September 5, 2917
“Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.”
My wife had a pretty good day yesterday. We even had a pleasant meal together in the rehab facilities dining room. She was in relatively good spirits which made me very happy.
I keep working on not letting our current situation taking me down. I don’t want to impede her progress by exhibiting a gloomy outlook. We are so fortunate to have so many of our family near by to help keep her spirits up.
I recently stumbled across the following piece that is exactly what I need to stay focused on, that is letting happiness offset the anxiety generated by our current difficulties.
How to Be Happy
Author Robert Louis Stevenson offered the following tips for maintaining a positive attitude. They still apply today…
- Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.
- Make the best of your circumstances. No one has everything, and everyone has something of sorrow intermingled with gladness of life. The trick is to make the laughter outweigh the tears.
- Don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t think that somehow you should be protected from misfortune that befalls other people.
- You can’t please everybody. Don’t let criticism worry you.
- Don’t let your neighbor set your standards. Be yourself.
- Do the things you enjoy doing, but stay out of debt.
- Do not borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than real ones.
- Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish jealousy, enmity, or grudges.
- Have many interests. If you can’t travel, read about new places.
- Don’t hold postmortems. Don’t spend your time brooding over sorrows or mistakes.
- Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.
“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”
Jean Shinoda Bolen
Essential vocabulary additions for the workplace (and elsewhere)
- BLAMESTORMING : Sitting around in a group, discussing why a Deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.
- SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager, who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves.
- ASSMOSIS : The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard.
- SALMON DAY: The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die in the end.
- CUBE FARM: An office filled with cubicles
- PRAIRIE DOGGING: When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people’s heads pop up over the walls to see what’s going on.
- MOUSE POTATO: The on-line, wired generation’s answer to the couch potato.
- SITCOMs : Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. What Yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids.
- STRESS PUPPY: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.
- SWIPEOUT: An ATM or credit card that has been rendered useless because the magnetic strip is worn away from extensive use.
- XEROX SUBSIDY: Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one’s workplace.
- IRRITAINMENT : Entertainment and media spectacles that are Annoying but you find yourself unable to stop watching them.
- PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE: The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again.
- ADMINISPHERE : The rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve.
Warning label on a drum of industrial-strength detergent:
“If you cannot read English, do not use this product until label has been explained to you.”
Sally purchased an answering machine with a prerecorded message that used a male voice. She chose not to record a new message. The next Saturday she was “screening” her calls. The phone rang and the machine answered… After the message, there was a pause and the caller hung up.
The phone rang a second time — the same result. Then the phone rang a third time, and the person said: “This is your mother, I think. If I am, please call me.”
“Some things have to be believed to be seen.”
A vacationer called a seaside hotel to ask its location. “It’s only a stone’s throw from the beach,” he was told.
“But how will I recognize it?” asked the man.
“It’s the one with all the broken windows,” said the clerk.
“If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can’t be done.”
An old blacksmith realized he was soon going to quit working so hard. He picked out a strong young man to become his apprentice. The old fellow was crabby and exacting. “Don’t ask me a lot of questions,” he told the boy. “Just do whatever I tell you to do.”
One day the old blacksmith took an iron out of the forge and laid it on the anvil. “Get the hammer over there,” he said. “When I nod my head, hit it real good and hard.”
Now the town is looking for a new blacksmith.
“Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.”
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