InspirEmail No 70 - October 10, 2005
'Inspirational messages to refresh the spirit and boost the emotional bank account'

The way we see it

The eye doctor instructed her patient to read a chart on the wall. He looked at it and read, 'A, B, F, N, L and G.'

The doctor turned the light back on and wrote in her notebook.

'How did I do, Doctor?' the patient wondered. She replied, 'Let's put it this way - they're numbers.'

'But Doctor,' he argued, 'this is the way I see it!'

Much of our happiness or unhappiness is a result of our perception. 'This is the way I see it,' we say, at least to ourselves.

A problem can be a challenge that energizes me to action or an obstacle that stops further progress. 'This is the way I see it.'

A new situation can be fearful or fun. 'This is the way I see it.'

A busy day can be cause for gladness that life is full and useful, or it can be a reason for me to complain. 'This is the way I see it.'

An unexpected intrusion can be a source of irritation that my agenda was interrupted, or it can quite possibly be the most important thing I encounter that day. 'This is the way I see it.'

An error can be the beginning of a new learning or an occasion to berate myself. 'This is the way I see it.'

Holidays can be times of anxiety and stress or times to seek solitude and contentment. 'This is the way I see it.'

It's not always about what is happening to me, it's about the way I see it.

Marcel Proust observed that 'the real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.' It's the way we see it.

Written by  Steve Goodier

A Recipe for Joyful Living

Keep cheerful friends.

Keep learning. Never let the brain idle.

Enjoy the simple things.

Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be alive while you are alive.

Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

And always remember: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Author Unknown

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Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression.
It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens.
It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.

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