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Utopia June 29, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness, Music & Dance, People, Sustainable Living.
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I expect others will misunderstand me, at least sometimes . . . I am seldom disappointed.

After all, they see the world behind their eyes, with their own unique Preferences, Predilections, and Propensities.

And I see the world behind my own.

We do not yet live in a Utopia where people gather around, engage in  dialogue, and disagree san judgment.

Maybe one day we will . . .

In response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Alanis Morissette previewed Utopia on her website to comfort people who were grieving.

For the lyrics:  Alanis Morissette –> Under Rug Swept, Utopia

Quote:  Being an artist means belonging to a unique, exciting band of outlaws. ~ Robert Venosa, Visionary Artist

No rules.  Just write!

Fly High, Freebird June 29, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, Music & Dance, People.
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How do you act around your parents, your boss, your friends, your spouse, your siblings, casual acquaintances, and even co-workers?

Does who you are depend upon who you are with?

How often are you acting a prescribed role to meet the expectations of others?

How much time do you spend just being who you are?

From birth, we are asked to play different roles in familial life ~ son/daughter, niece/nephew, brother/sister, aunt/uncle, mother/father, husband/wife.

We also have roles to play in school, and on the job, and with our friends.

One reason we play so many parts is that we care about what others think of us.  We are concerned about our reputation with others.  Of course, we have as many reputations as we have acquaintances, and none of those reputations is accurate.

Everyone we meet forms an impression of us ~ often based on stereotypical information about our gender, our age, our profession, or our religious beliefs.  The impressions others hold of us are, of necessity, based on incomplete information.

No one can completely understand another human being.  We see the world behind our eyes, based on the life experiences we have had.

The world behind our eyes is not open for others to view.

When we go along . . . to get along  . . . we tend to lose ourselves in the process.  We become fragmented by all of our separate selves.  We emulate others.  We assimilate ourselves into the prevailing culture.  It gets harder to see who we really are because others have shaped, molded, and transformed us into what they want us to be.

I’m convinced that the happiest people on the planet are the ones who go to bed at night and fall asleep thinking, “Who I Am Is Who I Want to Be.”

That requires freeing ourselves from self-defeating thoughts and prescribed roles that retard our efforts to become  our best selves.  When we worry less about Ego’s concerns about fitting in, and focus more on the Spirit within, we free ourselves to be who we were always meant to be.

We begin to see that if we surround ourselves with giants, we grow.

And if we live among small people, we shrink.  For an insight-filled post on this topic:  Spend Time With Giants (T4D)

Accept that no one else can ever truly understand you and your unique point of view.  Focus on understanding yourself.

When you know who you are, you will see what you want out of life.

Fly High, Freebird.

Quote:  Attitude, not aptitude, determines altitude.

No rules.  Just write!

Artwork by Maitte Van Arsdel ~ available at Island Gallery West.

Post Pals June 29, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Health & Wellness, People.
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The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer someone else up, and here’s a wonderful way to do just that:

(1)  Visit Post Pals

(2)  Find a Pal ~ pick one name or several from the list of Post Pal children who are currently suffering with serious illnesses ranging from brain tumors to cystic fibrosis to leukemia to neuroblastoma. 

The list (updated regularly) includes the child’s first name, last initial, date of birth, and diagnosis (with each disease defined).  

By clicking on the child’s name, you can learn more about their interests, the  history of the disease, and periodic updates on the child’s condition. 

(3)  Write a Post to send via snail mail or e-mail.  If you want to send an e-mail, just click on the link and type an upbeat and cheery message.   Share something funny that happened to you, or an age-appropriate joke you heard. 

If you want to send letters or small gifts, a forwarding address is included for your use.

Before corresponding, please review Vik’s Tips for What To Say & What Not To Say:  Post Pals Latest News (scroll down to Vik’s post of 5/24/2010) 

(4)  Send It Off . . . knowing that you’ve helped a sick child smile.  

Quote:   It is not how long a star shines . . . what is remembered is the brightness of the light.