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Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.

Hans Selye

attitude

I am glad to be back, while last week was good I did have some medical issues that really slowed me down. Today my Pulmonologist added some meds that will help but the real culprit probably was the mix up in my regular medications. Turns out that my multitude of pills I take every day did not include my anemia medicine so that probably contributed to my inability to dazzle my fellow passengers with my physical prowess. The good news is that appears my fatigue is fixable.

But you know what, in spite of it all I found so much to appreciate that I had a great time. I again learned that a positive attitude is always the best medicine. Thankfully I have had enough practice that I am getting good at rolling with the punches. Fortunately we can develop and maintain a positive attitude with a minimum of effort. In case you find yourself needing a boost you can try these tips I got from the Purica web page.

 

Develop your positive attitude!

Here are some ways to help you cultivate a positive attitude and ease in your life:

•Listen to internal dialogue. Divide one or more sheets of paper into two columns and, for a few days, jot down in the left column all the negative thoughts that come into your head. Rewrite each thought in a positive way in the second column. Practice doing this in your mind until it becomes a habit. (For example, “I’ll never get this finished by the end of the day!” could become, “I will probably get most of this finished by the end of the day.”)

•Learn to communicate. Not saying the things we feel can lead to a sense of frustration, hurt, anger or anxiety. If you find communicating difficult, or are afraid of arguments or bruised feelings, take a course in communicating effectively always having the intent of non-harm.

•Get back to basics. Reconnect with old friends, take the dog for a walk, visit an art gallery or listen to your favorite music. Enjoy a long, relaxing bath, read a great book, tell your child a story, or ask an older relative to tell you one! The simplest things in life give us the most pleasure.

•Help someone out. The simple act of helping others (humans, animals or Nature in general) helps us to feel joy. Pick up groceries for an aging neighbor, volunteer at your local hospital or read a book to someone with failing eyesight. If you are unsure of how to help out in your community, call your nearest volunteer center.

•Find your spirituality. Research has shown that those who have developed their spirituality through associating with other spiritual individuals or having cooperative mindful beliefs, live longer, more satisfying lives. The secret is practising those beliefs, either through organized worship, or simple meditation (openness) in a quiet place.

•Allow love in your life. The ability to love and be loved is a most basic human trait. We, as a society, seem to have become disconnected – fear-based emotions (depression, loneliness, guilt, attachment and anger) are symptoms.

•Laugh at yourself and find humor in the simplest of things. Laughter is a powerful mood elevator. If you are feeling down, read some jokes, watch a funny movie or just act “silly” once in awhile. At times, let yourself see through a child’s genuine eyes. Simplify.

•Participate in new physical and mental activities to improve confidence levels and coping mechanisms. Building confidence could be as easy as learning the meanings of new words, learning about new topics or if you are right-handed using instead your left hand more frequently (left hand connects with more spiritual, intuitive and creative right side of the brain).

•Remember that the mainstream media focuses on information that leads to attachment to fear, negative thoughts and emotion. Perhaps instead focus on positive things to do with your precious moments.

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Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.

Joel Osteen

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A man was seen fleeing down the hall of the hospital just before his operation. “What’s the matter?” he was asked. He said, “I heard the nurse say, ‘It’s a very simple operation, don’t worry, I’m sure it will be all right.'” “She was just trying to comfort you, what’s so frightening about that?”

“She wasn’t talking to me. She was talking to the doctor!”

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Most people walk in and out of your life, but only friends leave footprints in your heart.

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She said: My girlfriend took her five-year-old daughter shopping with her.  The little girl watched her mother try on outfit after outfit, exclaiming every time, “Mommy, you look beautiful.”

A woman in the next fitting room called out, “May I borrow your daughter for a moment?”

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Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

Will Rogers

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There are two kinds of home-repair projects: those too big to undertake yourself and those too small to bother with.

The first kind, you can’t afford, and the second kind, if left alone, will develop into something you can’t afford either.

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People are more violently opposed to fur than to leather because it’s safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.

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Three turtles, Joe, Steve, and Poncho, decide to go on a picnic. So, Joe packs the picnic basket with cookies, bottled sodas, and sandwiches. The trouble is, the picnic site is, 10 miles away, so the turtles take 10 whole days to get there. By the time they do arrive, everyone’s whipped.

Joe takes the stuff out of the basket, one by one. He takes out the sodas and says, “Alright, Steve, gimme the bottle opener.”

“I didn’t bring the bottle opener,” Steve says. ‘I thought you packed it.”

Joe gets worried. He turns to Poncho. “Poncho, do you have the bottle opener?”

Naturally, Poncho doesn’t have it, so the turtles are stuck ten miles away from home without soda. Joe & Steve beg Poncho to turn back home and retrieve it, but Poncho flatly refuses, knowing that they’ll eat everything by the time he gets back.

Somehow, after about two hours, the turtles manage to convince Poncho to go, swearing on their great-grand turtles’ graves that they won’t touch the food. So, Poncho sets off down the road, slow and steadily.

Twenty days pass, but no Poncho. Joe and Steve are hungry and puzzled, but a promise is a promise. Another day passes and still no Poncho, but a promise is a promise. After three more days pass without Poncho in sight, Steve starts getting restless.

“I NEED FOOD!” he says with a hint of dementia in his voice.

“NO!” Joe retorts. “We promised.”

Five more days pass and the two are near starvation. Near death, the two turtles weakly lift the lid to get a sandwich. As they open their mouths to eat, Poncho pops out behind a rock, and says, “Just for that, I’m not going!”

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A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

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We were celebrating the 100th anniversary of our church, and several former pastors and the bishop were in attendance.  At one point, our minister had the children gather at the altar for a talk about the importance of the day. He began by asking, “Does anyone know what the bishop does?”

There was silence.  Finally, one little boy answered gravely, “He’s the one you can move diagonally.”

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“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.”

Brian Tracy

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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