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Here we go again

“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.”

Roger Crawford

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Good morning all. I hope you are ready to begin a new day, a new week and a new month. I find lately that some new days provide me with challenges to overcome as well as experiences to enjoy. I find sleep is easier when I feel good about making it through another day without any real problems.

I think that it is how we see things as much as anything else that is the key to happiness. I recently received a checklist written by Angel Chernoff that she uses to help her see life as it can be. I liked it so much I thought you might as well. Here is her list

Life from a Different Perspective

  • Happiness escapes from those who refuse to see the good in what they have. When life gives you every reason to be negative, think positive.  Let go of what you think your life is supposed to be like right now and sincerely appreciate it for everything that it is.
  • The richest person isn’t the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least. Wealth is a mindset.  Want less and appreciate more today.  Be thankful for your life.  For your health, your family, your friends, and your home.  Many people don’t have these things.
  • It takes courage to grow and become who you really are. Don’t fear change.  You may lose something good, but you may also gain something great.
  • Most of your fears are much bigger in your mind than they are in reality. You’ll see this for yourself as soon as you face them.
  • If you’re lucky enough to have two good options, always go with the one that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to help you grow.
  • Don’t stress about the closed doors behind you. New doors are opening every moment and you will see them if you keep stepping forward.  And as you’re stepping, also keep in mind that we often waste too much of today by worrying about tomorrow.  Just be present.  Tomorrow will reveal itself exactly as it should.
  • Every difficult situation can be an excuse for poor performance or an opportunity for excellence, depending on the perspective you choose.
  • Even when it’s tough, wear a smile anyway. Smiling doesn’t always mean you are happy, sometimes it simply means you are strong.  And YOU ARE.
  • Growth is painful. Change is painful.  But in the end, nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you do not belong.  It’s always better to be exhausted from meaningful work than to be tired of doing nothing.
  • Appreciate the gift of being able to work hard for what you want most. And remember that nothing is really “work” unless you tell yourself that you would rather be doing something else.
  • Do what you have to do, but leave space too. Be flexible.  Don’t overbook your life with rigid plans.  Sometimes great moments happen unplanned and big regrets happen by not reaching exactly what was planned.
  • Instead of getting angry over the words of others, choose to listen, be mindful, and grow stronger one way or another, because of them.
  • Life doesn’t always give you the people you want, it gives you the people you need… to learn, to grow, and to fall in love.
  • The strongest among us aren’t those who show strength you can see, but those who have won incredible inner battles you know nothing about. So be kind.  You can’t always see people’s pain, but they can always feel your kindness.  Being kind to people is a peaceful way to live, and a beautiful legacy to leave behind.
  • Three things ultimately define you: Your patience when you have nothing, your attitude when you have everything, and who you help whenever you are able.
  • Be humble. Be teachable.  The world is bigger than your view of the world.  There’s always room for a new idea, a new step, a new perspective… a new beginning.

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Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.

Sai Baba

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A sixteen year-old boy came home with a Porsche and his parents began to fuss, “Where did you get that car???!!!

He calmly told them, “I bought it today.”

“With what money?” demanded his parents? “We know what a Porsche costs.”

“Well,” said the boy, “this one cost me fifteen dollars.”

So the parents began to panic and asked. “Who would sell a car like that for fifteen dollars?” they said.

“It was the lady up the street,” said the boy. “I don’t know her name; they just moved in. She saw me ride past on my bike and asked me if I wanted to buy a Porsche for fifteen dollars.”

“Oh my Goodness,” moaned the mother to the boys father, “John, you go right up there and see what’s going on.”

So the boy’s father walked up the street to the house where the lady lived and found her out in the yard calmly planting petunias! He introduced himself as the father of the boy to whom she had sold a Porsche for fifteen dollars and demanded to know what was going on.

“Well,” she said, “this morning I got a phone call from my husband. I thought he was on a business trip, but learned from a friend he has run off to Hawaii with his secretary. The secretary took his money and left him after they had arrived. He called me and claimed he was robbed and stranded. He asked me to sell his new Porsche and send him the money. So I did.”

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“Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.”

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For the first time in many years, an old man traveled from his rural town to the city to attend a movie.

After buying his ticket, he stopped at the concession stand to purchase some popcorn. Handing the attendant $6.50, he couldn’t help but comment, “The last time I came to the movies, popcorn was only 15 cents.”

“Well, sir,” the attendant replied with a grin, “You’re really going to enjoy yourself. We have sound now.”

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I went to see Pavarotti once and I’ll tell you this much, he doesn’t like it when you join in.

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Danny said to his son, “It’s time we had a little talk my son. Soon you will have urges and feelings you’ve never had before. Your heart will pound and your hands will sweat.

You’ll be preoccupied and won’t be able to think of anything else.”

“But don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal … it’s called golf.”

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A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing and the lawn mower is broken.

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It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.

Abigail Adams

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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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