“You can’t expect to prevent negative feelings altogether. And you can’t expect to experience positive feelings all the time. The Law of Emotional Choice directs us to acknowledge our feelings but also to refuse to get stuck in the negative ones.” – Greg Anderson

Every day you have a choice: Will it be a good day or a bad one?

It really IS up to you. You can’t control the external circumstances of your life — the bad news, the interruptions, the unexpected problems, various quandaries, etc. — but you can control your response to them.

You can also plan your day for success and organize it for productivity. And you can practice certain habits every day to ensure that, in the long run at least, you will achieve wealth, health, and happiness.

Recently, I came across the following table. I don’t remember who put it together, but I thought it was a likable idea — a menu of your daily “choices” — and thought you might like it too.

I changed it considerably from the original (which was too “New Age” for my taste) and added a lot of classic ETR items.

I warn you — this is light intellectual fare. If, after eating all day yesterday, you are still in the mood for a prime-rib sort of message, you won’t find it here. PC, a member of our ETR team, said it reminded him “of a lot of the forwarded garbage I get by e-mail.” Everybody else liked it.

I hope you like it too. If you do, send it along to a friend or two.

LIFE’S DAILY MENU
WHICH DO YOU CHOOSE TODAY? 

MENU
MENU
HOW TO MAKE A “TERRIFIC”DAY

HOW TO MAKE A “BAD” DAY
APPETIZER
FARE
APPETIZER
FARE
Awaken Early……….. Enjoy More of Everything Awaken Late & Rush… Anxiety & Bitterness
Inspirational Reading…. Good News Immediately Fetch Newspaper (Like a Dog).. Mostly Bad News
Early Walk, Stretch, Yoga…. Be Limber & Loose Digest Bad News on the Run… Feel Bad & Get Mad
Contemplate Your Blessings… Gain a Healthy Perspective No Devotion or Inspiration….. Low Spirit, Easily Offended
Shower, Groom Quickly…… The Blessing of More Time No Exercise…………. Sluggish, Tired & Rundown
Short Commute Less Stress Radio or Television Report….. Disaster, Trouble & Despair
Inspirational Music Inspirational Mood No Time to Shower……. Sleepy, Stinky & Unkempt

ENTREE

ENTREE

Nourishing Breakfast… Alertness, Energy, Vitality No Breakfast or Coffee & Donut Hungry, Mean & Nervous
Natural Supplements…. Energy, Vitality, Immunity Cigarette, Candy, Cola…… Hacking Cough, Indigestion
First in the Office Ahead of the Pack Negative, Derogatory Thoughts.. Problems & Depression
Pleasant Greetings to All………. Good Feelings for All Unfriendly & Ugly to Others… Few or No Friends
Review Inboxes First….. Less Frustration, More Control Criticize, Condemn & Complain….. Condemnation, No Love
Do Important Task First………….. Energy, Transformation Dictate, Direct & Demand…… Disrespect & Ridicule
Plan for the Day & Future…… Creativity & Organization No Plans for the Day or Future….. Disorganized & Sour
Do One Task at a Time…… Accomplish Greatly Tackle Everything at Once….. Confusion & Disorder
See Your Work as Pleasurable….. Outstanding Achievement See Your Job as Necessary Evil.. Barely Get By
Lunch: No Carbs….. Alive, Alert & Awake Lunch: Heavy on Carbs…. Drowsy, Gassy & Dull
Periodic 5-Minute Breaks…… Continued Energy Work/Work/Work/Work…… Little Money & Fatigue (Too Busy to Rest & Relax)
Count Your Blessings……… Abundance, Love & Serenity Curse Life & Gripe……… Poverty, Hate & Worry
Play & Exercise……. Fitness & Enjoyment No Play & No Relaxation…… Tension & Frustration
Moderation & Temperance….. Clear, Calm & Organized Indulgence & Dissipation….. Illness, Tired, No Confidence
Balanced Dinner with Wine……. Replenish, Relax Dinner: Drink & Eat Heavy…. Burp, Barf & Nightmares
DESSERT
DESSERT
Review Your Accomplishments….. Peace of Mind & Success Worry, Fret & Tension…….. Sickness, Fear & Failure
Conversations with Loved Ones…….. Love & Happiness Grouse to Loved Ones…… They Can’t Stand You
Relax & Sleep………. Sweet Dreams & Full Life Stay Uptight & Sleep Poorly….. Bad Dreams & Half-Life