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VOLUME

04

One Week, One Day, One Step at a Time

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Introduction Sometimes reducing our troubles back to simple basics; one day at a time; one step at a time; can allow us to chew the big chunks in little pieces; instead of choking on the big pieces because they’re just too daunting! So, how do you eat an elephant?

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Poor Planning This is a bricklayer’s Accident report, which was printed in the newsletter of the Workers’ Compensation board. Dear Sir, I am writing in response to your request for additional information in Block 3 of the accident report form. I put “poor planning” as the cause of my accident. You asked for a fuller explanation and I trust the following details will be sufficient. I am a bricklayer by trade. On the day of the accident, I was working alone on the roof of a new six storey building. When I completed my work, I found that I had some bricks left over which, when weighed later were found to be slightly in excess of 500 lbs. Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley, which was attached to the side of the building on the sixth floor. Securing the rope at ground level, I went up to the roof, swung the barrel out and loaded the bricks into it. Then I went down and untied the rope, holding it tightly to ensure a slow descent of the bricks. You will note in Block 11 of the accident report form that I weigh 135lbs. Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded at a rapid rate up the side of the building. In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel which was now proceeding downward at an equal, impressive speed. This explained the fractured skull, minor abrasions and the broken collar bone, as listed in section 3 of the accident report form. Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until the fingers of my right hand were two knuckles deep into the pulley. Fortunately by this time I had regained my presence of mind and was able to hold tightly to the rope, in spite of beginning to experience vertigo. At approximately the same time, however, the barrel of bricks hit the ground and the bottom fell out of the barrel. Now devoid of the weight of the bricks, that barrel weighed approximately 50 lbs. I refer you again to my weight. As you can imagine, I began a rapid descent, down the side of the building. In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming up. This accounts for the two fractured ankles, broken tooth and several lacerations of my legs and lower body. Here my luck began to change slightly. The encounter with the barrel seemed to slow me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell into the pile of bricks and fortunately only three vertebrae were cracked. I am sorry to report, however, as I lay there on the pile of bricks, in pain, unable to move, I again lost my composure and presence of mind and let go of the rope and I lay there watching the empty barrel begin its journey back down onto me. This explains the two broken legs. I hope this answers your inquiry. Author Unknown

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One String Attitude The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home, a family or friendship. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only think we can do is play on the one string we have control over, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 1% what happens to me and 99% how I react to it. Author Unknown

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Perception Things which seem to frustrate you cannot frustrate you. Your frustration is your own doing. Those things which seem to annoy you cannot annoy you. Your annoyance is your own doing. The world is as it is. The world you see and experience is as you choose to see and experience it. Every bit of everything is filtered through your own perception. And that perception is what you choose it to be. That is the reason why one person can build a fortune and another person can become impoverished. They both live in the same world, yet each perceives it differently, leading to vastly different results. If you wish to change the world, begin with your perception of it. See the world as how you would like for it to be, and that is how it will become. Perception is no fantasy at all, but rather your own special flavour of reality. Choose the world in which you want to live and make it so. Author Unknown

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Putting the World Back Together Once there was a little boy who wanted his dad to teach him how to play catch. It was a sunny day and the little boy’s father was sitting on the couch, drinking a beer while watching a baseball game. The boy rushed into the house shouting, “Daddy, daddy, daddy, show me how to play catch!” The father, blankly starring at the television screen, replied, “ In a little while son, let me finish watching this inning, come back in five minutes.” “Okay daddy,” said the boy running out of the room. Five minutes later the boy returned screaming, “Daddy, let’s go! Let’s play some catch now!” The father turned to the boy and said, “hold on son, the inning is not quite over, come back in five more minutes.” “Okay, daddy,” murmered the boy as he shuffled out the room again. Five minutes later the boy returned ball and glove in hand eagerly awaiting for his father to play some catch. “Daddy, lets go! I want to be Ken Griffey Jr.!” shouted the boy. By this time, the father had cracked open another cold one and another inning was taking place. Frustrated by the boy’s constant hindrances, the dad scanned the room and notice a magazine underneath the coffee table. On the cover of the magazine was a large picture of the world. The father, who was angered & annoyed, began tearing the magazine cover in to small pieces. After a few moments of shredding up the magazine cover, the father placed the torn pieces on top of the magazine. Then, the father turned to his boy and said, “Son, once you put this picture of the world back together we can play catch, but do not interrupt me again until you are done!” Apprehensively, the boy took the magazine and sulked into his room and sobbed, “Okay, daddy I won’t”. After only a short time the boy returned and said, “I’m done daddy, can we play catch now?” Stunned, the father glanced towards his child, and there in his small hands laid the magazine

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with the world pieced perfectly together. Amazed, the dad asked his child how he put the world together so quickly. “It was simple,” stated the boy, “On the back of the world was a picture of a person, and once I put the person together that’s when their world came together.” Author Unknown

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Quotes on Confidence Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. Ralph Waldo Emerson Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes. Sally Field A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her. David Brinkley It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. Author Unknown We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies. Roderick Thorp It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to. W.C. Fields Whether you think you can or think you can’t - you are always right. Henry Ford I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn’t fall down. Allen H. Neuharth If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. Vincent Van Gogh I am convinced all of humanity is born with more gifts than we know. Most are born geniuses and just get degeniused rapidly. Buckminster Fuller Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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