May 17, 2022
The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.
Dennis S. Brown
Some days are easy for us while others can be trying. It is how we deal with them that is important to our well being. Here is a piece written by Marc Chernoff that can help on those bad days.
10 Things to Start Telling Yourself on Hard Days
When you’re feeling discouraged and doubtful, and lacking the mindset you need to step forward, reflect on the simple mantras below.
- Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being great. Do the best you can until you know better. Once you know better, do better.
- Stop running away. Breathe. Be where you are. You’re where you’re supposed to be at this very moment. Every step and experience is necessary.
- Use disappointment and frustration to motivate you rather than annoy you. Be mindful. You are in control of the way you respond to life.
- You are not a product of your circumstances. You are a product of your decisions regarding these circumstances. It’s about deciding to NOT let your frustration or fear decide your future.
- Don’t compare your progress with that of others. We all need our own time to travel our own distance. Focus on the step you are taking now, and make the best of it.
- In a culture that seeks instant results, we must learn the beauty of effort, patience, and perseverance. Be strong, present, and steadfast. Stick to your positive daily rituals. (Angel and I build positive daily rituals with our students in the “Goals and Growth” module of the Getting Back to Happy Course.)
- Patience is a genuine expression of confidence, acceptance, serenity, and faith in your own ability. It’s a sign of strength. Practice it.
- As you face life’s inevitable obstacles, remember, it’s far better to be exhausted from lots of effort and learning, than to be tired of doing absolutely nothing. (Angel and I discuss this in more detail in the “Adversity” chapter of our NEW edition of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)
- Your struggle is part of your story. Being rejected from something you want often means you are being directed toward something you need… to make a tiny bit of progress again.
- No life story is one chapter long. No chapter tells the whole tale. No mistake defines who you are. Keep turning the pages that need to be turned.
Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.
Theology, kids style
1. Dear God, please put another holiday between Christmas and Easter. There is nothing good in there now. Amanda
2. Dear God, Thank you for the baby brother but what I asked for was a puppy. I never asked for anything before. You can look it up. Joyce
3. Dear Mr. God, I wish you would not make it so easy for people to come apart. I had to have 3 stitches and a shot. Janet
4. God, I read the bible. What does beget mean? Nobody will tell me. Love, Alison
5. Dear God, how did you know you were God? Who told you? Charlene
6. Dear God, is it true my father won’t get in Heaven if he uses his golf words in the house? Anita
7. Dear God, I bet it’s very hard for you to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it. Nancy
8. Dear God, I like the story about Noah the best of all of them. You really made up some good ones. I like walking on water, too. Glenn
9. Dear God, my Grandpa says you were around when he was a little boy. How far back do you go? Love, Dennis
10. Dear God, do you draw the lines around the countries? If you don’t, who does? Nathan
11. Dear God, did you mean for giraffes to look like that or was it an accident? Norma
12. Dear God, in bible times, did they really talk that fancy? Jennifer
13. Dear God, how come you did all those miracles in the old days and don’t do any now? Billy
14. Dear God, please send Dennis Clark to a different summer camp this year. Peter
15. Dear God, maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they each had their own rooms. It works out OK with me and my brother. Larry
16. Dear God, I keep waiting for spring, but it never did come yet. What’s up? Don’t forget. Mark
17. Dear God, my brother told me about how you are born but it just doesn’t sound right. What do you say? Marsha
18. Dear God, if you watch in Church on Sunday I will show you my new shoes. Barbara
19. Dear God, is Reverend Coe a friend of yours, or do you just know him through the business? Donny
20. Dear God, I do not think anybody could be a better God than you. Well, I just want you to know that. I am not just saying that because you are already God. Charles
21. Dear God, it is great the way you always get the stars in the right place. Why can’t you do that with the moon? Jeff
22. Dear God, I am doing the best I can. Really. Frank
And, saving the best for last. . . . .
23. Dear God, I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset you made on Tuesday night. That was really cool. Thomas
If you’ve ended up in hell with someone, and you’re still mad at them, where do you tell them to go?
Recently, I was on a plane that had taken off and was approaching cruising altitude, when one of the flight attendants came on the public- address system. She announced that she was sorry, but the plane’s restrooms were out of order. The flight attendant went on to apologize to the passengers for any inconvenience. But then she finished cheerily with: “So, as compensation, free drinks will be served.”
The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.
Norman Vincent Peale
A poor vagabond, traveling a country road in England, tired and hungry, came to a roadside Inn with a sign reading: “GEORGE AND THE DRAGON”.
He knocked. The Innkeeper’s wife stuck her head out a window. “Could ye spare some victuals?” he asked.
The woman glanced at his shabby clothes and obviously poor condition. “No!” she said rather sternly.
“Could I have a drink of water?”
“No!” she said again.
“Could I at least sleep in your stable then?”
“NO!” By this time she was fairly shouting.
The vagabond still continued, “Might I please…?”
“What *now*?” the woman interrupted impatiently.
“D’ye suppose,” he asked…”I might have a word with George?”
“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air, and you.”
A man parked his car at the supermarket and was walking past an empty cart when he heard a woman ask, “Excuse me, did you want that cart?”
“No,” he answered. “I’m only after one thing.”
As he walked toward the store, he heard her murmur, “Typical male.”
A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
You have to remember that the hard days are what make you stronger. The bad days make you realize what a good day is. If you never had any bad days, you would never have that sense of accomplishment!
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