“The bad news is that yesterday sucked. The good news is that yesterday is gone. Today’s a new day. Own it! Shape it! Live it!”
Sometimes bad news is really good news. Once a month I transmit my Pacemaker data to a computer in Minnesota, where it is analyzed with the results transmitted to my Cardiologist here in Indianapolis. My Pacemaker is really also a computer that monitors my heart functions and stores the data so that it is available when I send the results on. My regular transmission for this month was last Thursday and I was notified on Friday that there is a problem so they have scheduled me for a nuclear stress test at the end of this week.
Early last week I did a number of errands one morning that really took me down so while I would rather not have any problems the good news is that they caught whatever it is and hopefully can find a simple way to resolve the issue. So I have a lot to be thankful for today’s amazing technology.
So I again have a good reason to be grateful for the positive things in my life. Sometime ago author Dani DiPirro wrote about the value of gratitude. Here in part is what she wrote.
The Uses of Gratitude
- Use gratitude to center yourself. This is probably the greatest use I’ve found for gratitude. Whenever I’m feeling upset or angry or frustrated or down, I think about the things I am grateful for and I feel much, much better. It really is a great tool to use to tackle some of the hardest emotions and I find that it almost always snaps me out of whatever funk I’ve found myself in.
- Use gratitude to live in the moment. When I’m struggling to live in the moment (as I often am!), I find that being grateful really helps to bring me into the present. It’s easy to get caught up thinking about the past or worrying about the future, but when I look around and start thinking of all the things I have to be grateful for, I find that I’m really, truly living in the moment.
- Use gratitude to motivate yourself. Sometimes I find that it’s hard to get motivated and I wonder what I can really contribute to the world. That’s when I start using gratitude again. Once I start thinking about all of the things I’m thankful for — including my own abilities — I feel a lot more inspired. Being grateful can motivate you to believe in yourself and it can also inspire you to look around you and see all that you have to offer the world.
- Use gratitude to overcome hurdles. Life is pretty hard sometimes, but when you find yourself focusing on what you’re grateful for, all of the trials you have to face become more manageable. I can’t say that gratitude is a cure all for every problem, but it really does help to put things in perspective when you’re going through a tough time. Next time you’re feeling down, think of all the things you’re grateful for. I guarantee you’ll feel inspired!
- Use gratitude to improve your health. I’m not a doctor or a scientist, but I’ve read on more than one occasion that being grateful can actually improve your physical health. I don’t have any statistics to back up this claim, but I can say that gratitude greatly reduces my stress level, which ultimately makes me a much healthier person. One thing I know for sure: gratitude certainly can’t hurt your health, so it’s worth a try to start thinking grateful thoughts.
Good news doesn’t necessarily have to be a positive thing. Bringing good news is imparting hope to one’s fellow man.
A colleague was planning a trip to my business office and asked me to find him a hotel with exercise facilities. I called all around town and wasn’t having any luck. Finally I thought I had found one. I asked the receptionist if they had a weight room. Her reply?
“No, but we have a lobby. You can wait there.”
The opulence of the front office decor varies inversely with the fundamental solvency of the firm.
She said: I accompanied my husband when he went to get a haircut. Reading a magazine, I found a hairstyle I liked for myself, and I asked the receptionist if I could take the magazine next door to make a copy of the photo.
“Leave some ID, a driver’s license or a credit card,” she said.
“But my husband is here getting a haircut,” I explained.
“Yes,” she replied. “But I need something you’ll come back for.”
Hard work has a future payoff, laziness pays off now.
Sargeant: “Did you give the prisoner the third degree?”
Officer: “Yeah, we browbeat him, asking every question we could.”
Sargeant: “And did you get a confession?”
Officer: “Not exactly. All he said was, ‘Yes Dear,’ and dozed off.”
There is nothing so annoying as arguing with somebody who knows what he is talking about!
Real teachers buy Excedrin and Advil in bulk at Sam’s Club.
Real teachers grade papers in the car, during commercials, in faculty meetings, in the bathroom, and at the end of nine weeks have even been seen grading in church.
Real teachers cheer when they hear that April 1st does not fall on a school day.
Real teachers never sit down without first checking the seat of the chair.
Real teachers have been timed gulping down lunch in 2 minutes 18 seconds. Master teachers can eat faster than that.
Real teachers can predict exactly which parents show up at open house.
Real teachers understand the importance of making sure every kid gets a Valentine.
Real teachers never teach the conjugations of “lie” and “lay” to eighth graders.
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson
The California/Oregon State Department of Fish and Wildlife is advising hikers, hunters, fishermen, and golfers to take extra precautions and be on the alert for bears while in the Truckee, Kirkwood, and Yosemite areas. They advise people to wear noise-producing devices such as little bells on their clothing to alert but not startle the bears unexpectedly. They also advise you to carry pepper spray in case of an encounter with a bear.
It is also a good idea to watch for signs of bear activity. People should be able to recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear droppings. Black bear droppings are smaller and contain berries and possibly squirrel fur. Grizzly bear droppings have little bells in them and smell like pepper.
A wife lasts only for the length of the marriage, but an ex-wife is there for the rest of your life
“Look at ME!” boasted the fit old man to a group of young people. “Every morning I do fifty push-ups, fifty sit-ups and walk two miles. I’m fit as a fiddle! And you want to know why? I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t stay up late, and I don’t chase after women!”
He smiled at them, teeth white, eyes glittering, “And tomorrow, I’m going to celebrate my 95th birthday!”
“Oh, really?” drawled one of the young onlookers, “How?”
“Challenges are unavoidable, yet unpredictable! …but the good news is “every challenge is overcome-able”. You are an over-comer. Believe and overcome!”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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