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Don't overlook the lesson of the bumblebee

When life knocks you for a loop, remember to get up and ask “What else can I do?”
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For the Oklahoman Published: August 26, 2014

Paul Harvey said, “I hope someday I will become what the world deems successful so that someone will ask me the secret of it, and I shall reply, ‘I get up when I fall down.’”

Eddie Cantor, who lost every cent he had in the 1929 stock market crash, wrote a book called “Caught Short.” As fortunes were wiped out, people were committing suicide by the dozens. Some jumped from tall buildings, others shot their brains out, but Cantor wrote a joke book.

When life knocks you for a loop, remember these two men. Harvey reminds us the first step is getting up. Cantor, who looked and found he had more than one way to deal with his failure, gives us the second. Ask yourself, “What else can I do?”

Life for too many people is overwhelming because they insist upon carrying the weight of yesterday’s troubles, today’s problems and tomorrow’s decisions all at one time.

Yesterday’s troubles are over. Learn from them. Tomorrow’s decisions do not yet have to be made. Today’s problems should be your focus.

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