March 7, 2022
Two words will help you cope when you run low on hope: accept and trust.
Charles R. Swindoll
This past week has been difficult for me. The invasion of the Ukrane by the Russia continues to take its toll on innocent civilians witn no relief in sight. Thousands of children have had their lives destroyed by an unfelling dictator and his military.
As I have told you I have Ukrainian acquittances and friends that I made when I was working for Kiwanis International. I grieve for what they and their fellow citizens are enduring. But I also hold Putin responsible for the the despair that we in other parts of the world are feeling in sympathy with the brave efforts of the Ukrainian people.
I must not let what is going on take me down, if I did Putin and his kind would win. So my friends I will continue to do what I can to make this a better world. I will focus on the positive and not let world events take me down. Here are thoughts I got from Marc and Angel Chernoff to help us through trying times.
5 Little Notes for Coping with Things You Can’t Control
1. Do your best to use disappointment and frustration to motivate you, rather than distract you today. Be mindful. You are in control of the way you respond to life.
2. Remind yourself that inner peace comes with letting go of what you assume your journey is supposed to be like right now, and sincerely appreciating it for everything that it is. You are enough, you have enough, and you do enough, day by day. Breathe deep, be present, reset and reflect.
3. The key is to be truly present. Don’t wish away your whole day today waiting for better ones ahead. Just appreciate where you are. 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 may not be able control all the rude things people say and do, but you can decide not to be distracted or controlled by them. Make that decision for yourself. There is great freedom in leaving others to their opinions. And there is a huge weight lifted when you take things less personally.
5. Forget popularity; focus on sincerity. Do what you do today, not for an applause, but because it is what is right for YOU and those you love.
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…
YES, YOU CAN THINK BETTER, which means you can tap into your inner strength and ultimately live better, one day at a time.
Pain moves us forward, changing us into something else, something we need to be.
ABC’s OF AGING
A is for arthritis
B is for bad back
C is for the chest pains. Corned beef? Cardiac?
D is for dental decay and decline
E is for eyesight–can’t read that top line
F is for fissures and fluid retention
G is for gas (which I’d rather not mention and not to forget other gastrointestinal glitches)
H is high blood pressure
I is for itches, and lots of incisions
J is for joints, that now fail to flex
L is for libido–what happened to sex?
Wait! I forgot about K! K is for my knees that crack all the time (But forgive me, I get a few lapses in my M-memory from time to time)
N is for nerve (pinched) and neck (stiff) and neurosis
O is for osteo-for all the bones that crack
P is for prescriptions, that cost a small fortune
Q is for queasiness. Fatal or just the flu? Give me another pill and I’ll be good as new!
R is for reflux–one meal turns into two
S is for sleepless nights, counting my fears on how to pay my increasing medical bills!
T is for tinnitus–I hear bells in my ears and the word “terminal” also rings too near
U is for urinary and the difficulties that flow (or not)
V is for vertigo, as life spins by W is worry, for pains yet found X is for X ray–and what one might find Y is for year (another one I’m still alive)
Z is for zest for surviving the symptoms my body’s deployed, And keeping twenty-six doctors gainfully employed
Your husband never gets around to doing the things around the house that you have asked him to do because he’s operating on MST….Male Standard Time, during which things are done somewhere between next week and “nevermore.”
A wise man once said, “If you want to watch the world passing you by, just try driving the speed limit.”
While I was dining out with my children, a man came over to our table, and we started talking. He asked where my kids go to school. I told him we home-schooled them.
With a raised eyebrow, he asked if my husband is the sole breadwinner for our family.
I said, “No, I also work out of our home.”
Then, noticing our two-month-old son, he mentioned that his daughter had just had a baby, and he wondered what hospital our son was born in. “He was born at home,” I answered.
The man looked at me, then said, “Wow, you don’t get out much, do you?”
What is the worst thing a wife can get on her twenty fifth wedding anniversary?
A GOOD HUSABAND
– Consistently spills things in the same location so as to avoid making more than one stain in the carpet.
– Sees to it that he doesn’t always sit in the same place on the couch, to avoid making those unsightly twin-divots.
– Masters the art of halfway-communication so that he can watch TV and still answer: uh huh, oh, I see what you mean, etc. at the right time.
– Is able to avoid use of the same excuse two times in a row.
– Has learned that a new vacuum cleaner, iron, etc. do not make acceptable anniversary presents.
– Admits with only minor prodding that watching Monday Night Football together does not constitute a “date” or family home evening (where applicable).
– Has learned all of the children’s’ names so that he doesn’t have to refer to them as, “Hey, you there…”
– Knows the proper time to give a sincere compliment and also the proper time to say something such as, “It’s definitely an interesting dress.”
I asked my psychiatrist if she thought I was crazy, she said “no”, so I let her up.
All About Adam
Wandering dejectedly in The Garden of Eden, Eve told God, “I’m lonely I’m tired of eating apples by myself.”
“Okay,” God said, “I’ll create a man for you.”
Eve said, “A man! What’s that?”
“He’s a creature with aggressive tendencies and an enormous ego. He won’t listen very well, he’ll get lost easily, but never stop to ask for directions. However, he is big and strong, he can open jars and hunt animals. And he’ll be fun in bed.”
“Sounds great!” said Eve.
“Oh, and one more thing,” God said. “He will want to believe that I made HIM first.”
“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
“I just bought a microwave fireplace…
You can spend an entire evening in front of it in only eight minutes.”
You never really know what’s coming. A small wave, or maybe a big one. All you can really do is hope that when it comes, you can surf over it, instead of drown in its monstrosity.
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