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Summer Breeze August 27, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Music & Dance.
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Summer’s still in full swing here in Florida, but school are opening doors, campuses are welcoming college students, and Labor Day weekend (in the States) is just around the bend.

Yesterday, someone mentioned feeling a nip in the air.  Casual comments like that used to throw me into a tail-spin: 

What?  My long-awaited summer is already winding down?  NO~O~O!

Whether your summer is just on the horizon (for those living below the equator) or nearing a close (for those above), here’s a bit of Summer Breeze to keep you going:

Related post:  My Top 5 Musical Stress Busters (Footprints in the Sand)

Stay Focused on the Journey August 27, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Sustainable Living.
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Continued from:  It’s Just Your Imagination

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When we define ourselves by past accomplishments (or failures), we are focused on who we were, rather than on who we are. 

Re-living past glory feeds our ego at the expense of our spirit.  

Re-visiting past failures and set-backs distracts us from our efforts to reach our full potential here and now.  

When we choose to postpone happiness until we fulfill our dreams for the future, we do so at our peril.  The future we envision may never arrive, and if it does arrive, it may not provide the happiness we imagined.

Happiness is found only in the here and now, not by living in the past or by striving to reach some distant shore as quickly as possible.

How we play the game of life determines the level of our happiness.  If we are enjoying the journey, we win. If we focus solely on reaching an elusive destination, without enjoying the process required to get there, we are apt to lose:

* In our rush to reach the desired destination, we may miss interesting and intriguing detours along the way.  

* In our haste, we may be tempted to take shortcuts at variance with our values.  Doing so erodes our sense of self-worth.

* After years of postponing happiness, we may get hit by a bus, or have a sudden heart attack, before enjoying the fruits of our sacrifice.

* We may attain the sought after prize, and find it nothing more than an  empty promise of happiness which crumbles to dust before adding any  measurable satisfaction to our lives.

* We may arrive at the final destination and find that new desires have arisen, detracting from our enjoyment of the goal we struggled to reach.

Someone once said that getting a poem published was a “feather in my cap.” 

I disagreed, and replied: To me, the “feather in my cap” is not publication of past efforts . . . it is my continued desire to return, day after day, to the keyboard to write.

My delight in writing lies in the creative act, not in past publication, or in dreams of achieving best-seller status ~ an elusive destination down the road over which I have little or no control.

If you believe, as many do, that we are here to be happy, the easiest way to  maximize your happiness is to enjoy every step along the way.  When you wake up each morning determined to enjoy what you do, you win. 

No matter what happens, you win.

Crime Doesn’t Pay (Much) August 27, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Word Play.
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Lexophiles love words, especially a good play on words (or even a bad play on words). 

Most of these puns came from e-mails I’ve saved over the years.  A few are of more recent vintage.  

All of these show that Crime Doesn’t Pay (Much):

1.  What happened to the thief who got stuck in wet cement?

He became a hardened criminal.

2.  Why did the day care center call the police? 

A 3-year-old was resisting a  rest. 

3.  Did you hear about the thief who stole fresh corn from the field?

He was charged with stalking.

4.  A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. 

The police are looking into it.

5.  Why did the Algebra teacher confiscate the rubber band pistol in class?

It was a weapon of math disruption.

6.  What happened when the dog gave birth to puppies near the road?

She was cited for littering.

7.  Did you see that guy punch the psychic who was grinning from ear to ear?

Yup.  He was arrested for striking a happy medium.

8.  What happened to the thief who stole the calendar?

He got 12  months.

9.  Why did she break into song?

She couldn’t find the key.

10.  What do you call a short fortune teller who escapes from prison?

A small medium at large.

Stay tuned. 

More Fun with Puns tomorrow.

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