Life is short and it’s up to you to make it sweet.
A week or so ago I had breakfast with one of my favorite friends, she is the head of a prestigious leadership organization and a respected consultant. She shared with me that what she liked most about the Daily was that it often reminds us that we are not locked into our current existence via some rigid destiny but rather we are where we are mainly by the decisions we have made over time. Actually she said what she found most valuable was the reminder that we all have choices and far too often we just don’t choose to change. In reality our continuing to live stuck in a rut is a choice, a choice to do nothing and just continue to exist as we are. The sad part is that each day we are stuck in the same old rut is a day lost forever.
For many of us I am sure our failure to do anything different is our fear of the unknown. Fortunately we have plenty of options that require little risk. For example if we find ourselves bored and just always sitting at home all we have to do is go out, go to a museum, go to church, buy a friend a cup of coffee anything but another day of inertia. One of the blogs I follow is Positively Present, they recently published a piece by Brian Tracy and Christina Tracy Stein that I liked and I have listed some excerpts below.
No matter where you are today, or what you have done or not done in the past, you need to accept essential truths about you as a person:
As Shakespeare wrote in The Tempest, "What's past is prologue." Everything that has happened to you in the past has been a preparation for the wonderful life that lies ahead of you in the future. Remember the rule: It doesn't matter where you're coming from; all that really matters is where you're going.
“If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.”
You know you've booked a cheap flight when...
1. As you board the plane, you notice the copilot is frowning and wearing an "I'm with Stupid" T-shirt.
2. The Captain announces over the intercom the flight is delayed while he looks for his keys.
3. The airline mechanics, wearing propeller beanies, seem to be pointing and laughing an awful lot, and drinking something from inside brown paper bags.
4. The ground crew is seen using pennies to check tire wear
5. A man with an oily rag hanging from the back pocket of his dirty coveralls, and sadly shaking his head, turns out to be the airline's CEO
6. A voice on the P.A. system warns you to keep your heads and arms inside the aircraft at all times, while the plane is in motion.
7. The air sickness bags have the Lord's Prayer printed on them.
8. Jumper cables are dangling from the door to the cockpit.
9. A man in clerical garb walks through the plane, sprinkles all the passengers with water, mumbling something in Latin and exits.
Inside every older person is a younger person wondering, "What happened?"
Kids' Instructions on Life
- Never trust a dog to watch your food. Patrick, Age 10
- When you want something expensive, ask your grandparents. Matthew, Age 12
- Wear a hat when feeding seagulls. Rocky, Age 9
- Never try to hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. Rosemary, Age 7
- Don't flush the john when your dad is in the shower. Lamar, Age 10
- Never bug a pregnant mom. Nicholas, Age 11
- When your dad is mad and asks you, "Do I look stupid?" don't answer him. Heather, Age 16
- Never tell your mom her diet's not working. Michael, Age 14
- When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she's on the phone. Alyesha, Age 13
- Never tell your little brother that you're not going to dowhat your mom told you to do. Hank, Age 12
- Never dare your little brother to paint the family car. Phillip, Age 13
"There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action."
Johann von Goethe
While talking with my semi-deaf uncle one evening, I noticed that his "hearing aid" was actually an earphone from a transistor radio. The wire had been cut and was sticking out of his shirt.
"How does that help your hearing?" I asked.
"Don't help my hearing none," he replied. "Makes people talk louder."
Q: How do you get your spouse to argue with you?
A: Say something
The shipwrecked mariner had spent several years on a deserted island. Then one morning he was thrilled to see a ship offshore and a smaller vessel pulling out toward him. When the boat grounded on the beach, the officer in charge handed the marooned sailor a bundle of newspapers and told him, "The captain said to read through these and let us know if you still want to be rescued."
You must not expect anything from others. It's you, of yourself, of whom you must ask a lot. Only from oneself has one the right to ask everything and anything. This way it's up to you...your own choices...what you get from others remains a present, a gift.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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