Hip Hip Hooray!

"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.

And humor…

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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About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is a writer living in northern Israel whose novel, A Remarkable Kindness, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in August. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, and other publications. Her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker) was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award.
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