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“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”

Jim Rohn

 ! 2 move-it-monday

My wife continues to heal and soon she will be better than ever. Now I need to quit letting myself go and work on losing the weight I have gained over the last few weeks as well as rebuilding the stamina I lost by missing so many exercise sessions. My wife and I are both at the age where if we slow down too much age is going to creep up and knock us down.

I am going to have to convince my body that it is not as old as I am so that it won’t balk at what it must do. Here is what Angel Chernoff suggests might work.

5 Things Happy, Healthy People Do Every Morning

The morning is extremely important.  It is the foundation from which the day is built.  How you choose to spend your morning can be used to predict what kind of day you are going to have, and thus, what kind of life you are going to live. The happiest, healthiest people I know embrace this truth and use it to their advantage.  They have effective morning rituals that improve their well-being and give their lives purpose.  Let’s follow in their footsteps.  Here’s what they do differently:

  1. They wake up with a sense of gratitude. – In other words, they start the day with love. This means they are truly appreciative of their life and all of its priceless idiosyncrasies.  They practice small acts of gratitude in the morning by expressing thankfulness directly to the people they love, and the immediate circumstances (health, opportunities, etc.) they could so easily take for granted. The more you count your blessings, the more blessings there will be to count, and the happier you will be.
  2. They truly begin anew each and every morning. – They know that it’s a brand new day to start over and do something different. Yesterday may have been a complete bummer for them, but today is a new day for success and adventure. Realize this.  Live now.  Not before.  Not later.  Just NOW – in the moment you’re in.  Inhabit your morning completely.  Don’t rent it out to the past.  Don’t let your history interfere with your destiny!  Let today be the day you stop being a victim of yesterday’s circumstances and start taking action towards the life you want. 
  3. They use self-inquiry to affirm a purposeful start to the day. – Steve Jobs’ morning routine used to start by looking in the mirror and asking, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And Benjamin Franklin asked himself each morning, “What good shall I do today?”  I challenge you to come up with questions that keep you on track and push you to live a purposeful life.  Here are three questions I often ask myself:  What would I like to remember about today?  How will I sincerely honor my own desires and truth today?  What can I do to make a positive difference in the lives around me today?
  4. They read something positive. – Some happy people read a bit of scripture each morning, while others read inspiring books, articles or quotes to get their day started. Either way, they have a ritual to read some form of self-improvement literature to stretch and grow their insight and knowledge.  It’s starts their day off on a positivenote with positive, productive ideas to guide their day’s journey.
  5. They follow an effective, proven morning routine. – Morning routines are critically important. They help you focus and build momentum for your day, and they give you the freedom to be present and relaxed – to enjoy just being right where you are each moment, rather than rushing from somewhere to somewhere.  Once you get your routine in order, for the first time in a long time, you will be able to, quite literally, smell the coffee.  For truly easy-going mornings, reduce the number of decisions you must make.  There are two simple ways to do this:  First, make your big morning decisions the night before: what to eat for breakfast, what clothes to wear, what you need to take to work, etc.

Second, build a simple routine for as much of your daily morning tasks as possible.  Really, there’s no need to drastically alter the simple things like how much time you give yourself to get ready for work, how complex of a meal you make for breakfast, or bathroom and shower rituals from one morning to the next.


I think that age as a number is not nearly as important as health. You can be in poor health and be pretty miserable at 40 or 50. If you’re in good health, you can enjoy things into your 80s.

Bob Barker


The skydiving instructor was going through the question and answer period with his new students when one of them asked the usual question always asked: “If our chute doesn’t open; and the reserve doesn’t open, how long do we have till we hit the ground?”

The jump master looked at him and in perfect deadpan answered: “The rest of your life.”


When you are down and out, something always turns up — and it is usually the noses of your friends.


Dear Pastor, I know God loves everybody but He never met my sister. Yours sincerely, Arnold. Age 8, Nashville.

Dear Pastor, Please say in your sermon that Peter Peterson has been a good boy all week. I am Peter Peterson. Sincerely, Pete. Age 9, Phoenix

Dear Pastor, My father should be a minister. Every day he gives us a sermon about something. Robert Anderson, age 11

Dear Pastor, I’m sorry I can’t leave more money in the plate, but my father didn’t give me a raise in my allowance. Could you have a sermon about a raise in my allowance? Love, Patty. Age 10, New Haven

Dear Pastor, My mother is very religious. She goes to play bingo at church every week even if she has a cold. Yours truly, Annette. Age 9, Albany

Dear Pastor, I would like to go to heaven someday because I know my brother won’t be there. Stephen. Age 8, Chicago


“Sometimes the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side.”


An English teacher at Iowa State University spent a lot of time marking grammatical errors in her students’ written work. She wasn’t sure how much impact she was having until one overly busy day when she sat at her desk rubbing her temples.

A student asked, “What’s the matter, Mrs. Sheridan?”

“Tense,” she replied, describing her emotional state.

After a slight pause the student tried again, “What was the matter? What has been the matter? What might have been the matter?


“A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree.”

Spike Milligan


At one point during a game, the coach said to one of his young players, “Do you understand what cooperation is? What a team is?”

The little boy nodded in the affirmative.

“Do you understand that what matters is whether we win together as a team?”

The little boy nodded yes.

“So,” the coach continued, “when a strike is called, or you’re out at first, you don’t argue or curse or attack the umpire. Do you understand all that?”

Again the little boy nodded.

“Good,” said the coach. “Now go over there and explain that to your mother.”


“My childhood was rough. Once for my birthday, my old man gave me a bat. The first day I played with it, it flew away.”

Rodney Dangerfield



  1. If you do a good job and work hard, you may get a job with a better company someday.
  2. The light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off due to budget cuts.
  3. Sure, you may not like working here, but we pay your rent.
  4. Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings — they did it by killing all those who opposed them.
  5. A person who smiles in the face of adversity probably has a scapegoat.
  6. If at first you don’t succeed — try management.
  7. Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid altogether.
  8. Never quit until you have another job.
  9. Hang in there: Retirement is only 30 years away!
  10. Go the extra mile — It makes your boss look like an incompetent slacker.
  11. Pride, commitment, teamwork — words we use to get you to work for free.
  12. Work: It isn’t just for sleeping anymore.
  13. There are two kinds of people in life: people who like their jobs, and people who don’t work here anymore.


Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.

Albert Schweitzer


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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