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I am on my way again

“Life likes to be taken by the lapel and told, “I’m with you kid. Let’s go!”

Maya Angelou

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Here we go, a new day and a new week. The difficulties of last week are behind us and we get to work on making sure the pain and remorse stays in the past. So I will continue in rebuilding mode and enjoy what the week has to offer. In fact my brother and sister-in-law who spend at least half the year on the rivers of Europe and the other half on a boat that they sail out of San Diego are coming for a short visit and that will brighten our families week.

It has been very cold and a little snowy in my home town but compared to the blizzards many of you in the Eastern United States have experienced this past weekend we were in great shape. I am glad that the weather did not interfere with the funeral of a beloved family member or my wife’s brief hospital stay. I am hoping that we both can be out and about some this week enjoying the fact that we can be.

Angel Chernoff sent out a piece last week that helps people like me stay positive, it may help you too. Here is what she wrote:

10 Things We Should Say to Ourselves More Often

Just like every muscle in the body, the mind needs to be exercised to gain strength. It needs to be worked consistently to grow and develop over time. If you haven’t pushed your mind in thousands of little ways over time, of course it’ll crumble on the one day that things get really challenging.

A mind well trained with positive affirmations has the right thoughts queued up and ready for retrieval at a moment’s notice. If you’d like to begin (or enhance) this practice in your own life, here’s a selection of affirmations I often suggest to our coaching/course students, as starting point:

  1. “I cannot control everything that happens to me; I can only control the way I respond to what happens. In my response is my power.”
  2. “I will not get caught up in what could’ve been or should’ve been. I will look instead at the power and possibility of what is, right now.”
  3. “I have to accept whatever comes my way, and the only important thing is that I meet it with the best I have to give.”
  4. “Making mistakes is always better than faking perfections.”
  5. “I will think less about managing my problems and more about managing my mindset. I will keep it positive.”
  6. “A challenge only becomes an obstacle if I bow to it.”
  7. “I will not try to hide from my fears, because I know they are not there to scare me. They are there to let me know that something is worth it.”
  8. “There is a big difference between empty fatigue and gratifying exhaustion. Life is too short. I will invest in the activities that deeply move me.”
  9. “If I don’t have time for what matters, I will stop doing things that don’t.”
  10. “My next step in the right direction doesn’t have to be a big one.”

And of course, if you’re struggling with any of these points, know that you are not alone.  We are all in this together.  Many of us are right there with you, working hard to feel better, think more clearly, and keep our lives on track.


I know what it’s like to feel that fear and the need of affirmation and appreciation. To build confidence in yourself is the toughest thing.



10 reasons Adam was the luckiest man

  1. He is the only man who has never been compared to the man she could have married.
  2. He had no in-laws to drop in.
  3. There were no Jones for him to keep up with.
  4. There were no credit cards OR shopping centers.
  5. He never had his dinner interrupted by window salesmen.
  6. He got away with wearing a simple wardrobe.
  7. He never had to shovel snow!
  8. If he had gone bald, who would have known that wasn’t normal.
  9. There was no “standard weight and height” tables – and the word FAT meant good.
  10. When God asked “Adam, where are you?” He replied, “The woman you gave me was reading the map.”


I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

Thomas Jefferson


If you want the world to beat a path to your door, just try taking a nap on a Saturday afternoon.


A property manager of single-family residence was showing a unit to prospective tenants and asking the usual questions. “Professionally employed?” he asked.

“We’re a military family,” the wife answered.


“Oh, yes, ages nine and twelve,” she answered proudly.


“Oh, no,” she said earnestly. “They’re very well behaved.”


Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

Margaret Lee Runbeck


A blonde was summoned to court to appear as a witness in a lawsuit. The prosecutor opened his questioning with, “Where were you the night of August 24th?”

“Objection!” said the defense attorney. “Irrelevant!”

“Oh, that’s okay,” said the blonde from the witness stand. “I don’t mind answering the question.”

“I object!” the defense said again.

“No, really,” said the blonde. “I’ll answer.”

The judge ruled: “If the witness insists on answering, there is no reason for the defense to object.”

So the prosecutor repeated the question: “Where were you the night of August 24th?”

The blonde replied brightly, “I don’t know!”


What disease did cured ham actually have?


When I was in the Navy, every so often, you got umpteen shots, whether you needed them or not. The carrier pilot in front of me as we passed through the line asked for a drink of water after receiving what seemed to be at least a dozen different needles. The Corpsman asked if he was dizzy.

“No, not at all.” he replied. “I just wantta see if I’m still water-tight.”


“Affirmations are our mental vitamins, providing the supplementary positive thoughts we need to balance the barrage of negative events and thoughts we experience daily.”

Tia Walker


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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