February 7, 2022
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
During this new week I plan on making the best of whatever happens. After last weeks foul weather and bitter cold thangs have to turn for the better. I am also hoping that this is the week when there will be no new cases of the Covid virus in my wifes memory care community. While I understand why they have to isolate her and her fellow residents I do miss seeing her. At least we talk on the phone a few times each day.
I am going to take advantages of some of the events scheduled in my world, including my physical therapy sessions. I hope you will do well also. Here is something I got from Marc Chernoff that is worth our consideration.
5 Notes to Self You Should Repeat to Yourself this Week
1. Positivity does not mean ignoring the negativity around you, it means overcoming the negativity within you. There is a big difference between the two. The peace, happiness, and effectiveness of your life greatly depends on the quality of your thoughts.
2. On an average day, most of your stress comes from the way you respond, not the way life is. Adjust your response and all that extra stress is gone. Truly, inner calmness among chaos is a superpower that frees you to focus more effectively on what actually matters.
3. The trick is to be present. Don’t wish away all your days waiting for better ones ahead. Just appreciate where you are today. You’ve come a long way, and you’re still learning and growing. Be thankful for the lessons. Take them and make the best of things right now.
4. You don’t need to attend every petty argument you are invited to. Take this to heart and your future self will appreciate it. Because as you age, you will learn to value your time, heartfelt moments with loved ones, and peace of mind, much more. Little else will matter.
5. Everyone you encounter is struggling in some way. Some people are just better at hiding it. So even when you have good reason to be angry, don’t be hateful. Rise up, with boundaries and grace. Remind yourself that peace is not the absence of pain, but the presence of love.
The bottom line is, despite the real world challenges you face, the biggest and most complex obstacle you will ever have to personally overcome is your own mind. In other words, you aren’t responsible for everything that happens to you in life, but you ARE responsible for undoing the self-defeating thinking and behavioral patterns that these undesirable experiences create.
YES, YOU CAN THINK BETTER, which means you can tap into your inner strength and ultimately live better.
“Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.”
While on leave, my Marine buddy and I met two nursing students from Southern California. After chatting them up awhile, the conversation turned to what we did in the service. When we told them we were in the infantry, the girls seemed very impressed, giving us big smiles as they told us how sweet that was.
Since infantry and sweet are seldom used in the same sentence, I was a little confused. Until, that is, one of the girls said, “We admire any man who works with infants.”
Because of his ongoing ability to increase office productivity, the “employee of the month” award again goes to Mr. Coffee.
A guy and his wife were cleaning out the attic one day when he came across a ticket from the local shoe repair shop. The date stamped on the ticket showed that it was over 11 years old. They both laughed and tried to remember which of them might have forgotten to pick up a pair of shoes over a decade ago.
“Do you think the shoes will still be in the shop?” the man asked.
“Not very likely,” his wife said.
“It’s worth a try,” he said, pocketing the ticket. He went downstairs, hopped into the car, and drove to the shoe shop.
With a straight face, he handed the ticket to the man behind the counter.
With a face just as straight, the man said, “Just a minute. I’ll have to look for these.”
He disappeared into a dark corner at the back of the shop.
Two minutes later, the man called out, “Here they are!”
“No kidding?” the customer called back. “That’s terrific! Who would have thought they’d still be here after all this time.”
The man came back to the counter, empty-handed.
“They’ll be ready Thursday,” he said calmly.
The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.
Henry Ward Beecher
These are from the days when game show responses were spontaneous, not scripted like they are now. Or were they?
*If you’re going to make a parachute jump, you should be at least how high?
Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.
*True or false…a pea can last as long as 5,000 years.
George Gobel: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes…
*You’ve been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman?
Don Knotts: That’s what’s been keeping me awake.
*According to Cosmo, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think he’s really attractive, is it okay to come out directly and ask him if he’s married?
Rose Marie: No, wait until morning.
*What are “Do It”, “I Can Help” and “Can’t Get Enough”?
George Gobel: I don’t know but it’s coming from the next apartment.
*Charley, you’ve just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to get any during your first year?
Charley Weaver: Of course not, Peter. I’m too busy growing strawberries!
*In bowling, what’s a perfect score?
Rose Marie: Ralph, the pin boy.
*It is considered in bad taste to discuss two subjects at nudist camps. One is politics. What is the other?
Paul Lynde: Tape measures.
*When you pat a dog on its head he will usually wag his tail. What will a goose do?
Paul Lynde: Make him bark.
*According to Ann Landers, is their anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?
Charley Weaver: It got me out of the Army!
*Back in the old days, when Great Grandpa put horseradish on his head, what was he trying to do?
George Gobel: Get it in his mouth.
*According to Movie Life magazine, Ann-Margaret would like to start having babies soon, but her husband wants her to wait a while. Why?
Paul Lynde: He’s out of town.
*Which stays pregnant longer? Your wife or your elephant?
Paul Lynde: Who told you about my elephant?
*When a couple have a baby, who is responsible for its sex?
Charley Weaver: I’ll lend him the car. The rest is up to him.
*James Stewart did it over twenty years ago when he was forty-one years old. Now he says it was “one of the best things I ever did.” What was it?
Marty Allen: Rhonda Fleming.
“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”
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