January 24, 2020
“The path you take is up to you. Make good choices, dream big, it is never too late.”
It seems like some of us believe that our lives are as good as they will ever be and quit trying to find more that we already have. It is almost as if they decide to stop searching for anything better than they already have. The result of their inaction is stagnation.
I have found that it never pays to give up the opportunity to find new and exciting things we can do. I know I have been pleasantly surprised by how rewarding these last few years have been for me.
Recently Angel Chernoff wrote an article on things we can do for ourselves. Here is an abridged copy of what she wrote.
9 Things it’s Not Too Late to Start Doing for Yourself
- It’s not too late to start doing the hard things you need to do to be happier. – Find the courage to do the hard things in life. The things no one else is doing. Because those are the things that define you. Those are the things that make the difference between existing and living—between knowing the path and walking the path… between a life of mediocrity and a life filled with happiness and success.
- It’s not too late to be a beginner. – We are products of what we know, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it. When you stop learning you stop living a meaningful life. Life’s richness does not come from always residing within familiar and comfortable territory. It’s when you venture out away from the familiar that you grow stronger and more capable.
- It’s not too late to stop comparing yourself to everyone else. – Let go of the foolish need to compare, and you’ll free yourself to accomplish what matters most to you. Sometimes you have to remind yourself that you don’t have to always be and do what everyone else is being and doing.
- It’s not too late to give yourself a loving stamp of approval. – I don’t need anyone’s affection or approval in order to be good enough in my own eyes. Repeat that to yourself and let it sink in. Your worth isn’t contingent upon other people’s acceptance of you—it’s something inherent.
- It’s not too late to stop taking little daily annoyances personally. – Don’t pretend like everyone’s daily actions are about YOU. They aren’t. People’s actions are about THEM. So let it GO! How would your life be different if you walked away from drama, gossip and nonconstructive assumptions? Let today be the day you find out.
- It’s not too late to make yourself a daily priority.- Life gets a lot easier when you are your own best friend. So don’t forget about YOU out there, and don’t be too hard on yourself either. If you don’t take good care of yourself, then you can’t take good care of anyone else.
- It’s not too late to feel the warmth and joy of lifting others up. – Once your own self-care is in order, there is no exercise better for your heart and mind than reaching down and lifting people up.
- It’s not too late to stop thinking and thinking, and OVER-thinking EVERYTHING. – Sometimes your mind unnecessarily wrestles with events that aren’t even remotely likely.Stop over-thinking every dilemma. Answers come to a relaxed mind. Space allows things to fall into place. A calm attitude yields the best results.
- It’s not too late to sincerely embrace the life you’re presently living. – You have to accept that you can’t change a past experience, opinions of others at that moment in time, or outcomes from their choices or yours. When you finally accept this truth, then you will finally understand the true meaning of forgiving yourself and others. From this point you will finally be present and free.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
A blonde calls the round-the-clock tech support hotline to ask what hours the call center is open.
“The number you dialed is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says the technician who answers the call.
“Is that Eastern or Pacific time?” asks the blonde.
“Brevity is the soul of lingerie.”
She said: When our son was four months old, I caught my husband in another room, holding the baby on his lap, talking to him and pointing.
I was touched by this father-son bonding and went into the room to eavesdrop.
“Football,” he said slowly, pointing to the television. “This is football.”
There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them.
Charles D. Gill
The state trooper pulled Mr. Schwarz over and, after inspecting his license and registration, informed the motorist that he was going to have to spend the night in jail.
“What’s the charge? Mr. Schwarz demanded.
“None,” replied the officer. “It’s all part of the service.”
Those who matter don’t judge me.
Those who judge me don’t matter.
A guy was hitchhiking on a very dark and stormy night. The night was getting on and no cars went by. Suddenly he saw a car roll slowly toward him and stop.
Without thinking about it, the guy jumped into the back seat and closed the door when he suddenly realized there was nobody behind the wheel! Just then the car started slowly rolling forward again. He was beginning to get really freaked out when he noticed a curve in the road ahead. He was just thinking about climbing into the front seat when a hand mysteriously appeared through the window and moved the wheel.
The guy, paralyzed in terror, watched how the hand appeared every time right before a curve.
Gathering his courage, the guy finally jumped out of the car and ran to the nearest town. Wet and in shock, he went to a restaurant and started telling everybody about the horrible experience he just went through.
About half an hour later, two guys walked into the same restaurant. They were looking around for a table when one said to the other, “Hey, look, isn’t that the jerk who got in the car when we were pushing it?”
Learn to pause … or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.
My dad and I were talking the other night about love and marriage. He told me he knew as early as their wedding what marriage to my mom would be like. It seems the minister asked my mom, “Do you take this man to be your husband?” And she said, “I do.” Then the minister asked my dad, “Do you take this woman to be your wife?” and my mom said, “He does.”
If you were agoraphobic, you’d be home by now.
A knight and his men return to their castle after a long hard day of fighting.
“How are we faring?” asks the king.
“Sire,” replies the knight, “I have been robbing and pillaging on your behalf all day, burning the towns of your enemies in the west.”
“What?!” shrieks the king. “I don’t have any enemies to the west!”
“Oh,” says the knight. “Well, you do now.”
Learn as if you were going to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.
My face in the mirror isn’t wrinkled or drawn.
My house isn’t dirty. The cobwebs are gone.
My garden looks lovely and so does my lawn.
I think I might never put my glasses back on.
“It’s never too late, for with a purpose, a worthy goal and a motivation to reach those upper layers on the pyramid, a person can travel further in a few years than he might otherwise travel in a lifetime.”
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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