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How’s your day?

Every day is a good day to be alive, whether the sun’s shining or not.

Marty Robbins


I had breakfast with an old friend yesterday who is about to embark on a path many wish they would. She has decided to spend the next six months pursuing her interests instead of fulfilling obligations. She has withdrawn from her employment as well as organizations that required her to commit to regular duties. Her husband is an active retiree who enjoys an adventurous life as well. As an example they will soon leave on a trip that will include exploring Alaskan wilderness and more.

My friend has many interests and has been a community activist for worthy causes. She plans to spend some of the time in the months ahead exploring new roles she might play. She has a lot to offer, our community and we are lucky to have her with us. I look forward to staying abreast of her activities.

As you know I don’t like to dwell to long on the occasional adversities that life throws my way. That is one of the reasons I enjoy Henrik’s writings on the Positivity Blog. Today I would like to share with you a piece he wrote on dealing with bad days,

Having a bad day?

On some days everything seems to just go wrong. And sometimes it is not just days we’re talking about. But a week or months when things feel tough and rough and you just want go home and give up. I’ve had many such days and periods but over the years I have also become a lot better at handling them and not letting them drag me down. So today I’d like to share 3 things to remember when your whole day, week or month(s) seems to go wrong. I hope they’ll be as helpful for you as they have been for me.

There is a brand new day tomorrow.

Just because this day or the last week didn’t go well doesn’t mean that there is not a brand new day tomorrow. A day when you can start anew. With taking action to move towards what you want, likely having a bit more luck and when it will be easier to see that this difficult time is only temporary and not permanent (even if it might feel that way right now).

I have handled tough situations in the past.

When you are standing in the middle of things going wrong then you might get a bit panicky. And lose faith in yourself and your abilities. Then look to the past for a bit of strength and confidence in what you can do. Doing this helps me to feel like I am standing on firmer ground again. And sometimes I can even find a solution I used for another challenge in the past that I can reuse or readjust to get me out of this situation too.

What is going well in my life though?

It is very easy to get stuck in focusing on the negative things and so they drag you further and further down into self-criticism and negativity. But don’t forget that there are still things that are going well in your life. It may be small things. Or things you often take for granted like a roof over your head, clean

water or three steady meals every day. I find that zooming out in this way helps me a lot to snap out of destructive thought patterns and to feel more level-headed again.

Have a wonderful Sunday and week ahead!



Every day is a good day, some are just a little better than others.

Jeff Garthwaite


A doctor said to his patient: “You have a slight heart condition, but I wouldn’t worry about it.”

“Really, Doc?” the patient replied. “Well, if you had a slight heart condition I wouldn’t worry about it either.”


We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.

Helen Keller


She said:

I have five siblings; three sisters and two brothers.

One night I was chatting with my Mom about how she had changed as a mother from the first born child to the last.

She told me she had mellowed a lot over the years:

“When your oldest sister coughed or sneezed, I called 911 all the time!

But when your youngest brother swallowed a dime? heh heh, I just told him it was coming  out of his allowance.”


Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.

John Quincy Adams


The third grade class was being given a course in first aid. The question was asked,

“What would you do if you had a younger sibling who swallowed a house key?”

After a pause, one of the students answered,

“Easy! I’d climb through the window!”


The best way out is always through.

Robert Frost:


The Laws Of Golf:

LAW 1: No matter how bad your last shot was, the worst is yet to come. This law does not expire on the 18th hole, since it has the supernatural tendency to extend over the course of a tournament, a summer and, eventually, a life-time.

LAW 2: Your best round of golf will be followed almost immediately by your worst round ever. The probability of the latter increases with the number of people you tell about the former.

LAW 3: Brand new golf balls are water-magnetic. Though this cannot be proven in the lab, it is a known fact that the more expensive the golf ball, the greater its attraction to water.

LAW 4: Golf balls from the same “sleeve” tend to follow one another, particularly out of bounds or into the water (see law three).

LAW 5: Golf balls never bounce off the trees back into play. If one does, the tree is breaking a law of the universe and should be cut down.

LAW 6: No matter what causes a golfer to muff a shot, all his playing partners must solemnly chant ‘You looked up’ or invoke the wrath of the universe.

LAW 7: The higher a golfers handicap, the more qualified he deems himself as an instructor.

LAW 8: The person you would most hate to lose too will always be the one who beats you.


Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and of true progress.

Nicholas Murray Butler


Jon was walking in the city, when he was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking bum who asked him for a couple of dollars for dinner. Jon took out his wallet, extracted two dollars and asked, “If I gave you this money, will you take it and buy whiskey?”

“No, I stopped drinking years ago,” the bum said.

“Will you use it to gamble?”

“I don’t gamble. I need everything I can get just to stay alive.”

“Will you spend the money on greens fees at a golf course?”

“Are you NUTS! I haven’t played golf in 20 years!”

Jon said, “Well, I’m not going to give you two dollars. Instead, I’m going to take you to my home for a terrific dinner cooked by my wife.”

The bum was astounded. “Won’t your wife be furious with you for doing that? I know I’m dirty, and I probably smell pretty bad.”

“Hey, man, that’s OK!” Jon responded, “I just want her to see what a man looks like who’s given up drinking, gambling, and golf!”


Every single day is a good day no matter how bright or dark it is, because it always brings an opportunity to start a positive beginning in your life.    

Edmond Mbiaka


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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