May 28, 2021
Forget what hurt you but never forget what it taught you.
Shannon L. Alder
Each week more restrictions on our activities are being lifted. What our new normal is going to be is up to us. Whatever it becomes it will not be what it use to be. Favorite restaurants have closed. Friends and loved ones are no longer with us. Traditonal organizations are gone or changed. Now we must deal with the changes.
Building our new life is both challenging and an opportunity for us to make it worthwhile. Recently Marc Chernoff sent the following that contains thoughts on how we can make the best of the days ahead.
5 Things You Learn as You Let Go of the Uncontrollable
1. The most powerful changes happen in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over everything you don’t.
2. Most people make themselves unhappy simply by finding it impossible to accept life just as it is presenting itself right now.
3. The secret to getting ahead today is to focus all of your energy not on fixing and fighting the old and unchangeable, but on building and growing something new and different.
4. Stepping onto a brand new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation that no longer fits, or no longer exists.
5. Letting go doesn’t mean you don’t care about something or someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only thing you really have control over is yourself in this moment.
Think about how these points relate to your life right now. Your present response is always more powerful than your present circumstance. A part of your life is unquestionably decided by completely uncontrollable circumstances right now, yet the vast majority of your life is decided by your responses to these kinds of circumstances. Thus, the goal isn’t to get rid of all your painful thoughts, feelings or life circumstances. Because that’s impossible. The goal is to change your response to them starting today…
The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.
Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigor. With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow’s hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.
A woman was chatting with her next-door neighbor. “I feel real good today. I started out this morning with an act of unselfish generosity. I gave a five dollar bill to a bum.”
“You mean you gave a bum five dollars? That’s a lot of money to give away like that. What did you husband say about it?”
“Oh, he thought it was a good thing to do and thanked me.”
A seminar on Time Travel will be held two weeks ago.
A man from the East Coast is visiting California for the first time, and is conversing with a California native. He says, “I’ll be visiting La Jolla (lah-JOLL-a) next week,” whereupon the Californian replies, “Oh, you mean, ‘La-*HOY-a’?” “Oh. Yeah, I guess so.” Then he adds, “but right now I’m staying in El Cajon (el-ca-JOHN),” and again the Californian corrects him, “You mean, El Ca ‘HONE’?” “Oh. Yeah, right.” Then the Californian asks, “So when will you be returning home?” The East Coast guy thinks about it for a minute and then answers, “Oh, I don’t know, I guess sometime in ‘HUNE’ or ‘HULY’.”
Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Two rural church deacons who were having a sociable beer in the local tavern when they saw their minister drive by and take a good long look at their pickup trucks parked outside.
One deacon ducked down and said, “I hope the reverend didn’t see us or recognize my pickup.”
The other replied indifferently, “What difference does it make. God knows we’re in here… and he’s the only one who counts.”
The first deacon countered, “But God won’t tell my wife.”
“True friends are the people who walk in when the rest of the world is walking out.”
The man passed out in a dead faint as he came out of his front door onto the porch.
Someone called 911.
When the paramedics arrived, they helped him regain consciousness and asked if he knew what caused him to faint.
“It was enough to make anybody faint,” he said.
“My son asked me for the keys to the garage, and instead of driving the car out, he came out with the lawn mower.”
Why can you “slow up,” but you can’t “speed down.”?
A minister was planning a wedding at the close of the Sunday morning service.
After the benediction he had planned to call the couple down to be married for a brief ceremony before the congregation. For the life of him, he couldn’t think of the names of those who were to be married. “Will those wanting to get married please come to the front?” he requested. Immediately, nine single ladies, three widows, four widowers, and six single men stepped to the front.
If you want to fly in the sky, you need to leave the earth. If you want to move forward, you need to let go the past that drags you down.
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