May 23, 2022
Entertainment is in art like color in pictures.
I have a big week coming up highlighted by an appearance of one of Indiana’s most highly regarded entertainers, Don Farrell. Don is going to sing songs from his popular cabaret show “A Frank Sinatra Tribute”. Don will entertain us here at our senior living residence this Wednesday. I know we will enjoy it.
I have a full schedule including a mental health workshop on Friday. Sunday is the Indianapolis 500-mile race.
Some of us need to avoid getting down and giving up. Here are some thoughts offered by Angel Chernoff on how we can stay on tract.
15 Important Reminders for Your Darkest Moments of Self-Doubt
- When your marriage, parenting, faith, etc. gets tough, it’s not a sign that you’re doing it wrong. These intimate, intricate aspects of life are toughest when you’re doing them right – when you’re dedicating time, having the tough conversations, and making daily sacrifices.
- On particularly hard days when you feel that you can’t endure, remind yourself that your track record for getting through hard days is 100% so far.
- Have a little faith that the universe has a plan for you, and it’s all being revealed in the right time frame. Something you will eventually learn through all your ups and downs is that there are really no wrong decisions in life, just choices that will take your life down different paths.
- Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
- Life is not about maintaining the status quo. Life is not about playing it safe every second. Life is not about standing still and wallowing in self-doubt. It’s about connecting with your soul, respecting your integrity, and telling yourself that you’re able. It’s about taking a few steps, regardless of how hard and small they may be, so you can move forward and evolve.
- You must make a firm decision that you’re going to move forward. It won’t always happen naturally or automatically. Sometimes you will have to rise up and say, “I don’t care how hard this is. I don’t care how disappointed I am. I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.”
- No matter what’s happening, you CAN efficiently fight the battles of today. It’s only when you add the battles of those two relentless eternities, yesterday and tomorrow, that life gets overwhelmingly complicated. It’s necessary, therefore, to let yourself live just one day at a time – just today – just right here, right now.
- When you stop worrying about what you can’t control, you have time to change the things you can control. And that changes everything.
- Don’t worry about mistakes and failures, worry about what you’re giving up when you don’t even try.
- Making mistakes means you’re actually DOING something in the real world and learning from it. Real learning comes from making mistakes. And mistakes come from gradual implementation.
- If you never go after it again, you’ll never have it. If you never ask again, the answer will always be no. If you never step forward again, you’re stuck right where you are.
- In the space between “I’ll try again” and “I give up” there’s a lifetime. It’s the difference between the path you walk and the one you leave behind; it’s the gap between who you are capable of being and who you have become; its the legroom for the fairy tales you’ll tell yourself in the future about what could have been.
- Everyone has a little talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it into the dark places where it leads, and beyond.
- Courage doesn’t always roar; sometimes it’s simply a whisper at the end of the day that says, “I’ll try again tomorrow.”
- If you’re still sitting there thinking, “Things should be different right now,” take a deep breath. That’s not true and you know it. Because if it were true, things would be different right now. Stay present and focus on what you can create today. And tomorrow will reveal itself exactly as it should, just as yesterday already has.
Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care.
Tips from the kids:
HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? – You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. — Alan, age 10
WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED? – Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.– Camille, age 10
HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED? – You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.– Derrick, age 8
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON? – Both don’t want any more kids.– Lori, age 8
WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE? – Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.– Lynnette, age 8 (isn’t she a treasure)
WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR? – I’d run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.– Craig, age 9
WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE? – When they’re rich.– Pam, age 7
The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.– Howard, age 8 (this one has very good morals)
IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED? – I don’t know which is better, but I’ll tell you one thing. I’m never going to have sex with my wife. I don’t want to be all grossed out.– Theodore, age 8
It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.– Anita, age 9 (bless you child)
HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED? – There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?– Kelvin, age 8
Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.
One of those physical fitness club franchises was preparing to enter the international market. They placed ads in newspapers all over the county for people who could represent them on a tour. The ad said: We’re looking for five men in peak physical condition. Must be able to speak Spanish, French, Chinese, or Japanese. Must be knowledgeable about weights, aerobics, and at least two major sports.
The day after the ad appeared, a heavy man of about 70 appeared in the offices of the fitness club. “I’m here about the ad,” he said.
The bronzed Adonis behind the desk looked surprised, but decided to be polite. “Do you speak Spanish or French?” he asked.
“Nope,” the old man said.
“No, both times.”
“Know anything about weights or aerobic exercises?”
“Only that I wouldn’t be caught dead with either one.”
“How about sports?”
“I’ve never played anything more taxing than checkers.”
“I see,” the young man said. “Tell me something. Why did you come here?”
“To tell you to count me out.”
“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”
James Matthew Barrie
The young rancher came running into the store and said to his buddy, “Bubba, somebody just stole your pickup from the parking lot!”
Bubba replied, “Did you see who it was? The young rancher answered, I couldn’t tell, but I got the license number.”
To me, music is entertainment – what else can it be? In fact, it’s the only language I know of that’s universal.
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