Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks. Lot of people are complaining about a lot of things and I hope they can give it a rest on Thanksgiving. I have to consciously remind myself that today is a great day. It is the only today I will ever have because it will become yesterday when I reach tomorrow.
I have concluded if I spend too much time thinking about yesterday, I will not enjoy today.
On the other hand, if I spend all my time worrying about tomorrow, I will once again not enjoy today.
So my intention is to simply enjoy today! So far – so good. Happy Thanksgiving to all.
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Listened to some people the other day as they talked about their lives.
Seemed to me they were spending a lot of time worrying about what might happen in the future. When they stopped they filled the remaining spaces being depressed about what had happened in the past.
I decided two things;
1. I didn’t want to listen to them anymore
2. It is a lot better if we just live with three words; What is, is.
Can’t change the past, and sure don’t know what the future holds, but I do know right now; what is, is.
And as far as I’m concerned; it is good!
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Went to get my hair cut the other day, which is always an experience. The haircut isn’t the problem, it’s the lecture and profound dissertation my barber always provides during the haircut.
I mean, there I am, at his mercy and he is the one with sharp instruments in his hand. I sit and agree with whatever he says, for I value my head and everything attached to it.
The old comedian George Burns once said it was too bad all the people who really know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair. My barber would agree with that thought.
It is fascinating how someone who seems to have such little experience with life can have such large thoughts on what is wrong with the world and what needs to be done to fix it. I won’t even bother to share his thoughts, they are so far out it is impossible to characterize them.
Plato once said “Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something”.
But one thing I do know about my friendly barber, he gives a good haircut, so I’ll go back again.
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The other day I talked to a woman living in Missouri who shared she and her family were going to Florida for a vacation. They were going to spend a week at the beach in Florida and were very excited. Sounded like a good plan and I was happy for her.
Then I talked to a man in Florida who told me he was going to Missouri for a vacation with his family. They were going to the Lake of the Ozark’s to be on the beach for a week and they were very excited.
I guess when we go on vacation it isn’t the location that’s important, it’s simply being someplace else. Nevertheless, it seems it would have been a lot easier if they had each stayed home, but probably not as much fun.
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I was watching a man in a kayak the other day. The tide was going out and he was trying to come in, without much luck.
He would paddle for all he was worth, and make some headway, then when he had to rest, he went backward to where he started.
I’ve been there several times in my life, not in a kayak, just in circumstances.
When I was younger, I used to think I had to paddle harder, but I never seemed to get where I wanted.
Now life has taught me to pull over to the side, enjoy the day and wait for the tide to change.
Seem to be getting where I want to go a lot faster and with a lot more fun.
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I was with this person the other day who just didn’t like anything. I mean anything. Didn’t like getting up, going to bed, walking, riding, etc. They just thought life sucked. It’s sad when you meet people like that, but sometimes you just need to leave them alone before they pull you down in the mud with them.
Over the years I’ve learned to try to balance my thinking by going to the opposite thought. Looking around me I realized that life has a harmony about it. If there is a right, there has to be a left. If there is up, there is going to be down. Front, back; in, out. You get the picture.
So if I am feeling down about something, I need to balance it with an up thought. For example, I messed up something the other day and proclaimed to myself, “I’m an idiot.” At the moment, the statement had some merit, but it was only half the story. My balance statement was “I’m very cleaver.” Both statements are true, so why just dwell in the negative? There are probably a lot of things we have done wrong in our life, so isn’t it refreshing to know we have done so many good things too.
One of my thoughts during my journey was the desire to write a book. It took fifty years to finally balance “I can’t write a book,” with the thought “I can write a book.” It brought such harmony I wrote several. Check out my progress (Click Here).