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Remember

One woman complained to a friend that she couldn’t remember anything from one day to the next.

“Let me get this straight,” he said. “You can’t remember anything from one day to the next. How long has this been going on?”

She said, “How long has what been going on?”

If your memory is not what you would like it to be, it may help to focus on the few things you really need to remember. This list, compiled from several sources, may be all you really need to remember..

  • Remember that your presence is a gift (a present) to the world.
  • Remember that you are a unique and unrepeatable being.
  • Remember that you are still becoming what you will be.
  • Remember to relax; each day just comes one at a time.
  • Remember to count your blessings, not your troubles.
  • Remember that you have sufficient courage to face whatever comes along.
  • Remember that most of the answers you need are within you.
  • Remember that decisions are too important to leave to chance.
  • Remember to always reach for the best that is within you.
  • Remember that nothing wastes more energy than worry.
  • Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  • Remember that the longer you carry a grudge, the heavier it gets.
  • Remember not to take things too seriously; there’s always reason to laugh.
  • Remember that happiness is more often found in giving than getting.
  • Remember that life’s greatest treasures are people, not things.
  • Remember that a little love goes a long way.
  • Remember that a lot goes forever.

Steve Goodier

Volunteer Victims

It’s a great temptation to volunteer as a victim. Do you know that we sign up for that job?

A man who dined regularly in his favorite restaurant complained about the bread. It wasn’t fair, he emphasized, that other restaurants served lots of bread. But here he gets only one piece.

So the next time he came in, they served him four pieces. He still complained it wasn’t enough.

On his next visit his server brought him a dozen pieces of bread. The man still complained.

For his next visit they put a large basket of bread on the table. But still he complained. “The other restaurants give all the bread you can eat.”

They decided to be ready for him the next day. They had an enormous loaf of bread prepared. It was six feet long and two feet wide. Four people carried the loaf to his table. They plopped it down in front of him. It took up half the table and hung over both sides. The chef stood back, pleased with himself, to see how the customer would react.

He looked over the loaf and commented, “So, we’re back to one piece again, are we?”

Like this man, we volunteer to be victims, but in more subtle ways. We believe life is unfair, people are untrustworthy and we are getting a bad shake. We think everyone should know just how terrible things are and we feel obliged to tell them.

One man says of a friend that he hates to ask her how she is feeling because he knows ahead of time what she will say. “You get an organ recital from her,” he says. She dwells on her health problems to the exclusion of everything good in her life.

The problem is, life sometimes is unfair and we can be victimized. But the greater truth is, people can decide whether they are victims or are victors. They can feel helpless and miserable, or they can try to feel strong. Happy people have learned that they cannot always control their circumstances, but they can often control how they will respond.

Lewis Dunning said, “What life means to us is determined not so much by what life brings to us as by the attitude we bring to life; not so much by what happens to us as by our reaction to what happens.”

You were born to be a victor! You were meant to be happy! Will you claim your birthright today?

Steve Goodier