I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.
I sat with three of my female fellow Kiwanis members yesterday morning and got into a discussion about the piece I wrote the other day on painting a pictorial memory of ourselves through the brush strokes we add every day. I said that you can’t remove the paint that has already dried but you can add to the picture or even overpaint a portion by what you paint each day.
Many of us just never add any paint so our canvas just sets on the easel gathering dust. That is unfortunate since when the end does come all people will see is a drab picture of a life without much color. In truth each of us can paint a picture that can please our friends and family when it is exhibited, all we have to do is start to live our lives with some color and quit spending our days just getting by doing the same things we have always done.
Mark Chernoff shared some thoughts a while ago that reminded me that we can bring sizzle back in our lives if we just don’t wait to get started. Here is some of what he wrote:
Here are five (super common) toxic thoughts to ban from your self-talk:
“It’s too late.” No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change and become an improved version of yourself. Peace, strength and understanding will come to you when you manage to tune out the noisy judgments of others, in an effort to better hear the soft and steady hum of your own inner strength. And once you hear it, you will realize that it’s not too late to be what you might have been.
“If only I was stronger, smarter, more attractive, etc.” The absolute worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself. It’s always better to be true to yourself, and risk incurring the ridicule of others, rather than trying to live a lie, only to gradually earn your own self-contempt. Remember, almost everything that happens to you is a direct reflection of what you believe about yourself. You can’t possibly outperform your level of self-esteem. You can’t draw from yourself more than you think you are worth.
“What I have to say is not that important.” Silence makes the inner battle much harder and longer. Speak your truth. Let it out… before it kills you! Honestly, this is one of the saddest things about so many people’s life situation – their most important thoughts and feelings often go unspoken and barely understood.
“The less risks I take, the less regrets I will have.” You miss 100% of the shots you never take. Choices, chances and changes – start making them. You must make a choice to take a chance, or your life will never change. In the end, more so than the mistakes we make along the way, we regret the chances we didn’t take, relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.
“I’ll start tomorrow.” Many great things can be done in a day if you don’t always make that day tomorrow. Don’t let your fear of making a mistake stop you. A life spent making mistakes is not only more enjoyable, but more useful than a life spent waiting around.
Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.
She said: For a while my husband and I had opposite schedules. He worked during the day and I worked at night. One morning I noticed he left a note to himself on the kitchen counter that said, “STAMPS” in large letters. As a helpful surprise, I bought him some at the post office and put them on the counter before going to work.
The next morning, I found the same note. “STAMPS” was crossed out. Underneath he had written, “TEN MILLION DOLLARS.”
Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember it didn’t work for the rabbit.
Kids’ Instructions on Life
– Never trust a dog to watch your food. Patrick, Age 10
– When you want something expensive, ask your grandparents. Matthew, Age 12
– Wear a hat when feeding seagulls. Rocky, Age 9
– Never try to hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. Rosemary, Age 7
– Don’t flush the john when your dad is in the shower. Lamar, Age 10
– Never bug a pregnant mom. Nicholas, Age 11
– When your dad is mad and asks you, “Do I look stupid?” don’t answer him. Heather, Age 16
– Never tell your mom her diet’s not working. Michael, Age 14
– When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she’s on the phone. Alyesha, Age 13
– Never tell your little brother that you’re not going to dowhat your mom told you to do. Hank, Age 12
– Never dare your little brother to paint the family car. Phillip, Age 13
“If you’re a bathroom attendant, then maybe ‘Take Your Children to Work Day’ is not for you.”
Bob Van Voris
While talking with my semi-deaf uncle one evening, I noticed that his “hearing aid” was actually an earphone from a transistor radio. The wire had been cut and was sticking out of his shirt.
“How does that help your hearing?” I asked.
“Don’t help my hearing none,” he replied. “Makes people talk louder.”
Q: How do you get your spouse to argue with you?
A: Say something
Jewish Mothers don’t differ from any other in the world when it comes to bragging about their sons. One Mother, trying to out-do another when it came to opportunities available to their just graduated-from-college sons said, “My Irving has had so many fine interviews, his resume is now in its fifth printing.”
I was at a yard sale one day and saw a box marked “Electronic cat and dog caller– guaranteed to work.” I looked inside and was amused to see an electric can opener.
The shipwrecked mariner had spent several years on a deserted island. Then one morning he was thrilled to see a ship offshore and a smaller vessel pulling out toward him. When the boat grounded on the beach, the officer in charge handed the marooned sailor a bundle of newspapers and told him, “The captain said to read through these and let us know if you still want to be rescued.”
In the end, what we regret most are the chances we never took.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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