– A pessimist keeps blowing out the light to see how dark it is.

– Dwelling on negative things is like writing a nasty letter to yourself, reading it, and then  becoming offended by it.

– Indecision may or may not be my problem.

– If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.

– If we keep on looking back, it is like driving down the road in a car and focusing on the rear-view mirror instead of watching the road ahead… we are bound to “crash.”

– You can’t be a smart cookie if you have a crummy attitude.

– Nobody raises his own reputation by lowering others.

– Nothing ruins the truth like stretching it.

Good book

 My Grandfathers Blessings : Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging

 –‘Rachael Naomi Remen, M.D.

A touching,inspiring book, comprised of many heart warming, soul enriching
lessons of life. I was given this collection of short stories by a friend, a few
years back, when I was stricken with a flareup of my illness(Ulcerative
Colitis).. At that time, I neglected to read it as I felt the written word would
do very little to ease my pain and suffering. But rather than discarding, as had
often been my typical approach with self-help books during a time of personal
struggle, I placed it upon the back shelf for future consideration. After a
recent recurrance of poor health, along with an unwavering feeling of dispair
and grief, I immersed myself into Remen’s work. The inherent wisdom and
comforting words of support so authentically demonstrated in this book, could
only be provided by an individual who had both given and received life’s
blessings.  A brief exerpt from the author, Rachael Naomi Remen: “We can bless
others only when we feel blessed ourselves. Blessing life may be more about
learning how to celebrate life than learning how to fix life. It may require an
appreciation of life as it is and an acceptance of much in life that we cannot
understand. It may mean developing an eye for joy. It is not necessary to sit in
judgement in order to move things forward, and our anger may not be the most
potent tool for change. Most important, it requires the humility to know that we
are not in this task of restoring the world alone.”…I strongly recommend “My
Grandfather’s Blessings” to all, but particularly those who are presently
absorbed in a life crisis and are looking to reclaim the hope and inner
tranquility that eludes them.. Ron