“You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations.”
Sometimes it is easier to go with the flow than it is to buck the current, today is one of those days for me. I have been experiencing some of those old guy internal plumbing problems the last couple of weeks and the Doctors so far have provided sympathy, solace and some medication but to no avail. While I do appreciate the additional exercise I get from frequent trips to the loo I would much rather limit my exercise to my daily routine at the gym. Unfortunately my malady will again prevent me the pleasure of my regular Cardiac workout this morning due to my inclement personal needs.
But all is not lost I will do the invocation at a meeting later this morning in between visits to the water closet and then shoot off for late morning medical tests accompanied by a visit with Super-Docs who hopefully hold the key to turning off the spigot. The not so good news is that I will miss an important multi-service community center board meeting. I hate to miss it but the only time the Docs could fit me in for their medical magic was at the same time the board will meet.
Like I keep saying life is an adventure filled with wonder, sometimes of our choosing and sometimes by events, today I wonder what my remedy will entail. I spend so much time with my many medical support team members that I think I should get frequent patient points as well as an invite to the next health provider patient appreciation party.
What surprises many of my friends and family is how I have learned not to worry or fret over less than catastrophic problems. I do not look at my current malady with woe and disappointment nor anxiety; it is just another detour that I sometimes have to take. What I do look forward to is getting the problem taken care of for I have learned over the years just how pleasurable pain removal can be. I never will understand those that delay taking care of themselves for fear that the Docs might find something wrong. Ralph Marston wrote some time ago about managing the power of your thoughts that I like, I hope you will too.
How you spend your thoughts
How are you spending your precious, powerful thoughts? Are you spending them on the things you desire or on the things you detest? Would you waste your money buying things you didn’t even want? It makes no more sense to waste your thoughts on those things you don’t want.
Your life unfolds in accordance with your most pervasive thoughts. Your actions, and the results they bring, flow directly from what you think from moment to moment. Can you create and nourish a rich and detailed vision of yourself living the life you wish to live? Yes, of course you can.
Allow yourself to fashion that vision, to nourish it, to expand upon it with your thoughts, and by so doing, to truly live it. The more you focus your thoughts on what you do desire, the more surely you bring those desires to life. Make positive and meaningful use of the awesome power of your thoughts. Where your thoughts most frequently go, your life will surely and quickly follow.
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
Anthony J. D’Angelo
A teacher was having trouble teaching arithmetic to one little boy. So she said, “If you reached in your right pocket and found a nickel, and you reached in your left pocket and found another one, what would you have?”
“Somebody else’s pants.”
The worst tempered people I have ever met were those who knew that they were wrong.
There’s a story about an MIT student who spent an entire summer going to the Harvard football field every day wearing a black and white striped shirt, walking up and down the field for ten or fifteen minutes throwing birdseed, blowing a whistle, and then walking off the field.
At the end of the summer, it came time for the first Harvard home football game, the referee walked onto the field and blew the whistle, and the game had to be delayed for a half hour to wait for the birds to get off of the field.
The guy wrote his thesis on this, and graduated.
“The person who would like to make his dreams come true must stay awake.”
A housewife with three young children was getting dinner ready when the phone rang. The six-year-old picked it up and said, “Hi, Daddy!” and she began telling him about her day. She then passed the phone to her brother and sister as was the custom whenever Daddy called from work.
When it was finally the wife’s turn to talk she took the receiver and said, “Hi, hon.”
“Thank God, lady,” the voice on the other end replied. “I just called to tell you that the wallpaper you ordered is here!”
I don’t suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it!
Two truck drivers, Ralph and Cletus, who drove as a team, were interviewing for a job at a new trucking company. Many questions were asked, and answered, with Ralph doing most of the talking as Cletus never had much to say.
The interview was coming to a close with one more question. “Ralph, you’re driving in the mountains in Colorado. You’re going down a very steep grade with a very sharp curve at the bottom. All of a sudden, your brakes quit. What do you do?”
Ralph scratched his chin for a bit, then said, “I’d wake up Cletus.”
The interviewer was puzzled and asked “Why wake up Cletus?”
Ralph replied, “Because he ain’t never seen a wreck like we’re fixin to have!”
Hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off NOW!
Negotiations between union members and their employer were at an impasse. The union denied that their workers were flagrantly abusing their contract’s sick-leave provisions.
One morning at the bargaining table, the company’s chief negotiator held aloft the morning edition of the newspaper, “This man,” he announced, “called in sick yesterday!”
There on the sports page, was a photo of the supposedly ill employee, who had just won a local golf tournament with an excellent score. The silence in the room was broken by a union negotiator.
“Wow,” he said. “Think of what kind of score he could have had if he hadn’t been sick!”
“We can’t escape pain; we can’t escape the essential nature of our lives. But we do have a choice. We can give in and relent, or we can fight, persevere, and create a life worth living, a noble life. Pain is a fact; our evaluation of it is a choice.”
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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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