I Am Really Smart, Grandma!
Yes, I know, Alejandra! You are my role model for self confidence and belief! Alejandra was telling me about the firefighters that visited her preschool. One of them was a woman. So I mentioned what a big achievement it is, and what very rigorous physical and mental examinations are passed to become a firefighter. I know, because, long ago, I tried and failed, both the physical and written tests. This was before I attended college or learned the power of persistence and mentoring.
I’ll never know what kinds of things I might have become good at if I had simply persisted in trying them. But life is about choices, and I’ve made the choice many times to give something up in favor of something else. Those things that I have kept at invariably become much easier for me simply due to persistence–almost anyone can run five miles if they persist in running half a mile when they start, and then persist in adding to that distance at regular intervals.
As we run more, our bodies get used to the act of running. Our hearts pump blood more strongly and more efficiently, and our lungs are able to distribute oxygen better. Our power to run increases, and after a month or so, a five-mile run is easier for us than that first half-mile run was.
Unfortunately, though, most people feel the discomfort of that first run or two, and they quit before they ever give themselves the power to accomplish more; they quit before their power increases.
Writers grow by writing, runners grow through running, and salespeople grow from selling. The more we do something, the better we get at it and the easier it becomes for us. That temptation to give up is simply an aversion to the discomfort of the beginner–we wish to avoid the doubts and worries that something may not work out for us, and we think that life’s much easier if we avoid the risk of failing. But that “easier” can be seen also as “much less rich,” so we have to be careful whenever we decide not to persist in our efforts, lest we rob ourselves of the opportunity of increasing our power to do things that we truly want to do.
Give Some Happiness
The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. Mark Twain
A laugh is the shortest distance between two people. Victor Borge
A smile is a curved line that sets things straight. Unknown Author
Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. Janet Lane
There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness. Lady Blessington
The best vitamin to be a happy person is B1. Author Unknown
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha
Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half sorrow. Swedish proverb
Whoever is happy will make others happy, too. Mark Twain
Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, which has defined the nation, is all of 268 words. The Declaration of Independence runs about 1,300 words. The Constitution, which has served us for more than two centuries, comes to some 5,000 words. The Holy Bible has 773,000 words. The federal income tax code and all its attendant rules and regulations: 9 million words and rising. Phyllis Heath, Butler, Georgia.
Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy! Unknown.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~Thomas Edison