February 2, 2021
“Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.”
I have been overwhelmed by the nearly 150 birthday greetings I have received in the last few days. As I think I said yesterday I plan to continue to make the best of the rest of my life. I don’t mind being a young 86 year old. I have found that life is best when you don’t let it take you down.
I have found that one of the secrets of the good life is having caring friends like so many of you. I think that making and keeping friends along with a caring family makes for happy lives. It is not easy these days with the pandemic and the conflict around us. It is important that we don’t let external events take us down.
Here are some thoughts I extracted from a recent article by Marc Chernoff that are worth our remembering.
Now would also be an opportune time to remind yourself of some key truths we tend to deny when we’re stuck too deep in our own heads…
- There’s a lot about our lives we absolutely can’t control. – You cannot control everything that happens in life, but you can control how you respond. In your response is your greatest power.
- Our expectations often make us utterly unhappy. – Happiness is letting go of what you assume your life is supposed to be like right now and sincerely appreciating it for everything that it is.
- A moment spent worrying is a moment wasted. – Worrying will never change the outcome. Do more, worry less. Train your mind to see the lesson in every situation, and then make the best of it.
- Success easily gets to our heads, and failure easily gets to our hearts. – Our character is often revealed at our highs and lows. Be humble at the mountaintops. Be steadfast in the valleys. Be faithful in between.
- Most of us don’t need more to be happy – we need less. – When things aren’t adding up in your life, begin subtracting. Life gets a lot simpler when you clear the clutter (mental and physical) that makes it complicated.
- Most of the arguments we have with one another are pointless. – Be selective in your battles. Oftentimes peace is better than being right. You simply don’t need to attend every argument you’re invited to.
- It’s easier to hold on to the way things are than it is to let go and grow. – Letting go and moving forward means coming to the realization that some things are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.
Some people go to priests. Others to poetry. I to my friends.”
If you’ve got melted chocolate all over your hands, you’re eating it too slowly.
Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices & strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.
The problem: How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in hot car. The solution: Eat it in the parking lot.
Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It’ll take the edge off your appetite and you’ll eat less.
A nice box of chocolates can provide your total daily intake of calories in one place. Isn’t that handy?
If you can’t eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer. But if you can’t eat all your chocolate, what is wrong with you?
If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge. Calories are afraid of heights, and they will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves.
If you eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate, is that a balanced diet?
Money talks. Chocolate sings.
Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives make you look younger.
Q. Why is there no such organization as Chocoholics Anonymous? A. Because no one wants to quit.
If not for chocolate, there would be no need for control top pantyhose. An entire garment industry would be devastated.
Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done.
FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION! It comes bundled with the software.
An elderly couple, Marty and Helen, along with some friends agreed to try a Thai Restaurant. While looking at the menu, Helen noticed her husband looking at the vegetarian section of the menu. “What would you like Marty?” She asked. “I’m looking at this Eggplant Spicy dish.” He replied.
“Marty, you like meat and potatoes. You won’t like that dish.” Helen said.
“What do you know,” answered Marty, “I’m getting it.”
“Marty, I’m telling’ you, you are a meat and potatoes kind of guy.
You won’t like it!” Helen exclaimed.
“I’m getting it and that is the last word!” says Marty.
A short while later the meals arrive at the table. Marty looks down and his dish and says to Helen, “Where are my eggs?”
It is far easier to leave angry words unspoken than to mend the heart those words have broken.
A man stubbed his toe so badly he decided to go to the doctor. When he arrived at the office, the nurse directed him to remove all his clothes and wait in the next room.
“I just hurt my toe,” complained the man. “Why do I need to take off my clothes?”
“Everyone who sees the doctor has to undress,” explained the nurse politely. “It’s our policy.”
“Well, I think it’s a stupid policy! Making me undress just to look at my toe! Geeez!”
From the next room another man’s voice piped up. . . “That’s nothing! I just came here to fix the telephone!”
Celibacy is not hereditary.
During the final exam, the professor noticed that Billy Walters kept looking at his hand before writing down an answer on his test. This went on throughout the entire exam, leaving the professor no other choice than to interrogate the student’s test-taking habit.
“Mr. Walters,” the professor began. “Is there something interesting written on your palm?”
“Not at all,” Billy replied. “It’s all pretty boring.”
If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.
One time when I was home visiting my folks, my mom asked me to set the table for dinner. I opened the refrigerator and taped to the inside of the door was a risque picture of a lovely, slender, perfectly built, but scantily-clad young woman.
“Mom, what’s this?” I asked.
“Oh, I put that up there to remind me not to over-eat,” she answered.
“Is it working?” I asked.
“Yes and no,” she explained. “I’ve lost 15 pounds, but your dad has gained 20!”
If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t more people happy?
An old, tired looking dog wandered into the yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home. He followed me into the house, down the hall and fell asleep in a corner. An hour later, he went to the door and I let him out. The next day, he was back. He resumed his position in the hall and slept for an hour. This continued for several weeks. Curious, I pinned a note to his collar that said, “Every afternoon, your dog comes to my house for a nap.”
The next day, he arrived with a different note pinned to his collar. It said, “He lives in a home with ten children. He’s trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?!”
“There are three things that grow more precious with age; old wood to burn, old books to read, and old friends to enjoy.”
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