July 19, 2022
“There is no education like adversity.”
Yesterday there was a mass shooting in a local mall, inflation continued to shrink our buying power, a new strain of the Covid Virus seems highly contageus and the stock market has reduced the value of my savings. It is enough to get me down if I let it. If I am going to remain positive I must not let this kind of concerns bother me too much. As always it is up to us to rise above our concerns.
Recently I got the following tips from Angel Chernoff suggesting who we can deal with adversity.
3 Things to Remember When Life Does NOT Go as Planned
1. Do not let what is out of your control interfere with what you can control. Use your frustrations today to motivate you rather than annoy you. You are in control of the way you look at things. Truth be told, there is an opportunity in almost every difficult situation to understand yourself more deeply, and also to improve your life.
2. When life’s struggles knock you into a pit so deep you can’t see anything but darkness, don’t waste valuable energy trying to dig your way out. Because if you hastily dig in the dark, you’re likely to head in the wrong direction and only dig the pit deeper. Instead, use what energy you have to reach out and pull something good in with you. For goodness is bright; its radiance will show you which way is up, and illuminate the correct path that will take you there.
3. When you can no longer think of a reason to continue, you must think of a reason to start over. There’s a big difference between giving up and starting over in the right direction. And there are three little words that can release you from your past regrets and guide you forward to a positive new beginning. These words are: From now on…
Again, you are NOT in control of everything, but you ARE in control of the way you respond to life. And in your present response is your power.
Truth be told, as time passes life educates and humbles us. We gradually realize how much nonsense we have wasted our energy and resources on.
And we begin to understand what it means to let go…
Without a doubt, we are all facing our share of difficult circumstances right now, many of which are not the result of anything we’ve done. But we all have choices when it comes to how we respond.
The choices are as simple as they are universal:
• Grit our teeth and try to move the immovable object, and become frustrated and bitter when we realize we can’t.
• Let it be. Let go, and focus on the little things we actually can accomplish.
“Rock bottom became the solid foundation in which I built my life.”
The veterinarian told the blonde that her dog needed some exercise. “You need to make sure this dog runs around,” the doctor said.
“Try playing a game of fetch with him.”
“I can’t play fetch with my dog,” the blonde said.
“Why not?” the doctor asked.
“Because,” she replied, “He can’t throw.”
Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you have to say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say!
After a particularly poor game of golf, a popular club member skipped the clubhouse and started to go home. As he was walking to the parking lot to get his car, a policeman stopped him and asked, “Did you tee off on the sixteenth hole about twenty minutes ago?”
“Yes,” the golfer responded.
“Did you happen to hook your ball so that it went over the trees and off the course?”
“Yes, I did. How did you know?” he asked.
“Well,” said the policeman very seriously, “Your ball flew out onto the highway and crashed through a driver’s windshield. The car went out of control, crashing into five other cars and a fire truck. The fire truck couldn’t make it to the fire, and the building burned down. So, what are you going to do about it?”
The golfer thought it over carefully and responded…
“I think I’ll close my stance a little bit, tighten my grip and lower my right thumb.”
Money doesn’t bring you happiness, but it enables you to look for it in more places.
My friend’s mother is a proper Southern lady and a passionate gardener who spends hours outside with her plants. In her neighborhood, where she has lived most of her life, no one has fences and every yard is open to the next. Recently one of her longtime neighbors, an elderly man, moved away. “Are you going to miss him?” my friend asked.
“Actually I’m relieved,” her mother replied. “Now I can bend over.”
“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”
Bill had always been teased by his friends that his wife was more successful than he was. Some even went so far as to insinuate that he was overshadowed by her and henpecked. Bill had a sense of humor and always laughed it off.
One day, one of his fiends asked the tiresome question AGAIN, “Who wears the pants in your family?”
“I do,” replied Bill. Then, after a pause, he added, “I also wash and iron them.”
Everyone seems normal….. Until you get to know them.
He said: As a senior at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, I often engage women psychology majors in heated discussions about male-female relationships. Once, my friend Shelly and I got into a hot debate about whether men or women make the larger sacrifice of their respective gender characteristics when they get married. To my surprise, Shelly agreed with me that men give up far more than women.
“You’re right, Steve,” she said. “Men generally give up doing their cleaning, their cooking, their grocery shopping, their laundry.”
“There are uses to adversity, and they don’t reveal themselves until tested. Whether it’s serious illness, financial hardship, or the simple constraint of parents who speak limited English, difficulty can tap unexpected strengths.”
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