April 16, 2018
To overcome difficulties is to experience the full delight of existence.
Here we go, a new week. Hopefully we will end the week with more traditional Spring weather. Lately it seems like we go through all four seasons every week.
These days I find we need to be ready to deal with our ever-changing reality. The good news is that my wife and I seem to be able to handle what comes with out agonizing over our difficulties, rather each challenge is viewed as just another step in our aging journey. Bemoaning what happens has no value at all so we just celebrate that we made it through another day.
The following is a little like the way we see life.
If You Bring Love
At a certain moment in Nietzsche’s life, the idea came to him of what he called ‘the love of your fate.’ Whatever your fate is, whatever the heck happens, you say, “This is what I need.” It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge.
If you bring love to that moment – not discouragement – you will find the strength is there. Any disaster that you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow. Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You’ll see that this is really true.
Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not.
Resilience isn’t a single skill. It’s a variety of skills and coping mechanisms. To bounce back from bumps in the road as well as failures, you should focus on emphasizing the positive.
WHY AGING ISN’T SO BAD:
Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can’t remember them either.
Your supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size.
No one expects you to run into a burning building.
There’s nothing left to learn the hard way.
Your joints are more accurate than the National Weather Service.
In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.
“When I have a kid, I wanna put him in one of those strollers for twins, then run around the mall looking frantic.”
The stages of marriage:
Stage 1: Sugar dumpling, I’ve really been worried about my baby girl. That’s a bad sniffle and there’s no telling about these things with all the strep that’s going around. I’m going to put you in the hospital for a general check-up and a good rest. I know the food’s terrible, but I’m going to bring you dinner every night from Rosini’s. I’ve got it all arranged with the floor supervisor.
Stage 2: Listen, darling, I don’t like the sound of that cough. I’m going to call Doc Miller to rush over here. Now you go to bed like a good girl just for papa.
Stage 3: Maybe you’d better lie down, honey. Nothing like little rest when you feel lousy. I’ll bring you something. Have we got any canned soup?
Stage 4: Now look, dear, be sensible. After you’ve fed the kids and gotten the dishes done and the floor mopped, you’d better lie down for a while.
Stage 5: Why don’t you take a couple of aspirins?
Stage 6: Why you’d just gargle or something instead of sitting around barking like a seal all evening!
It may be possible to bypass all of America when the Federal Interstate Highway System is completed.
A minister told his congregation, “Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17.”
The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17.
Every hand went up.
The minister smiled and said, “Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying.”
Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.
Morris telephoned his wife Sadie. “Sadie, darling, I’ve got some good news. You know that Broadway musical you’ve been dying to see?”
“Well, I’ve just bought us two tickets to see it.”
“Oh Morris, that’s wonderful. I’ll start dressing immediately.”
“Sadie, that’s just what I wanted to hear you say. The tickets are for tomorrow night’s performance.”
One day a little girl came home from school, and said to her mother, “Mommy, today in school I was punished for something that I didn’t do.”
The mother exclaimed, “But that’s terrible! I’m going to have a talk with your teacher about this! By the way, what was it that you didn’t do?”
The little girl replied, “My homework.”
We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.
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