Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.
Last Sunday I had the good fortune of attending a performance of I Love a Piano by the Actors Theatre of Indiana. The show is a musical revue made up entirely of Irving Berlin’s songs. Berlin gave us great musical moments over the years with such songs as Blue Moon, Always, White Christmas, God Bless America and hundreds of others.
After the show I commented to the audience that listening to what Berlin wrote left me believing he was one of our greatest Americans for he saw us as people who cared and who could do great things. Who would have thought a poverty stricken Russian Jewish Immigrant who grew up in the tenements on the Lower East Side of Manhattan would do so much to help us see ourselves not only as we are but as we might be. I wish we had others like him to hold our hands and our hearts during both good and bad times.
Here are excerpts from a piece written by Marc Chernoff entitled Amazing Things You Will Never Forget that I think has a Berlin flavor. It is worthwhile to stop and realize that what we have is worth appreciating.
….pay attention to your outlook on life. Every day you can either regret or rejoice; it’s your choice. When you choose the latter, life opens doors to amazing experiences you will likely remember forever.
Things You Will Never Forget
Flowing and working through life’s great challenges. – No matter what happens, do your best and smile. You won’t enjoy your life if you don’t enjoy your challenges. Great challenges make life interesting, and overcoming them makes life meaningful.
The freedom that comes from acceptance. – The secret to happiness and peace is letting every situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be, and then making the best of it.
Moments of sincere gratitude. – Appreciate life even when it’s not ideal. Happiness is not the fulfillment of what we wish for, but an appreciation for what we have. When life gives you every reason to be negative, think of one good reason to be positive. There’s always something to be grateful for.
Walking comfortably in your own shoes. – We are all weird in some way. What sets you apart may seem like a burden, but it’s not. Most of the time it’s what makes you so incredible. The moment you start listening to your inner voice, rather than defying it. – Sometimes your mind needs more time to accept what your heart already knows. Breathe. Be a witness, not a judge. Listen to your intuition.
Designing your own life, your own way. – No matter how you live, someone will be disappointed. So live a life you are proud of. Live YOUR truth and be sure YOU aren’t the one who is disappointed in the end.
Working hard on something you love. – Hard work becomes easy when your work becomes your play. Never underestimate the value of loving what you do. When we lose ourselves in the things we love, we find ourselves there, too.
Being courageous enough to grow and evolve. – It takes courage to grow and become who you really are. Don’t fear change. You may lose something good, but you may also gain something great.
When you have a great reason to be impressed with yourself. – Spend less time impressing others and more time impressing yourself. Climb a mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.
Engaging deeply in your own journey, drama-free. – Let the tasks of refining, improving, and appreciating your own life keep you so busy that you have no need and no time to criticize others, or engage in their drama.
Knowing you did the right thing. – True integrity is doing the right thing, no matter what, even when nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.
Seeing genuine smile you helped create. – Few things are more satisfying than helping someone else smile a little more than before.
Everybody ought to have a lower East Side in their life.
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A woman goes to England to attend a 2-week, company training session. Her husband drives her to the airport and wishes her to have a good trip.
The wife answers: “Thank you honey, what would you like me to bring for you?”
The husband laughs and says: “An English girl !!!” The woman kept quiet and left.
Two weeks later he picks her up in the airport and asks: “So, honey, how was the trip?” “Very good, thank you.” she replies “And, what happened to my present?” he asks “Which present?” she replied, forgetting about what they had said before she left. “What I asked for: the English girl?!” he reminded her “Oh, that!” She said, suddenly remembering what they’d talked about “Well, I did what I could, now we have to wait a few months to see if its a girl !!!”
One who lacks the courage to start has already finished.
Jill wanted a divorce from Todd. The judge asked, “What fault do you find with your husband?”
“Your Honor, he’s a liar, a brute, a thief and a brainless idiot.”
“That’s very serious,” exclaimed his Honor, “Can you prove all that?”
“Prove it? Why everybody knows it.”
“If you knew all this, then why did you marry him?”
“I didn’t know it before I married him.”
Todd shouted out, “She did too!”
In my day, we didn’t have water. We had to smash together our own hydrogen and oxygen atoms.
While attending a convention, three psychiatrists take a walk.
“People are always coming to us with their guilt and fears,” one says, “but we have no one to go to with our own problems.”
“Since we’re all professionals,” another suggests, “why don’t we hear each other out right now?”
They agreed this is a good idea. The first psychiatrist confesses, “I’m a compulsive shopper and deeply in debt, so I usually overbill my patients as often as I can.”
The second admits, “I have a drug problem that’s out of control, and I frequently pressure my patients into buying illegal drugs for me.”
The third psychiatrist says, “I know it’s wrong, but no matter how hard I try, I just can’t keep a secret.”
Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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