Ray's musings and humor

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”

John Lennon

 inthepursuitofhappiness

Yesterday I shared with you how impressed I have been with my friend who recently lost a leg. As I had he has chosen to see the positive aspects of the life ahead versus agonize over his loss. What especially impresses me is the dedication and work that he will put into as he regains mobility. When I was in my cardiac rehab last December there were many that resisted the effort necessary to speed their recovery and their eventual return to full and active lives, I honestly feel that many did not as they spend the rest of their days feeling sorry for themselves. I am glad my friend has chosen to concentrate on what life still has to offer and not on the temporary loss of mobility.

Our friend Marc Chernoff wrote Little Ways to Find Happiness in What You Already Have some time ago and I would like to share with you a few of his suggestions.

 

Embrace your humanness. – Do not endlessly search of sanctity, sacredness, and purity – these things are found after this life, not in it.

Realize your greatness. – Contrary to what others may say, you do not need to rise to the top, or be the cream of the crop, before you can feel great about yourself.

Choose differently. – If you don’t like some part of your life, it’s time to start tweaking things and making better choices, right now, right where you are.

Accept yourself just the way you are. – Too many days are wasted comparing ourselves to others and wishing to be something we aren’t.

Choose your own thoughts. – The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

Dedicate time every day to meaningful activities. – What you do every day matters, but WHY you do what you do matters more.

Enjoy the process of learning and growing as you go. – You have to acknowledge your troubles but gather strength from them, and laugh at your mistakes but learn from them.  Getting second chances in life is about giving yourself the opportunity to grow beyond your past failures.

Celebrate how much stronger you are now. – You can’t possibly know you are strong if you’ve only ever had wonderful things happen to you.

Stop resisting what is. – Flow with reality, not against it.

Do what you can right now. – It’s not as much about acquiring new things as it is about using what you already have.

Take it just one easy step at a time. – Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.  Tiptoe if you must, but take the step.

Appreciate each day for what it’s worth. – If what you did today didn’t turn out as you hoped, tomorrow is a new opportunity to do it differently, or to do nothing at all.

Spend more time around those special people who truly care. – You grow to be like the people you spend most of your time with.

Do something nice for yourself today. – The trick is to enjoy your life today.

Fill your time and mind with positivity. – Do what you can, and smile.

Be grateful. –Count the blessings in your life, and start with the breath you’re taking right now.

Be present. – Do not dwell so much on creating your perfect life that you forget to live.

Schedule in some dedicated down time. – Find the time… the time to read, to smell the flowers, to take a walk in the wilderness, to share a laugh, to explore somewhere new, to really be with someone you love, to paint your dreams, or even to just do nothing and relax for a while.

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“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.”

Audrey Hepburn

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You know you are in trouble when:

You make more than you ever made, owe more than you ever owed, and have less than you’ve ever had.

The simple instructions enclosed aren’t.

People send your wife sympathy cards on your anniversary.

Your wife starts charging you rent.

A black cat crosses you path and drops dead.

You take an assertiveness training course and you’re afraid to tell your wife.

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He or she who laughs……lasts.

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A Texan, trying to impress a Bostonian with tales about the heroes of the Alamo, said, “I’ll bet you never had anyone so brave around Boston.”

“Ever hear of Paul Revere?” asked the Bostonian.

“Paul Revere?” said the Texan. “Isn’t he the guy who ran for help?”

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“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.”

Oscar Wilde

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Financial Terminology

Bull Market – A random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius.

Bear Market – A 6 to 18-month period when the kids get no allowance, the wife gets no jewelry and the husband gets no sex.

Momentum Investing – The fine art of buying high and selling low.

Value Investing – The art of buying low and selling lower. P/E ratio – The percentage of investors wetting their pants as the Market keeps crashing.

Broker – Poorer than you were last year.

Standard & Poor – Your life in a nutshell.

Market Correction – The day after you buy stocks.

Cash Flow – The movement your money makes as it disappears down the toilet.

Profit – Religious guy who talks to God.

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Originality is the art of concealing your sources.

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“The efficiency expert concluded his lecture with a note of caution. “You don’t want to try these techniques at home.”

“Why not?” asked somebody from the audience.

“I watched my wife”s routine at breakfast for years,” the expert explained. “She made lots of trips between the refrigerator, stove, table and cabinets,often carrying a single item at a time. One day I told her, ‘Hon, why don’t you try carrying several things at once?'”

“Did it save time?” the guy in the audience asked.

“Actually, yes,” replied the expert. “It used to take her 20 minutes to make breakfast. Now I do it in seven.”

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“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”

Dale Carnegie

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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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