The Measure of One’s Self
Some people are passionate about their physical strength and fitness, their “Outward Strength.” They spend hours building muscle strength so they can do things others find impossible to do. Don’t get me wrong, I am not against these activities. Still, I wish I had paid more attention to maintaining a higher fitness level. Being physically fit dramatically improves your quality of life as you grow older. What puzzles me, though, are those who become obsessive about their physical or Outward Strength to the exclusion of everything else. They’re not content with reaching a level of ‘Optimum Fitness,’ and they neglect the development of their “Inner Strength’’.
They lose sight of the fact that we need to develop these equally important strengths to gain an accurate measure of ourselves. Our ‘Inner Strength’ is the one that sets our mental acuity, our reliability, how we think, and our trustworthiness. The building blocks of our character. Helping us to build the foundation of a long and prosperous life. Developing our Inner Strength will take just as much dedication and time as developing our outer strength. But we must constantly expand and grow our minds, as well as our bodies. The brain is also a muscle. We must be open to new ideas, challenge ‘what is and move toward ‘what could be.
As we age, with a few exceptions, our Outer Strength will diminish. We will need both Inner and Outer strengths to remain healthy and active. That’s just a fact of life. So, when we strike the right balance in our lives, our Strengths will increase as we age, building our character. If you want the accurate measure of one’s self, you need to find the right balance between……………
Your “Inner” and “Outer” Strengths
A woman walks into a bar and orders a cocktail. “Ah, November! All the stores have stocked their shelves with festive products, and it’s almost Christmas. This season reminds me of how I met my husband. I went to a costume party and saw him across the room,” she tells the bartender, “Standing there all thin and tall and handsome next to his overweight friend. They’d come to the party together dressed as the Number Ten, “That’s when I knew he was the One.”
On a hot day, a man enters a bar for a drink. There is only the bartender and a pianist in the bar. The piano suddenly opens, revealing a clown. The man is taken aback, but the pianist continues to play as if nothing has happened. The man wipes his eyes and takes it easy, ordering a glass of water. But five minutes later, another clown emerges, followed by another, and the pianist remains unconcerned. Finally, the guy has had enough. He goes up to the piano player and says, “Do you know three clowns just climbed out of your piano?” The piano player responds, “No, but if you hum a few bars I can probably fake it.”
“It never hurts to see the good in someone.They often act the better because of it”
– Nelson Mandella
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ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: An unfulfilled obligation starts to create friction. The aggravation will worsen if you don’t take care of it.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: Take care of what you already have. You never know when you might lose it, and it’s gone forever.
GEMINI May 21-June 20: Use your good judgment to help others who may be struggling. This will strengthen the bonds between you.
CANCER June 21-July 22: Don’t be swayed by the opinions of others. Decide what you want and take the appropriate actions for you.
LEO July 23-Aug 22: Don’t overindulge or overexert yourself. Take all things in moderation regarding food, beverages and physical activity.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Putting too much reliance on what you think is due to you could lead you away from where you should be.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: You will win more friends if you don’t overstay your welcome as a guest at a friend’s house party.
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: When organizing activities for youngsters, remember, it’s not about you, but it is ALL about them.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Think your career moves through carefully. Don’t jump at an opportunity until you have done your due diligence.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Take the high ground when dealing with a dispute. It will always gain you more than you give up.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Watch for small but critical details before making a decision. Being aware could save you time, energy, and money.
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: Friends will step up to help you through an awkward situation. Let them know how much you appreciate them.
Betty had just been hired as a server at the local Truckstop. On her first morning, one of the regulars thought he would have some fun with her. “I would like Three flat tires, Two headlights and a pair of running boards,” he said to Betty with a smile. Betty went into the kitchen and repeated the order to the cook. Then she asked, “What does it mean?” The cook said that “flat tires” were pancakes, “headlights” were fried eggs, “sunny side up,” and “running boards” were strips of “crispy bacon .”After putting in her order, Betty scooped out a bowl of beans and delivered it to the customer.” What’s this?” asked the regular, “I didn’t order beans.’ “No,” said Betty, “I thought that while you waited for your parts, you might like to gas up.”
When Lee Wachtstetter’s husband, Guy, sadly passed away in 1997, he told her, “don’t stop cruising .”And she hasn’t. Mrs. Wachtstetter has spent more than 10 years living aboard cruise ships, sailing the world and living the high life in her stateroom. She has now been around the earth 28 times. In 2017 she penned a book titled, “I May Be Homeless, But You Should See My Yacht.”
Mrs. Wachtstetter sold her five-bedroom house in Florida and used the proceeds to fund her “dream” life. For three years, she spent her days aboard a Holland America Line ship until they discontinued their dance program. After that, she moved aboard the Crystal Serenity and has been there ever since.“This was the best of the remaining ships that still use dance hosts.” Her husband didn’t like to dance, but now “Mama Lee,” as the staff affectionately call her, dances for a couple of hours every night after dinner. When she’s not dancing, Mama Lee likes to spend time doing needlepoint work, giving the finished products as gifts to the ship’s staff. She says warmly that the crew has become “almost like family.”
A man went to a psychiatrist for his phobia. “Doc,” he said, “I’ve got trouble. Every time I get into bed, I think there’s somebody under it. I get under the bed; I think there’s somebody on top of it. Top, under, top, under. You gotta help me; I’m going crazy!” “Just put yourself in my hands for two years,” said the shrink, “Come to me three times a week, and I’ll cure your fears.” “How much do you charge?” “A hundred dollars per visit.” “I’ll sleep on it,” said the man. Six months later, the doctor met the man on the street. “Why didn’t you ever come to see me again?” asked the psychiatrist. “For a hundred buck’s a visit? A bartender cured me for ten dollars.” “Is that so! How?” “He told me to cut the legs off the bed!”
I was in a long line at 7:45 am today at the grocery store. They opened at 8 am for seniors only. A young man came from the parking lot and tried to cut in at the front of the line, but an old lady beat him back into the parking lot with her cane. He returned and tried to cut in again, but an older man punched and pushed him to the ground. As he approached the line for the third time, he said, “If you don’t let me unlock the door, you’ll never get in there.”
It takes courage to stand up and speak out.
It takes even more courage to sit down and listen.