When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
Having no computer for a week while I awaited a repair specialist was an eye opener for me. These days I spend a lot of time on the computer doing research, communicating with friends, preparing the Daily and much more. Since I don’t get out as much as I use to the computer provides me is a constructive diversion that helps keep me mentally active. As I have said before putting together the Daily for you motivates me to think about the world and our place in it at least five days a week and I am glad it does.
When I found myself without the computer last week I found it necessary to practice what I so often preach about. I found my mind dwelling on how the computer failure was going to be a major catastrophe. I found my mindset going negative leading to the possible “Oh woe is me attitude.” I had to remind myself that the world was not ending and that most likely the outcome of my wait and subsequent repair was going to be fine.
I was surprised that I was able to choose to successfully walk away from dread and use the time for alternative activities. And since I was home bound awaiting the promised arrival of the service guy for a few days in a row I got to watch some favorite old time movies that I never seem to get to see.
As I thought about the past week I was reminded of the following piece by Christian Larson which has value for me and I hope for you.
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 of the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.
To be enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to 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 criticise others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
Christian D Larson
Difficulties are opportunities to better things, they are stepping stones to greater experience. Perhaps some day you will be thankful for some temporary failure in a particular direction. When one door closes, another always opens, as a natural law it has to be, to balance.
Over a round of golf, two doctors were talking shop. “I operated on Mr. Lee the other day,” said the surgeon.
“What for?” asked his colleague.
“What did he have?”
“Oh… About $17,000.”
We should make tail lights different colors so that gridlock is more interesting.
Nadine confided to Jill, “My cooking left my husband cold.”
“He divorced you because of your cooking?” Jill asked.
“No,” Nadine replied, “he died.”
A great many people confuse their lack of planning with an emergency.
Here is what she sent:
Ten Interesting Points about Men
- A good place to meet a man is at the dry cleaner. These men usually have jobs and bathe.
- All men hate to hear, “We need to talk about our relationship.” These seven words strike fear in the heart of even General Schwartzkopf.
- Men like phones with lots of buttons. It makes them feel important.
- Men like to barbecue. Men will cook if danger is involved.
- Most men hate to shop. That’s why the men’s department is usually on the first floor of a department store, two inches from the door.
- Men forget everything; women remember everything. Think about it! How many women’s sports use something called an “instant replay?”
- Men are self-confident because they grow up identifying with super-heroes. Women have bad self-images because they grow up identifying with Barbie.
- No man is charming all of the time. Even Cary Grant was on record saying he wished he could be Cary Grant.
- Women take clothing much more seriously than men. I’ve never seen a man walk into a party and say, “Oh no, I’m so embarrassed; I’ve got to get out of here. There’s another man wearing a black tuxedo.”
- Men have higher body temperatures than women. If your heating goes out in winter, I recommend sleeping next to a man. Men are like portable heaters that snore.
“Part of being sane, is being a little bit crazy.”
She said: One of my most difficult tasks as a flight attendant is to enforce rules while keeping customers happy. The electronic equipment that comes on board creates the greatest challenge. I walk the aisle asking passengers to turn off computers, electronic games and cell phones, which can create interference in communications between the pilot and the air traffic control tower.
During one landing, a man persistently kept his cell phone at his ear. I confronted him and said, “Sir, you cannot talk on your phone until we reach the gate.”
“I am not talking,” he replied. “I’m listening.”
Do bankruptcy lawyers really expect to be paid?
A young American tourist goes on a guided tour of a creepy old castle. At the end of the tour the guide asks her how she enjoyed it. She admits to being a bit worried about seeing a ghost in some of the dark cobwebby rooms and passages.
“Don’t worry” says the guide, “I’ve never seen a ghost all the time I’ve been here.”
“How long is that?” asks the girl.
“About three hundred years.”
“My definition of an expert in any field is a person who knows enough about what’s really going on to be scared.”
Stephanie, the young blonde, came running through the door. “Uncle! Uncle! Guess what?”
“What?” The surprised uncle replied.
“I was getting a hundred dollars a week and the boss just doubled my salary!”
“Really?” said Uncle. “That’s great! What are you getting now?”
Stephanie beamed with pride and answered, “A hundred dollars every two weeks!”
The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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