The Secret to Avoid Being Miserable

As George Bernard Shaw said “To have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not.”

It is why busy people are less unhappy even though they carry their problems with them.

The more we worry about worry, the more worried we become.

There is no need to obsess over fears and worry because that just multiplies the problem and offers no solution.

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Perishable Confidence

Confidence only seems to be high when things are going well.

The trick is to think like a winner when adversity strikes.

Ceding success and happiness to luck is a rollercoaster ride not worth the thrill.

Believing, remembering, projecting the next victory large or small is true confidence.

Savor every opportunity to feel good about feeling confidence in yourself.

Then when things get tough, double down on your conviction to bounce back.

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A Perfect World

The world’s not perfect, but it’s not that bad
If we got each other, and that’s all we have
I will be your brother, and I’ll hold your hand
You should know I’ll be there for you
When the world’s not perfect
When the world’s not kind
If we have each other then we’ll both be fine
I will be your brother, and I’ll hold your hand
You should know I’ll be there for you

“If We Have Each Other” By Alec Benjamin / Alex Hope
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc

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Cooperate with the Inevitable

My father lost his leg to disease.

I was with him on the night before the surgery wondering why he didn’t talk about the planned amputation in the morning.  I was more worried than he was if that was possible.

Following surgery and rehab, he was fitted for a prosthesis, drove a car (it was his right leg that was amputated so he had a special adapted accelerator on the left side under the steering wheel).

He wallpapered rooms (a one-legged paperhanger he used to say).  Planted and harvested a garden every year.  Worked.  Did almost anything everyone else did.

I’m sure he wished that he had his leg back (and he did complain of phantom pains in his foot that no longer existed – something doctors said was normal).  But he never talked about that.

He accepted the inevitable because he knew there was no way to change it.

In our lives with perhaps lesser challenges, it is still important to know what can be changed and what cannot and to accept what cannot to live a full, happy life.

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Confidence Builder

Are you the person who walks into a meeting and sits in the back of the room or the far end of the table?

The person with confidence assumes the air of confidence and walks right to the front row even if no one else is sitting in it.

The funny thing about confidence is you can read books and watch videos of other people but there is no substitute for practicing it every day in every way.

Confidence can’t be coached.

It can only be experienced in real time.

Not only will others notice but more importantly you will feel it as well.

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