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Bouncing Back

“A good half of the art of living is resilience.”

Alain de Botton

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I hope you had a good day yesterday. Mine was a little trying as my body decided it needed rejuvenation and drove me into nap mode for an extended period. I was able howeve to join my spouse as we spent a large amount on a new convection/microwave oven. This was necessitated by the demise of the one currently installed in our kitchen. It’s replacement will be installed next Monday. While I do a lot of scratch cooking I did not appreciate how much I depend on my microwave. So back to the basics for a week, we might even let my wife feed us both a night or two even if that means I’ll have to dress up to go to a restaurant, which is better than feeding on her favorite recipe, cold cereal and half and half.

Today I must get back in action, first the YMCA for my workout, followed by picking medication and then my annual stress management exercise as I do my income taxes. Maybe my body was right yesterday when it required me to lay low and rest.

To make sure I get started on the right foot I am reviewing these reminders offered by C.D. Larson.

Promises to Yourself.

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true

To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear

and too happy to permit the presence of trouble

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds

To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.


I think it’s nice to age gracefully. OK, you lose the youth, a certain stamina and dewy glow, but what you gain on the inside as a human being is wonderful: the wisdom, the acceptance and the peace of mind. It’s a fair exchange.

Cherie Lunghi


“Millions of years ago, there was no such thing as the wheel.

One day, some primitive guys were watching their wives drag a dead mastodon to the food-preparation area.

It was exhausting work; the guys were getting tired just WATCHING. Then they noticed some large, smooth, rounded boulders, and they had an idea: They could sit on the boulders and watch! This was the first in a series of breakthroughs that ultimately led to television.”


The most efficient labor-saving device is still money.


One of my nurse buddies told me that:

* The patient furthest away from the nurses’ station rings the call bell more often than the patient nearest to the nurses’ station.

* When you cancel extra staff because it’s so quiet, you are guaranteed a rash of admissions.

* There is always a way, and it usually doesn’t work.

* Staffing will gladly send you three aides–but you have to float two of your RNs.

* As soon as you discontinue the IV line, more fluids will be ordered.

* You always forget what it was you wanted after you get to the supply room.  You always remember when you get back to the other end …

* Doctors only ask your name when the patient isn’t doing well.

* Success occurs when no one is looking, failure occurs when the boss is watching.

* Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.

* As soon as you’ve ordered the pizzas, 25 patients show up at the ER registration desk along with three ambulances all with cardiac arrests!


It’s so simple to be wise.  Just think of something stupid and then don’t say it.

Sam Levenson


2000 B.C. – Here, eat this root.

1000 A.D. – That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.

1850 A.D. – That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.

1940 A.D. – That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.

1985 A.D. – That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.

2000 A.D. – That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root.


Apathy is something I’m neither for nor against.


A tourist from the city was visiting a quaint country village, and got talking to an old man in the local pub.  “And have you lived here all your life, sir?” asked the tourist.

And the old man, with a wise look, said, “Not yet.”


Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.

Jamais Cascio


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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