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“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

Eckhart Tolle

Be grateful

I have found that the best way for me to get back on track is to stop and think about how good my life really is. Too many of us just take what we have for granted without appreciating all we really have.

Do you really appreciate what you have? Do you embrace an attitude of gratitude in you day to day activities? I hope you do. Here are some mantras oiffered by Marc Chernoff that can help keep you on track.

10 Gratitude Mantras that Will Make You Appreciate What You Have

In the haste of our busy, stressful lives we neglect many of the fundamentals of gratitude, and thus miss out entirely on gratitude’s most positive benefits.  Thus, the mantras below (excerpts from our book and blog archive) can serve as good refreshers for all of us.  Just pick one and repeat it silently to yourself for 60 seconds whenever you catch yourself thinking you need something more than what you have at the moment.

1.When life is good, enjoy it.  Don’t go looking for something better.  Happiness never comes to those who don’t appreciate what they have.

2.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.

3.Happiness comes a lot quicker when you stop complaining about your problems and you start being grateful for all the problems you don’t have.

4.The greatest secret to peace of mind is letting every life situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be, and then making the very best of it.

5.Happiness does not start when “this, that or the other thing” is resolved. Happiness is what happens now, when you appreciate what you have.

6.When life gives you every reason to be negative, think of one good reason to be positive.  There’s always something to be grateful for

7.No, you won’t always get what you want.  But remember this: There are lots of people who will never have what you have right now.

8.Be grateful for your life.  For your health, your family, your friends, and your home.  Many people don’t have these things.

9.Remind yourself how fortunate you are to be experiencing this moment right here, right now.  The more you appreciate it, the better it’ll be.

10.Choose to smile today by taking life moment by moment, complaining very little, and being thankful for the little things that mean a lot.


“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”



Cheer Up…

We’re all amazed that you go on living each day.

Well, at least the operation was a partial success.

With the lights dimmed, it looks almost normal.

The District Attorney says he only has a few more questions.

The reward for your capture has reached fifty thousand dollars.

At least we never thought you were guilty like that Jury did.

The insurance pays the full book value ($312) for your 1956 T Bird.

Those Grand Juries always over-react. Don’t worry about it.

The boss said while you’re sick, he’d do all your work personally.


Be careful what rut you choose. You may be in it the rest of your life.


Mrs Gumbo was backing out of her driveway when she heard a sickening ‘thump’. She stopped the car in a panic and rushed out to see what had happened. There, at the end of the driveway, was a small dog lying on its side. It was dead. (okay, everybody….’Awwwwwww!)

Mrs Gumbo felt just awful. She knew it was her neighbor’s dog. Looking very worried, she climbed the front stairs of her neighbor’s house and knocked on the door. She waited for a couple of minutes. Finally, a man answered.

“I’m soooo sorry,” Mrs Gumbo said “I was backing out of my driveway just a few minutes ago when I heard a ‘thump’. I got out of my car to see what had happened. Your dog was lying dead at the end of the driveway. I’m afraid that I ran over her and I feel just terrible about it. I *insist* on replacing her!”

The man paused and then said. . .     “Okay, well, I guess *you* can bring me my slippers and newspaper tomorrow morning then.”


I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them.


Mr. Jones patted his daughter’s hand fondly, and told her, “Your young man told me today he wanted you as a bride, and I gave my consent.”

Oh, Papa,” gushed the daughter, “it’s going to be so hard leaving mother.”

“I understand perfectly, my dear,” beamed Mr. Jones. “You just take her with you.”


“Being told something for your own good seldom does you any.”


Children’s Definition of Marriage

“Marriage is when you get to keep your girl and don’t have to give her back to her parents.”   -Eric, AGE 6

“When somebody’s been dating for a while, the boy might propose to the girl. He says to her, ‘I’ll take you for a whole life, or at least until we have kids and get divorced, but you got to do one particular thing for me.’ Then she says yes, but she’s wondering what the thing is and whether it’s naughty or not. She can’t wait to find out.”   -Anita, AGE 9

“You flip a nickel, and heads means you stay with him and tails means you try the next one.”   -Kelly, AGE 9

“My mother says to look for a man who is kind. So that’s what I’ll do. I’ll find somebody who’s kinda tall and kinda handsome.”   -Carolyn, AGE 8

“Eighty-four. Because at that age, you don’t have to work anymore and you can spend all your time loving each other in your bedroom.”   -Carolyn, AGE 8

“Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife.”   -Bert, AGE 5

“You should ask the people who read Cosmopolitan.”   -Kirsten, AGE 10

“It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need somebody to clean up after them.”   -Anita, AGE 9

“It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m just a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble.”   -Will, AGE 7


I’d rather regret the things I have done than the things that I haven’t.

Lucille Ball


“Darling, I would like to ask you a question,” said the wife.

“Go ahead… I will answer as honestly as I can,” replied her husband of fifteen years.

“How would you describe,” she replied, “The last fifteen years of our life?”

“I would say that we have a strange and wonderful relationship,” replied her husband.

“Oh, darling,” she commented,” such a beautiful thing to say!  But why do you call it ‘strange and wonderful,’ I wonder?”

“Because you’re strange,” remarked the husband, “and I am wonderful!”

He is expected out of the hospital next week.  Pity she broke the rolling pin….


“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”



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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