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thanks again pop!

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars!

One day I'm on top of the world & the next, I feel like I don't derserve to be.

And ye shall seek me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart. Jer. 29:13


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HMMM...
Being the second mouse or the late worm seems to be a good life strategy. Something for the all knowing doctor "thiswillbeachangingdayinyourlife" Phil, the oracle of all quickfixes and dollar machines.

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Smiles and a wave back from Canada....
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Pops,
you should get a grammy on that one!! you are too awesome for words. Where were you when I needed you 3 years ago? Ha-ha glad to have found you now!! You too Leslie :)
Smiles across the miles,
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Thanks for this, Bob, all very true!!
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The Ultimate 18 Ways to Deal With Stress, Guaranteed!

A little of Popeye's Optimistic Philosophy.

June 7, 2007

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 8oz. to 20oz.

The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. "If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance."

"In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."

"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden. "

"So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work/life down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow."

"Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. Relax; pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy! "

And then he shared some ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

1* Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.

2* Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3* Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4 * Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

5* If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8 * Never buy a car you can't push.

9* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

10* Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

11* Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12* The second mouse gets the cheese.

13* When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

14* Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

15* You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

16* Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once

17* We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

18* A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.

Bob Clarkson, June 7, 2007

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What a wonderful reminder, Pops! Too often I get overly caught up with the daily grind and forget to take time to appreciate all the gifts I have in life.

Truly,
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Thank God for my doctor who listened to me today and developed a plan to shift meds from lexapro to cymbalta and will follow me as I make that transition. I am so grateful for a Doctor who listens.

"You must do the thing you think you cannot do." -E. Roosevelt


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So glad to see your messages again!

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars!

One day I'm on top of the world & the next, I feel like I don't derserve to be.

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May 13, 2007

Every day, be thankful for what you have and who you are.

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings. Thank you, Lord, that I can hear. There are many who are deaf.

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible. Thank you, Lord, that I can see. Many are blind.

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising. Thank you, Lord, that I have the strength to rise. There are many who are bedridden.

Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned, tempers are short, and children are loud. Thank you, Lord, for my family. There are many who are lonely.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like the picture in magazines and the menu is at times unbalanced. Thank you, Lord, for the food we have. There are many who are hungry.

Even though my job often is monotonous. Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to work. There are many who have no job.

Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest. Thank you, Lord, for life.

Thank you Lord, for my friends. A friend is someone we turn to when our spirits need a lift. A friend is someone to treasure. Many people are lonely.

Friendship is a gift. A friend is someone who fills our lives with Beauty, Joy and Grace and makes the world we live in a better and happier place.
~ Unknown

The above was sent to me in an email, obviously forwarded many times. I thought it was a very positive statement about how we should look at things in our lives.

Thank you, my unknown friend. You Spoke so well to my heart.

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May 3, 2007

Jameson Frank said that, “Our greatest battles are that with our own minds.” For all of us here, that may seem like one large “Duhhh”! However, he wasn’t saying it to those of us who fight that battle day after day.

His words were directed at men in general (including the ladies), but they apply to each of us.

We hide in our minds, loath to take chances. But our lives improve only when we do take chances. The first and greatest chance we take is with ourselves.

We have to let go of our fears. No, not just let them go, grab them by the scruff of the neck and the seat of the pants and THROW them out!

Then, we start re-growing our confidence in ourselves.

Do one small thing you know you can do. Take one small step, you know you can. That is your first victory. Clutch it to your heart and your soul.

That first victory more than doubles when you take the next step and achieve the next victory, because it is synergistic! Your energy and your confidence increase exponentially!

Now we have something to like. We are winners!

Don’t be afraid to screw up. It’s part of life, it happens to everyone sooner or later. When it happens, laugh at it, learn from it and get over it! Move on up the road.

You are going to the top of the hill!

Shakespeare said it better then I could ever say it so – “This above all: to thine own self be true.”

Be true to yourself; take chances; throw away your fears; grow your confidence – one step at a time; and claim your victories.

One step at a time gets you to the top.

Enjoy the walk.

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I have found when I am feeling to rushed I usually take a deep breath and then start over. Because it never fails when I am rushed it only makes things worse and I usually forget something important. I just have a big problem with procrasinating. agghhh
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I know what you mean; I often find myself feeling pressured and rushed, and for no good reason: I am retired, and can generally do things in my own time, but my anxiety can take over, and I find I am not breathing deeply, which makes me more anxious---I have to consciously slow myself down.
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I am teaching myself to slow down more. Why are we in such a hurry? There's no set time limit. We rush to finish one project, only to get to the next project. When we are supposed to relax, we waste time worried about what we're supposed to be doing. No wonder we are so depressed & anxious. We never make our self stop. I have really been working on learning to enjoy life & I must admit that I have been doing a lot better. Now if I can only keep up the good relax. Remember to take one day at a time & be sure you seize the moment at least once a day.

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars!

One day I'm on top of the world & the next, I feel like I don't derserve to be.

And ye shall seek me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart. Jer. 29:13


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'Time' for a little stretching exercise.

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May 2, 2007

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity tells us that the nearer you get to the speed of light, that to an outside observer you are moving slower and slower. An example of this (stretch your mind now) would be that twins separated by one’s chance to go to and return from a planet 100 light years away, within a day of ship’s ‘time’, the twin that stayed on earth would have accumulated 200 years and 1 day of experience; while the twin on the ship would have accumulated only one days worth of experience. The obvious conclusion would be that the faster you go (hurry), the less ‘time’ you have to experience things.

It should be no surprise when someone tells you, “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get”. They have less ‘time’ to solve the challenges that arrive. Even at the speed of everyday life, challenges often come at us at a speed so we have no extra ‘time’. Actually, according to Einstein, the only way to get ‘extra time’ would be to slow down.

So, slow down! Let life’s challenges come at you at their own speed.

If you hurry to meet it, the less experience you will have. The less experience you have, the higher the odds of not succeeding.

The more ‘time’ you have, the more experience and knowledge you can accumulate. The more experience and knowledge you have of any one thing, the greater the odds that you will be successful when confronted with that one thing.

Stop and smell the roses, who knows what you will need when you get there?

Take time to love and be loved. Maybe love is the answer.

Watch the sun set. It has infinite varieties. Maybe your challenge will have infinite solutions. You could have infinite experiences, thus you solve the challenge.

The more you hurry, the less ‘time’ you have.

Pardon me while I set beside the pool and watch my granddaughter hurry and play. By the ‘time’ she gets out, I will have experienced at least two full hours of pleasure. If asked, she would say she’s only been in the pool a few minutes. It’s almost sad, all that ‘time’ she missed. But at her age, she has plenty of ‘time’ to trade for fun.

Bob Clarkson © 2007. Thank you for the ‘time’, Mr. Einstein

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I miss making little paper baskets and filling them with flowers like I did when I was young. On May day we would go around the neighborhood, especially to the elderly homes, and hang the flower baskets on front doors. We'd ring the bell and run so the people would find their little flower surprises.

I should do something like that with my kids tonight if I get home before dark. They were good memories.

Some days it's peanuts and some days it's shells. Either way you make the best of it.
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May 1, 2007

It’s May First. What should we do? Should it be the same staid, old, everyday Tuesday stuff?

No! Let’s use today like it was meant to be used! Let’s party. Run down to the Maypole and grab a streamer and try to catch the person in front of you and stay ahead of the one in back of you!

Wind your streamer tighter and tighter until you are all one group, all together and laughing. Grab the people on both sides of you and give everyone a giant group hug!

Today’s a special day. Lighten up, have fun, play hooky!

Be weird, be crazy. Go out and screw up! You know it’ll happen sooner or later; you might as well enjoy it. Try on someone else’s life experience glasses and look at your life. Wow, different, huh?

See that little blip over in the right corner? That’s a problem. Looking at it from a different perspective, it’s really not that big at all. Go fix it!

See that door? All your other problems are behind that door. No! Leave it alone. You’ve fixed one problem today. Relax, you’ve earned it. You worked and you rocked!

You don’t have to be perfect today or any day. Just do your best to be an excellent human being.

Wow, that was great! Can we do it again tomorrow?

Bob Clarkson © 2007. Thanks to Anthony Robbins for the Inspiration!

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Real life got in the way of my virtual life - so there are a few days missing. Here's todays point.

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April 30, 2007

Have you ever known someone who blamed their circumstances’ (what had happened to them) for where they were in life?

If this hadn’t happened, they would have . . . something that requires hard work.
If that hadn’t happened, they would be . . . something that requires hard work

You’ve noticed it too? They ‘want’, but just skip to the reward. That “work” stuff in the middle is not in their vocabulary.

You don’t like your job? Start looking for another, then take it!

You’re underweight and want to bulk up (I can’t remember when I last had that problem)? Find a gym and someone to teach you the right way to build muscle. Find a nutritionist to teach you the right foods to eat to gain weight the most healthful way.

The people who get what they want in this world go for it. It’s not always money or position. Love, understanding and happiness are achieved in similar ways with one basic precept. Go look for the opportunity.

The late Milton Berle put it much more succinctly, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door!”

Bob Clarkson © 2007 Inspired by George Bernard Shaw and Milton Berle


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Friends

There are all kinds of friends. There are boy friends, special friends, girl friends and best friends (for guys, that means one other person; for girls, that could be three or more people ! ??).

Friends are vitally important. Because we are social animals, having friends makes us part of the group.

Have you every thought which friendship is most important? Is it with your spouse or SO? Is it with your parents, children or siblings?

If you said anything other than yourself, sorry, you were wrong.

Before you can be a friend to others, you must first be a friend to yourself. Before you can have a best friend, you need to be your own best friend. Before you can love someone else, you have to love yourself!

Wow! Why do you think that is? Because who you are on the outside is but a reflection of who you are on the inside.

“But”, you say, “There are things I don’t like about myself. I certainly don’t love myself”.

Then change. Love of oneself is part of the fabric of the Universe. Delve deep inside yourself. Find those things you don’t like about yourself and change them so you like the end result. It’s not going to be easy. You might even need someone else to help light the way.

Pick out and remove one splinter at a time. It might leave some scars. But having scars, rather than festering sores, is to be proud of. It shows you have met the enemy and overcome.

Being your own friend is important. It means I have a chance to be your friend, too!

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Thanks so much for this!! It is true, but, hard to believe at first.
Amazing to think of all the things I could do in a day, if only I were organized, lol.
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Far and away the biggest complaint I see, day after day, is, “I just don’t have time”.

“I don’t have time to plan healthy, nutritious meals”, or, “I don’t have time to exercise”, or by extension, “I don’t have time to think great thoughts or accomplish great things.”

The truth is that to this point in your life, you have had exactly the same amount of time as Thomas Jefferson, Clara Barton, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, and Albert Einstein did.

There are 24 hours in every day, to do with as you please. The record for climbing Mt. Everest is under 9 hours. With the remaining 15 hours, you could outline a book. You’ve already completed your exercise, but you could use part of those 15 hours to plan all the nutritious meals for the remainder of the week, at least!

Do you realize that you could have breakfast, lunch and dinner on three different continents and have time in between for at least two hours of exercise AND write two or three chapters for your book, before the sun even sets!

If you just ate three nutritious meals and two healthful snacks and did two hours of exercise in a day, think of all the positive, powerful affirmations you could make before bedtime!

You own your time. Take it and use it!

Don’t let anyone or anything else “steal” your time. It’s yours to use. Choose what to do with it wisely!

Bob Clarkson © 2007 Inspired by Mike Dooley

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Jenbug,
That was awesome wow I will surely think about that everytime I go to complain about anything. That just shows how far some people will go for love.
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Pops! I've been noticing that you note all your posts on this thread are copy written. My posts seem so impotent by comparison.

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Edited by: LULU-BELL at: 4/24/2007 (15:22)
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I just wanted to say that I'm really enjoying this thread and thank you for doing it.

The Phoenix is the symbol of hope and rebirth. Often alluded to as the Bird of Paradise, this mythical bird was the only one of it's kind. And because of this, the gods vowed that as long as The Phoenix lives, there is hope for mankind.



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April 24, 2007

The Strangest Secret

Oftentimes, what I read is much more powerful and meaningful than anything I can write. When I find something like that, I think it is my duty to share it. The following an excerpt from the world’s first non-music Gold Record by Earl Nightingale.

George Bernard Shaw said, “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, they make them.”

Well, it’s pretty apparent, isn’t it? And every person who discovered this believed (for a while) that he was the first one to work it out. We become what we think about.

Conversely, the person who has no goal, who doesn’t know where he’s going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety and worry – his life becomes one of frustration, fear, anxiety and worry. And if he thinks about nothing… he becomes nothing.

How does it work? Why do we become what we think about? Well, I’ll tell you how it works, as far as we know. To do this, I want to tell you about a situation that parallels the human mind.

Suppose a farmer has some land, and it’s good, fertile land. The land gives the farmer a choice; he may plant in that land whatever he chooses. The land doesn’t care. It’s up to the farmer to make the decision.

We’re comparing the human mind with the land because the mind, like the land, doesn’t care what you plant in it. It will return what you plant, but it doesn’t care what you plant.

Now, let’s say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand - one is a seed of corn, the other is nightshade, a deadly poison. He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both seeds-one corn, the other nightshade. He covers up the holes, waters and takes care of the land…and what will happen? Invariably, the land will return what was planted. As it’s written in the Bible,

“As ye sow, so shall ye reap.”

Remember the land doesn’t care. It will return poison in just as wonderful abundance as it will corn. So up come the two plants - one corn, one poison.

The human mind is far more fertile, far more incredible and mysterious than the land, but it works the same way. It doesn’t care what we plant… success...or failure. A concrete, worthwhile goal…or confusion, misunderstanding, fear, anxiety and so on. But what we plant it must return to us.

You see, the human mind is the last great unexplored continent on earth. It contains riches beyond our wildest dreams. It will return anything we want to plant.

You see, the human mind is the last great unexplored continent on earth. It contains riches beyond our wildest dreams. It will return anything we want to plant.

(Excerpt by) Earl Nightingale

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I think I have posted this b4 or on another team thread, but thought it would go good on here.

This should make a person stop and think about their life.

Subject: The blind girl and life

There was a blind girl who hated herself because of her blindness. Not only did she hate herself, but she hated everyone else, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She said that if she could only see the world, she would marry her boyfriend. One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her, and then she could see everything, including her boyfriend. Her boyfriend asked her, "Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?" The girl was shocked when she saw that her boyfriend was blind too, and refused to marry him. Her boyfriend walked away in tears and later wrote a letter to her that simply said, "Just take care of my eyes, dear."

This is how the human brain changes when our status changes. Only a few remember what life was like before and even fewer remember who to thank for always being there even when times were painfully unbearable.

Life Is a Gift

Today before you think of saying an unkind word - Think of someone who can't speak.
Before you complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone who has nothing to eat.
Before you complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone whose crying out to God for a companion.
Today before you complain about life - Think of someone who went too early to heaven.
Before you complain about your children - Think of someone who desires children but they're barren.
Before you argue about your dirty house, someone didn't clean or sweep - Think of the people who are living in the streets.
Before whining about the distance you drive - Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.
And when you are tired and complain about your job - Think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wished they had your job.
But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another - Remember that not one of us are without sin and we all answer to one maker.
And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down - Put a smile on your face and thank God you're alive and still around.

Life is a gift...live it, enjoy it, celebrate it, and fulfill it


I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars!

One day I'm on top of the world & the next, I feel like I don't derserve to be.

And ye shall seek me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart. Jer. 29:13


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April 23, 2007

We hear it every day. It only takes one step at a time. It really is true, but what happens when you reach a mountain? Everyone reaches a point when they run into a mountain; with shear cliffs you just can’t take one step at a time.

What do you do then? Simple, really. You know what to do. You turn that mountain into a molehill!

How do you do that?

Obviously, you must first dig one hole. Then another, and another. At some point, you will have weakened the base of that cliff, you’ve got to dig cautiously here, but the cliff that was in your way falls away.

Then you start with another hole. Did you know that a hole is the only thing that gets larger the more you take away? The more you take away, more of the mountain will come down. The pull of gravity, nature, is helping you. Nature is a powerful force. Nature is one of those things that when you’re choosing sides in the game of life, Nature is going to be one of the very first picked. Not only because she’s powerful, but because of her compassion.

Now you have powerful friends at your side – Mother Nature has a lot of allies. Your expectations begin to increase. You get to a point where your expectations are very high. You get to the point where you expect the very best.

When you expect the very best and refuse anything less, you often get it. Suddenly you look up and all that is left is a molehill. Just step over it and keep going in your journey through life.

Bob Clarkson, © 2007 Inspired by ~ W. Somerset Maugham


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Another excellent post!! Thank you.
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April 21, 2007

Samuel Johnson said, “Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings”. I believe that self confidence is the first requisite to any undertaking. You have to believe in your heart that you can do it. You CAN take that first step, be it mental or physical. That first step is your first victory and it strengthens your confidence. It may have been exhausting and you have to rest, but it is your victory. It is an infinite helix, feeding on itself and spiraling up to infinity.

Will Rogers has told us that even if we’re on the right path, we’ll get run over if we don’t move out of the way. Movement backwards is the least acceptable of our options, but it’s not an option that is considered failure unless you never take another forward step. Sometimes it comes from being tired and stumbling. Sometimes it’s because the wind in our face is blowing too hard for us to resist. If we stumble, we know we can get up and continue back on our forward path, and we know that if you just wait five minutes, the wind will change. Moving sideways is the second best option, but it still doesn’t get us to our goal. It’s one of those steps that may be needed to get to our goal. We may have to step to the side to get more information to reach our goal; we may have to rest a moment to gather our strength and courage to proceed to our goal. With new information, strengthened courage and a stronger resolve, we can confidently take another step, then two more towards your goal. That is your best option, ever forward.

As we move towards our goal, there are going to be distractions and distracters. Keep your eye on the goal and don’t worry about how strong the distraction is. You can always climb over it or go around it. Sometimes, you can even ignore it and it will go away on minimalize itself. It’s not necessary to have great strength; you can reach your goal by simple perseverance. Remember that the river at the bottom of the Grand Canyon got to where it is today by simply running over the earth and stone constantly. Water that you can drink overcame stone that would crack your teeth, simply by being persistent.

Your goal should always be positive. Making your goal positive strengthens you. Negative goals eat you away from the base and you topple over. Positive goals adds to your base as they grow, ever upward. Make sure your goal is positive and right. Be sure of it. Then step confidently towards it. One step at a time adds up to many steps, and like the river, you can overcome all obstacles, No matter how strongly they oppose you.

~ Bob Clarkson © 2007. Inspired by Samuel Johnson

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This is a really great thread, Bob. I have suffered from bipolar,PTSD and anxiety disorder for about 30 years now and I feel now like I'm starting to feel better. I'm inspired by this optimism to look byond myself and out into the world that I want to be a healthy happy part of. Thanks.

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Thanks a lot for the post, Bob. I especially appreciated the quote from John Wooden. I need to remember that.
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April 20, 2007

The U.S. Marines have a saying that goes, “The merely difficult we accomplish immediately. The impossible takes a few moments more”.

Some people think that is the Esprit of the Corps, and they are partially right. It is the spirit of a group that has banded together to accomplish great things, very difficult things, and some things considered impossible.

But it is not the spirit of the group that provides the impetus for success, it’s the spirit of each individual, combining with each other individual in becoming more than the sum of the parts.

If a Marine is called upon to do something, obviously it can be done or it wouldn’t have been asked. The Marines as individuals and as a group are the most respected fighting force on this earth. One of their great General’s said, “There is no greater friend then a Marine; there is no greater foe”.

Most of us would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible. Each of us has within us the ability to have what a Marine has that allows them to accomplish so much. That thing is a great attitude, a positive belief that you can overcome every obstacle. You can be physically crippled, blind or maimed, and your attitude will pull you through to help you be all you can be. You probably won’t be able to see, you might not be able to stand up and walk, and until medical science figures out what power the starfish have, you won’t be able to re-grow lost limbs.

The Hall of Fame college basketball coach, John Wooden, has turned people’s thinking around with his quote, “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do”.

A seemingly subtle twist on the entire “Attitude” philosophy allows those who have been injured or who suffer from a debilitating disease to step away from that injury or disease and accomplish the impossible. It only takes a few more moments.

~ Bob Clarkson © 2007. Inspired by John Wooden and the U.S. Marines


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Makes me want to learn how to play golf.

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Life is like golf in many ways.

First, it’s always played one shot at a time. Worrying about the last shot or anticipating the next shot takes your attention away from the shot at hand. Don’t lose your focus; this shot should be given the best you have to give.

Secondly, golf and life are played on a six inch course. The distance between your left ear and your right. Stay committed to the course. Anything in the Out of Bounds area is the province of the Marshals. Let them do what they’re paid to do. You are never alone on this course of life.

Finally, you could play the same course over and over again without seeing the exact same shot, ever. Not even your shots off the Tee. The wind blows from 360 different directions at differing speeds, or not at all. Using the wisdom gathered on this course and advice from The Club Pro, your integrity will tell you what the right club is. Take it out of the bag and step confidently to the ball. Use your strength and enthusiasm to strike the ball. Envision the ball on the green and rolling into the cup.

That’s how you win in golf and that’s how you win in the game of life.
~ Bob Clarkson, © 2007. Inspired by Bobby Jones


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"Twixt optimist and pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut, the pessimist the hole". I don't remember where I heard that before.

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i really appreciate seeing such positive and uplifitng sentiments, it really makes me feel stronger just reading your comments...thanks

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Something I've learned to deal with in a more positive way is traffic. I really HATE to sit in traffic! My anxiety goes through the roof! Now I know that I have a choice, I can either be upset and anxious, which will not change the outcome of the traffic one little bit, Or I can accept that I cannot change the traffic and focus on being in a good mood instead. I think about good things in my life, if the weather is nice, I enjoy the sun and the scenery, just whatever I can think of to make myself happy. The choice is really mine to make. Knowing I have a choice, why in the world would I choose to be upset?

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Good idea pops. this is one of the ways i have gotten some control back. and i really believe in the power of it. So, post away!!!

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Morning Pop.I am wenchy.Well my name is kathy but thats a persona I guess.......lol.I love your attitude .Came here thinking I was going to piss and moan how I have major depression gad panic attacks and PTSD.Afew days ago i found out on top of a few other health issuses I have type 2 diabetes.So low I cant see up but.I changed my mind thanks for the optimisic philosophy.I needed it badly.I take a slew of medication but sometimes they just dont seem to make a differnce.I think I am going to be a frequent visitor.Thanks .Be well.Hugs."WENCHY" emoticon

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Thanks for starting this thread, Bob!! I think it is a wonderful idea.
I also have chronic & major depression, and bipolar disorder, and anxiety/panic disorder.
At the moment, my meds are working well, and I am in an 'up' phase, but everything that can help me to remain in a positive frame of mind is most welcome.
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I have been fighting Chronic Depression, Major Depression, SAD, Anxiety and Agoraphobia (officially) for about two years now, Unofficially, for more than 35 years now.

It is going to stop. That doesn't mean I'm going "cold turkey" on my meds, but I'm changing my attitude. I will get better, I will be more positive, and I will take anyone who wants to go, along for the ride with me.

Be prepared. It will probably be a bit outrageous, but it will be fun.

This will not be a thread where I debate anything, it's just going to be someplace where you can come, Monday through Friday, and find something to ponder that is a positive (maybe different or strange) look on this journey we call life.

Jump aboard! If you think a roller coaster ride is exciting - you ain't seen nothing yet!

PS: If I see something from someone else that I like, I'll pass it on.

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April 18, 2007

Inspired by Mike Dooley.

Avoiding something draws it ever nearer. Face it and conquer it.

Defending yourself can become a full time job. Put it on automatic pilot.

Worrying about things that might never happen, increases their chances of happening. When you're looking over your shoulder, you can't avoid a bump on the highway of life.

Yet still, you are 10,000 times more likely to laugh than cry, be healthy than sick, live rich than poor, have friends than be alone.

Go with the odds. Accept the good. Make up your mind that the negative is a waste of time.

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