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Thought for the Day #13

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Like you, I have read and heard lots of sayings and quotes designed to be uplifting and to convince us that life is good, the world is fair and things just have a way of working out the way they should. Well, sometimes that just isn’t so. Some years ago there was a commercial about an after shave lotion where a guy who looked like he hadn’t slept or shaved for several days slapped himself in the face with a handful of that after shave lotion which revived him and the tag line was “Thanks, I needed that!” Sometimes we all need that figurative slap in the face (no, I’m not advocating going around slapping yourself or other people) to interrupt our pattern and instead focus on what we need to do to resolve whatever issue we are facing. So here are two more sayings – actually truths – that I have found to be valuable as I have faced issues that, at the time, were really dragging me down.

The first is that “A negative mind will never give you a positive life.”  How true! If all you see or think about is gloom and doom or hopelessness or failure or “woe is me” then guess what – that is exactly what you will get. And that’s a lousy and self defeating and way to live.

But here’s the good news and another truth which I will tell you has gotten me through some rough times. That truth is that no matter how devastating your issue is or how badly you have handled something or someone, “Every day is a second chance”.  Every day is a chance to not repeat yesterday’s mistake or to make amends or to do something to break a destructive pattern. And just as true, every day is a second chance to “do the right thing, to do the best you can, to show others you care.” And if you can do those things your life and the lives of those you care about will be enriched. “Try it, you’ll like it!”

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