March 2, 2022
“Everyday is a second chance”
With what is going on in the world it becomes easy for many of us to become depressed. It is important that we don’t succumb to excessive worry. I know it is not easy but we must do all we can to stay optimistic.
Here some thoughts I recently was sent by Marc and Angel Chernoff that I think can help us all.
5 Little Things to Remember Before You Lose it Today
1. Life humbles us as we age. We gradually realize how much nonsense we’ve wasted time on. And we gradually realize how precious the present truly is. Let this sink in today. The afternoon always understands what the morning never even suspected.
2. Just keep reminding yourself that everyone you meet is a human being who dreams of something, fears something, loves someone, and has lost someone. And… just keep being kind.
3. Too often we take for granted and “wait” away the vast majority of our lives. Truly, some people wait all day for 5pm, all week for Friday, all year for the holidays, all their lives for happiness. Don’t be one of them.
4. You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night. You had a choice of what to wear today. You have access to clean drinking water. You have access to the internet. You can read. The secret to being grateful is no secret. You choose to be grateful for the little things, again and again.
5. True purpose has no time limit. True purpose has no deadline. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Just do what you can right now. Remember that you can’t lift a thousand pounds all at once, yet you can easily lift one pound a thousand times. Small, repeated efforts will get you there.
The bottom line is, despite the real world challenges you face, the biggest and most complex obstacle you will have to personally overcome on a daily basis is your own mind…
“You say you’re ‘depressed’ – all I see is resilience. You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn’t mean you’re defective – it just means you’re human.”
The Pastor said:
Good News: The Women’s Guild voted to send you a get-well card. Bad News: The vote passed by 31-30.
Good News: The Elder Board accepted your job description the way you wrote it. Bad News: They were so inspired by it, they also formed a search committee to find somebody capable of filling the position.
Good News: You finally found a choir director who approaches things exactly the same way you do. Bad News: The choir mutinied.
Good News: Mrs. Jones is wild about your sermons. Bad News: Mrs. Jones is also wild about “Beavis and Butthead” and “Texas Chain Saw Massacre.”
Good News: The trustees finally voted to add more church parking. Bad News: They are going to blacktop the front lawn of your parsonage.
Good News: Church attendance rose dramatically the last three weeks. Bad News: You were on vacation.
Good News: Your biggest critic just left your church. Bad News: He has been appointed the Head Bishop of your denomination.
Good News: The youth in your church come to your house for a surprise visit. Bad News: It’s in the middle of the night and they are armed with toilet paper and shaving cream to “decorate” your house.
Reputation is character minus what you’ve been caught doing.
I stopped at Fisherman’s Pier to pick up the first weeks football pool last night and ran into Patrick.
I hadn’t seen him for a while so joined him for a quick cool one. at a bar. He was drinking realy slowly and had on his face the saddest hangdog expression.
I asked, “What’s the matter? Are you having troubles again with your wife?”
Pat responded, “We had a fight, and she told me that she wasn’t going to speak to me for a month.”
I commented, ” Hell, that should make you happy, not sad.”
Pat moaned, “Not if the month is up today!”
Auntie Em, Hate you, hate Kansas, taking the dog…
Little Johnny’s new baby brother was screaming up a storm.
He asked his mom, “Where’d we get him?”
His mother replied, “He came from heaven, Johnny.”
Johnny says, “WOW! I can see why they threw him out!”
Give me ambiguity or give me something else.
A young American tourist goes on a guided tour of a creepy old castle. At the end of the tour the guide asks her how she enjoyed it. She admits to being a bit worried about seeing a ghost in some of the dark cobwebby rooms and passages.
“Don’t worry” says the guide, “I’ve never seen a ghost all the time I’ve been here.”
“How long is that?” asks the girl.
“About three hundred years.”
What did she say when she saw the sign in front of the YMCA?
“Look! They spelled MACY’s wrong!”
On a street, where the speed is limited to 30 mph the police stop a driver.
“Not only have you been driving too fast, you’ve been passing cars where it is not allowed. Your lights don’t work, and your tires all completely worn out. This is surely going to cost you a lot. What’s your name?”
“Well, I’ll let you go this time, but don’t do it again!”
“I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it.”
I learned this from Judy in Chicago.
Friendship among women:
A woman doesn’t come home at night. The next day she tells her husband she slept over at a friend’s house. The husband calls his wife’s ten best friends. None of them know about it.
Friendship among Men:
A man doesn’t come home at night. The next day he tells his wife he slept over at a friend’s house. The wife calls her husband’s ten best friends. Eight of them say he did sleep over and two claim he’s still there.
“I am bent, but not broken. I am scarred, but not disfigured. I am sad, but not hopeless. I am tired, but not powerless. I am angry, but not bitter. I am depressed, but not giving up.”
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