About 160 years ago Charles Dickens penned these words when he wrote “A TALE OF TWO CITIES.”
In my opinion, he somehow seems to be describing our current world conditions in 2020. Our own situation here in America seems to be at some sort of tipping point. Facing a killer pandemic, a Presidential election so divided it’s taking 5 days or more just to see who might next lead our UNITED STATES. United! a word that only an insane person could possibly use to describe our country and its people.
Remember Rodney King when he said CAN’T WE ALL GET ALONG” The photo below has Ma’Ma cat thinking the same thing.
E Pluribus Unum a once-proud boasting motto, seems to be no more than somebody’s idea of a dream. “OUT OF MANY ONE” YEA! IT SOUNDED GOOD. So far in 2020 in my opinion it seems that we have a rerun of the tumultuous 1968 on STEROIDS, sans the Covid-19 virus. Riots, looting, restrictions that have caused colossal hardships on millions of Americans. Who could imagine empty restaurants, empty sports stadiums, empty schools, people wearing masks? Loss of jobs, dark theatres and shows, and Social distancing, stay at home orders, wild out of control fires, and in some cities out of control violence. America most certainly will never ever be the same as it was before 2020. Thousands of people sick and dying from a killer virus. Never have I experienced or witnessed so many people suffering from such severe stress. Not since the Marine Corps and being a Cop in the late sixty’s have I witnessed it in so many people, many not even in my circle.
So I decided to try and pass along some things that may help those of you who might not have seen these well-meaning suggestions that may help relieve at least some of the stress we are feeling. The author is unknown, but obviously, someone whose input may help.
The lady confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water, while leading a seminar and explaining STRESS TO HER AUDIENCE. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question.Half empty or half full? She fooled them all.”How heavy is this glass of water? She inquired with a smile. Answers called out 8 oz to 20 oz. She replied the absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I will 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 she continued, and that’s the same with STRESS. 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, we 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-holding STRESS longer and better each time practiced. So as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down — don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Pick them up again tomorrow if you must.
Now for just a few more clever thoughts while letting STRESS diminish for a spell.
1- Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the Bird-sleep late.
2- The Second Mouse gets the cheese.
3-If everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
4- Birthdays are good for you, the more you have the longer you live.
5- Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.
6-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.
7- A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
8- Have an awesome day and KNOW that someone has thought about you today and MOST IMPORTANTLY.
9- Save the Earth it’s the only Planet that has Beer and fine Wine.
I hope you can gain something from this. Sometimes we are under STRESS and don’t feel it until it topples us over. Stay Safe.
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