September 17, 2019
“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”
Lyndon B. Johnson
This week marks my wife and my 12th month here in our new residence. I am shocked at how fast time has flown by. Adjusting to senior living took some doing. Fortunately, our children offered to help us make the move. It was the right time.
Our bodies are not what they were, long walks are a chore as are a few other things we use to easily do. It is not easy to make major changes in one’s life if we try to hold on to the past. In our case I find that our new life is better than we imagined it would be.
I think it has gone so well because we have focused on what is right rather than on our limitations. I wish those who complain about their situation could see the silver lining instead of only the storm clouds. I was recently sent the following article that could have been written by so many of my happy fellow residents.
The Four Steps to a Super Attitude – by Brian Tracy.
DECIDE HOW TO REACT – It is not what happens to you that counts. It is how you react to what happens to you, especially when you have unexpected problems of any kind. Here are four things you can do to assure that your attitude is the very best it can be, under all circumstances.
FOCUS ON THE FUTURE – First, whatever challenges you face, focus on the future rather than on the past. Instead of worrying about who did what and who is to blame, focus on where you want to be and what you want to do. Get a clear mental image of your ideal successful future, and then take whatever action you can to begin moving in that direction. Get your mind, your thoughts, and your mental images on the future.
THINK ABOUT THE SOLUTION – Second, whenever you’re faced with a difficulty, focus on the solution rather than on the problem. Think and talk about the ideal solution to the obstacle or setback, rather than wasting time rehashing and reflecting on the problem.
Solutions are inherently positive, whereas problems are inherently negative. The instant that you begin thinking in terms of solutions, you become a positive and constructive human being.
LOOK FOR THE GOOD – Third, assume that something good is hidden within each difficulty or challenge. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, a major proponent of positive thinking, once said, “Whenever God wants to give us a gift, he wraps it up in a problem.” The bigger the gift you have coming, the bigger the problem you will receive.
SEEK THE VALUABLE LESSON – Fourth, assume that whatever situation you are facing at the moment is exactly the right situation you need to ultimately be successful. This situation has been sent to you to help you learn something, to help you become better, to help you expand and grow.
DECIDE TO BE POSITIVE – A Positive Mental Attitude is indispensable to your success. You can be as positive as you want to be if you will simply think about the future, focus on the solution and look for the good. If you do what other successful people do, if you use your mind to exert mental control over the situation, you will be positive and cheerful most of the time. And you will reap the benefits enjoyed by all successful people.
STAYING POSITIVE does not mean that things will turn out okay. Rather it is knowing that YOU will be okay no matter how things turn out.
One of those physical fitness club franchises was preparing to enter the international market. They placed ads in newspapers all over the county for people who could represent them on a tour. The ad said:
We’re looking for five men in peak physical condition. Must be able to speak Spanish, French, Chinese, or Japanese. Must be knowledgeable about weights, aerobics, and at least two major sports.
The day after the ad appeared, a heavy man of about 70 appeared in the offices of the fitness club. “I’m here about the ad,” he said.
The bronzed Adonis behind the desk looked surprised, but decided to be polite. “Do you speak Spanish or French?” he asked.
“Nope,” the old man said.
“No, both times.”
“Know anything about weights or aerobic exercises?”
“Only that I wouldn’t be caught dead with either one.”
“How about sports?”
“I’ve never played anything more taxing than checkers.”
“I see,” the young man said. “Tell me something. Why did you come here?”
“To tell you to count me out.”
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
Thought you would want to know about this email virus. Even the most advanced programs from Norton or McAfee cannot take care of this one. It appears (more frequently) to affect those who were born prior to 1960.
- You send the same e-mail twice.
- You send a blank e-mail.
- You send e-mail to the wrong person.
- You send it back to the person who sent it to you.
- You forget to attach the attachment.
- You hit “SEND” before you’ve finished.
- You hit “DELETE” instead of “SEND.”
- You hit “SEND” when you should “DELETE.”
This is called the “C-NILE VIRUS and it
To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot and love him a little.
To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.
“Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.”
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