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The Sanest Banana In The Bunch May 8, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness.


The Sanest Banana in the Bunch recognizes that . . .

* How it relates to the issue IS the issue.

* Sometimes it must accept the “what is,” as is.

* Shaking its fist at the sky will not stop the rain.

* It cannot please all the people all the time . . . but it can please itself.

* Happiness arises of its own accord when what it does, what it thinks, and what it says are in harmony.

* It has as many reputations as acquaintances and none is accurate.

* Happiness is not in things, it is in us.

* To be the best it can be, it must tend its garden and mind its own business.

* It is the only expert on its life.

* Its purpose is to discover its purpose and pursue it with passion.

The Sanest Banana in the Bunch . . . is comfortable in its own skin. ~ BFF


1. KateShrewday - May 8, 2011

I love ‘ happiness is not in things, it is in us’…..

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

Me too! All I need to do is smile and happiness surfaces of its own accord . . . no matter the mayhem around me.

2. Maggie - May 8, 2011

“It has as many reputations as acquaintances . . . and none is accurate.”

I think I might write that down on my list of cool quotes.

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

Excellent pick, Maggie.

That quote always reminds me not to get too caught up in the drama created when people disagree with me and my view of the world.

How can they see things “my way” . . . when they haven’t been standing in my shoes? 😉

Here’s to being the sanest banana in the bunch, Maggie!

3. jannatwrites - May 8, 2011

As a born-and-raised people-pleaser, I liked “It cannot please all the people all the time . . . but it can please itself.”

It’s taken long enough but I’m learning to just be me, and if people like me, fine – if they don’t, they’re just wrong 😉 (only kidding…)

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

That’s the spirit! 😀

I used to spend way too much time and energy trying to satisfy other people (some of whom are perpetually dissatisfied, I’m sure).

If they got the “wrong” idea about me . . . I expended energy trying to correct the misapprehension, etc.

One day I decided ENOUGH!

Now, if I please most of the people, most of the time (or even some of the people, some of the time), I’m happy with my batting average.

It’s how we feel about our own efforts that matters in the long run.

Play Ball!

4. carldagostino - May 8, 2011

Happiness is not in things…..well let me tell you about that. Let’s start with a bazillion dollars….

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

Aah . . . then why do so many RICH people kill themselves? Elvis Presley. Janis Joplin. John Belushi. Kurt Cobain. Chris Farley.

They had money. They weren’t happy. And they’d run out of places to look because no one ever suggested they look within.

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

I will agree that we need “enough” money to satisfy our basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter . . . beyond that, money probably creates as many headaches as it solves.

5. Patricia - May 8, 2011

“…tend its garden and mind its own business…” amen, sister!

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

It makes such a difference in our happiness when we realize that it does not fall on our shoulders to change anyone but ourselves.

It frees up tremendous energy which we can use to become the best we can be . . . while gently encouraging others to do the same.

6. linda - May 8, 2011

Well I tried too make my ownself happy today and I made a few people very mad. Needless too say I am a terrible daughter in law. I do not do well with traditions and all of the stupid made up holidays. Yeah go ahead just call me a bitch. I’m sure someone already has today.

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

You made me LAUGH! 😀

When people call me names, I just shrug it off. I’d rather have my freedom than their approval.

7. linda - May 8, 2011

Well glad to hear I made someone laugh!

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

In Laws are notorious for judging “out laws” by their own traditions and standards. Some “out laws” fit in the in law’s box . . . other’s don’t. It’s just the way of the world.

8. Hanson Anderson - May 9, 2011

You are a Neat Lady…Happy Blog

nrhatch - May 9, 2011

Thanks, Hanson! 😀

9. Cindy - May 9, 2011

Bananas are everywhere today, like your wise ones 🙂

nrhatch - May 9, 2011

Yes, we have some bananas . . . we have some bananas today.

What a cheery fruit!

10. eof737 - May 9, 2011

I’m more interested in the plantains than in the bananas…. He has nothing to prove. 🙂

nrhatch - May 9, 2011

That’s me . . . a plantain! I’ve got nothing to prove. I just need to be ME!

Thanks, Eliz.

11. suzicate - May 9, 2011

LOVE THIS! Somtimes it takes a long time tobe comfortable in ones own skin, but much easier when we stop looking for outside assurances that all is ok with us.

nrhatch - May 9, 2011

You got that right, Suzi.

Someone’s been annoyed at me for the past few days . . . weeks . . . months. She views her annoyance at me as my problem . . . thinking that, if I would just change, she would no longer have to be annoyed. If I would just see that HER view of the world is the right view of the world, then we could live happily ever after . . . until something else put a bee in her bonnet or a bug up her ass. 😀

I find that approach to life hysterically amusing and so very common.

Since I’m not looking to HER for assurance that I’m making the right choices in life, her annoyance is her problem to deal with, and has nothing to do with me ~ just a pebble . . . easily kicked to the side of the path.

Rich, Rich, Bo, Bich
Banana Fanna, Fo Fich
Me Mi Mo Mich . . . Rich

suzicate - May 9, 2011

My sister used to sing that ditty when we were little…I never could do it, used to get tongue tied, but I loved to make her sing it to truck. Was I evil or what?!

nrhatch - May 9, 2011

Bwahaha . . . that’s what I almost did! 😉

12. Tilly Bud - May 9, 2011

What if you’re a banana but you feel like an apple, or a melon?

nrhatch - May 9, 2011

Interesting question, Tilly.

Some people are apples or melons that have tried to become bananas to please other people. In that case, the solution is easy . . . stop trying to be a banana and become more fully the apple or melon that they were born to be.

The tougher question is those who really are bananas . . . but have always wanted to be more like apples or melons.

In many/most cases, they need to recognize that they can only do what they can with what they have where they are. They need to accept the “what is” and learn to be the best banana they can be.

Or, if they can afford it, they can have a sex change operation. 😉

13. Tilly Bud - May 9, 2011


14. oldancestor - May 9, 2011

What a bizarre coincidence! My wife bought bananas today.



oldancestor - May 9, 2011

I mean, what are the chances? 1 in 3?

nrhatch - May 9, 2011

Synchronicity? Serendipity? Coincidence? The Law of Averages? One mind . . . one muse?

Let me know if you discern a mystical magical revelation during consumption!

Make sure it’s not just gas. 😉

15. Greg Camp - May 11, 2011

A banana tending its own garden? Oh my, but that’s an interesting idea. I wish that the plants in my yard would take care of themselves, but the city codes department might object.

Of course, one day you’re a banana, then the next, gorilla poop.

nrhatch - May 11, 2011

Self-tending gardens are real time savers, especially if they are self-fertilizing. 😉

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