Ray's musings and humor

“The future begins today.”

Wayne Gerard Trotman

Fresh Start

I have been maintaining a pretty low profile lately as I work my way back to good health and fitness. I have lost some weight but still have more to go, my eyesight continues to improve as I recover from my eye surgery and my medicine changes seem to be helping. I still have a month or so of other procedures in the works but nothing I can’t handle.

So I am making progress and that’s good, I do miss my Kiwanis meetings and other activities but will start them back up in a week or two. It just takes one step at a time and each week is better than the last. In a way I am following suggestions I got from an article by author Gretchen Rubin, here is what she wrote some time ago. If you have some changes you might like to make this may help you as well.

Why Might Small, Comfortable Changes Work Better than Radical Steps?

I just read a short, interesting book by Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way. I’m surprised I hadn’t known about kaizen before. The Japanese term kaizen is an approach of using small steps of continuous improvement to bring about change. Instead of pursuing radical changes – which are ambitious, difficult, and often don’t succeed – you take small, comfortable steps. Maurer points out that although kaizen developed in a business setting, it also applies to individuals.

His example: after telling his patient Julie about the importance of taking time for herself and getting exercise, instead of giving the standard (and unrealistic) advice that she spend thirty minutes a day on aerobically challenging exercise, he said “How about if you just march in place in front of the television, each day, for one minute?”

When she returned for her next visit, she reported that she had kept with that routine (which wasn’t hard!). This didn’t add up to much exercise, but it gave her a more optimistic, energetic frame of mind, and she was willing to take on more. Within a few months, she was doing full aerobic workouts.

When a goal is too intimidating – “How can I switch careers from law to writing?” “How can I have a baby as a single mother?” “How can I start my own business?” “How can I lose sixty pounds and get in shape?” – you don’t even want to think about it. Pushing yourself to think of the smallest possible steps toward that goal keeps it from being too scary.

Also, if you ask yourself a specific question often enough, you’re bound to come up with some useful answers.

Maurer suggests a few kaizen questions to prompt ideas:

— If health were my first priority, what would I be doing differently today?

— How could I incorporate a few more minutes of exercise into my daily routine?

— What’s the smallest step I can take to be more efficient?

— What can I do in five minutes a day to reduce my credit-card debt?

— How could I find one source of information about adult education classes in my city?

— Whom could I ask for help? [Yes! Ask for help! Why is it so easy to overlook this extremely effective strategy?]

— What’s one small, loving act I can do today for a friend, acquaintance, or stranger?

For my own happiness project, I’ve found that these kinds of questions have helped me focus on concrete actions. Instead of asking, “How can I get more joy out of life?” I asked, “What’s one thing I can do for ten minutes each day that would give me a bit of joy?” Instead of asking, “How can I be a better parent?” I asked, “What’s one thing I can change about our mornings to make them more pleasant for everyone?” It’s hard to think of an answer to the first question; it’s easier to think of an answer to the second question.

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If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.

Rumi

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Because they needed some help around the house, the minister’s wife placed an ad for a manservant. Around 8 a.m. the next morming a nicely dressed young man appears at their front door. “Can you fix breakfast by 7 a.m. every day?” the minister asks the young man.

“Well…… I guess I can,” came the bewildered reply.

“And can you make the beds, dust the living room, do the dishes, cut the grass, and polish the silver also.” the minister continued.

“Gee, sir, I just came by to see about getting married. But if it’s going to be that much work, you can count me out right now!”

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Waiter to blonde customer: “How do you want me to slice your pizza? Into six or twelve slices?”

Blonde: “SIX!!!! Gosh sakes, I could *never* eat 12 slices!”

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I was listening to a lady who called a radio pastor.  The pastor was a wise, grandfatherly gentleman who has that calm reassuring voice that can melt all fear. The lady, who was obviously crying, said, “Pastor, I was born blind, and I’ve been blind all my life.  I don’t mind being blind but I have some well meaning friends who tell me that if I had more faith I could be healed.”

The pastor asked her, “Tell me, do you carry one of those white tipped canes?”

“Yes I do,” she replied.

“Then the next time someone says that, hit them over the head with the cane,” He said.  “Then tell them ‘If you had more faith that wouldn’t hurt!'”

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In your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go and be sheltered so they may thrive and grow.

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A man was filling out a job application. When he came to the question, “Have you ever been arrested?”

He wrote, “No.”

The next question, intended for people who had answered in the affirmative to the previous question, was “Why?”

The applicant answered it anyway: “Never got caught.”

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Don’t play stupid with me…. I’m better at it!

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  1. Muslims do not recognize Judaism as a religion.
  2. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
  3. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian faith.
  4. Baptists do not recognize each other at Hooters.

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“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.”

Doug Larson

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Sometimes we just need to remember what the Rules of Life really are….

  1. Never give yourself a haircut after three margaritas.
  2. You need only two tools, WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn’t, use the tape.
  3. The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship: “I apologize” and “You are right. “
  4. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
  5. When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. Crow is easier to eat while it’s still warm.
  6. The best advice that your mother ever gave you was, “Go! You might meet somebody!”
  7. If someone says that you’re too good for him or her, believe it.
  8. Learn to pick your battles. Ask yourself, “Will this matter one year from now? How about one month?”
  9. If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance!
  10. Be really nice to your friends and family. Some day, you may need them to empty your bedpan.

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What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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