May 1, 2019
You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.
Letting the small stuff get to us is just now worth it. I am often dismayed by the anger some folks exhibit over trivial things. Too many of us seem to react before we think about what is bothering us.
The older I get the more I realize that reactionary anger is a waste of time. I want to make the days I have left as stress-free as I can so I have chosen to avoid becoming upset with life’s little disappointments. It was an article written by Angel Chernoff that reminded me to avoid sweating the small stuff. Here in part is what she wrote.
Calmness can be your superpower today!
The ability to not overreact or take things personally keeps your mind clear and your heart at peace.And yes, YOU CAN get rid of all the stress inside you created by others, the past, and uncontrollable events…By being a conscious witness of your thoughts.
It’s about sitting quietly and witnessing the thoughts passing through you. Just witnessing at first, not interfering and not even judging, because by judging too rapidly you have lost the pure witness. The moment you rush to say, “this is good” or “this is bad,” you have already jumped head first into the stress.
This process of thought-watching is the very alchemy of true mindfulness. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, the stressful thoughts start disappearing. You are thinking, but the mind is empty of senseless chatter. It’s a moment of enlightenment—a moment that you become, perhaps for the first time, an unconditioned, sane, truly free human being.
So today, let this be your reminder to let all the small annoyances go. Move through your day consciously. Notice at least one insignificant little frustration that you would normally get frustrated about, then do yourself a favor and simply let it go. Experience, in this little way, the freedom of being in control of the way you feel. And realize that you can extend this same level of control to every situation you encounter in life. At almost any given moment, the way you feel is the way you choose to feel, and the way you react is the way you choose to react. When you think better, you live better.
Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.
Joan: You know, my ex never came right out and criticized my cooking. He would just make snide remarks.
Mary: Like what?
Joan: He’d look at his plate and ask, “Was the dog not hungry?”
If Barbie’s so popular, why do you have to buy all her friends?
Dentist: “Try to relax. I’ll pull that aching tooth in five minutes.”
Patient: “How much will this cost?”
Dentist: “It’ll be $100.”
Patient: “That much for just five minutes work?”
Dentist: “Well if you prefer, I can pull it out very slowly.”
The cardiologist’s diet: if it tastes good, spit it out.
Picture yourself near a stream …Birds are chirping softly in the crisp, cool mountain air … Nothing can bother you here … No one knows this secret place … You are in total seclusion from that place called The World … The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the air with a cascade of serenity … The water is clear … You can easily make out the face of the person whose head you’re holding under the water …
There now … Feeling better?
Don’t cry because it’s over: smile because it happened.
A man and a little boy entered a barbershop together.
After the man received the full treatment – shave, manicure, haircut, etc. – he placed the boy in the chair.
“I’m goin’ to buy a tie to wear to the party,” he said. “I’ll be back in a few minutes.”
When the boy’s haircut was done and the man still hadn’t returned, the barber said, “It looks like your daddy forgot all about you.”
“That wasn’t my daddy,” said the boy. “He just walked up, took me by the hand and said, ‘Come on, son, we’re gonna get a free haircut!'”
Most people would like to be delivered from temptation, but would like it to keep in touch.
A group of elderly Jewish men meet every Wednesday for coffee and a chat. They drink their coffee and then sit for hours discussing the world situation. Usually, their discussion is very negative. One day, Aaron surprises his friends by announcing, loud and clear, “You know what? I’ve now become an optimist.”
Everyone is totally shocked and all conversation dries up. But then Sam notices something isn’t quite right and he says to Aaron, “Hold on a minute, if you’re an optimist, why are you looking so worried?”
Aaron replies, “Do you think it’s easy being an optimist?”
The trouble with being punctual is that no one notices it when you are.
All of his life, Len had heard stories of an amazing family tradition. It seems that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all been able to walk on water on their 21st birthday. On that day, they’d walk across the lake to the boat club for their first legal drink.
So, when Len’s 21st birthday came around, he and his friend, Corky, took a boat out to the middle of the lake. Len stepped out of the boat and nearly drowned! Corky just managed to pull him to safety. Furious and confused, Len went to see his grandmother.
“Grandma, it’s my 21st birthday, so why can’t I walk across the lake like my father, his father and his father before him?”
Granny looked Len straight in the eyes and said, “Because your father, grandfather and great- grandfather were born in January. You were born in July.”
“It’s the recognition that other people’s problems, their pain and frustrations, are every bit as real as our own – often far worse. In recognizing this fact and trying to offer some assistance, we open our hearts and greatly enhance our sense of gratitude.”
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