January 7, 2019
“When you feel good about yourself, you inevitably increase your self-worth.”
I have spent most of the last few days either in the bathroom dealing with intestinal problems or in bed restoring my energy. The only good thing was it took my mind off of my broken toe.
Now it is a new week and I am on the mend.
I intend the days ahead to be happy and productive. Brian Tracy wrote an article that reminded me that it is the virtuous how are the happiest. I agree. Here is what the wrote.
Be Happy and Feel Good
Aristotle, perhaps the greatest of all the philosophers, broke new ground in thinking when he determined that all of human action is aimed at achieving the happiness of the individual. He said that we are all the same in this one respect. We all seek happiness, however we define it. Everything you do is merely a step in the direction of achieving the ultimate happiness you seek. Aristotle did not stop there. He went on to point out that only the good can be happy, and only the virtuous can be good. Therefore, all happiness is determined by the ability of the individual to establish and live by values and virtues that are life enhancing.
From the earliest days of civilization, the purpose of an education was to instill values into the character of the young. For the first 200 years of American historical development, it was understood that the purpose of the schools was to teach values and the purpose of the home was to teach religion. Young people were instructed by reading the stories, poems and plays of men and women in previous time periods who most demonstrated and illustrated the values by which that person should live if a person wanted to have a happy life.
Aristotle went on to point out that, if you have been brought up without clear values, you can develop values by deciding upon the kind of person you want to be and then by acting as if you had the values that that person would have.
Sculpt Your Life and Your Future
The wonderful thing about being a human being is that you are free to shape and sculpt your own character. You can make new choices and decisions at any time of life, especially with regard to your values, and begin acting as if you had those values already.
Perhaps the measure essence of happiness is your ability to achieve the three common goals of self-respect, self-esteem and personal pride that everyone wants. It is only when you have these three in sufficient quantities that you feel really good about yourself.
“Using your talent, hobby or profession in a way that makes you contribute with something good to this world is truly the way to go.”
A disappointed salesman of Coca-Cola returns from his Middle East assignment. A friend asked, “Why weren’t you successful with the Arabs ?”
The salesman explained, “When I got posted in the Middle East, I was very confident that I will makes a good sales pitch as Cola is virtually unknown there. But, I had a problem I didn’t know to speak Arabic. So, I planned to convey the message through 3 posters…First poster, a man crawling through the hot desert sand… totally exhausted and panting. Second, the man is drinking our Cola and Third, our man is now totally refreshed. Then these posters were pasted all over the place”
“That should have worked,” said the friend.
The salesman replied, “Well, not only did I not speak Arabic, I also didn’t realize that Arabs read from right to left…”
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Thomas A. Edison
A harried driving instructor came home from work, kicked off his shoes, and fell into a chair. “I’m thinking of taking six or seven of my students to England,” he said.
“What on earth for?” his wife asked.
“It might make them feel good to see what it’s like to drive on the left side of the road-legally.”
Failure is the greatest opportunity I have to know who I really am.
It was election time and a politician decided to go out to the local reservation and try to get the Native American vote.
They were all assembled in the Council Hall to hear his speech. The politician had worked up to his finale, and the crowd was getting more and more excited.
“I promise better education opportunities for Native Americans!”
The crowd went wild, shouting “Hoya! Hoya!”
The politician was a bit puzzled by this native word, but was encouraged by their enthusiasm. So he continued on.
“I promise gambling reforms to allow a Casino on the Reservation!”
“Hoya! Hoya!” cried the crowd, stomping their feet.
“I promise more social reforms and job opportunities for Native Americans!”
The crowd reached a frenzied pitch shouting “Hoya! Hoya! Hoya!”
After the speech, the Politician was touring the Reservation, and saw a tremendous herd of cattle. Since he was raised on a ranch, and knew a bit about cattle, he asked the Chief if he could get closer to take a look at the cattle.
“Oh, sure…” the Chief said, “but just be careful not to step in the hoya.”
The brighter you are, the more you have to learn.
Becky is having lunch with Hannah.
Becky says, “My Morris is just impossible. Absolutely nothing pleases him. Tell me, Hannah, is your Harold hard to please?”
Hannah shrugs and replies, “I wouldn’t know. I’ve never tried.”
Sign outside the Red Horse Saloon: Cheap T-Bone Steaks, 99 cents….w/meat, $10.99.
“Mollie, how is your sister? I heard she is very ill.”
“Sadie, my sister is impossible. I never told you but we have been on the outs for as far as I can remember. Last Tuesday, my son begged me to see her. So, let me tell you. When I stood next to her bed, she had the nerve to say, “Mollie, I just want to let you know that if I die you’re forgiven for all you’ve done to me. But, if I get well, things remain the same!”
Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass… It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.
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