did not have a cardiac rehab session. The thing that has amazed me the most is that I have had events in the evening for the last three nights which have cut into my sleep and yet I seemed to stay alert as well as survive. It has been a long time since I have been able to do this well, who knows what I might accomplish if the energy curve continues to rise.

OK now that I have reported on how pleased I am with my progress I need to admit I am somewhat mortified that I at the same time demonstrated my lack of intelligence. I knew I needed to lose weight, I knew that my months of sedentary living was taking its toll. Yes I have had some medical setbacks but instead of working my way out of some of the problems I used my maladies as an excuse for inaction. True I had little energy, but rather than do what I could I let the lack of activity feed my downward spiral. Like I said I know better and now what I need to do is burn into my memory how much better my current improvement is than how I was while I rationalized inaction. I should have dipped into my Ralph Marston wisdom file and followed this advice that he provided some time ago..


Your time to begin

The place to start is where you are. The way to start is by doing what you can, with what you know, using what you have. You may get it wrong at first. But if you wait until you’re sure you can get it perfect, you’ll never get it done.

The best learning comes from doing. The way to get the experience you seek is to get busy without hesitation. The longer you wait to get started, the more powerful your doubts will grow. Jump in right away, get  going, and those doubts won’t have a chance to take hold.

Time always moves forward whether you move forward or not. Your most effective strategy is to make use of each moment as soon as it arrives.


Marston said “But if you wait until you’re sure you can get it perfect, you’ll never get it done.” In my case I was waiting to work on feeling better until I felt better, how dumb is that.

Have you got something that you could do that will provide you some health and/or happiness dividends? If you do how about joining me and get to work today, like he said “you may get it wrong at first” but I guarantee you’ll never get it right if you don’t start. Now my dear friends I am off to enjoy a super weekend I hope you will do the same.


Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

World Health Organization


We Were So Poor That We Could Only Afford…

Medicines called placebos

Five of the Ten Commandments

Bagel holes

Sunrise Or Sunset

Webster’s Extremely Abridged Dictionary

White Crayolas

Lipton Tea Bag strings


There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.

Aldous Huxley


My friend Ken sent me this Terrorist Alert some years ago:

We have just been notified by Security that there have been six suspected terrorists working out of our office.

Five of the six have been apprehended. Bin Sleepin, Bin Loafin, Bin Goofin, Bin Lunchin and Bin Drinkin have been taken into custody. Security advised us that they could find no one fitting the description of the sixth cell member, Bin Workin, at our office Security is confident that anyone who looks like he’s Bin Workin will be very easy to spot.

You are not a suspect at this time.


Everyone thinks I’m psychotic, except for my friends deep inside the earth.”


– Hello, that’s you, Abe?

– Yes, dis is Abe…

– It doesn’t sount like Abe

– Vell, dis is Abe all right.

– You’re positive it’s Abe?

– Absolutely.

– Vell, listen Abie, dis is Moe. Can you lend me fifty dollars?

– Ven Abe comes in, I’ll tell him you called…


My mind not only wanders, sometimes it leaves completely.


A member of the Country Club asked the lifeguard how he might go about teaching a young lady to swim.

“It takes considerable time and technique.” replied the guard. “First you must take her into the water, then place one arm about her waist, hold her tightly, then take her right arm and raise it very slowly…”

“This is certainly most helpful.” said the member. “I know that my sister will appreciate it.”

“Your sister?” said the lifeguard. “In that case, just push her into the deep end of the pool. She’ll learn in a hurry.”


Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.


An off-duty police officer, familiar with radar guns, drove through a school zone within the legal speed limit when the flash of a camera went off, taking a picture of his license plate.

The officer, thinking the radar was in error, drove by again; even more slowly.  Another flash.  He did it again for a third time, at an even slower speed.  Same result.

“This guy must have screwed up the settings,” the off-duty officer thought.

A few weeks later, when he received the violations in the mail, he discovered three traffic tickets: each for not wearing a seat belt!


If I’d known I was going to live so long, I’d have taken better care of myself.

Leon Eldred


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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