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Pollyanna’s Perfect Life June 30, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness, People.
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We are socialized to share our cares, concerns, trials, tribulations, and troubles . . . while glossing over our successes.

People don’t want to hear about Pollyanna and her “perfect life.”

Why is that?

I’m not sure.

I’d rather be around optimistic positive people than naysayers and doom and gloomers; others don’t seem to share my enthusiasm for  success stories.

I expect that different folks have different reasons for avoiding the Pollyanna’s they encounter:

(1) Some want to wallow in their own sorrow and self-pity, and continue playing the victim, without being reminded that other options are available.

(2) Others believe that we should share the negatives in our lives while standing around the “water cooler” so that “Good Samaritans” can earn brownie points for cheering us up.

(3) Some want to be the center of attention at all times – their glorious EGOs are not happy sharing the spotlight with anyone else.

(4) Others believe that sharing “good news” is akin to bragging, and therefore, to be avoided at all cost.

Whatever the reason, if we don’t follow the rules, if we are too happy, others are apt to get annoyed.

So be it.

Let them get annoyed.

After all, we’re doing them a favor . . .

We’re giving them something to whine and moan about next time they find themselves at the water cooler with nothing of import to say.

Quote:  If you want to sing out, sing out.  If you want to be free, be free. There’s a million ways to be . . . you know that there are.  ~ Cat Stevens

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Actors on the Stage of Life June 30, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness, People, Spirit & Ego.
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We are actors on the stage of life . . .

Think about how you act when you put on a “uniform” (e.g., overalls, medical scrubs, business suit) to go to work.

Think about how you act when dressed up for a social gathering, such as a wedding.

Contrast those situations with how you act when you are in casual attire, hanging around the backyard.

Does your behavior change depending upon what you are wearing?

Does your language (and body language) change?

In many cases it does.

Actors on a stage benefit from costumes which project the part they are playing.

Real life is not that different.

People treat us differently when we are wearing a power suit than when we are wearing a sweat suit or a bathing suit.

And we act differently in response.

The masks we wear belong to our glorious EGO, because EGO wants to protect us from scorn and ridicule, and have others admire and praise us for our accomplishments in life, no matter how modest.

When we become less concerned with what others think about us, and more focused on what we want out of life, we begin to discard our masks, or don them less frequently.

We become more willing to allow others to see our essence, our core, and our Spirit.

We begin to let our true light shine!

Aah . . . that’s better!

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FREE Movies for Kids!!! June 30, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies.
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I came across an intriguing article on the AARP Bulletin today . . . FREE Movies for kids!

A few theater chains are offering good deals on morning  screenings of G and PG movies ~ Regal Cinemas, Cinemark/Century Theatres’Summer Movie Clubhouse, and AMC Theatres.

And they’ll let you in even if you’ve got no kids.

To read the article:  Summer Morning Movies for Kids

 Check with your local theaters for details; not all participate.

Joan Rattner Heilman writes often on good deals and where to find them.