March 20, 2020
Worry does not empty tomorrow of it’s sorrows, it empties today of its strength.
Corrie ten Boom
These are difficult times for all of us. So many things that we take for granted in our normal lives no longer are available to us all. My wife and I are pretty much restricted to our apartment cutting us of family, appointments, shopping and entertainment.
I have never been faced with so many challenges. We are adapting by what we do have. We have plenty to read, thousands of of streaming movies and videos and most of all we have each other. How well life goes on is as much up to each of us as it is to outside events.
Here is an abridged piece that I got from the Positivity blog that can help us.
Reminders for Keeping Calm During A Pandemic
THIS WON’T LAST FOREVER. – Whatever you’re going through right now, no matter how difficult, will not last forever.
GOOD THINGS CAN COME FROM BAD TIMES. You don’t know for sure what the future will hold. Yes, bad things happen, but often they lead to good things. Keep believing good things are coming.
DISTANCE CAN PROVIDE CLARITY. A situation that changes up your daily routine can distance you from your normal day-to-day life. This can be overwhelming and unsettling, yes, but that distance may also give you clarity on how your activities really impact you. What do you feel relieved to be without? What do you miss the most? Notice these things, and work to adjust your life in the future accordingly.
YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE. – A good time for a new life is when things have been completely transformed without your say so. If you want it to be, a disruption can be like a New Year, a clean slate, a fresh start.
CONNECTION IS INCREDIBLY VALUABLE. TREASURE IT. When times are toughest, you see who the people in your life really, truly are. Tough times show true colors, and seeing those colors can help you determine who you want in your life.
LITTLE THINGS REALLY DO MATTER.. Use this a sign to be grateful for what you do have now and a reminder to appreciate the little things once you’re back in your normal routine.
UNEXPECTED CHANGE OFFERS A NEW PERSPECTIVE. t’s so rare that we’re forced to step out of our patterns and routines. Pay attention to how you feel and what you now see.
PRACTICING POSITIVITY WILL MAKE YOU STRONGER. Staying positive when things aren’t great is hard work. It comes naturally to some, but most of us have to practice. This is the time to practice positive thinking.
WHO YOU ARE IS MORE THAN WHAT YOU DO. A dramatic change forces you to slow down, look around, and do some self-reflection. Look within. Work on self-love.
IT’S OKAY TO FEEL HOW YOU FEEL. In any difficult situation it’s important to remember that it’s okay to feel how you feel. Accept your feelings and choose actions carefully.
GOOD THINGS CAN HAPPEN (EVEN IN BAD TIMES. If you’re generally in a bad place (or the world is), but something wonderful happens, embrace it. Don’t turn away from joy and happiness in difficult times.
YOU MUST PLAY THE CARDS YOU’RE DEALT. If nothing else, a dramatic change or difficult situation will serve as a reminder that a great deal of life is not under our control. We have to do the best we can, and know that we can only work with what we have access to. (Use these cards to serve as a tangible reminder of this.)
TOUGH TIMES TEACH YOU ABOUT YOURSELF. Going through something difficult or life-changing is one of the greatest ways to find out more about yourself. Use this time to discover who you are and what really matters to you.
Keep calm because pain makes you stronger, fear makes you braver and eartbreak makes you wiser.
A young Jewish man falls in love with a Native American woman and they decide to get married. When his mother hears the news, however, she is extremely distressed because she wanted him to marry a nice Jewish girl. When she hears that not only is he marrying this Native American girl but has decided to live with her on the reservation, the mother becomes so upset that she refuses to even speak to the boy, practically disowning him.
After a year, the son telephones the mother to tell her that he and his wife are expecting a child. The mother is happy for him, but there is still quite a bit of tension in the air.
Nine months later, the son calls the mother again. “Mom,” he says, “I just wanted you to know that last night my wife gave birth to a healthy baby boy. I also wanted to tell you that we’ve talked it over and we have decided to give the boy a Jewish name.
Upon hearing this, the mother is overjoyed. “Oh, son, this is wonderful,” she gushes. “I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life. You have made me the happiest woman in the world.
“That’s great, Mom,” replies the son.
“And what,” asks the mother, “is the baby’s name?
The son proudly replies, “Smoked Whitefish!
Believing in our hearts that who we are is enough is the key to a more satisfying and balanced life.
Ellen Sue Stern
A woman was at work when she received a phone call that her daughter was very sick with a fever. She left her work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication for her daughter. When returning to her car she found that she had locked her keys in the car. She was in a hurry to get home to her sick daughter. She didn’t know what to do, so she called her home and told the babysitter what had happened and that she did not know what to do. The baby sitter told her that her daughter was getting worse.
She said, “You might find a coat hanger and use that to open the door.”
The woman looked around and found an old rusty coat hanger that had been thrown down on the ground, possibly by someone else who at some time or other had locked their keys in their car. Then she looked at the hanger and said, “I don’t know how to use this.” So she bowed her head and asked God to send her some help. Within five minutes an old rusty car pulled up, with a dirty, greasy, bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag on his head.
The woman thought, “This is what you sent to help me?” But, she was desperate, so she was also very thankful. The man got out of his car and asked her if he could help. She said, “Yes, my daughter is very sick. I stopped to get her some medication and I locked my keys in my car. I must get home to her. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?”
He said, “Sure”. He walked over to the car, and in less than one minute the car was opened.
She hugged the man and through her tears she said, “Thank You So Much! You are a very nice man.”
The man replied, “Lady, I am not a nice man I just got out of prison today. I was in prison for car theft and have only been out for about an hour.”
The woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears cried out loud, “Oh, Thank you, thank you, God! You even sent me a Professional.”
Many a man’s tongue broke his nose.
There is the story of a person who got up one Sunday and announced to his congregation: “I have good news and bad news.
“The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new building program.
“The bad news is, it’s still out there in your pockets.”
I began my education at a very early age. In fact, right after I left college.
A very nervous man, accompanied by his nagging wife, was examined by a doctor. After checking the chart, he nodded and wrote the man a prescription for a powerful tranquilizer.
The man asked, “How often do I take these.”
“Let’s start off with once every six hours. But they’re not for you.” replied the doctor. “They’re for your wife.”
The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed. It is just these intense conflicts and their conflagration which are needed to produce valuable and lasting results.
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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