INSPIRATIONAL: Second Graders Wrote Adorable Letters On Behalf Of Shelter Animals

https://www.boredpanda.com/wholesome-second-graders-wrote-letters-adoption-pet-shelter-racc-shelter/

Second Graders Wrote Adorable Letters On Behalf Of Shelter Animals To Get Them Adopted, And It Worked Interview

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Kensey Jones, a volunteer at RACC (Richmond Animal Care & Control) and a second grade teacher, decided to combine her wholesome activities together. Despite their lack of language skills, children can be very persuasive. The second-graders at St. Michael’s Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia, practiced their persuasive writing under a very peculiar set of circumstances.

What did they do, exactly? They tried writing from a shelter animal’s perspective to persuade potential adopters to, well, adopt. They wrote cute texts and drew portraits of the animals all by themselves. Scroll down to read the whole story, and see how it turned out! Spoilers: the mission was successful.

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Give that teacher a raise.  And, extend the idea across the nation.

I thought the idea was great and the results were even better.

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INSPIRATIONAL: A breakthrough discovery about lupus

https://bigthink.com/health/lupus-gene-mutation/

A Spanish teen’s genome may hold the secret to lupus
Researchers believe they have found a single point mutation in an infection-sensing gene that causes the autoimmune disorder.
B. David Zarley — 2022-05May-15

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Researchers may have finally discovered a genetic cause of lupus, the autoimmune disorder (and elusive enemy of Dr. Gregory House).

Their study, published in Nature, points to a mutation in a gene that senses viral RNA. 

Previous studies have implicated the gene, called TLR7, in lupus before, El Pais reports, but this new study identified a previously unknown variant of the gene in a Spanish teenager who was diagnosed with lupus as a child.

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Thanks to a little Spanish girl’s suffering, humanity might benefit in several ways — identification, mitigation, and perhaps even a cure.

We know so little about everything.

““We know nothing at all. All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren. The real nature of things we shall never know.” – Albert Einstein” https://buff.ly/3MgGDyH

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INSPIRATIONAL: The value of time

https://palexander.substack.com/p/the-last-wishes-of-alexander-the?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjo0MTQyNTAzMCwicG9zdF9pZCI6NTQ4NDMyMzUsIl8iOiI4Wkx4aCIsImlhdCI6MTY1MjU0MjE1MSwiZXhwIjoxNjUyNTQ1NzUxLCJpc3MiOiJwdWItNTc5MzU2Iiwic3ViIjoicG9zdC1yZWFjdGlvbiJ9.ZJGAnfu5Bt83VIBS_AjP9GF2nPJBx6I-5NZuQn_U07Q&s=r

“The last wishes of Alexander the Great”; I am seeking to verify this by some fast extensive reading, but if so, this is stunning and I wanted to share…so light reading 
Dr. Paul Alexander

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The Greatest Military General in History,, who only lived to be 32 Years old

“My first desire is that”, said Alexander, “My physicians alone must” carry my coffin.”

2) After a pause, he continued, “Secondly, I desire that when my coffin is being carried to the grave, the path leading to the graveyard be strewn with gold, silver and precious stones which I have collected in my treasury”.

3) “My third and last wish is that both my hands be kept dangling out of my coffin”.

The people who had gathered there wondered at the king’s strange wishes.

One of his generals who was surprised by these unusual requests asked Alexander to explain.

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Read further for the logic.

And, I really don’t care if it’s true or apocryphal.

“I fear all we have done is awakened a sleeping giant.” — apocryphal quote attributed to Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto played by Mako in the movie ‘Pearl Harbor’

It’s so true.  And, I wish I had GROKKED it as a young lad.  I did become a little L libertarian due to Robert A. Heinlein; maybe I should have absorbed the value of my time at that time. Not seven decades later.

Tempus fugit

https://youtu.be/0Zo0zN8ug-M

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INSPIRATIONAL: Who is allowed to control when and how I end my suffering?

https://www.boredpanda.com/legalizing-euthanasia-holly-warland/

Social Issues
My Journey Of Fighting For The Right To Pass Away Voluntarily 
Holly Warland
Community member  

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My name is Holly Warland, I’m 30 years old, I have Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy, and I have won the right to die. In 2021, my home state of
Queensland (Australia) legalized Voluntary Assisted Dying – a process formerly known as euthanasia – for people suffering from terminal
illnesses. I advocated and fought for this law so that I could control when and how I end my suffering.

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It’s a very sad story of what this woman is afflicted with.

I hope she finds peace.

With all the furor of Roe v Wade, this is a picture from the other end of life’s spectrum.

As a pro-life pro-choice little L libertarian, I think that the Gooferment, with it’s one size fits all diktats, is the worst way to “regulate” anything.  Life and death included.

With the proper safeguards, those in impossible situations should be allowed to “own their own body”.

Sadly, all I can do is empathize and send some good thoughts in her direction.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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INSPIRATIONAL: Some of what is screamed out in public is truly “ABSURD”

https://www.dailysignal.com/2022/05/03/the-age-of-the-absurd/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell&mkt_tok=ODI0LU1IVC0zMDQAAAGEN6lkVYy7Qeh_Yxo1_IRnzTZh9sNXe5H5seFIcbQsvr7Z8zogCtsbhx1d46UtUYZHC-dVZwkTtAGTcWtkcbm8GlmtJe0Y2Rk5gQ5FDRojrJBTbwp5

The Age of the Absurd
Dennis Prager / @DennisPrager / May 03, 2022

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No. 11: America is systemically racist.

The manifest absurdity of this claim is easily demonstrated. In the past decades, more than 3 million black people have immigrated to America from Africa and the Caribbean. And probably tens of millions more would like to. Are all these people fools—choosing to move to a systemically racist country? Are they ignorant—unaware that America is systemically racist?

The non-absurd know the answers: All these blacks are neither fools nor ignorant. They know how lucky they are to move to America—because this country is so tolerant and so overwhelmingly nonracist. People don’t move to countries that hate them. No Jews moved to Germany in the 1930s.

We live in the Age of the Absurd. The only question is, why? I think I know the answer and will discuss it in a future column. In the meantime, share these 11 absurdities with friends and relatives, especially with those who actually think they make sense.

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I remember a news clip from the corporate media doing a story about how the “evil Republicans” were slowing immigration and that there were long lines at out embassies seeking permission.  One fellow in the line, who had been waiting for days, when asked why, replied: “America has fat poor people.”  To me, that was the best answer I’d ever heard.  

I see immigrants from India opening all sorts of businesses because it’s easy compared to the corruption in India.  I see Oriental immigrants whose children seem to succeed in Gooferment Skrules against the odds.  I see Mexican immigrants working their butts off at hard labor jobs and proudly showing off their new work truck for their efforts.

“Systematically racist” is something I don’t see.  Pockets of idiots who either can’t or won’t try — of all races — seem to seek to blame “society”.

I will stipulate that the Gooferment “welfare” is designed to keep people poor and it is hard to break the cycle.  But many do.

Let’s get the Gooferment out of the way.

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INSPIRATIONAL: What a “rivalry” should be!

https://nypost.com/2022/05/03/aaron-judge-homer-leads-to-fans-wholesome-moment/

Aaron Judge homer leads to fans’ wholesome moment
By Michael Blinn
May 3, 202210:13pm

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What it’s all about 💙 pic.twitter.com/LGt2zkty5J

— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 4, 2022
 
This Aaron Judge home run turned into one very uplifting moment.

Judge’s sixth-inning long-ball in the traveled 427 feet into the upper deck at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Tuesday night during the Yankees’ 9-1 win over the Blue Jays. It was quickly picked up by a fan wearing Blue Jays gear — who almost immediately turned around and offered it to a youngster seated behind him wearing a Judge T-shirt.

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Take that Philly fans.  This is what a “rivalry” is all about.  We’re all people.  And, this fan certainly racked up a whole lot of “karma points” imho.

It’s really what is it all about.

GBA

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INSPIRATIONAL: Give Umbrellas to people caught in the rain?

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/watch-the-moment-a-guy-jumps-out-of-his-car-to-give-umbrella-to-couple-stuck-in-d-c-downpour/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_mailout&utm_source=25-04-2022

Watch the Moment a Guy Jumps Out of His Car to Give Umbrella to Couple Stuck in D.C. Downpour
By Good News Network-Apr 23, 2022

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Recently, a random act of kindness in the Nation’s Capital inspired a driver to share the video of a Good Samaritan.

Thousands were inspired by the moment that happened on April 14th, after it was shared on Reddit.

It may look like the woman, who was being drenched on the sidewalk, began holding the umbrella over a covered baby stroller, but upon closer inspection, you can see it was someone in a wheelchair holding a newspaper to cover their head.

Not only did the driver go out of his way, the woman used the umbrella to shelter the person in the wheelchair instead of herself.

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I never really thought about this but I must have some old umbrellas to hand out.

How about you?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Strollers at the border

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/strangers-are-leaving-strollers-diapers-and-toys-at-the-border-for-ukrainian-refugee-moms-look/

Strangers are Leaving Strollers, Diapers, and Toys at the Border for Ukrainian Refugee Moms (LOOK)
By  Andy Corbley – Mar 18, 2022

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An image recently shared around social media of empty strollers on a Polish rail border crossing has inspired a mountain of donations for Ukrainian refugees.

Now at Przemyśl Station, women, children, and infants fleeing the war are being greeted by mountains of clothes, stuffed animals, strollers, diapers, and more after they step off the train.

ABC reports that the number of spare carriers and strollers from Polish mothers have been particularly inspiring, with many donators leaving handwritten notes behind, with words of support.

“We see on the television and hear on the radio what happened, and we say ‘okay we can help,’” one Polish mother and volunteer told ABC.

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The beauty of the charitable spirit brings one to tears.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Somewhere In Heaven There’s A Black And White Dog Taking Care Of Seven Golden Lab Puppies

https://www.boredpanda.com/wholesome-animals-uplifting-pics/?utm_source=3587019_0_0_0&utm_medium=push&utm_campaign=WebPush

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Something in the picture touched my heart.

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INSPIRATIONAL: His fate was seal-ed.

https://nypost.com/2022/02/17/california-man-who-fell-off-his-boat-thought-hed-die-until-seal-helped-him-swim-to-safety/

California man survives frigid five-hour night swim with a friendly seal as his guide
By Yaron Steinbuch
February 17, 2022 12:35pm  Updated

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His fate was seal-ed.

A California man thought he would die when he fell off his fishing boat and into the frigid Pacific Ocean — but a friendly harbor seal showed up in the nick of time and helped get him to safety.

Scott Thompson, a sea urchin diver, blamed a lapse in judgment for the mishap that sent him falling off his boat into the Santa Barbara Channel in the middle of the night last month.

“I thought to myself, ‘Great, this is how I’m going to die. Today is the day I’m going to die,’” Thompson, who was wearing nothing but his shorts and T-shirt at the time, told KABC-TV.

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“Even putting on a wet suit, being prepared, getting in that water, and swimming to the platform was horrendous,” Paul Amaral, president of towing company Channel Watch Marine told KABC.

“I can’t imagine being in the water with shorts and a T-shirt at night. There was no moon, I mean it was pitch black,” he said.

In his post, Thompson wrote: “I’m a believer that there is a higher power now. I don’t know what it is, but there is a power greater than me. That was shown to me and I will never doubt that for the rest of my life.”

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Guess someone can enumerate for all us land lubbers what this fellow did wrong.  I’ve read about dolphins and porpoises rescuing sailors adrift and downed military pilots.  It was always chalked up to the animals being “playful”.  But, maybe it’s just “Guardian Angels” is wet form.

In any event, an inspirational story.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Maybe there is an “oriental” way of raising children?

For no apparent reason, other than spending a lot of time with a four year old boy, I began to think of the children of a family who ran a Chinese takeout restaurant back in the 70’s.  Since I ate a lot of “Chinese food” (and not what was Goood for me), I watched their three children grow up.  While Mom and Dad were sweating their asses off, hustling food, the three children sat very quietly and did what looked to be schoolwork. As they got older, the started to work the business.  I remember watching an about ten year old girl stop doing schoolwork and help her overwhelmed Mom answer the phones to take orders.  I was amused to listen to one side of the conversation and then see her turn to the kitchen and yell the order just like her Mom.  She’d put the orders on the carousel and, when the phone volume died off, return to her studies. 

It was a model of decorum and hard work.

Last night, when I was drifting off to sleep, I wondered if the Chinese have a secret to raising children?  

Certainly seems like that to me.

Hmmmm?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Woman saves three fishermen by calling for a rescue

https://nypost.com/2022/02/04/3-fishermen-rescued-thanks-to-sharp-eyed-911-caller/

Three fishermen rescued off coast of Massachusetts thanks to sharp-eyed woman who called 911
By Associated Press
February 4, 2022 10:04am

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SCITUATE, Mass. — Three fishermen who clung to debris in the frigid waters off the coast of Massachusetts for nearly an hour after their boat sank survived thanks to a sharp-eyed woman on shore who was the only person to call 911.

The 55-foot (16.75-meter) Bing Bing went down so fast about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from shore on Tuesday afternoon that the crew didn’t have time to don survival suits or even make a distress call.

“The whole boat flipped over; I was thrown in the water,” crew member Joe Roderick told WCVB-TV from his hospital bed, where he was recovering from hypothermia and from swallowing saltwater and diesel fuel. The other two crew members also required hospitalization.

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Kudos to this lady, who saw something and said something.  To save three souls is inspiring.  The Talmud teaches, “He who saves a single life, saves the world entire.”  Not exactly sure what that means, but I know there are three men who would agree.

From my fat old white guy injineer’s perspective, should not boats, especially commercial ones, have an automatic alert system?  Sort of like an airliner’s black box or transponder.  If the boat goes down, it should be calling for help with a location — no human intervention required.

In any event, these fellows were lucky she was “on duty” watching over them like an unseen Guardian Angel.

And, speaking up like this, about a life saving event, is certainly not being a “Karen” and the MYOB rule is not applicable in this situation.  I am waiting for my turn to “save a life” or, even deliver a baby.  (Have to not waste that USAF air survival training. Laugh!)

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INSPIRATIONAL: A cave dive that could have been a disaster

‘The Everest of cave diving’: Australia’s most mysterious cave system and the incredible story of how an expedition survived after being trapped for 27 hours
Cave

  • diver Andrew Wight led an expedition to the Pannikin Plains cave system
  • The area is in the Nullarbor Plain, a vast desert which sits atop limestone bedrock
  • While exploring the caves a storm swept in and caused the entrance to collapse
  • His team was trapped

underground until a daring rescue mission saved them

By BRETT LACKEY FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
PUBLISHED: 20:37 EST, 22 January 2022 | UPDATED: 20:37 EST, 22 January 2022

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Deep below the Australian Outback are some of the largest and most mysterious cave systems on Earth – where a team of explorers once miraculously survived after being trapped for 27 hours by an avalanche.

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Read this and see the pictures to get a sense of the danger and drama.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Thich Nhat Hanh, a modern day Ghandi or MLK?

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/thich-nhat-hanh-poetic-peace-activist-and-master-of-mindfulness-dies-at-95/ar-AAT1gqP

Thich Nhat Hanh, poetic peace activist and master of mindfulness, dies at 95
By James Pearson – 2h ago (Reuters) –

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Thich Nhat Hanh, the Zen Buddhist monk, poet and peace activist who in the 1960s came to prominence as an opponent of the Vietnam War, died on Saturday aged 95 surrounded by his followers in the temple where his spiritual journey began.

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“Three hundred years from now where will you be and where shall I be?” — Thich Nhat Hanh

Sadly.

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INSPIRATIONAL: What does a gamer do when he runs out of lives?

Strange dream the other night.

What if life is really like a game?

When we run out of money, life, energy, Karmic tokens, what happens?

In games, you start over.  The Eastern religions seem to believe in some type of reincarnation based on how you lived your life.

I guess the atheists have it the easiest, the game just ends.

Strange dreams lead to weird blog posts.

Laugh!

“Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.”

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INSPIRATIONAL: Tourists self-organize a rescue

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10374431/Philippines-beachgoers-form-human-chain-rescue-drowning-tourist-choppy-seas-Video.html

Moment beachgoers form a human chain to rescue drowning tourist from choppy seas in the Philippines

  • A man in his 20s was caught in a powerful tide on Binmaley beach on January 1
  • Revellers celebrating the New Year formed a human chain to rescue the man
  • The man was pulled to safety and was declared healthy by medics on the beach 

By CHAY QUINN FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 04:32 EST, 6 January 2022 | UPDATED: 08:05 EST, 6 January 2022

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This is the heroic moment beachgoers formed a human chain to save a tourist drowning in the sea in the Philippines.

The man in his mid-20s was playing in the waist-deep water when he was knocked over by the powerful waves on the Binmaley beach in Pangasinan province as holidaymakers were celebrating the New Year on January 1.

Onlookers heard his cries for help and immediately banded together to reach the drowning man, who was struggling to stay afloat because of powerful tides.

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Wow, what a powerful example of spontaneous cooperation.

Safe a life; save the world.

No Gooferment; no politicians and bureaucrats, just good people reacting quickly.

Impressive!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Truckers ‘boycotting’ Colorado 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10326835/Truckers-threathen-boycott-drivers-110-year-sentence.html

Moment long line truckers ‘boycott’ Colorado over the state’s 110-year sentence for driver who caused fatal accident: Petition to grant clemency attracts 4MILLION signatures

  • A petition to grant clemency to the driver of an 18-wheeler jailed for 110 years in prison for killing four people has garnered 4 million signatures on Change.org
  • According to TikTok videos, fellow drivers are now refusing to enter the state as a way to denounce the sentence they’ve deemed harsh and unfair 
  • Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, was sentenced to 110 consecutive years in prison for a fiery crash in 2019 that killed four people 
  • He was driving a semi-truck at 85mph down I-70 in Lakewood, Colorado on April 25, 2019 when he crashed into two dozen vehicles stuck in rush hour traffic
  • The impact of the crash caused a fireball explosion that incinerated cars and trucks and killed four people and injured six others
  • Aguilera-Mederos claimed his brakes failed, but prosecutors said he should have used a runaway truck ramp miles before the scene of the crash
  • He was found guilty in October of 27 criminal charges

By ANDREA BLANCO FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 18:10 EST, 19 December 2021 | UPDATED: 18:23 EST, 19 December 2021

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Viral TikTok videos claim to show a long line of trucks who are ‘boycotting’ Colorado by driving round it and refusing to enter the state over the 110-year jail sentence of a fellow driver who caused a huge crash that killed four on a Colorado interstate.

Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, was driving a semi on April 25, 2019 down Interstate 70 in Lakewood, Colorado, when he crashed into two dozen vehicles – including four other semi-trucks stuck in rush-hour traffic. The impact caused a fireball explosion that incinerated cars and trucks and killed four people.

According to TikTok videos, fellow drivers are now refusing to enter the state as a way to denounce the sentence they’ve deemed harsh and unfair.

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Here’s an alternative to “jury nullification”.

Wonder how long before Colorado folds?

I bet it’s less than a week.  Imagine gas stations with no gas or food stores with no deliveries.

And, I would want to be a driver that crossed their picket line. 

Last time I remember anything this big was when the movie Convoy made a laughing stock of all the police that hassled truckers with lame tickets.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Missed shots and accepting criticism

https://www.positivityblog.com/keep-your-head-up-quotes/?utm_source=pocket_mylist

83 Keep Your Head Up Quotes (+ My 3 Favorite Tips for Tough Times)
By Henrik Edberg Updated October 29, 2021 

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Sometimes life is simply tough. And it is hard to stay motivated and to keep a positive mindset.

So in the first part of today’s post I’d like to share 83 of the most powerful quotes that will help you to keep your head up, reload your motivation and to keep going even through difficult days.

And in the second part I’m going to share 3 of my favorite tips that have helped me many times through dark or uncertain times.

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“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan

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2. Learn from criticism but remember that all criticism you get is not about you.

When you get criticized, don’t just dismiss it. Instead, first ask yourself questions like:

  • Can I learn something from this piece of criticism?
  • Is there perhaps actually something here that I may not want to hear but that could help me to improve?
  • Remain clear-headed, open and take a couple of minutes to figure out if there is something here that can help you.

But also keep in mind that all criticism you get will not be helpful. And some of what people may tell you are simply attacks.

What can you do then?

Well, what works for me is to kindly remind myself that criticism isn’t always about me.

Because in real life people will have a bad day or month. Some will – at least at this point in time – hate some part of their life or not be well.

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Anyone who knows me, knows that from Halloween to Saint Patrick’s Day is my “blue period”.  Too many reminders of sad date, “celebrations”, and past mistakes.

I learned from my sainted Mother to forgive myself of all my sins of omission and commission after a year.  On her deathbed after 6 decades, she still was regretting who she picked as my father.  Little did she know that she had caused me to formulate a heuristic (a big word for “rule of thumb” or approximation), “Less than a year, it’s a mistake; more than a tear, it’s a lesson”.  Still in all it’s hard for me to believe that I was that stupid, made that many mistakes, and | or missed so many opportunities.

Well here’s a good quote and a great tactic.  Maybe you can teach old dog’s new tricks.

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INSPIRATIONAL: A neighbor became suspicious … …

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10158881/Cleo-Smith-WA-police-reveal-forensic-leads-led-officers-Carnarvon-house.html

What led detectives to Cleo Smith: Police reveal a tip-off and ‘needle in a haystack’ forensic clues led officers to house where she was found

  • Tip-off and forensic clues led detectives to Cleo inside a locked suburban house
  • Police found four-year-old about 1am Wednesday after breaking into property 
  • WA top police officer said a ‘needle in haystack’ clue emerged late on Tuesday
  • Ultimately police tip-off led officers to Carnarvon house on Wednesday morning

By CHARLIE COË FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
PUBLISHED: 21:36 EDT, 2 November 2021 | UPDATED: 21:54 EDT, 2 November 2021

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A neighbour told Australia’s Seven News they became suspicious after seeing the arrested man buying nappies from a supermarket.

‘The other day, like, I think it was Monday, we saw him in Woolworths buying nappies but we didn’t click on who it was or what he was buying them for,’ she said. ‘Until now.’

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Good work by all involved.  Especially the neighbor who noticed the unusual purchase.

An alert citizenry is the best “first responder”.

I wonder when the forensics were that are being held “close to the vest”?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Listening to a John Denver album … and feeling OLD!

Wonder if PTSD can be triggered by music?

“I’ve lost her all over again. I’m so sad that I don’t have her. But I’m so grateful that she was with me on that island. And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?” Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) in “Cast Away” (2000)

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INSPIRATIONAL: Why do politicians get credit for things they didn’t do?

https://www.clairewolfe.com/blog/2021/05/17/things-i-wonder-about-things-i-do-and-some-random-links-ive-collected-lately-with-an-emphasis-on-weirdness/

Things I wonder about, things I do, and some random links I’ve collected lately (with an emphasis on weirdness)
Published May 17, 2021 10:54 am by Claire
AKA “A Monday Ramble.”

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Why do politicians and social movements get credit for things they didn’t do?

“FDR ended the Depression.” (Yeah, only eight+ years into his administration, and then with a war and new forms of privation.)

“Street protests ended the Vietnam war.” (Lessee: Begun in 1964, 1968 was their biggest year, U.S. didn’t get out of Vietnam until 1975. Nope.)

“Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves.” (Only if you believe we really had to be the only nation on earth to conduct a bloody war to do what the entire civilized world was already coming around to; only if you believe the Emancipation Proclamation was anything other than a PR gesture meant to undermine the South’s war effort; only if you pretend not to notice that Lincoln continued to preside over four slave states himself and excluded them from the so-called emancipation.)

And once established, these gigantic urban myths never seem to get debunked.

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Because he who writes the history books gets to control the “narrative”.

Argh!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Judge Judy for SCOTUS

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/judge-sheindlin-ending-judge-judy-1234950880/

Judy Sheindlin on Ending ‘Judge Judy,’ Her New Show and the Legal System’s Biggest Flaw

  • After 25 years, television’s highest-paid host — and The Hollywood Reporter’s Unscripted TV Player of the Year — is walking away from the show that made her an icon, but she has no plans to put the gavel down anytime soon with ‘Judy Justice’ in the works for IMDb TV.

BY MIKEY O’CONNELL 
MAY 13, 2021

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As someone who’s openly defied the “PC police” throughout her career, what is your take on the trend of people being shamed for past comments?

If you’re a bad person, if you’ve done something wrong, you’ve got to be prepared to pay the piper. And there are people who have done just that. They’ve paid the price with their good name, their footprint. That’s a good thing. But to have a fear of speaking your opinion, for fear of being put on somebody’s list and canceled? It’s a frightening place for America to be. And you’re right. I’m not a big fan of the PC police. Is it PC to say to people who are 19 or 23 years old, have no job, no prospects and six children, “Find something else to do with that organ”? No. But where I come from, I’ve seen the ravages of that kind of neglect.

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I like her no BS attitude.  Other than faulting her back of Bloomberg, which she was well within her rights to do, I can’t remember when I found her “disagreeable”.

Maybe she and I could get along.

Laugh!

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INSPIRATIONAL: No good deed?

https://www.futilitycloset.com/2021/05/11/consequences-2/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FutilityCloset+%28Futility+Closet%29

Dutch Anabaptist Dirk Willems had made good his escape from prison in 1569 when a pursuing guard fell through the ice of a frozen pond and called for help.

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INSPIRATIONAL: In a negative way, resist the WuFlu propaganda

https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/top-10-absurdities-covid-pandemic-so-far?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+zerohedge%2Ffeed+%28zero+hedge+-+on+a+long+enough+timeline%2C+the+survival+rate+for+everyone+drops+to+zero%29

The Top 10 Absurdities Of The COVID Pandemic… So Far
BY TYLER DURDEN
SATURDAY, MAY 08, 2021 – 09:20 AM
Authored by PF Whalen via TheBlueStateConservative.com,

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#10 – One-way traffic rules in supermarket aisles –
#9 – COVID is Trump’s fault –
#8 – Teachers can’t go back to work, but everyone else can –
#7 – It was xenophobic for Trump to halt travel from China  –
#6 – Fifteen days to slow the spread  –
#5 – President Joe Biden: “Help is on the way” –
#4 – The response by The World Health Organization –
#3 – Blue states did it better –
#2 – Get the vaccine, but keep doing all of the other stuff  
#1 – Wear two masks  –

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Absolutely absurd.

Perhaps this will lead people to find a free market solution to education.

It’s hard to believe that there is NOT a better way.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Violence at Home Signal for Help

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signal_for_Help

Did you know? – source Wikipedia 

The Signal for Help (or the Violence at Home Signal for Help)
is a single-handed gesture that can be used by an individual to alert others that
they feel threatened and need help over a video call, or in-person. It was originally
created as a tool to combat the rise in domestic violence cases around the world
as a result of the self-isolation measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The signal is performed by holding your hand up with your
thumb tucked into your palm, then folding your fingers down, symbolically
trapping your thumb in your fingers. It was intentionally designed as a single
continuous hand movement, rather than a sign held in one position, that could be
made easily visible.

The Signal for Help was first introduced in Canada by the Canadian
Women’s Foundation and in the United States by the Women’s Funding Network
(WFN) in April 2020. It received widespread praise from local, national, and
international news organizations for helping provide a modern solution to the issue
of a rise in domestic violence cases. The signal has been recognized by over 40
organizations across Canada and the United States as a useful tool to help
combat domestic violence.

Addressing concerns that abusers may become aware of such a
widespread online initiative, the Canadian Women’s Foundation and other
organizations clarified that this signal is not “something that’s going to
save the day,” but rather a tool someone could use to get help.
Instructions for what to do if an individual sees the signal, and how to
check-in safely, were also created.

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I never heard of this.

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