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When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.

Benjamin Franklin

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I have a friend that I visit with every once in a while. He is a young guy, only in his mid-sixties. He like most of us has lived a full and complex life. One of the things that we have in common is learning how to make the best of the changes we have to make as time goes on.

What I enjoy about our conversations is our looking back on past challenges, adventures, achievements and even failures. These discussions usually provide us a solid appreciation of how we got to where we are now and even offer us a chance to see some of the possibilities the future holds.

I have learned that coping with reality does not need to include limiting our ability to enjoy life as it is. It may require change, and usually does, but that does not mean a change for the worst. I my case it means that sometimes I have to replace some of the joy I have had from what I did with appreciating seeing what I have missed in the past.

As you know I like quotes and I am a fan of Marc Chernoff. Today I would like to share some of his thoughts that were triggered by a quote.

Quotes that Changed My Life

Your thoughts create your reality.

You feel the way you feel right now because of the thoughts you are thinking, and you are where you are right now because of the thoughts you have thought over and over again.  If the thoughts running though your mind are pure, positive and empowering, you will create positive and empowering beliefs about yourself and about life; and your actions, habits, and daily routines will be a reflection of these thoughts and beliefs.

You will regret the chances you didn’t take.

The things you didn’t do when you had the chance.  That priceless relationship you neglected.  Those important words you left unspoken…  Every one of us has experienced feelings of regret.  But it’s not too late to set things straight.  You’re still here breathing.  Right now you have an opportunity to change your future.  Right now you can choose to erase regret from your later years.

What you resist persists.

The more you fight against life’s circumstances, events, people, ideas, etc., the more you will be contributing to their growth and persistence into your daily life.  Learn to shift your focus from that which you are against to that which you are for, and to that which you wish to attract into your daily life.  Over time you will watch your life transform.

You are what’s on the inside.

When you are happy and satisfied with yourself personally, you act in kind, happy and loving ways toward the people around you.  Because you are comfortable inside, no matter how negative people might act toward you at times, you stay calm and collected, responding out of love and confidence to their behavior – for that is who you are on the inside, and you give out that which is within.

Sometimes the only healthy option is to move on.

When the time comes to move beyond certain things, ideas, or people, don’t resist it.  Allow yourself to experience life.  Allow yourself to grow, learn, and evolve.  Allow yourself to move beyond the past on your path to happiness.

Life as you know it doesn’t last forever.

Nothing lasts forever, and this is exactly why you need to learn to detach from things, places and people in your life.  When the time comes to say goodbye, let them all go and to do it with dignity and grace.

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“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. it means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

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Here is why I like the Irish so much. Irish Proverbs

A kind word never broke anyone’s mouth.

A lie travels farther than the truth.

An old broom knows the dirty corners best.

A friend’s eye is a good mirror.

It’s no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking.

You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.

You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

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“I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy next to me.”

Woody Allen.

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While walking through a parking lot, I tripped and fell flat on my face.

As I was lying there, a woman stopped her car and called out, “Are you hurt?”

“No, I’m fine,” I said, touched by her concern.

“Oh, good,” she continued. “So will you be vacating your parking space now?”

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If money won’t make you happy, you won’t like poverty either.

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She said that while visiting her son during his freshman year, she was shocked by the mess in his room:  clothes, books, and rubbish lay everywhere. Later, over dinner, she tried to touch on the informal versus formal dress codes that life after college might require.  Her son, however, shared his own firmly held dress code guidelines:

  1. Informal: socks not required
  2. Semiformal: two socks required
  3. Formal: both socks must match

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You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future.

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Maureen said: At my granddaughter’s wedding, the DJ polled the guests to see who had been married longest.  It turned out to be my husband and I.  The DJ asked us, “What advice would you give to the newly-married couple?”

I said, “The three most important words in a marriage are, ‘You’re probably right.'”

Everyone then looked at my husband.  He said, “She’s probably right.”

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Learn to see, and then you’ll know that there is no end to the new worlds for our vision.

Carlos Castaneda

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Jill:  Did your ex have you sign a pre-nuptial agreement?

Mary:  No, but he should have.

Jill:  WHY?

Mary:  It would have been much easier on him than the post-nuptial agreement!

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.”

Mark Twain

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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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