November 21, 2017
Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.
I wonder sometimes if the reason Betty Davis said “growing old is not for sissies” is because we spend so much time focused on our aches and pains. It is hard some times to sit with a group pf seniors who spend a lot of time discussing, sometimes with pride, their infirmities and the contents of their medicine chest. I know I too have been guilty of spending time talking about my geriatric medical experiences.
The changes that come with aging are something we all go through and rather than agonizing about the journey we should celebrate that we are still on it. I know if I spend more thought on what I have and can do, my aches and pains seem to subside. We all have a lot to be grateful for and we are better off if we work our way through our challenges.
Marc Chernoff just published a piece offering some suggestions on how we can make our lives more pleasant even when the going gets tough. Here in part is what he wrote.
10 Things to Remember When the Going Gets Tough
As we journey through our personal and professional lives, there will inevitably be periods of incredible frustration and despair. During those tough times, it will sometimes appear to us that we’ve lost everything, and that nothing and nobody could possibly motivate us to move onward in the direction of our dreams. When the going gets tough—when we’re feeling utterly down and discouraged—we need to remember…
1.To trust the journey, even when we do not understand it.
2.To accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in the road ahead.
3.To start exactly where we are, use what we have, and do what we can, one step at a time.
4.To look for the blessings hidden in every struggle we face, and be willing to open our hearts and minds to them.
5.To recognize our backpack of support—our external sources of hope and motivation—before a random guru (or someone with far more crooked intentions) has to steal it from us so that we can finally see what we have always taken for granted.
6.To be present and tap into our own hearts and minds—our internal sources of hope and motivation—which have the power to push us back up on our feet and guide us down the road to our backpack of support, even when it appears to be lost forever
7.To laugh at the confusion, live consciously in the moment, and appreciate the lessons found at each twist and turn.
8.To not compare our progress with that of others, and accept that we all need our own time to travel our own distance.
9.To see how many of the things we never wanted or expected, ultimately turn out to be what we need.
10.To be OK with not ending up exactly where we intended to go, while opening ourselves up to the possibility of eventually arriving precisely in the right place at the right time.
I’ve seen enough things to know that if you just keep on going, if you turn the corner, the sun will be shining.
In a software design meeting, we were using typical technical Jargon to discuss a data exchange interface with a vendor. One co-worker said the programming we had ordered was delayed because the vendor was suffering from a “severe nonlinear waterfowl issue.” Curious, the team leader raised his eyebrows and asked, “What exactly is that?” The programmer replied, “They don’t have all their ducks in a row.”
The coach’s wife yells to her husband, “It’s Sports Illustrated on the phone.”
The coach falls all over himself racing to the phone and says, “Hello”?
Then he hears, “For just 75 cents an issue….”
TALLULAH BANKHEAD QUOTES (1903 – 1968)
“I’ll come and make love to you at five o’clock. If I’m late, start without me.”
“I’m as pure as the driven slush.”
“It’s the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.”
“If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner.”
“It takes one to know one — and vice versa!”
My friends and I had joined a weight-loss organization. At one meeting the instructor held up an apple and a candy bar. “What are the attributes of this apple,” she asked, “and how do they relate to our diet?”
“Low in calories” and “lots of fiber” were among the answers.
She then detailed what was wrong with eating candy, and concluded, “Apples are not only more healthful but also less expensive. Do you know I paid 75¢ for this candy bar?” We stared as she held aloft the forbidden treat.
From the back of the room a small voice spoke up: “I’ll give you a dollar for it.”
“The only advantage to living in the past is that the rents are much cheaper!”
The tiresome jury selection process continued, each side hotly contesting and dismissing potential jurors. Don O’Brian was called for his question session.
“Married or single?”
“Married for twenty years, Your Honor.”
“Formed or expressed an opinion?”
“Not in twenty years, Your Honor.”
“Getting old is when a narrow waist and a broad mind change places!”
The husband was adjusting his tie in front of the mirror tonight before this awards dinner and he asked his wife, “Honey, how many great men do you think there are in the world today?”
“One less than you think,” his wife replied.
“What’s done is done. What’s gone is gone. One of life’s lessons is always moving on. It’s okay to look back to see how far you’ve come but keep moving forward.”
Roy T. Bennett
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