When Life Goes Awry January 8, 2013Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Spirituality & Faith.
Tags: Adages, Aphorisms, Faith, God, Laughter, Quips, Quotes
* Some shrug and say, “Shit Happens” or “Life is a crap shoot and we are the targets.”
* Others maneuver around potholes in the road by seeing them as Fate or Karma or Kismet or . . . an opportunity to learn humility by having their faces ground into the dirt.
* Still others placate themselves by saying, “It’s God’s will.” (That’s hard for me to swallow. A ”god” who hand-picks which children suffer from cancer, abuse, or getting shot at their desks in school is not the “god” for me.)
Whatever our beliefs, we all have coping mechanisms that work for us (or against us). When faced with the agonies and absurdities of life, I rely on adages and aphorisms.
* Hardship is inevitable. Misery is optional.
* Bad things happen. Laugh when you can.
* Life is better with laughter.
* We do not laugh because we are happy. We are happy because we laugh.
* How you relate to the issue IS the issue.
* Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
* There is ALWAYS something to laugh about.
There is only one way to achieve lasting happiness.
That way is simple: Be happy.
Aah . . . that’s better!
Life is an Echo November 9, 2012Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Nature, Poetry.
Tags: inspiration, Nature, Peace, Quotes, Weekly Photo Challenge
To a mind that is still, the whole Universe surrenders. ~ Chang Tsu
Some things have to be believed to be seen. ~ Ralph Hodgson
Aah . . . that’s better!
A Few Quotes To Ponder April 5, 2012Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, People, Word Play.
Tags: Happiness, Humor, People, Quotes, Word Play
Good things come to those who wait; better things come to those who work for it.
Follow your heart . . . but take your brain with you.
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned to enjoy the life that is waiting for us.
Stop trying to fit in when you were born to stand out.
Be thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality, and likes that turned into love.
Somewhere, someone is happy just because you exist.
Aah . . . that’s better!
If you enjoyed these, thank Granny1947 . . . she sent them to me!
A Few Quotes Bumped Into Me Today March 14, 2012Posted by nrhatch in Life Lessons, Mindfulness, Word Play.
Tags: inspiration, Life Lessons, Quotes, Teacher, Zig Ziglar
“Great quotes make the light bulb go off in my mind. If you’re like me, you’ll jump at the chance to bypass all the churning and scoop the cream right off the top ~ that is what quotes are . . . the cream of our learning!”
~ Zig Ziglar
So . . . here’s some cream for your coffee:
“It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.” ~ W. Somerset Maugham
Attitude, not aptitude, determines altitude.
Whether you think you can, or you think you cannot, you’re probably right.
“Golf without bunkers and hazards would be tame and monotonous. So would life.” ~ B.C. Forbes
We build our muscles by flexing them.
“The more I practice, the luckier I get.” ~ Gary Player
“People always call it luck when you’ve acted more sensibly than they have.” ~ Anne Tyler
Just leap . . . and the net appears.
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ~ William Arthur Ward
Feel inspired? Great! If not . . . keep practicing!
Aah . . . that’s better!
Care to share a quote that floats your boat? Or helps you tread water?
For collections of quotes on Golf, Leadership, Joy . . . Simple Truths.
Hidden Nutrients in Good For Us Food October 29, 2011Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Humor.
Tags: Fennel, Food, Health, Humor, Quotes, Vegetable, Wellness
When we look at food, we cannot see the Vitamins, Minerals, Carbohydrates, Fiber, Protein, and Anti-Oxidants hiding within . . . but those Hidden Nutrients are the building blocks that nourish our bodies.
If we choose carefully, we get filled up without spreading out.
* It’s bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children’s health than the pediatrician. ~ Meryl Streep
When putting together your grocery list and planning meals for the coming week, consider adding a few more of the following Healing Foods:
Asparagus ~ eat freely (not if you suffer from Gout)
Celery ~ calming, good for gout, controls blood pressure
Cruciferous Veggies ~ kale, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi, mustard & turnip greens, swiss chard
Fennel & Fennel Seeds ~ several medicinal uses
Parsley ~ good source of Calcium, add to soups, sauces, and salads
Peas ~ richest food source of vitamin B1 (improves sleep, appetite, and mood)
Pumpkins, Squash, and Sweet Potatoes ~ beta-carotene and vitamin A
Red Pepper ~ eat freely, either raw or lightly cooked
Seawood ~ reliable source of iodine to avoid an underactive thyroid
Spinach ~ eat up to twice a week, preferably raw
Tomato ~ eat freely, including canned products (without salt)
Watercress ~ eat freely, especially raw
* A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins. ~ Laurie Colwin
* The turnip is a capricious vegetable, which seems reluctant to show itself at its best. ~ Waverley Root
* I’m afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark, like celery. ~ Aldous Huxley
* Fennel is beyond every other vegetable, delicious. It resembles in appearance the largest size celery, perfectly white. There is no vegetable equals its flavour. Indeed I prefer it to every other vegetable, or to any fruit. ~ Thomas Jefferson
* Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. ~ Garfield (by Jim Davis)
* Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~ Doug Larson
Apples ~ improves joint problems, eat freely (as many as 2-3 day)
Apricots ~ great for potassium, including dried apricots
Bananas ~ improves mood and sleep, consume one a day
Black Currants ~ in spreads made with fruit juice, not sugar
Cherries ~ helps gout sufferers
Citrus Fruits ~ lemons, limes, kumquats, tangerines, tangelos, oranges
* Life is like eating artichokes; you have got to go through so much to get so little. ~ Thomas Aloysius (Tad) Dorgan
* You get about as much actual ”food” out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking 30 or 40 postage stamps. ~ Miss Piggy
Grains, Beans, Nuts, Seeds & Shellfish:
Brown Rice ~ boosts thiamine levels
Wheat Germ ~ Vitamin E and fiber, sprinkle on salads and cooked dishes
Whole Grains ~ Wheat, Rye, Millet, Kasha, Barley, Quinoi, Corn
Beans & Lentils ~ Kidney, Pinto, Garbanzo, Red, Black, Lentils, Split Peas, Black Eyed Peas
Nuts ~ Walnuts, Pecans, Almonds (calcium, iron, potassium), Peanuts, Pistachios
Seeds ~ Linseed (omega 3 fatty acids), Pumpkin Seeds (best plant source of Zinc)
Shellfish ~ good source of iodine, zinc, omega 3 fatty acids, iron
* I don’t think America will have really made it until we have our own salad dressing. Until then we’re stuck behind the French, Italians, Russians and Caesarians. ~ Pat McNelis
* You are what you eat. For example, if you eat garlic you’re apt to be a hermit. ~ Franklin P. Jones
* Money is the root of all evil, and yet it is such a useful root that we cannot get on without it any more than we can without potatoes. ~ Louisa May Alcott
Ten For Tuesday February 8, 2011Posted by nrhatch in Word Play.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)
“Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” ~ Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 – 1968)
“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” ~ Vince Lombardi (1913 – 1970)
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” ~ Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948)
It’s a tie between Thomas Jefferson and Walt Disney.
One reminds me to be honest and act with integrity. The other reminds me to reach for the stars and believe in the miracles and mysteries of life.
No rules. Just write!
What about you? Any of these quotes strike a chord with you today?
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For more like these: Great Quotes from Great Leaders (Simple Truths)
Quotes, Quotes, and Quips January 25, 2011Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
Quotes, and adages, and aphorisms, and pithy sayings, and quips, and . . .
If you don’t, just type “aphorism” or “quote” in the search bar and you’ll be busy scrolling for some time. Come back and join us when you’re finished.
Today, I stumbled into several posts on quotes which are worth a peak:
Sandra Lee posted 101 Inspirational Quotes To Light Up Your Life (Always Well Within).
One quote resonated with me in light of my recent post You’re Going the WRONG Way!:
“It doesn’t really matter how fast you’re going if you’re heading in the wrong direction.” ~ Stephen Covey
Another new favorite:
“Don’t write because you want to say something, write because you have something to say.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
A reminder from Thoreau to view life with alert curiosity and awareness:
A reminder not to let one blemish prevent us from seeing all the remaining blessings in the basket:
“Don’t let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.” ~ Anais Nin
My two favorites from the U.M. list, which capture how I feel about the sheer enjoyment I get from writing:
“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.” ~ Isaac Asimov
“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” ~ Gloria Steinem
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~ Anton Chekhov
And for those of us who enjoy writing because we get to control both sides of every conversation:
“We writers dream of a future where actors are mostly computer generated and their performances can be adjusted, by us, on a laptop, alone.” ~ Tina Fey
To round out the day, Granny shared some quips in her post, Granny’s Hot Tuesday. I especially enjoyed:
#9 ~ Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
#5 ~ Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals, dying of nothing.
How about you? Heard any good quotes lately?
No rules. Just write!
A Touch Of Sarcasm December 6, 2010Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Mindfulness, Word Play.
Tags: Mindfulness, Quotes