“A day will never be any more than what you make of it. Practice being a “doer”!
Josh S. Hinds
You’ve heard me talk a lot lately about avoiding the trap of isolation which can result in permanent stagnation. I have discovered that many of us hold back not because of fear that we won’t find happiness but because we think we have no alternative but to continue as we have been, at least for now. I know I have harped a lot in the past about not waiting to do things for yourself until there is little time left to do even a few of the things on our wish lists. Some of us feel even more pain when we finally convince ourselves that we now have the time to take that long hike or climb that mountain only to find that we no longer are physically capable of doing so and our hopes then turn to regrets. I hope you remove things from your list by doing them and not by your health making them impossible to do.
I have been surprised at how well I have been able to maintain my dietary discipline. I am pleased with what I am doing but I am not a fanatic and so I reward myself now and then with a treat rather than waiting until I have forgotten how enjoyable some calorie rich food can be. So join me and take this anonymous author’s advice and don’t wait, just do it now.
Just Do It
Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.
I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back… From then on, I’ve tried to be a little more flexible. How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn’t suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word “refrigeration” mean nothing to you? How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched ‘Jeopardy’ on television?
I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, “How about going to lunch in a half hour?” She would gasp and stammer, “I can’t. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain.” And my personal favorite: “It’s Monday.” She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.
Because we cram so much into our lives, we tend to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect! We’ll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Stevie toilet-trained. We’ll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We’ll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.
Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of “I’m going to,” “I plan on,” and “Someday, when things are settled down a bit.”
When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.
My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It’s just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.
Now… Go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to…… not something on your SHOULD DO list.
If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?
The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure”
More from the unofficial Catholic dictionary:
Egypt—the country which created the first form of writing: hieroglyphics—the basis for all medical prescriptions.
Envy— The sin Catholics commit when they think of non-Catholics who get to remain seated during their church services.
Eternity—The time between Communion and the end of Mass.
Evangelists, TV 1. Preachers with miraculous power—the ability to squeeze dollars out of the penniless.
Everlasting life— What a Catholic will need to understand all the changes since Vatican II.
Eye of the needle— The analogy that provides a strong incentive for rich men to breed tiny camels.
What a pity human beings can’t exchange problems. Everyone knows exactly how to solve the other fellow’s.
I hate smart sales clerks. I said to one, “What do you have in lingerie?” She said, “More than you’ll ever have!”
Cleaning your house before the kids have stopped growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.
The last thing my kids ever did to earn money was lose their baby teeth.
He is a typical husband. When I drive he complains about every telephone pole I hit. But does he ever compliment me on the ones I miss?
Once my husband said to me, “I’m going to have some coffee. Do you want me to put some hot water on for you?” I thought that was the least he could do, considering I was giving birth!”
“It’s just to hot to wear clothes today,” said Jack as he stepped out of the shower. “Honey, what do you think the neighbors would think if I mowed the lawn like this?”
“Probably that I married you for your money.”
“There are two different kinds of people in this world: those who finish what they start, and”
The minister’s little six-year-old girl had been so naughty during the week, that her mother decided to give her the worst kind of punishment. She told her she couldn’t go to the Sunday School Picnic on Saturday. When the day came, her mother felt she had been too harsh and changed her mind. When she told the little girl she could go to the picnic, the child’s reaction was one of gloom and unhappiness. “What’s the matter? I thought you’d be glad to go to the picnic.” her mother said. “It’s too late!” the little girl said. “I’ve already prayed for rain!”
Originality is the art of concealing your sources.
John was called into his bank to discuss his accounts.
“Your finances are in terrible shape,” the banker stated. “Your checking account is overdrawn, your loan is overdue.”
“Yes, I know.” said the man. “It’s my wife Jill, she is out of control.”
“Why do you allow your wife to spend more money than you have?” asked the banker.
“Frankly,” replied the man with a deep sigh, “because I’d rather argue with you than with her.”
“To the degree we’re not living our dreams, our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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