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Political Quotes May 25, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Nature, Sustainable Living.
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Starting with its founding fathers, politicians in America have been linked to famous (and infamous) utterances:

* I cannot tell a lie.
* Give me liberty, or give me death.
* Four score and seven years ago . . .
* I have a dream . . .
* Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
* Read my lips, no new taxes.

So, how will we remember Sarah Palin in the wake of the off-shore drilling disaster in the Gulf of Mexico?

By her positively gleeful utterance preceding that disaster:   

Drill, baby, drill!

The next time she utters those three words, let’s hope she’s sitting comfortably in her dentist’s office about to undergo a root canal.

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Accept Your Irrelevance May 25, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Mindfulness, People, Spirit & Ego.
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We are not nearly as important as our Ego would have us believe . . .

As I glanced through a catalog the other day ~ one that WARNED me that, if I wanted to remain on the mailing list and receive more such catalogs in the future, I needed to place an order NOW!!! ~ I saw a t-shirt slogan which resonated with me.

The words didn’t resonate enough to make me place the order required to stay on the mailing list, but enough that I want to share them with you here.

The shirt boasted a cat disdainfully watching the world in the way that only cats can, while thinking (without preamble, explanation, or exception):

accept your irrelevance

Great advice . . . for learning how NOT to take things so personally.

When someone cuts us off in traffic . . . when the bank teller is angry and annoyed at the world . . . when our best friend is pissed off at her boss or husband . . .  when someone hurls hostile epithets at us when we’ve done nothing wrong . . . we can consciously choose not to be offended ~ because anger and hostility tossed our way often has nothing to do with us and who we are.

We are . . . irrelevant.

Instead of internalizing the negativity, or allowing our Ego to respond in kind, we can choose to “accept our irrelevance” . . . and stand back to watch the misplaced hostility drift away into the ether.

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We Can’t All Be Mother Teresa May 25, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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If you want to volunteer your time and talents to help others . . . great!  Like exercise, volunteering is good for the heart.

Whether we have 5 minutes, 5 hours, or all day, we can be the change we wish to see in the world . . . transforming ripples of kindness and peace into a tidal wave  of love and compassion.

As an added bonus, volunteers tend to lower their stress levels in the process of “reaching out” to others, making it a win-win for everyone . . . as long as they don’t “overdo it” by trying to be all things to all people.

A few tips:

(1) Generosity of spirit is wonderful ~ just be sure to make conscious decisions  about which parts of yourself you want to share with the world.

(2) In evaluating volunteer options, don’t be overly altruistic.  Don’t volunteer to do something you feel you “should do” . . . unless you actually want to do it.

(3)  If volunteering for a cause feels like a sacrifice, give yourself permission to try something else.

(4) Don’t let others decide how you “should” spend your limited time and energy here on the planet.

(5)  Time passes quickly.  Every moment is precious.  If you value happiness, set your priorities accordingly.

(6)  Stop volunteering for a cause that is making you unhappy.

Let’s say you are a doctor who specializes in plastic surgery on the rich and famous.

You are a wonderful plastic surgeon, in high demand, and you get paid well for your time and talents, but you don’t feel fulfilled.

You sign up to volunteer with an organization that goes to third world countries to provide medical care, including plastic surgery for birth defects.

Although you find the work fulfilling, you also discover that:

* you hate the travel involved with a passion
* you dislike living in a tent
* you are terrified of the wild animals roaming
* you miss your creature comforts

Instead of volunteering overseas, go back home and volunteer to help people in your own backyard.

Give someone who loves traveling to foreign ports the opportunity to volunteer overseas.

We can’t all be Mother Teresa ~ that was her job. Besides, she loved what she was doing.  It wasn’t a sacrifice for her.

Don’t worry about what the world wants from you, worry about what makes you come more alive.  Because what the world really needs are people who are alive.  ~ Lawrence Le Shan

No rules.  Just write!

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