“Cultivate an optimistic mind, use your imagination, always consider alternatives, and dare to believe that you can make possible what others think is impossible.”
I was talking to a friend yesterday who may be at one of life’s crossroads. You see he will soon be 65 and is an organization that is restructuring. His company like many others today believes that their future depends on a streamlined workforce; you got it, less people. My friend stands a good chance of being offered an attractive volunteer severance package. He, like I was when I first retired, is examining what the future will hold if he starts fresh.
Too many folks faced with the same decision look for the easy path which often leads to a slippery slope with nothing at the bottom but a pool of boredom. I am pleased to report that will not happen to my friend for if he does go he is not focused and the end of a career but rather on the beginning of a happier future where he will have the freedom to use his talents as he chooses while structuring his time and energy where he can do some good while having fun in the process. I am truly glad for he is one of the good guys. You see he will do well because he has a positive attitude towards life, do you too? If not you can start today to develop one? Here are some tips I extracted from the Purica Blog if you need help.
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.
- Get back to basics. Reconnect with old friends, take the dog for a walk, visit an art gallery or listen to your favorite music. 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.
- 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.
- Allow love in your life. The ability to love and be loved is a most basic human trait. Finding cooperative and harmonious ways to reconnect with others is extremely helpful in developing a positive attitude.
- 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.
- Follow the principles of holistic health – enlightened body, speech and mind in harmony (better nutrition and exercise appear to be associated with positive mood and attitude)
- 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.
It’s so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to.
Some of the best Norm Peterson quotes from “Cheers”:
- “What’s shaking, Norm?” “All four cheeks & a couple of chins.”
- “What’ll you have, Normie?” “Well, I’m in a gambling mood Sammy. I’ll take a glass of whatever comes out of the tap.” “Looks like beer, Norm.” “Call me Mister Lucky.”
- “Hey Norm, how’s the world been treating you?” “Like a baby treats a diaper.”
- “Hey Mr. Peterson, there’s a cold one waiting for you.” “I know, if she calls, I’m not here.”
- “Whatcha up to, Norm?” “My ideal weight if I were eleven feet tall.”
- “How’s it going, Mr. Peterson?” “Poor.” “I’m sorry to hear that.” “No, I mean pour.”
- “Pour you a beer, Mr. Peterson?” “Alright, but stop me at one….make that one-thirty.”
- “How’s it going, Mr. Peterson?” “It’s a dog eat dog world, Woody & I’m wearing Milk Bone underwear.”
- “Can I pour you a beer, Mr. Peterson?” “A little early, isn’t it, Woody?” “For a beer?” “No, for stupid questions.”
“Law of Volunteer Labor” People are always available for work in the past tense.
A young man called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met the woman of his dreams. Now what should he do? His mother had an idea: “Why don’t you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your apartment for a home cooked meal?”
He thought this was a great strategy, and a week later, the woman came to dinner. His mother called the next day to see how things had gone. “I was totally humiliated,” he moaned. “She insisted on washing the dishes.”
“What’s wrong with that?” asked his mother. “I think it’s a wonderful gesture.”
“We hadn’t started eating yet.”
I used to eat a lot of natural foods, until I learned that most people die of natural causes.
An airline captain was breaking in a new blonde stewardess. The route they were flying had a layover in another city. Upon their arrival, the captain showed the stewardess the best place for airline personnel to eat, shop and stay overnight. The next morning, as the pilot was preparing the crew for the day’s route, he noticed the new stewardess was missing. He knew which room she was in at the hotel and called her up wondering what happened.
She answered the phone, crying, and said she couldn’t get out of her room. “You can’t get out of your room?” the captain asked, “Why not?” The stewardess replied: “There are only three doors in here,” she sobbed, “one is the bathroom, one is the closet, and one has a sign on it that says ‘Do Not Disturb’!”
If I begin to procrastinate today instead of tomorrow, would that be considered self-improvement?
After the birth of their child, an Episcopal priest, wearing his clerical collar, visited his wife in the hospital. He greeted her with a hug and a kiss, and gave her another hug and kiss when he left. Later, the wife’s Catholic roommate commented, “Your priest is sure friendlier than mine.”
“He has the attention span of a lightning bolt.”
Sue: Mary, what exactly is an “oxymoron”?
Mary: It’s a phrase made up of contradictory terms, like “deafening silence.”
Sue: Oh, I get it. Like “Mr. Perfect”!
“Our beliefs about what we are and what we can be precisely determine what we can be”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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