August 14, 2018
Drama free, worry free. That’s the way I wanna be.
This past weekend my oldest daughter came and helped me continue my downsizing effort. This time we focused on coats, jackets, winter garb and some of my huge collection of polo shirts. Great leather jackets and lighter jackets that were loaded with memories all ended up in the to be donated pile.
What surprised me was how good I felt about selecting only what I would use in the years ahead. Instead of mourning the loss of days past, I found myself excited about the days ahead lightened by not taking more than I need.
Yesterday I read the following article written by Marc Chernoff that I liked. It reminded me that at the moment I have set worry aside making room for positive thoughts about the future.
The Weight of the Glass
Twenty years ago, when Angel and I were just undergrads in college, our psychology professor taught us a lesson we’ve never forgotten. On the last day of class before graduation, she walked up on stage to teach one final lesson, which she called “a vital lesson on the power of perspective and mindset.” As she raised a glass of water over her head, everyone expected her to mention the typical “glass half empty or glass half full” metaphor. Instead, with a smile on her face, our professor asked, “How heavy is this glass of water I’m holding?”
Students shouted out answers ranging from a couple of ounces to a couple of pounds.
After a few moments of fielding answers and nodding her head, she replied, “From my perspective, the absolute weight of this glass is irrelevant. It all depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute or two, it’s fairly light. If I hold it for an hour straight, its weight might make my arm ache. If I hold it for a day straight, my arm will likely cramp up and feel completely numb and paralyzed, forcing me to drop the glass to the floor. In each case, the absolute weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it feels to me.”
As most of us students nodded our heads in agreement, she continued. “Your worries, frustrations, disappointments, and stressful thoughts are very much like this glass of water. Think about them for a little while and nothing drastic happens. Think about them a bit longer and you begin to feel noticeable pain. Think about them all day long, and you will feel completely numb and paralyzed, incapable of doing anything else until you drop them.”
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”
Leo F. Buscaglia
- The Female always makes THE RULES.
- THE RULES are subject to change at any time without prior notification.
- No Male can possibly know all THE RULES.
- If the Female suspects the Male knows all THE RULES she must immediately change some or all of THE RULES.
- The Female is never wrong.
- If the Female is wrong, it is due to a misunderstanding that was a direct result of something the Male did or said wrong.
- The Male must apologize immediately for causing said misunderstanding.
- The Female may change her mind at any time.
- The Male must never change his mind without the express written consent of the Female.
- The Female has every right to be angry or upset at any time.
- The Male must remain calm at all times unless the Female wants him to be angry and/or upset.
- The Female must under no circumstances let the Male know whether she wants him to be angry and/or upset.
- The Male is expected to be adept at mind reading.
- The Female is ready when she is ready.
- The Male must be ready at all times.
- Any attempt to document THE RULES could result in bodily harm to the Male.
- The Male who doesn’t abide by THE RULES can’t take the heat, lacks backbone and is a wimp.
Variables won’t; constants aren’t.
Morris needs a lawyer, so he grabs the yellow pages and picks out a law firm — Schwartz, Schwartz, Schwartz & Schwartz.
He calls up and says, “Is Mr. Schwartz in?”
The man says, “No, he’s out playing golf.”
Morris says, “All right, then let me speak to Mr. Schwartz.”
“He’s not with the firm any more, he’s retired.”
“Then let me talk to Mr. Schwartz.”
“He’s away in Boston, won’t be back for a month.”
“Okay, then let me talk to the other Mr. Schwartz.”
He says, “Speaking!”
Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun.
The kid said don’t get me sick:
When you go home, you have to stay all alone.
You have to stay in bed and not get fed.
You miss out on all the fun that’s it, you’re done.
So when you sneeze cover your mouth please!!!
Madison F. age 9
WHY MEN AREN’T GOOD SECRETARIES
Husband’s note to his wife…”Doctor’s office called: Said Pabst beer is normal.”
An English professor announced to the class; “There are two words I don’t allow in my class. One is gross and the other is cool.”
From the back of the room a voice called out, “So, what are the words?
Remember the five simple rules to be happy: Free your heart from hatred. Free your mind from worries. Live simply. Give more. Expect less.
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