My wife came up with this one, so I have to give her all the credit- Here it is:
“Your thought for today, can become your mantra tomorrow, and a plan for the rest of your life. To get something you have never had, you have to do something you never did. When God takes something from your grasp, he is not punishing you. He is merely opening your hand to receive something better. The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.”
I have heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. So, the above is true… we have to do different things to try to change. This thought coincides with the thought that God is not going to give us anything that we can’t handle- with His help.
“Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and and our shield.”- Psalms 33:20
It seems that in the past, when I have had a bad day, or I have been depressed about something (usually because I don’t feel good about myself and where I am)… I have a tendency to think about all the negative things in my life… You know, the usual suspects- “I don’t have enough money”, “My mother is mad at me”, “I did something my wife doesn’t like, so she is miffed at me”, “my kids won’t listen to me”- You know the drill.
Well, it is time to start thinking about the good in life. The best way to do this is to write it down.
Write it down as it happens. Spend two minutes a day writing down good things that happen. “I saw this great show”, “Gee whiz, my foot does not hurt nearly as much as it did yesterday”, “Talked to my mother and we didn’t get in a fight”… whatever it is, just write it down.
Now, go out and get a notebook. Like a diary. And start…. the first entry can be “got this great notebook and I am going to write this great story”. The story is all the good things that happen to you.
Then when you are having a crappy day, it will be easy to not only go back and read about all the things that you feel thankful about, but you also get to focus on new good things to put in the book.
Someone else is happy with less than you have.- Unknown
Just a quick one today on how ridiculous this is that we have “global warming” debate… well, not that ridiculous. I think it IS getting warmer, but I think that the jury is still out on exactly WHY.
It seems that some really smart guys have gotten together… with their preconceived notions about how we are causing global warming and NOT PROVEN A THING.
You see, it is much too complex to try to say that the earth’s temperature will go up by this many degrees by such and such a time. Too hard to predict using computer models- our atmosphere, the gasses (greenhouse and others), heat absorption by the earth’s crust or by the oceans— all of these things play a factor and its just too much. There are WAY too many variables. All of these models have been “spectacularly wrong” to quote one of these really smart guys.
So, it is my humble opinion that God will take care of us… all of us. That is the one UN-VARIABLE that all of the models seem to leave out.
“The interior of the earth is extremely hot – several million degrees.”- Al Gore (It actually peaks out at about 11,000 degrees.)
Mary Schmich wrote the following as an essay article for the Chicago Tribune a few years back. Everyone wanted to give the credit to Kurt Vonnegut and say that he gave the speech at MIT for commencement. But, nonetheless, it is a very good article… funny.
The first time I heard it was on the Neal Boortz show in Atlanta when I lived there back in the late ’90s/early 2000’s- Lots of good points are made- Lotta range. And don’t forget about the Sunscreen.
Here is the text of the article:
‘Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’97: Wear sunscreen:
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.
Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blind side you at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.
Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t know.
Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.
Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.
Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.
Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.
Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents. You never know when they’ll be gone for good.
Be nice to your siblings. They’re your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders. Respect your elders. Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.
Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.
But trust me on the sunscreen.