April 14. 2022
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”
These are difficult times. Thousands stil get infected by the Covid virus with many not surviving. Everyday we learn of folks being killed in random and some times mass shootings. Hardly a day goes by that we don’t learn of disasters created by climate changes. And for me there is nothing worse than the murder of innocent men, women and children in the Ukraine. It is hard to stay positive with what we see on the news every day. We need to do our best to cope, not letting what is going on take us down.
Here are some tips on how we can survive todays turmoil.
4 Things We Should Remind Ourselves of More Often
1. Prioritize your peace today. Some people will never understand, and it’s not your job to teach or change them. Don’t drive yourself crazy trying. Remember, learning to let go of certain expectations and detach from certain people, are two of the great paths to inner peace.
2. If you worry too much about what might be, or what might have been, you will miss what is. Truly, worrying is a misuse of your incredible present potential. So do your best to focus mindfully on what’s in front of you today. Allow yourself to grow from what you’re living through.
3. Breathe deep. Be present. Every day is a series of a million tiny miracles. Do your best to see them. Remind yourself that clarity 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.
4. As you inch forward, remind yourself, it’s far better to be exhausted from tiny bits of progress, than it is to be tired of doing nothing. Every step counts. Just keep doing your best, and don’t force what’s not yet supposed to fit into your life. When it’s meant to be, it will be…
The bottom line is, a mind well-trained with thoughts like these is one step ahead of the inevitable negativity life challenges us with. And we all need practice—lots and lots of practice. Because truly, the biggest and most complex obstacle we have to personally overcome on a daily basis is our own mind. Let that sink in. You aren’t responsible for everything that happens, but you ARE responsible for gradually and consistently undoing the self-defeating thinking patterns these undesirable experiences create.
Yes you can think better, which means you can live better…
“A good half of the art of living is resilience.”
Alain de Botton
Jane says that there are 7 degrees of blondeness
A married couple was asleep when the telephone rang at two in the morning. The wife undoubtedly blonde), picked up the telephone, listened a moment, and said, “How should I know, that’s 200 miles from here!” and hung up. The husband said, “Who was that?” The wife said, “I don’t know; some woman wanting to know if the coast is clear’.”
Two blondes are walking down the street. One notices a compact on the sidewalk and leans down to pick it up. She opens it, looks in the mirror, and says, “Hmm, this person looks familiar.” She hands it to the second blonde. The second blonde looks in the mirror and says, “You dummy, it’s me!”
A blonde suspects her boyfriend of cheating on her, so she goes out and buys a gun. She goes to his apartment unexpectedly and when she opens the door, she finds him in the arms of a redhead. Well, the blonde is really angry. She opens her purse to take out the gun, and as she does so, she is overcome with grief. She takes the gun and puts it to her head. The boyfriend yells, “No, honey, don’t do it!” The blonde replies, “Shut up, you’re next!”
A blonde brags about her knowledge of state capitals. She proudly says, “Go ahead; ask me, I know all of them.” A friend says, “OK, what’s the capital of Wisconsin?” The blonde replies, “Oh that’s easy -‘W’.”
What did the blonde ask her doctor when he told her she was pregnant? “Is it mine?”
A blonde had just totaled her car in a horrific accident. Miraculously, she managed to pry herself from the wreckage without a scratch. “Wow!” the trooper gasped.
“Your car looks like an accordion that was stomped on by an elephant! Are you OK, ma’am?” “Why, yes, officer, I’m just fine” the blonde chirped. “Well, how in the world did this happen?” the officer asked as he surveyed the wrecked car. “Officer, it was the strangest thing!” the blonde began. “I was driving along this road, when from out of nowhere this tree popped up in front of me, so I swerved to the right, and there was another tree! I swerved to the left and there was another tree! I swerved to the right and there was another tree! I swerved to the left and there was….” “Uh, ma’am,” the officer said, cutting her off as he looked inside the car, “There isn’t a tree on this road for 30 miles. That was your air-freshener swinging back and forth.”
Returning home from work, a blonde was astonished to see that she had been robbed. She telephoned the police at once and reported the crime. The police dispatcher broadcast the call on the channels, and a K-9 unit patrolling nearby was the first to respond. As the K-9 officer approached the house with his dog on a leash, the blonde ran out on the porch, shuddered at the sight of the cop and his dog, and then sat down on the steps. Putting her face in her hands, she moaned, “I come home to find all my possessions stolen. I call the police for help, and what do they do? They send me a BLIND policeman!”
I don’t know if Jane is a blond these days or not, I would guess not. Ray
Don’t worry about avoiding temptation… As you grow older, it will avoid you.
Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, “How old was your husband?”
“98,” she replied. “Two years older than me.”
“So you’re 96,” the undertaker commented.
She responded, “Hardly worth going home is it?”
I think the nice thing about being senile is I can hide my own Easter eggs.
Walter and Maury were good friends and neighbors. Walter was Christian, Maury was Jewish, but they liked and respected each other very much. (Which is as it should be.) The neighborhood in which they were next door neighbors included many Jewish and Christian families.
One day, Maury and Walter were both trimming their yards. Walter called over the yard to Maury, “Hey, Maury! Why do you and so many of our Jewish friends often answer a question with a question?”
Maury replied, “Why shouldn’t we?”
If you fill your heart with regrets of yesterday and the worries of tomorrow, you have no today to be thankful for.
Timmy was roughhousing with his dog.
His mother said to him, “Now, Timmy, I know you love Grover, but you’re loving him too much. How would you feel if someone huge picked you up and squeezed you so hard you couldn’t breathe?”
The boy thought a moment and then said, “I guess I’d feel like it was my birthday and Aunt Donna was here!”
Reporters interviewing a 104 year-old woman: “And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?” the reporter asked. She simply replied, “No peer pressure.”
Can you believe that this came from Wendy?
Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting. Thought you’d might like to see what happened to me last week.
I went downtown the other day. I was only in there for about 5 minutes. When I came out there was a city cop writing out a parking ticket. I went up to him and said, “Come on, buddy, how about giving a senior a break?” He ignored me and continued writing the ticket. I called him a Nazi. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tires. So I called him a piece of horse s**t. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket.
This went on for about 20 minutes, the more I abused him, the more tickets he wrote. I didn’t care. My car was parked around the corner. I try to have a little fun each day. It’s important at my age.
“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.”
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