"How many times do we have to see cartoons of men lying in bed fantasizing about gorgeous nurses?"
How’s that for being upbeat when I certainly don’t feel it?
My thought for the day is that I’ve discovered if I’m looking for a way to cheer myself up, I use the maxim, “It could be worse.”
It could always be a lot worse.
The sky isn’t falling, bombs aren’t falling, some body parts might be falling, but that’s a different story.
If we have humor, even gallows humor, we can make any situation a bit better.
My mother just had hip surgery but it wasn’t heart surgery and she’s still alive. It could have been worse.
I don’t know how she’ll make this next chapter of her life the best chapter of her life. That part is tough. But even Professor Morrie in Tuesdays With Morrie found beauty in his situation as he grappled with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Just for today I will remind myself that it could be worse and make the most out today.
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Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.