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We Can Do It

Ray’s Daily

August 6, 2020

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“Life is not the way it’s supposed to be, it’s the way it is. The way you cope is what makes the difference.”

Virginia Satir

coping

If you are like am I am you are distressed with how the Pandemic has effected our lives. It looks like we have many months ahead before we will find out what the future will be like. It is difficult to stay positive during these troubled times but slipping into negativism only makes things worse.

In my case I have focused on what I can do to make each day as good as possible. Fortunately, that is working for me. I focus on what I can do rather than worry about what I can’t.

Here is an abridged article  that I find helpful, you may as well.

10 Simple Things You Can Do To Get Through Hard Times

Tony Robinson

  1. Stay Positive – When you stay positive, you’re putting yourself in the best position possible to not only make it through those bad times, but become a better person in the process.
  2. Get Creative – There are times when you can’t do much to change your situation. You just have to deal with it. But there are other times when you can actively work to make the situation better.
  3. Learn From the Difficult Times – When I find myself in middle of an ugly situation, I like to pick everything apart and see what went wrong and what I could’ve done differently. I always end up learning something that helps me and I eventually get a really clear picture of what I need to do to make sure I’m not in the same situation again. Or if I do find myself in a similar situation, I know what to do to minimize the difficulty of the situation.
  4. Change It Up – After you identify the key takeaways from your difficult time, you just need to make a change. If it’s a change you can implement immediately, do it. You don’t want be in the middle of a difficult situation longer than necessary. If it’s something that you can’t implement right now, take note of it so you can use it when the the situation calls for it.
  5. Know What You’re Grateful For – Gratitude means showing appreciation for all the good in your life, instead of focusing on the negative. Get clear about what it is that you’re grateful for.
  6. Focus on What You Can Control, Not What You Can’t – Some situations are beyond your control and no matter what you do, you can’t change a thing. You’re setting yourself up for frustration when you focus your time and energy on things you can’t control.
  7. Realize You’ve Come a Long Way – Sometimes we get so focused on the road ahead, that we never look back to see what we’ve already traveled. Give yourself credit for everything you’ve already done.
  8. Build Up Your Community – Having the right people around you is one of the most important things you can do for yourself when the times get tough. You want to surround yourself with people who are loving, caring, honest, and available.
  9. Be Kind to Yourself – You need to care for yourself to survive tough times. Take a walk through the park, lift some weights, read an amazing book. It doesn’t matter what you do, just do something that gets your mind and body engaged at a higher level than wallowing in self pity.
  10. Forgive – You can’t really get through a difficult time when your every thought is about how upset you are with the person who got you into that mess. It just makes things more difficult.

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“Facing difficulties is inevitable, learning from them is optional”

John Maxwell

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“How’s your mother,” a friend asked.

“Not good,” I answered. “She’s got chronic frontal sinusitis.”

“My goodness,” the friend said.  “Where did she get that?”

“Reader’s Digest.  Last month’s issue.”

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Practice makes perfect, but if nobody’s perfect, why practice?

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She said: The bank where I work had just installed its first 24-hour cash machine. I encouraged an elderly gentleman to take an application for the new plastic identification cards, explaining that he would be able to get cash any time of day or night.

He declined, saying, “Lady, anything I’d need money for that late at night I shouldn’t be doing.”

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“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”

Albert Camus

I wonder if he means we work hard to be just like everyone else instead of being ourselves.

Ray

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When the employees of a restaurant attended a fire safety seminar, they watched a fire official demonstrate the proper way to operate an extinguisher.

“Pull the pin like a hand grenade,” he explained, “then depress the trigger to release the foam.”

Later an employee was selected to extinguish a controlled fire in the parking lot. In her nervousness, she forgot to pull the pin.

The instructor hinted, “Like a hand grenade, remember?”

In a burst of confidence she pulled the pin …. and hurled the extinguisher at the blaze.

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Judge:  Was the child born out of wedlock?

Mother:  No, Sir, just outside of Louisville.

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He said: My mom had decided to trim her household budget wherever possible, so instead of having a dress dry-cleaned by Stein’s Laundry she washed it by hand. Proud of her savings, she boasted to my father, “Just think, Sam, we are five dollars richer because I washed this dress by hand.”

“Good,” my dad quickly replied. “Wash it again!”

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Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

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The day I started my construction job, I was in the office filling out an employee form when I came to the section that wanted to know:

Single__, Married__, Divorced__.

I marked single.  Glancing at the man next to me, who was filling out the same form, I noticed he hadn’t marked any of the blanks.  Instead he’d written, “Yes, in that order.”

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“When adversity strikes, that’s when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on.”

LL Cool J

~~~

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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