Now What?

I recently found myself in a “Now What?” situation and came upon the following tucked away in a file folder.  It takes about 45 seconds to read them and as much time as you decide to spend thinking about them or meditating on them.  In the same folder was something I often shared with audiences when, as a motivational speaker, I offered my Six Suggestions for Making a Difference.  I hope you take both of these in the spirit they are given.

Rules for when life says “Now What?”

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  3. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  4. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  5. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  6. Never let a little dispute injure a great friendship, or relationship
  7. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  8. In disagreements, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  9. Judge your success by what you had to ,or will have to, give up in order to get it.

Dick Caldwell’s Six Suggestions for Making a Difference.

1.Quit feeling sorry for yourself - because self-sympathy is the seed bed of all depression.

2. Try giving yourself away. Invest your life in something that will outlast it by dong something with no thought of repayment, no thought of praise, because happiness is a residual benefit and it comes only as a spillover of somebody else’s.

3. Develop a non-judgmental attitude toward every other person you know or meet. You have no idea the burden the person next to you, across from you, in front of you may be carrying in his or her heart and mind.

4. Think Positive.  Positive thinking won’t let you do anything, but it will let you do everything - better than negative thinking will.

5. Think of someone you love and tell them - now!  Give them flowers, now - not at their funeral.  Send someone a card in the mail or give them a present when there is no reason to.

6. Use your sense of humor.  Laughter is the music of the gods and the ability to laugh is what distinguishes man from other creatures.  And make sure your sense of humor can be based and measured on the ability to laugh at yourself.

t the la     © Dick Caldwell 2012