So, You Had a Bad Day... Frugal Café Pick-Me-Up Page 005 | Be Good for Something | Quotes, Anecdotes, Inspirational Thoughts, & Other Uplifting Stuff to Make Your Day a Bit Brighter
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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


Be Good for Something


Make your frugal efforts count, make those actions balanced and relevant. Be sure that they actually accomplish your goal, rather than sabotage it.

Preserve humor and happiness with your family by balancing all your thrift-driven efforts. Be respectful when handling any objections.

And don't be a hot-tempered martyr about it nor try to suddenly become Amish.

Consider keeping an eye on your actions and reactions and how they can sway you from your life's path and stop you in your tracks. This can be good if you need time for personal reflection, but it can also be detrimental if it suffocates and weakens your passions.

So, analyze your relationship with your family and friends. How is everything going? Financial hardship can take its toll and rob you of much more than just money, and you may not even notice until the damage is done.

It can rob you of your self-esteem, your love of life, your sense of humor, your patience, your spontaneity. So, not only should you always strive to be good, you should strive to be good for something. To paraphrase, writer Henry David Thoreau said it is not simply enough in this life to be good. We must be good for something.

Be good for something that matters to you and is larger than you and larger than your financial predicament. Something that fills your heart and makes you grin. This could be charitable work, or spending more quality time with your spouse or children, or helping your aging parent, or involving yourself in a pet project at church or local politics or an outreach program. It doesn't matter what it is as long as it fills you with a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction, and joy. You can make a difference, no mater what state of disarray your checking account is in. Being "good for something" is a frame of mind that is often neglected during times of economic struggles.

Live with purpose and passion. Being broke is a temporary thing. Poverty of the soul can be lifelong. Being good for something will make all the difference for you.


Well, the newest season—Season 8—of American Idol just started this past week, so in tribute, our Pick-Me-Up song choices for this period are some of our past and present AI favorites.

For this go-around, we've included David Cook, Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood, Michael Johns, LaKisha Jones, and David Archuleta. And of course, our Uplift Page theme song, Daniel Powter's "You Had a Bad Day" was used for an entire AI season as the exit song on Results Night, when a finalist was eliminated.


This Week's Pick-Me-Up Songs: Week of January 20, 2009
Upbeat or Inspirational Songs by American Idol Finalists

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Daniel Powter - You Had a Bad Day
(our "Uplift Page" theme song)
Length: 3 min. 53 sec.

David Cook - The Time of My Life
Season 7, Finale, Winner's Coronation Song

Jordin Sparks - You'll Never Walk Alone
Season 6, Top 6, Inspirational Songs Week

Carrie Underwood - Independence Day
Season 4, studio version, sung at audition and B-side of her first single "Inside Your Heaven"

Michael Johns - Dream On
Season 7, Top 8, Inspirational Songs Week

LaKisha Jones - And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going
Season 6, Top 24, '60s Week

David Archuleta - Imagine
Season 7, Top 20, '70s Week


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