November 15, 2017
Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?
Dennis and Wendy Mannering
I had an interesting conversation with one of my physical therapists yesterday. Our discussions included our observations on the behavior of people we know, meet or see during our day to day activities. A lot of my friends concerns was how he saw so many people moving to fast trying to keep up with things that really are not that important.
I expressed my concern for some of the folks my age who rationalize their inactivity and sedentary existence as being the natural result of old age. In truth I know many of my fellow seniors who are just as vibrant and interested as they always were, in fact my wife frequently meets with a group of friends for coffee who are outgoing, smart and fun to be with. They just stay positive.
A long time ago the Reverend Charles Swindoll wrote a piece that I think is the secret to the life of the happy people I knw, it is ther attitude. Here is what he had to say:
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, then circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say, or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.
Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.
What I learned at the senior center:
- Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.
- Don’t let anyone tell you you’re getting old. Squash their toes with your rocker.
- The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
- Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me. I want people to know why I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.
- Maturity means being emotionally and mentally healthy. It is that time when you know when to say yes and when to say no, and when to say WHOOPEE!
- How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
- When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.
- You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
- I don’t know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
- The golden years are really just metallic years, gold in the tooth, silver in your hair, and lead in the rear.
- Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18.
- One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young. One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.
- Age seldom arrives smoothly or quickly. It is more often a succession of jerks.
- Yeah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
- Old age is when former classmates are so gray and wrinkled, and blind they don’t recognize you.
- If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you are old.
Some people have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy.
TOP FIVE SIGNS YOU’RE A TYPICAL MOM. . .
You’ve eaten your weight in Girl Scout cookies.
You always have at least 12 Legos and a Barbie shoe in your purse.
You catch yourself humming theme songs from kiddie shows about 3 times a day.
You can take construction paper, glue, pudding cups, and aluminum foil and make a delightful holiday centerpiece.
You know that a suspiciously sweet, “Mommy, I love you!” really means…
“I just decorated the wall with all your makeup.”
If you don’t have the time to do something right, where are you going to find the time to fix it?
A man walks into a Chinese restaurant but is told by the Maitre’d that there will be at least a twenty minute wait. “Would you like to wait in the bar, Sir?”, he says.
The man goes into the bar and the bartender says, “What’ll it be?”
The man replies, “Give me a Stoli with a twist.”
The bartender pauses for a few seconds, then smiles and says, “Once upon time, there were FOUR little peegs . . . ”
Professor: You can’t sleep in my class!
Student: If you didn’t talk so loud, I could.
An elderly, wealthy woman in Florida was boring fellow beachcombers as she bragged on and on about her two remarkable grandchildren.
Unable to stand it any longer, a fellow sunbather interrupted her.
“Tell me, Mrs. Rosenwasser, how old are your grandsons?”
Mrs. Rosenwasser gave her a grateful smile and replied, “The doctor is four and the lawyer is six.”
“Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.”
Norman Vincent Peale
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