Daily Ramblings – Thankful Thursday – Grateful I Am Vaccinated

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The folks got their COVID booster shots yesterday and today they are both sore. I’ll be getting mine when I am eligible. Friends of ours had an encounter with COVID recently. The husband was hospitalized and the wife tested positive as well. Both of them are vaccinated. Thank God they were vaccinated, or they may have joined many who have succumbed to this nasty thing.

My view on COVID is this: Each of us is an individual and we have the right to choose what is best for us. If we choose to get vaccinated, so be it. If we choose not to, that’s ok too.

The thing for me is that each individual has the freedom to do what is best for them, but whatever decision they make, they have to live with the consequences. My brother is the only one in our family that chose not to vaccinate. My sister’s boyfriend has also chosen not to get the vaccine. The consequences of these choices is that both have to get tested before they visit us. This is for our protection.

The point I am making here is that you cannot make a decision without consequences–good or bad. If you do not want to get vaccinated, then deal with the limitations on where you can work, where you can travel, and the risks associated with that decision.

Today, I am thankful I got vaccinated. I did not buy into all the conspiracy theories out there about being “chipped” and all the rest. I also continue to live the way we all lived in 2020. I realized during this time that going out to dinner or to a movie were nice, but not necessary. We can order in. We can stream most movies now online, even the ones that are in theaters, which are coming out more quickly than before. When I’m feeling particularly lazy, I even get my groceries delivered.

I hope all of you have a great Thursday!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Wisdom Wednesday – William Blake

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No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.

William Blake

Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.

William Blake

To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.

William Blake

A truth that’s told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.

William Blake

I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.

William Blake

For more information about William Blake, here’s a link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Blake

All quotes from BrainyQuote.com

Have a great Wednesday, folks!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Ted Talk Tuesday – The Amazing Effects of Gratitude

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I figured since we are so close to Thanksgiving, this would be an appropriate video for those of you may not keep a Gratitude Journal or practice counting your blessings each day. It is a wondrous time of year!

A good friend of our family provided a quote that I’ve kept close to the chest since hearing it. He said, “When things go bad in your life, you have to remember that these things are not done to you, but for you.”

This quote is all about turning a sour note to a wondrous melody. Sure, we all have our relationship, financial, health, and other problems, but in the end there’s some lesson to be learned. We learn how strong we are. We learn how loving we are. We learn how resilient we are. I think we learn the most when times are tough. What a gift, right?

Gratitude is about looking at every situation with a sense of thankfulness. It’s being thankful for what we have, not what we do not have. It is realizing that we have all we need. Perhaps it isn’t all we want, but it is what we need.

I hope you enjoy this video.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Funny Friday – Dog Fails – AGAIN!

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These are much more popular than I originally thought. So, here’s another collection of funny Dog Fails. I hope you enjoy them. I also wish you and yours a great weekend! As you all know, I am a huge Call of Duty fan. I just picked up their new game, Call of Duty – Vanguard. I can’t wait to fire it up this weekend. I’m also playing a game called Far Cry 6, which is also a real treat to play.

Without further adieu, here’s the video. Enjoy!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Thankful Thursday – Thank You For Your Service

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Today is Veteran’s Day in the United States. Today, we celebrate the sacrifices and service provided by so many throughout my country’s history. So today, I’ll keep it short.

To all who have served this country in our Armed Forces. To those families who have shared that burden.

Thank you for your service. Your sacrifices and service will never be forgotten. Happy Veteran’s Day!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Wisdom Wednesday – Marcus Aurelius

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Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.

Marcus Aurelius

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Marcus Aurelius

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.

Marcus Aurelius

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

Marcus Aurelius

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.

Marcus Aurelius

Here is the Wikipedia link for Marcus Aurelius: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Aurelius This is a very interesting read, should you care to learn more.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Ted Talk Tuesday – Gratitude

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One of my goals for running this blog is to help people feel a little better than they did before reading or viewing one of my posts. There is enough bad news out there. You do not have to look very hard to find it. So, Daily Ramblings is something you can open up to feel good. I try to keep my posts short, so I do not take up too much of your time.

I hope you enjoy this video. Gratefulness plays a huge part of my life, and this month, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, it is the one time each year where we can sit back, reflect, and relish all the things we are truly thankful for. I hope this video inspires you to seek out opportunities in your day that you are grateful for and perhaps make purposeful gratefulness a part of your everyday routine.

Have a great day, folks!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Motivation Monday – Filling in a Gap

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Have you ever completed a project and then, not know what to fill that gap in your schedule with? That’s me right now. School kept me busy, but now that school’s over with, I have to figure out what to replace the hours I put into that with something else. I know working on my books will take up some of the time, but what to do with the rest?

Well, I decided to get back out in the world. I’ve created two days in my schedule where I will do my work in one of our terrific coffee shops and another day in my local library. Getting out will do me good, and I am never one to turn down a terrific cup of coffee.

What has this got to do with motivation? Well, motivation is about getting up and doing something. For me, the type of motivation for school was a mix of both intrinsic motivation (I wanted another degree) and extrinsic motivation (deadlines for assignments). Now, it’s all on me. That is the change. There is no one telling me what to do. It’s all me.

So, here we go!

If you have a unexpected gap in your schedule like me, think about what you want to do, have time to do, and fill in the gap. Anybody can take that extra time and binge watch Netflix, play endless hours of video games, or just do nothing, but if you’re like me, you like having things to do that has meaning. I enjoy the creativity in writing, and have always wanted to write a book. So, I’m back at it again. I’ve got a lot of ideas, and I’m looking forward to getting to work.

Until next time…

Dave