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So, You Had a Bad Day... Frugal Café Pick-Me-Up Page
Quotes, Anecdotes, Inspirational Thoughts, & Other Uplifting Stuff to Make Your Day a Bit Brighter


Never Give Up


Was today one of those days when you didn't know if screaming or crying would make you feel better or feel worse? Do you feel angry, afraid, frustrated, confused, defeated... or all of these?

Do you need a distraction? Something to help reinforce your faith in yourself, in your family, in your life? Something to make you smile, something to pick you up? To make you feel it's worth it to continue trying?

Don't despair... you are not alone.

Everyone (yes, EVERYONE) has felt like this. Sometimes more often than we would ever tell others. With this financial crisis, sometimes it seems that the farther you walk into the dark forest, there is no end to it—no light even in the distance. But you trudge on, sensing that's the right thing to do. But you're so tired and all that you need to continue on is to believe that you can survive the current adversity, an extra ounce of strength and hope and courage and drive.

And you can't laugh. Because there's nothing, nothing to laugh about.

Or, is there?

Laughter is so important to well being. Life is never all bad or all good. Sometimes it really sucks. But, you know, you gotta laugh... and try hard to see the glass half full, not half empty. You need to lift the forboding doom from your brain and realize that you CAN do it. If you don't, you'll sap yourself of even more energy.

You have it in you. You really do.

Sometimes, all you need is a little "something" that inspires you to not give up. Something that makes you grin in spite of your problems, that makes you see yourself in others who have persevered and triumphed. That makes you push on.

This Week's Pick-Me-Up Songs: Week of November 24, 2008

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Push to Play Daniel Powter - You Had a Bad Day
Length: 3 min. 53 sec.
Our Uplift Page theme song

Push to Play Billy Idol - Dancing with Myself
Length: 3 min. 21 sec.

Push to Play Beach Boys - I Get Around
Length: 2 min. 14 sec.

Push to Play The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (I Would Walk 500 Miles)
Length: 3 min. 38 sec.

Push to Play Santana, with Michelle Branch - Game of Love
Length: 4 min. 5 sec.

Push to Play Disney's "The Little Mermaid" - Under the Sea
Length: 3 min. 11 sec.


Quick Pick-Me-Up: Jokes and Inspirational Anecdotes

The Rancher

A man owned a small ranch in Wyoming. The Wyoming Labor Department claimed he was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an agent out to interview him.

"I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them," demanded the agent.

"Well," replied the rancher, "There's my ranch hand who's been with me for 3 years. I pay him $600 a week, plus free room and board. The cook has been here for 18 months, and I pay her $500 per week, plus free room and board.

"Then, there's the half-wit who works about 18 hours every day and does about 90 percent of all the work around here. He makes about $10 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of bourbon every Saturday night."

"That's the guy I want to talk to, the half-wit," said the agent.

"That would be me," replied the rancher.


The Theology of Toys

Author Unknown

Capitalism - He who dies with the most toys, wins.

Hari Krishna - He who plays with the most toys, wins.

Judaism - He who buys toys at the lowest price, wins.

Catholicism - He who denies himself the most toys, wins.

Anglican - They were our toys first.

Greek Orthodox - No, they were OURS first.

Branch Davidians - He who dies playing with the biggest toys, wins.

Atheism - There is no toy maker.

Polytheism - There are many toy makers.

Evolutionism - The toys made themselves.

Church of Christ, Scientist - We are the toys.

Communism - Everyone gets the same number of toys (and you go straight to anti-heaven if we catch you selling yours!).

Baha'i - All toys are just fine with us.

Amish - Toys with batteries are surely a sin.

Taoism - The doll is as important as the dumptruck.

Mormonism - Every boy may have as many toys as he wants.

Voodoo - Let me borrow that doll for a second...

Hedonsim - Hang the rule book! Let's play!

7th Day Adventist - He who plays with his toys on Saturday, loses.

Church of Christ - He whose toys make music, loses.

Baptist - Once played always played.

Jehovah's Witnesses - He who "places" the most toys door-to-door, wins.

Pentecostalism - He whose toys can talk, wins.

Existentialism - Toys are a figment of your imagination.

Confucianism - Once a toy is dipped in water, it is no longer dry.

Non-denominationalism - We don't care where the toys came from, let's just play.

Source: The Theology of Toys (


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