July 23, 2018
In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
I hope you had a great weekend. Ours was pretty good as we did get out twice to spend time with friends. These visits really helped my wife perk up, We are learning that we cannot become hermits as a result of her illness.
We continue to learn that the quality of life is really in our own hands. We must resist the temptation to allow remorse and regret to lead us to stagnation.
Here is a piece that reminded me that what we are and what we become is up to ourselves.
I am Me
In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me Everything that comes out of me is authentically me Because I alone chose it –
I own everything about me, my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, Whether they be to others or to myself –
I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears –
I own all my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes
Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me – by so doing I can love me and be friendly with me in all my parts –
I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other Aspects that I do not know – but as long as I am Friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously And hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles And for ways to find out more about me –
However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically Me – If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought And felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is Unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that Which I discarded – I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do.
I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be Productive to make sense and order out of the world of People and things outside of me – I own me, and therefore I can engineer me – I am me and I AM OKAY
Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.
The city slicker was spending some time with his country cousins. The first morning the farmer said, “We need some help today. I’d sure appreciate it if you could take the bull to pasture three to breed with the cow there.”
The city slicker agreed. Six hours later, he staggered back to the farm house, his clothing all torn and disheveled. The farmer took a look, then asked, “The bull give you a problem?” “Hell, no. the bull was eager and raring to go.” “Then why did it take you all day?” “Because,” the city slicker replied, “The cow fought me for hours before she’d roll over on her back.”
My weight is perfect for my height, which varies.
Finally, the good-natured boss was compelled to call Smith into his office.
“It has not escaped my attention,” he pointed out, “that every time there’s a home game at the stadium, you have to take your aunt to the doctor.”
“You know you’re right, sir,” exclaimed Smith. “I didn’t realize it.
You don’t suppose she’s faking, do you?”
We tend to live up to our expectations.
He said: While I was driving my daughter home from kindergarten, Melody Raye started trying to get me to look at the numerous crayon drawings she’d made that day.
After trying to keep the car between the ditches while looking at the drawings, I told her I would look at the rest later because right now I had to watch the road. She immediately put a drawing in front of my face and said, “You look, Daddy, I’ll watch the road for you.”
He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.”
She said: I had this boyfriend who told me he thought I needed to lose weight. He really hurt my feelings, but he was right. I’m proud to say I lost 173 pounds, when I dumped him. I can’t tell you how much better I feel.
Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.
Four regulars were playing their weekly game of golf, and one remarked how nice it would be to wake up on Christmas morning, roll out of bed and without an argument go directly to the golf course, meet his buddies and play a round. His buddies all chimed in and said, “Let’s do it! We’ll make it a priority, figure out a way and meet here early Christmas morning.”
Months later, that special morning arrives, and there they are on the golf course. The first guy says, “Boy this game cost me a fortune! I bought my wife such a diamond ring that she can’t take her eyes off it.” Number 2 guy says, “I spent a ton, too. My wife is at home planning the cruise I gave her. She was up to her eyeballs in brochures.” Number 3 guy says “Well my wife is at home admiring her new car, reading the manual.”
They all turned to the last guy in the group who is staring at them like they have lost their minds. “I can’t believe you all went to such expense for this golf game. I slapped my wife on the butt and said, ‘Well babe, Merry Christmas! It’s a great morning, is it sex or Golf Course and she said… “Take a sweater – it’s a bit cool this morning…”
My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.
And remember… Any time you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90 per cent probability you’ll get it wrong.
Concern yourself more with accepting responsibility than with assigning blame. Let the possibilities inspire you more than the obstacles discourage you.
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