September 21, 2017
When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”
Yesterday I had breakfast with a friend who I truly respect. My friend is a highly regarded professional who helps folks age gracefully. She does her job like she does everything else, she does it with caring warmth.
Over the years I have learned that her life has been full of challenges, burdens that it would be difficult for most of us to bear. Somehow no matter how tough things have been she has persevered and done so without losing her confidence or hope. Like the legendary Molly Brown she just keeps going helping others while retaining her belief that our lives are often better than we think they are.
Recently I got an email from Angel Chernoff that reminded me of my friend and I want to share part of what Chernoff wrote with you today.
Here are 5 daily rituals for long-term happiness and success:
- Exercise your integrity. – Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you are capable of. Communicating clearly and asking for what you want and need from people. Speaking your truth, even when others judge you for it. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your morals and values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe. And, of course, always doing the right thing, even when it’s hard, and even when nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.
- Watch your self-talk. – Mental strength is incredibly important. Take care of your mind and the way you speak to yourself. Don’t let negative self-talk weaken you.
- Simplify whatever you can, whenever you can. Simplifying is not seeing how little you can get by with – that’s deprivation – but how efficiently you can put first things first, and use your time accordingly to pursue the things that make a lasting difference in your life. Less really is more.
- Give yourself credit. – It’s funny how we outgrow what we once thought we couldn’t live without, and then we fall in love with what we didn’t even know we wanted. Eventually you’ll end up where you need to be, doing the right things, alongside the right people. Patience and persistence are the key. But don’t forget to pause once a day and appreciate how far you’ve come too.
- Embrace your humanness. – “Human” is the only real label we are born with. Yet we forget so easily. To become attached to an opinionated label of depressed, divorced, diseased, rejected, or poor, is to be like the rain, that doesn’t know it is also the clouds… or the ice, that forgets it is water. For we are far more than the shape we’re currently in. And we, like the wind, water, and sky, will change forms many times in our lives, while forever remaining beautifully human.
Fall seven times, stand up eight.
LEASH: A strap which attaches to your collar, enabling you to lead your person where you want him/her to go.
DOG BED: any soft, clean surface, such as the white bedspread in the guest room or the newly upholstered couch in the living room.
DROOL: Is what you do when your persons have food and you don’t. To do this properly you must sit as close as you can and look sad and let the drool fall to the floor, or better yet, on their laps.
BICYCLES: Two-wheeled exercise machines, invented for dogs to control body fat. To get maximum aerobic benefit, you must hide behind a bush and dash out, bark loudly and run alongside for a few yards; the person then swerves and falls into the bushes, and you prance away.
DEAFNESS: This is a malady which affects dogs when their persons want them in and they want to stay out. Symptoms include staring blankly at the person, then running in the opposite direction, or lying down.
THUNDER: This is a signal that the world is coming to an end. Humans remain amazingly calm during thunderstorms, so it is necessary to warn them of the danger by trembling uncontrollably, panting, rolling your eyes wildly, and following at their heels.
WASTEBASKET: This is a dog toy filled with paper, envelopes, and old candy wrapper. When you get bored, turn over the basket and strew the papers all over the house until your person comes home.
BATH: This is a process by which the humans drench the floor, walls and themselves. You can help by shaking vigorously and frequently.
BUMP: The best way to get your human’s attention when they are drinking a fresh cup of coffee or tea.
LOVE: Is a feeling of intense affection, given freely and without restriction. The best way you can show your love is to wag your tail. If you’re lucky, a human will love you in return.
She said: A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. And a woman’s gotta do what he can’t.
“This house,” said the real estate salesman, “has both its good points and its bad points. To show you I’m honest, I’m going to tell you about both. The disadvantages are that there is a chemical plant one block south and a slaughterhouse a block north.”
“What are the advantages?” inquired the prospective buyer.
“The advantage is that you can always tell which way the wind is blowing.”
Some people just don’t know how to drive…I call these people “Everybody But Me.”
Boss: (to employee) – Experts say humor on the job relieves tension in this time of down-sizing, so Knock, Knock.
Employee: Who’s there?
Boss: Not you anymore.
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
“What am I supposed to do with this?” grumbled a motorist as the policeman handed him a speeding ticket.
“Keep it,” the cop said, “when you collect four of them you get a bicycle.”
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.
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