October 3, 2018
Yesterday is just in the past, today is a fresh start, and tomorrow is a new beginning.
I am still in the process of designing my new life. I have more options in my new community than I know what to do with. I am also learning how get where I need to go without my driving there.
A lot of what is going on is choosing what to drop from my activities, not an easy task. There was a recent article on the Positively Present blog entitled 5 Lessons Learned from Starting Over, it could have been written for me, here in past was what it said
TRYING TO CONTROL EVERYTHING IS POINTLESS.
As someone who is decidedly “Type A,” control is something I love to pretend I possess. All of the organization, backing-up, and planning in the world can’t prevent life from happening, though. Situations like this one — however silly it might seem — are great reminders for those who enjoy control. They show us that, no matter what we do, things are sometimes going to fall apart or go wrong. That’s part of life and the quicker you learn to take it in stride, the quicker you’ll be able to bounce back.
STAYING POSITIVE MAKES IT MUCH BETTER.
When things are going wrong — particularly when they have a big impact on your day-to-day life — it can be tricky to stay positive, but if there’s one thing that this experience has taught me, it’s that positivity does make things better. Staying optimistic obviously didn’t fix the situation (I still had to deal with the app-less days and the reinstallation craziness), but by staying positive and knowing that, no matter how the situation ended up, I’d be able to make do, made it a lot easier to cope with.
RELYING ON ONE THING IS DANGEROUS.
Sure, it’s fine to have a favorite thing / person / etc., but it’s dangerous to rely only on one thing. Diversity — in apps and in life — is important. Don’t wait till you’ve lost your one thing to realize that. Losing Procreate for a few days prompted me to explore other drawing apps. None of them can replace my beloved Procreate, but now I’ve at least dabbled a bit in other options.
FEELING HOW YOU FEEL IS OKAY.
This was a very unexpected (but important!) lesson: I realized that it’s okay to feel how you feel, even if seems a little ridiculous. When this first happened, my first reaction was to be upset and my second was to say to myself, Don’t be ridiculous. It’s just an app. You don’t have any right to be upset about something so trivial when there are so many important things going on in the world! Just because a problem is trivial doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to feel something.
HAVING A FRESH START CAN BE PRODUCTIVE.
One of the best things I discovered over the past week is that, even if you don’t necessarily like it, a fresh start can be a good thing sometimes. For weeks I’d be wanting to better organize my files. I’d thought about getting rid of some old brushes I never use. I’d worried if maybe I wasn’t backing up my work frequently enough. Well, when the app crashed, I was given a chance to revisit my organization and back-up and got to start fresh with my brushes and color palettes. I even think the new brush I’m using is better than my old favorite! Yes, there are a ton of little annoyances, but there’ve been some really productive aspects of this fresh start, which is a great reminder that you never know what good things a bad situation can bring!
I know people who grow old and bitter. I want to keep making a fresh start. I don’t want them to defeat me.
“You and your husband don’t seem to have an awful lot in common.” said the new tenant’s neighbor. “Why on earth did you get married?”
“I suppose it was the old business of ‘opposites attract'” was the reply. “He wasn’t pregnant and I was.”
Success is when you get what you want. Happiness is when you want what you get.
Friends, one an Optimist and the other a Pessimist could never quite agree on any topic of discussion. One day the Optimist decided he had found a good way to pull his Pessimistic friend out of his way of continual Pessimistic way of thinking.
The Optimist owned a huntin’ dog that could walk on water. His plan? Take the Pessimist and the dog out duck hunting in a boat.
They got out into the middle of the lake, and the Optimist shot down a duck. The dog immediately walked out across the water, retrieved the duck, and walked back to the boat.
The Optimist looked at his Pessimistic friend and said, “What do you think about that?”
The Pessimist replied, “That dog can’t swim, can he?
It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.
Sitting at the bar after a game, Joe said to a club member, “I’m not about to play golf with Jim Walsh anymore.”
“Well, he found his lost ball two feet from the green,” said Joe.
“Not when I had his ball in my pocket!”
It’s not hard to meet expenses, they’re everywhere!
Little Bobby was spending the weekend with his grandmother after a particularly trying week in kindergarten. His grandmother decided to take him to the park on Saturday morning. It had been snowing all night and everything was beautiful.
His grandmother remarked…”doesn’t it look like an artist painted this scenery? Did you know God painted this just for you?”
Bobby said, “Yes, God did it and he did it left handed.”
This confused his grandmother a bit, and she asked him “What makes you say God did this with his left hand?”
“Well,” said Bobby, “we learned at Sunday School last week that Jesus sits on God’s right hand!”
The best vitamin for making friends: B1.
A young boy called the pastor of a local “corner” church to ask the pastor to come by to pray for his mother who had been very ill with the flu.
The pastor knew the family and was aware they had been attending another church down the road. So the pastor asked, “Shouldn’t you be asking Brother Simon down the road to come by to pray with your mom?”
The young boy replied, “Yeah, but we didn’t want to take the chance that he might catch whatever this is that Mom has.”
“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
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