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Whose Shoes Are They Anyway? January 24, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, People.
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Friends and family,   acquaintances, and even strangers offer advice on matters beyond their ken.

Feel free to disregard the proffered advice.

Life is not a dress rehearsal.

You don’t need to justify your  decisions, or fit into neatly defined categories.

You are in a unique position.  You are the only expert on your life, your dreams,  your motivations, your preferences, and your priorities.  You  have the best vantage point to decide which choices are right for you.

You are an artist.  Your life is your masterpiece.  You can allow others to dictate the subject matter, colors, tastes, and textures which you apply to your canvas, or you can create a unique tapestry by following your desires.

Advice arrives daily on a myriad of topics ~ who to marry, whether and when to have children,  what career to pursue, the food, books, and movies we should consume, the car we should drive, the clothes we should wear, the religion we should follow, the sexual positions we should master, where we should vacation, and even whether we should have a natural or artificial Christmas tree!

When people offer advice, they are merely saying what they would do if they were in your shoes.

Only they are not in your shoes ~ you are. 

They are entitled to their opinions, and you are entitled to yours.

You do not have to like Green Eggs and Ham, even if they are a favorite of Sam-I-Am!

No matter how well a person knows you, you know yourself better.  And, if you don’t, you should.

When you know WHO you are, you will know HOW to live.

Of course . . . that’s just my opinion.  🙂

No rules.  Just write!

For wonderful writing advice, especially when well-meaning friends say, “You know what you should write about?” or “I’ve got a great idea for a story!”:  Keeping Focused by Jennifer R. Hubbard (Becky Levine)

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Just Say “N.O.” January 24, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness.
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448px-Alice_05a-1116x1492The next time your dentist says that you need work done, follow the advice from the War Against Drugs . . .

Just say “N.O.”

Nitrous Oxide makes a visit to the dentist  a transcend dental experience.

He drills.  You laugh.

Instead of writhing in pain during my last visit, I spent two hours thinking, “There is no place I’d rather be.”

The highlight of that visit?

Laughing through a spirited Reggae version of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

How I wonder what . . . lies ahead today?

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Want something to laugh about right now?  Here are 2 dental riddles for you:

* Why did the Buddhist refuse Novocaine at the dentist during a root canal?

He wanted to transcend dental medication.

* Why did the dentist and manicurist divorce?

They kept fighting tooth and nail.

No rules.  Just write!

Related post:  The (Almost) Perfect Spa Experience