April 12, 2022
“Gratitude is riches. Complain is poverty.”
My wedding anniversary has passed and I do appreciate all the good wishes from so many of you. Now it is time to start the rest of my life. I plan on making it as good as I can. I do not plan on wasting any time on the negatives that surronds us all. I have more then enough good things to be grateful for to occupy my days, I hope you do too.
Here is an article that is in line with my thinking.
A choice to make
I believe that, at least to some degree, we can each exercise control over our outlook and attitudes. And the problem is – if we don’t control our attitudes, they will surely control us.
One farmer took charge of his outlook. He did it by filling his mind with awe and gratitude. He found that doing this gave him more energy to work on problems and to tackle those things that needed his attention. His neighbour’s outlook could not have been more different.
One summer morning he exclaimed, ‘Look at the beautiful sky. Did you ever see such a glorious sunrise?’
She countered. ‘It’ll probably get so hot the crops will scorch.’
During an afternoon shower, he commented, ‘Isn’t this wonderful? Mother Nature is giving the corn a drink today.’
‘And if it doesn’t stop before too long,’ came the sour reply, ‘we’ll wish we’d taken out flood insurance on the crops.’ And so it went.
Convinced that he could instil some awe and wonder in this hardened woman, he bought a remarkable dog. Not just any mutt, but the most expensive, highly trained and gifted dog he could find. The animal was exquisite. It could perform remarkable and impossible feats that, the farmer thought, would surely amaze even his neighbour. So he invited her to watch his dog perform.
‘Fetch!’ he commanded, as he tossed a stick into a lake, where it bobbed up and down in the rippling water. The dog bounded after the stick, walked on the water, and retrieved it. ‘What do you think of that?’ he smirked.
Her brow wrinkled. ‘Hmmm. Can’t swim, can he?’
Not to sound too Pollyanna, but I agree with newscaster Paul Harvey when he said that he has never seen a monument erected for a pessimist. A stubbornly positive attitude can often make the difference between happiness and misery, between health and illness and even between life and death.
Viktor Frankl would have agreed. Dr. Frankl chronicled his experiences as a Holocaust and concentration camp survivor in his book Man’s Search for Meaning. In it he asserts something really quite remarkable. He says that everything can be taken from a person except one thing. What can never be taken away is the power to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.
We can decide to choose our attitudes every day. That may be one of the most important decisions we will make. I don’t want to neglect making that choice.
Written by Steve Goodier
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”
If you think the parade of life is passing you by, perhaps you’re not listening to the music.
A man in the pub orders a beer. He gets his beer and begins to drink it when he notices that the beer is kind of warm. So he mentions something to the bartender, who tells him to shut up and just drink his beer.
Then it is time to pay and instead of giving three $1 dollar bills to the bartender, the guy throws 30 dimes behind the counter.
The bartender is pissed, and is on his hands and knees collecting change as the guy leaves.
The next day the man is back, and he comes in waiving a $5 dollar bill.
The bartender thinks, “Okay, business is business,” and lets him in. Again, the beer is kind of warm, but the guy doesn’t say anything.
Comes time to pay, the man gives him the $5 bill.
The bartender goes to the register to get the change, but instead of taking out two $1 dollar bills, he takes out 20 dimes and throws them all around the entire pub.
The bartender says, “Here is your darn change.”
The man looks around and remains quite calm. He takes out ten dimes, throws them behind the counter and says, “Gimme another beer!”
There are three signs of old age. The first is your loss of memory, the other two I forget.
State-of-the-art: Any computer you can’t afford.
Obsolete: Any computer you own.
Microsecond: The time it takes for your state-of-the-art computer to become obsolete.
G4: Apple’s new Macs that make you say, “Gee, it’s four times faster than the computer I bought for the same price a microsecond ago.”
Syntax Error: Walking into a computer store and saying, “Hi, I want to buy a computer and money is no object.”
Hard Drive: The sales technique employed by computer salesmen, especially after a Syntax Error.
GUI (pronounced “gooey”): What your computer becomes after spilling your coke on it.
Keyboard: The standard way to generate computer errors.
Mouse: An advanced input device to make computer errors easier to generate.
Floppy: The state of your wallet after purchasing a computer.
Laptop Computer: A device invented to force businessmen to work at home, on vacation, and on business trips.
Disk Crash: A typical computer response to any critical deadline.
System Update: A quick method of trashing ALL of your software.
When you get to the point where you really understand your computer, it’s obsolete.
An observant Jew called Jacob finds himself in dire trouble. His business has gone bust and he’s in serious financial trouble. He’s so desperate that he decides to ask God for help.
He goes into the synagogue and begins to pray: “God, please help me, I’ve lost my business and if I don’t get some money, I’m going to lose my house as well, please let me win the lotto.”
Lotto night comes and somebody else wins it. Jacob goes back to the synagogue: “God, please let me win the lotto, I’ve lost my business, my house and I’m going to lose my car as well.”Lotto night comes a second time and Jacob still has no luck! Back to the synagogue again, Jacob asks: “My God, why have you forsaken me? I’ve lost my business, my house, my car and my wife and my children are starving. I don’t often ask you for help and I have always been a good servant to you. Why won’t you just let me win the lotto this one time so I can get my life back in order?”
Suddenly there is a blinding flash of light as the heavens open and Jacob is confronted by the voice of God himself:
“JACOB, MEET ME HALF WAY ON THIS ONE….BUY A LOTTO TICKET.”
If it’s stupid and works, then it ain’t stupid!
Before performing a baptism, the priest approached the young father and said solemnly, “Baptism is a serious step. Are you prepared for it?”
“I think so,” the man replied. “My wife has made appetizers and we have a caterer coming with plenty of cookies and cakes for all of our friends.”
“I don’t mean that,” the priest responded. “I mean, are you prepared spiritually?”
“Oh, sure,” came the reply. “I’ve got a keg of beer and a case of whiskey.”
I have learned a great deal about myself from my Inbox. According to my junk e-mail, I’m bald, impotent and in need of constant refinancing.
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
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