Do it anyway!

an oldie but a goodie

George Shetuni

We feel the way we act. This is a paraphrase from self help writer Gretchen Rubin.

Both ideas are logical:

We act the way the feel. (obvious, duh!)

We feel the way we act. (not so obvious, but just as true.)

Conclusion: It’s all about action. Action controls mood. A fake laugh soon turns into a real laugh. A frown soon turns into a sour mood. Act happy. “Oh but I’m not happy! I can’t act happy when I’m not happy.” Right, the “brake” that prevents good-for-you acts, is real. It takes happiness to makes happiness. Just like it takes money to make money. No happiness to start out with no acts that make you happy as you go on. Do it anyway! As far as I see, just do it! “Oh, but I don’t want to go out!” Do it anyway! “Oh but I don’t want to jog” Do…

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The weight kept me strong

My brother is a doctor, a resident actually who is training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago. Well, he lives in a small apartment in downtown Chicago and he does not have a car. For Christmas my parents and I went over to Chicago to spend it with him. My story begins here. One morning, my dad, my brother and I got out to buy some shoes for me. I needed some new shoes, and so since he does not have a car, we have to walk to the shoe store.  Anyway, first we went to one store but I found nothing there I liked so we had to walk to another store. There’s hardly any parking in downtown Chicago. Well, anyway I found the shoes I liked at the Puma store. They were some shiny new sneakers, very good shoes. Anyway, after that we had to walk back to my brother’s place to drop them off at his apartment.  Then my brother, my dad and I decide to go out for lunch. We asked my mom to come, but she said she was tired. So anyway, we walk over to Giordano’s Pizzeria which is famous for Chicago deep dish pizza. We got a seat, ordered our food and we had to wait like forty five  minutes, because if you’ve never had it,  let  me tell you  that Chicago deep dish is some  serious  stuff. You can’t cook that crust in ten minutes. Apparently it takes forty five minutes. Well, that’s what we were told. Anyway, the place was busy and lively and we were having a pretty good time.  Then our pizza came, which is astonishing to look at, by the  way. The slices are so thick, and  it’s  all mozzarella. I bet you could get full on just one slice.  You can’t really pick those slices up.  I had to use a fork and a knife most of the time. I ate one slice, and then I went in for the second one, and let me tell you it was not easy, but I did it.  Slowly but surely, I managed to eat two full slices and I was stuffed to the brim by that time. We got up to  go and we walked outside, and I was feeling  rather tired by that point.  We had spent the whole day out and I wanted to go back home and rest. At that point my brother and dad tell me that now we were going grocery shopping. I was tired and my body was aching.

So we go over to the grocery store and do a full size shopping.  All  the while, I am thinking: how in the world are we going to carry all this stuff back to the apartment. I was feeling tired, and well to be honest with you, my body was aching all over. Well, anyway we did our shopping, paid for our groceries and divided the bags up. My brother and my dad carried two bags each. And I was given one bag to carry. And I thought to myself: how am I going to carry this heavy bag all the way back home. My body’s aching and I have got no energy  left. Well, I didn’t say anything to my brother or my dad because they had their hands full. They were carrying two bags each.

So then we start walking, with me feeling fatigued and completely out of sorts, and still not sure how I would walk all the way back home. But then something really strange happened. Instead of the bag on my hand weighing me down, it kept me strong. This is true. All the way home on that walk I kept repeating to myself: the weight kept me strong. How? You may ask. Well, what happened is that the weight of the bag, took attention away from my body which was aching and concentrated it all on objective, all one goal: carrying that bag. And because it was my responsibility to carry that bag home, I found the strength to meet that responsibility. Not only that, but this strength was powerful enough to overcome the aches and pains I had in my body and it me feel better about myself. Later I had to go home and rest of course.

My challenge to you is for you to find a weight that keeps you strong. Remember it has to have purpose. If it’s dead weight, it’s of no use, no purpose. Let go, and find something that keeps you strong. Good luck and keep going!

(excerpted from my speech Good Luck!)

 

Motivational quotes 4/28/17

Stick to the routine.

It’s always darkest before the dawn.

Give one hundred percent of your attention to the person you’re speaking with and make them feel like they’re the center of the universe.

No one makes it alone. Everyone needs a community, to bring them up when they’re down. -Josh Shipp

Live together… die alone. (folk)

Admit a mistake halfway, and change course before its too late.

Enjoy things; whether its a trivial moment in the day, or whether its a big party, enjoy it!

Live for others – Tolstoy

Respect is earned when respect is shown.

Live for virtue.

 

Mrs. Doubtfire II: Like Father Like Son

Did you love the movie Mrs. Doubtfire? I did! So, being an author, I decided to write my own Mrs. Doubtfite sequel. Check it out:

How far would an ordinary kid go to spend more time with the girl of his dreams? Well, Chris Hillard is no ordinary kid, so when his love turns him down to the Homecoming dance, he convinces his dad, the original master of pranks, Mrs. Doubtfire, to “make him into a girl.” With the perfect wig, a mask, and an inexplicable British accent, Chris joins the girls’ soccer team, becoming Kristen the new athletic girl from England. Free to be one of the girls, the disguised Chris becomes best friends with the girl of his dreams, going on an adventure in love of a lifetime.

Outrageous, hilarious, and pleasantly childlike, this story brings to life the 1993 box office hit, Mrs. Doubtfire, in an unexpected and implausible way to be enjoyed by readers both young and old.

Coming to a theatre (kindle) near you!

 

Motivational Quotes 4/14/17

Work will keep your mind off your worries.

Live up to your own standards.

No one knows you better than you know yourself.

No one can help you better than you can help yourself.

Never underestimate the healing power of humor. Use humor to turn a bleak situation upside down on its head.

Life is a test. Heaven is the reward.

Not big things, but little things; they are the difference.

Reach out.

You have to earn it.

Catch all the breaks!

motivational quotes 3/17/17

The hand that you hold is the hand that holds you down –everclear

Everything counts!

Have presence of mind

Whenever in deep trouble, the way to make it back is one small step at a time.

Destiny hold my hand protect me from the world. -Radiohead

The truth always comes out … in the end.

If you talk long enough and have good things to say people will listen.

It takes years to get there, but it’s in the works today…