August 15, 2019
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw
At lunch the other day with some of my fellow residents I said that if I had a million dollars I would not know what to do with it. We are at the point in our lives where we have limited needs, few bills and since we are no longer traveling or socializing outside of our resident community we have limited expenses.
But we have also learned the importance of creating a life that continues to provide fulfillment. There is much to still learn, new friends to be made and more. Far too many of us just stop and let life pass us by as we wait for the grim reaper. It does not have to be that way, each day provides us new opportunities to invest in our happiness.
What follows are a few excerpts from an article written by Marc Chernoff sometime ago. I find that the questions he suggests can help plan whats ahead.
Critical Questions You Must Ask Yourself
Wisdom is not about knowing all the answers; it’s about asking the right questions. In the long run, the simple questions you ask yourself on a regular basis will determine the type of person you become.
So today, ask yourself…
- What do I appreciate about my life? – Think of your lifestyle as a diet. You fill it with the fuel that’s going to keep you performing at your highest level. Supplementing your daily routine with positivity can only make you stronger. Because once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you will start having more positive results.
- Am I spending time with the right people? – There are over seven billion people in the world right now; don’t let a handful of negative ones ruin your happiness. Be thankful for the people who walk into your life and make it better, but also be thankful for freedom to walk away from the ones who don’t.
- What can I do right now to move forward with my goals? – If you don’t like where you are, then change it. Decide to be one of those people who pull it off.
- How am I affecting the people in my life? – Your words are truly powerful. So when you speak, make sure you use your words to lift people up, and never put them down. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring – all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Who deserves to be forgiven? – Whoever said revenge is sweet never tasted the sweetness of forgiveness. Leave enough room in your heart to forgive those that deserve another chance.
- What are my fears stopping me from doing? – You gain strength, confidence, and emotional growth by living through every experience in which you are forced to stop and look fear in the face. And once the face-off is over and you realize you’re still breathing, you must say to yourself, “I have lived through this and I am OK.
There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.
There was this guy in a mental hospital. All day long he had his ear to the wall, listening. The doctor would watch this guy do this day after day.
The doctor finally decided to see what the guy was listening to, so he put his ear up to the wall and listened. He heard nothing.
He turned to the mental patient and said, “I don’t hear anything.”
The mental patient said, “Yeah, I know. It’s been like that for months!”
It is wise to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
While I am not Jewish I love their humor and enjoy sharing some of it with you.
Jews give gifts for every occasion. Occasions are not only birthdays and weddings, but also college acceptances, weight loss and the like. Sometimes we ask others’ opinions on whether to bring a gift, but we always do, no matter what the advice was.
Some pointers on giving and receiving:
- Every gift you get will have strings attached. You will never understand what those are.
- Your new relative would never be so insensitive as to give you a gift certificate. That would deprive you of the joy of criticizing the gift, agonizing over how to say you’re exchanging it, schlepping it to the store, and arguing about the store’s return policy.
- Select gifts for your new family with great care. They won’t like anything, but that’s no excuse not to drive yourself insane hunting down a better present than anyone else will give.
Thousands of years ago, cats were worshiped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.”
One day a gentleman walked into one of Ben Franklin’s book stores. As one of the clerks went to assist him, the gentleman asked the clerk the price of the book he wished to purchase. The young clerk looked at the price posted on the book and said, “That book is one dollar, sir.” The gentleman began to haggle with the clerk over the price. The clerk assured him that the correct price for the book was one dollar and no lower. As the man realized that his efforts to haggle with the clerk were going nowhere, he insisted on speaking with Ben Franklin directly.
Franklin stopped his work, walked out to the storefront and the gentleman asked, “What is the price of this book?” Franklin answered, “One dollar and a quarter.” The gentleman was confused and replied, “Your clerk just said it was a dollar.” Franklin looked at the book again and answered, “Yes, it was a dollar. But now you’re wasting my time.”
The latest employment report shows that the number of people hired last month was only half what economists expected. It’s not that there aren’t any new jobs out there, it’s just that no one can afford to fill their gas tank and get to an interview.
They say not to put all of your eggs in one basket, but I’ll be darned if I am going to roll 12 shopping carts out of the grocery store!
When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.
Alexander Graham Bell
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