“Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
Joshua J. Marine
I hope you had a great weekend and are ready to roll now that most of the summer doldrums are behind us as theatre companies, businesses, schools and the like begin one of the most active parts of the year. In my case nothing much changes except more opportunities for service, an increase in the frequency of meetings, and of course my ongoing stimulus of the health care industry.
In fact today I am fasting and doing the pre-op purge in preparation for my 5:30 AM visit to the surgeons tomorrow. While I do appreciate the weight reduction aspect of the procedure I really don’t find the two-a-day pre and post op self-administered shots that allow me to go without my blood thinner meds to be a personal favorite. This will be the third time in six months they will use my rear end to access my insides, fortunately this time it is just to make sure they got out all the bad stuff last time. The positive benefit of the procedure is that the rest of the month will seem better than it might have been otherwise.
As I think I have told you before I find these medical interruptions to not be worth worrying about so I treat them as events with a start and when they are over I let the memory fade and move on. I think part of life’s adventure are the challenges we face and the things we do to overcome them. I know in my case it is never worthwhile to let the stumbling blocks I encounter slow me down. Having an attitude that fosters belief in our ability to overcome coupled with perseverance results in leaving little time to waste on worry or negativism.
I’ll take positive momentum anytime versus the delays created by negative momentum. Here is what our friend Ralph Marston has written on the subject.
If you've gotten off to a slow start, now is your opportunity to speed up. If you've been disappointed by the results so far, now is the chance to make some effective positive changes. Negative momentum can be powerful. Yet the moment you commit yourself to a positive perspective, that negative momentum is gone.
Stop worrying and complaining about the fact that your day, your week, your month or your life has gotten off to a bad start. Use this moment right now to interrupt the pattern and point yourself in a positive, empowered, fulfilling direction. Your past has brought you where you are, and yet it does not dictate where you can now go. Make the choice to point all of your life in the direction of your dreams.
Even though you may have experienced great difficulty in getting started, choose now to be thankful for those difficulties you've gone through. Be thankful for the strength they've enabled you to build, and make positive use of that strength going forward.
This time, this moment is different, because now you're in complete control, and determined to make it great. So no matter what may have happened, get over it, and get going toward the best you can imagine.
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
A few more from the old Hollywood Squares:
Q: Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older? A: Charley Weaver: My sense of decency.
Q: What are "Do It", "I Can Help" and "Can't Get it."? A: George Gobel: I don't know but it's come from the next apartment.
Q: Paul, why do Hell's Angels wear leather? A: Paul Lynde: Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.
Sign on a ski lift in Taos, NM: "No jumping from the lift. Survivors will be prosecuted."
A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter. What are you doing?" She asked.
Hunting Flies" He responded. "Oh. Killing any?" She asked. Yep, 3 males, 2 Females," he replied. Intrigued, she asked. "How can you tell?"
He responded, "3 were on a beer can, 2 were on the phone."
"The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for 30 years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found."
On the way back to Indiana as I was sitting in the Phoenix airport, they announced that the flight to Vegas was full. The airline were looking for volunteers to give up their seats.
In exchange, they'd give you a $100 voucher for your next flight and a first class seat in the plane leaving an hour later. About eight people ran up to the counter to take advantage of the offer.
About 15 seconds later all eight of those people sat down grumpily as the lady behind the ticket counter said, "If there is anyone else OTHER than the flight crew who'd like to volunteer, please step forward . . .
"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."
A stock analyst and a Wall Street broker went to the racetrack. The broker suggested betting $12,000 on a certain horse. The analyst was skeptical; he had never been to the races before and wanted to understand the rules and look over all the horses before placing a wager. "You're too cautious and detail-oriented," the broker criticized as he placed his large bet. His horse won and he raked in a bundle of money.
"What's your secret?" the analyst asked.
"It's simple," the broker explained. "I have two kids ... ages two and six ... so I add their ages together and bet on number nine."
"But two and six make eight, not nine!" protested the analyst.
"See!" the broker replied, "I told you you're too cautious and detail-oriented."
“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”
John Homer Miller
Since I will be in surgery very early in the morning there will be no Daily tomorrow. I’ll be back in a day or so.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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