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Timing Is Everything March 16, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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Paula has tossed out an interesting challenge:

Write a brief synopsis (less than 1,000 words) of the story of Romeo & Juliet if they had lived. 

Would their infatuation have grown cold?  Would they have ended up, disowned by their parents, a poor penniless couple; or maybe they did live happily ever after, with a boat load of children to satisfy “both their houses?” 

To read more:  “And I, for winking at your discords, too . . .”

My thought?

Shakespeare considered other endings for Romeo and Juliet, rejected them, and used his musings for his other plays.

For example, The Taming of the Shrew. 

Is not Kate merely a more boisterous and pronounced version of Juliet?

No rules.  Just write!

What about you?  Have you ever wished to re-write history, or her-story, to transform a tragedy into a comedy, or a drama into a farce?

Do you agree with Shakespeare’s decision to end Romeo and Juliet with the ill-fated and ill-timed demise of hero and heroine?

Would a happier, better timed ending, have resulted in such a timeless tale?

This, That, & The Other Thing March 16, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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I’ve been reading George Carlin’s When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops with a mixture of fascination and horror.

At times, his brand of humor is too intense for my tastes, and far too focused on genitalia, but his observations about life and the euphemisms we use are so spot on that I feel compelled to keep reading.

Inspired by his forthright commentary, here are three observations on This, That, & The Other Thing:

1.  Some of you will not like THIS post.   I can live with THAT.

2.  If you want to be calm, BE CALM.  Don’t point to someone else and say, “I was calm until they said THAT, and THAT got me upset.  When people say  THAT, I can’t be calm.”

Of course you can.

You just perceive a greater benefit from being upset about THIS and worked up about THAT than from being calm at the moment.

Getting all lathered up about THIS until you’re foaming at the mouth about THAT garners attention.  And what do our Egos love?  Attention.

When you get worked up about THIS, THAT, and THE OTHER THING, you’ve decided to trade your peace of mind for attention getting.

Your life.  Your choice.

If you want to be calm . . . BE CALM.

3.  And that brings me to THE OTHER THING:  When someone says the word “retarded” (or any other word you don’t care for), you need not get your panties in a wad about it.  There is nothing intrinsically right or wrong about the word “retarded.”

Retarded is defined as “slow or limited in intellectual, emotional, or academic progress.”  It translates as slow-witted or slow to develop.

Some people are slow.  Based on my observations, a great many people are slow.  In fact, some are downright retarded ~ politicians, for example.

Quote:  It is only possible to live happily-ever-after on a moment-to-moment basis. ~  Margaret Bonnano

No rules.  Just write!

What about you?  Do you know people who routinely sacrifice their peace of mind in order to feed the ego’s desire for attention?

How often do you see people getting worked up about “nothing”?

Related posts:  “Stop Mocking Me!” * Toughen Up! *  We Can Choose NOT To Be Offended * Better Thoughts -> Better Results * You’re Full Of . . . Hubris * We Are Not The Labels We Wear * Maintaining Perspective * Someone Once Said * Island of Misfit Posts (WP Daily Prompt) * Political Correctness (WP Daily Prompt)

For two more fantastic posts on this topic, visit Kristen Lamb’s Blog:

The Disease of Self-Importance ~ Can We Find A Cure?

* Something Wicked This Way Comes & Why Writers Could Be In Great Danger