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Rocky Mountain High . . . in Colorado November 7, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Bulletin Board, Gratitude, Mindfulness.
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MarijuanaYay!  Amendment 64 passed in Colorado.

“On Tuesday night, Amendment 64 ~ the measure seeking the legalization of marijuana for recreational use by adults ~ was passed by Colorado voters, making Colorado the first state to end marijuana prohibition in the United States.”

I, for one, hope that the momentum spreads to other states like wildfire.

Marijuana is far safer than alcohol.  Either both should be legal, or neither should.  But it’s time to end the double standard.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  Not In Our Town * The War on Drugs ~ A Joint Decision

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Susanna posted the 8 Finalists from the Halloweensie Contest yesterday morning . . .  and I’m in the running!

If you want to vote, click this link and Vote for your Favorite!

They’re all in one place . . . so it’s one stop shopping.  No clicking back and forth between blogs.  Simple, right?  Even a stoner could do it!  ;)

Sass and Balderdash! November 7, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Blogs & Blogging, Life Lessons, Mindfulness.
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Yesterday, I read a Freshly Pressed post and fell in love . . . with Sass and Balderdash!

Katie’s post, HaMoLoObMo ~ Hating Month Long Observances Month, mirrors many of the thoughts I expressed about NaBloPoMo in When You Have Something To Say

If posting every day is a priority for us . . . then we should find the time to post every day. 

Especially if it makes us happy and we have something to say.

But what happens if we sign on for NaBloPoMo and miss a day? Will we feel like failures because we couldn’t keep up with the rest of the pack? Will we wonder why we even bothered to try? 

Or will we keep posting carefully crafted quality posts when we have the time and inclination to do so?

That’s the key.

Much of what humans do is just “busy work” . . . we’re like residents of a huge ant farm building tunnels to nowhere.

We need something to do while we’re here so we pretend to ourselves that the “tunnels we’re building” are important.

Many of them aren’t.

Research on motivation has shown that what humans really crave is the opportunity to exercise autonomy, develop mastery, and feel a sense of purpose.  The more we are treated like FWU’s (Fungible Work Units) on an endless conveyor belt from Birth to Death, the less motivated we become.

When we focus on quantity ( a post a day or a novel a month) instead of quality (writing when we have something of import to say and carefully crafting our words to express it in the best possible way), we often lose that sense of mastery and purpose.

When motivation comes from within, we’re inspired to do more and be more. 

When motivation comes from without, we often end up feeling deflated and defeated . . . because IT (whatever IT is) wasn’t important enough to us in the first place. 

Maybe what we were really after was the anticipated rush we expected  to receive in the form of external validation from our peers?

It’s not just WHAT we do that matters . . . it’s understanding WHY we are doing IT.  If we are doing IT just to go along with the crowd, or to gain accolades and applause from our peers, we are generally wasting our time.

Reclaiming our freedom to live life fully requires that we tune out societal messages urging conformity to listen to our own inner wisdom.

Once we learn to rely on inner motivation to set and define our priorities, we become less inclined to jump  on the next-best-bandwagon that rolls down the street.

Aah . . . that’s better!

When we know WHO we are . . . we know HOW to live. ~ Goethe

Related Posts:  Bah Humbug! (Huw Thomas) * Life is Not One-Size-Fits-All

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Susanna posted the 8 Finalists from the Halloweensie Contest yesterday morning . . .  and I’m in the running! 

If you want to vote, click this link and Vote for your Favorite! 

They’re all in one place . . . so it’s one stop shopping.  No clicking back and forth between blogs.  Simple, right?  C’mon . . . jump on the bandwagon!

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