August 3, 2018
Acceptance doesn’t mean that life gets better; it just means that my way of living life on life’s terms improves.
Sharon E. Rainey
I think one of the most important skills that helps with happy aging is the ability to roll with the punches. Most of us have learned that what may seem disastrous today will not be that bad tomorrow. One thing for sure, time waits for no one so our ability to accept reality will allow us to deal with whatever it is and move on.
And you know what? most of my tomorrows have turned out to be great, forecasted impending disasters have seldom showed up so I find little use in worry or anxiety and just look forward to my next good day.
Here is an abridged article that I like, I hope you will too.
How Rolling with Life’s Punches Contributes to A Simple Life
By Elizabeth Scott, MS
Life on earth is made up of a series of peaks and valleys—trials and victories. Fighting against the ebb and flow of what is beyond our control is as exhausting and futile as trying to manipulate the ocean’s tide. What will be will be, and there is very little over which we have any control.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “Into each life, some rain must fall.” Sometimes it is more than some rain. Sometimes it is an overwhelming flood and none of us wields the power to control the intensity of the downpour. Since these things are inevitable, the thing that matters most is how we choose to respond to them.
Here are some things to consider when life deals a hard punch and you find yourself in a particularly rainy season.
Accept reality.- Don’t overcomplicate the obvious. Even though we would prefer to pretend the storm isn’t raging, false pretense will never alter truth. As acceptance is allowed entrance into our hearts and minds, internal peace will come despite external circumstances. Acceptance removes the inward struggle and is beautifully conducive to a simple life.
Accept limitations.- Coming to terms with the fact that what is happening is beyond our own power to remedy will not take the pain away, but it will relieve and lift unnecessary feelings of responsibility. Sometimes we just can’t change or fix things, but come to find out, we were never intended to. Discovering this truth is liberating.
Accept contentment. – Believe that the pieces are falling into place according to a design far greater than your own. Don’t try to reopen closed chapters. They were closed for reasons beyond what you can see. Don’t continue to try to walk through closed doors. Move on. Trust that all things are working together for your good, and changes were necessary. Don’t fight against the plan. Relax and rest in the knowledge that things are happening exactly as they should be.
Life is accepting what is and working from that.
For many of you this will not mean much. For myself and any others that served in the Navy in the fifties this is exactly as it was.
How to Simulate The Life Of A Sailor. . .
Buy a steel dumpster, paint it gray inside & out, & live in it for 6 months.
Repaint your entire house every month.
Raise the thresholds & lower the headers of your front & back doors so that you either trip or bang your head every time you pass through them.
On Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, turn your water heater temperature up to 200 degrees. On Tuesdays & Thursdays, turn the water heater off. On Saturdays & Sundays tell your family they use too much water during the week, so no bathing will be allowed.
Raise your bed to within 6 inches of the ceiling, so you can’t turn over without getting out & then getting back in.
Have your neighbor come over each day at 5 am, blow a whistle loudly, & shout “Reveille, reveille, all hands heave out & trice up.”
Post a menu on the kitchen door informing your family that they are having steak for dinner. Then make them wait in line for an hour. When they finally get to the kitchen, tell them you are out of steak, but they can have dried ham or hot dogs. Repeat daily until they ignore the menu & just ask for hot dogs.
Set your alarm clock to go off at random times during the night. At the alarm, jump up & dress as fast as you can, making sure to button your top shirt button & tuck your pants into your socks. Run out into the backyard & uncoil the garden hose.
Make coffee using eighteen scoops of budget-priced coffee grounds per pot, & allow the pot to simmer for 5 hours before drinking.
A mother may hope that her daughter will get a better husband that she did, but she knows her son will never get as good a wife as his father did.
Down in the south, there are many churches known as “answer back” churches. When the preacher says something, the congregation naturally replies.
One Sunday, a preacher was speaking on what it would take for the church to become better.
He said “If this church is to become better, it must take up it’s bed, and walk.”
The congregation said “Let it walk, Preacher, let it walk.”
Encouraged by their response, he went further.
“If this church is going to become better, it will have to throw aside it’s hindrances and run!”
The congregation replied,
“Let it run, preacher, let it run!”
Now really into his message, he spoke stronger.
“If this church really wants to become great, it will have to take up it’s wings and fly!”
“Let it fly, Preacher, let it fly!” the congregation shouts.
The Preacher gets louder.
“If this church is going to fly, it will cost money!”
The congregation replied. “Let it walk, Preacher, let it walk.”
At times, it is better to keep your mouth shut and let people wonder if you’re a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
James G. Sinclair
There was a history professor and a psychology professor sitting on a deck at a nudist colony. The history professor asked the psychology professor, “Have you read Marx?”
The psychology professor replied, “Yes, I think they are from the wicker chairs.”
Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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