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Decidedly Delicious Days August 19, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Mindfulness.

Tigger-BouncingIf you’ve known me for any length of time, you probably suspect (correctly) that I have more good days than bad days:

* I remind myself to look for the silver lining in any cloud that appears on my horizon, and tend to ignore the tarnish marring its silver finish.

* I focus on the positives, and do my best to ignore the negatives . . . unless and until they jump up and bite me in the butt (which has happened, on rare occasion).

While I would love to claim having had an easy-going and accepting nature since birth, such a claim would be an egregious lie.

In my younger years, I slammed more than my fair share of doors, and punched a few walls for good measure.

While the specific reasons have faded, in each instance my actions stemmed from a desire to make my fleeting frustrations known to those around me ~ whether or not those in close proximity were the cause of my frustration.

Fortunately, those days are behind me now ~ most of the time, anyway.

Not so long ago, I visited a friend’s blog to poke my nose about.  After enjoying a look around, I found a link to Spirit Lights The Way on her favorites page:

Nancy has a very spiritual take on the craft of writing; calming and soothing. You read her blog and come away with the sense that whatever is wrong in your life, it will get better.

Stumbling across those warm words felt unexpectedly delightful ~ a bit like walking into a surprise party  planned just for me.  The warmth of her words lingers.

When we learn to go with the flow, we stop wasting so much energy rocking the boat (and tipping the boat over).   We more easily accept the “what is,” realizing that how we relate to the issue IS the issue.

Our increasing acceptance of the external world (even the less savory bits) leads to concomitant peace, harmony, and serenity within ~ a more enduring form of happiness.

We flow more easily through our days, focusing on the many blessings in life.

But even in a sea of good days, certain days stand out from the rest ~ the decidedly delicious days.

Have a fabulous, fantastic Friday . . . filled with decidedly delicious moments.

No rules.  Just write!


1. Naomi - August 19, 2011

What a lovely tribute to you, Nancy 🙂 Fully agreed; here’s to DDD’s!

nrhatch - August 19, 2011

It felt like stumbling into a warm hug. 😀

Have a DDD!

2. misswhiplash - August 19, 2011

Wonderful words….
Thank you I shall have a really super DDD and I hope that yours will be the same

nrhatch - August 19, 2011

Loved your Mother’s Day flowers! 😀

3. enermazing - August 19, 2011

Have a delicious weekend 🙂

nrhatch - August 19, 2011

You too! Hope you stumble into a sweet surprise or two . . . or three! 🙂

4. eof737 - August 19, 2011

May your Friday be equally delicious and delightful. 🙂

nrhatch - August 19, 2011

It’s off to a grand start . . . with more treats in store for cocktail hour at a gallery opening.

5. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - August 19, 2011

We probably all have more good days than bad, we just might not perceive them that way. Oh, my. You’ve made me all deep!

nrhatch - August 19, 2011

I’m guessing you and Katherine have more decidedly delicious days than most ~ that recipe last night . . . YUMMMMM!!!!!

6. Maggie - August 19, 2011

I agree with those words. And I hope your Friday is delicious!

nrhatch - August 19, 2011

There is something special about Fridays . . . that sense of something waiting on the horizon for us to enjoy! 😉

Loved your school bus post.

7. Rosa - August 19, 2011

How lovely to stumble across such a sweet sentiment about yourself! Your upbeat attitude is contagious!!

nrhatch - August 19, 2011

Thanks, Rosa. Unexpected surprises are such a delight. 😀

8. souldipper - August 19, 2011

Hi Nancy. Good to land here with your discovery of positive feedback. Makes its impact doubly welcome.

Grand day out here with an actual summer’s weekend in store. BBQs et al!

nrhatch - August 19, 2011

Oh, I hope you enjoy summer breezes and tall glasses filled with refreshing beverages! 😎

9. SuziCate - August 19, 2011

How wonderful life is when we focus on the positive! Your posts are always uplifting.

nrhatch - August 19, 2011

Thanks, Suzi. Once in a while, I share a sour note because I can’t keep a lid on it. But most days I want people who visit SLTW to leave with a smile firmly in place.

Aah. . . that’s better. 😀

10. Patricia - August 19, 2011

I have mostly good days myself. Prolly cause having a bad day uses lots of energy and I am very much into energy conservation. 🙂

nrhatch - August 19, 2011

Yes! That’s a primary motivator for me too! The older I get the less I want to waste energy getting worked up about “nothing.” 😉

11. barb19 - August 19, 2011

I hate wasting energy on negative stuff, it just seems a waste of time; I’d rather put that energy into something more positive because I know I will feel the benefit.
What a lovely surprise stumbling across those words about yourself – all the more so because it was so unexpected! Gives you a warm feeling inside.
After visiting SLTW I always feel uplifted, and I leave with a smile on my face and a warm feeling inside.

nrhatch - August 19, 2011

It did! And thanks!

I feel the same way after visiting you “down under.” Whether you’re sharing views of the beach, or your backyard birds, I always leave smiling (or singing):

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree . . .
Tie me kangaroo down sport . . .

barb19 - August 19, 2011

Hahaha – you know our Aussie songs very well! I should do more Aussie type posts!

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

Yes, please! Aussie posts. 😀

12. hugmamma - August 20, 2011

positive attracts positive…negative…should take a day off…and start afresh… 🙂

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

Today is where your book begins. 😀

13. Cindy - August 20, 2011

I couldn’t agree more with that blogger’s comment about you!

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

Aww . . . thanks, Cin. I’m glad that readers find SLTW an uplifting place to visit. 🙂

Certain controversial issues (child abuse, animal abuse, environmental destruction, etc.) still “get my goat,” and make me want to rock the boat and tip it over. But I’ll continue to temper those posts with reminders to look for the good.

Progress, not perfection. 😎

14. Tilly Bud - August 20, 2011

What a lovely surprise for you!

I’m a silver lining person myself 🙂

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

You definitely strike me as a Tigger (rather than an Eeyore) . . . and you’re a Tigger who keeps smiling in the face of some mighty big challenges. You and Paula are definitely role models for the rest of us.

15. crumbl - August 20, 2011

LRHG had an all too typical day at work … someone brainstormed that they should take 4 of the 5 guys to Ontario Place today (LRHG is a personal support worker for physically and development challenged individuals), which sounds good on paper, BUT … today was opening day for the Canadian National Exhibition … not the best timing there, brain trust. Needless to say, a bit of a stressful day.

DDD … she came home to a sun bathed balcony and a pitcher (okay maybe a few) of frozen margaritas, and we sat out and chatted and decompressed to some tunes and shared each others’ company.

Nothing extraordinary about that, at least for us … we do it every day, weather permitting (otherwise, we do the same ritual, but inside) … but it is a decidedly delicious day when there’s a release knob on the pressure valve and you can just blow off some steam … let it all go and get back to your happy place.

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

That. Is. Awesome!

We can only live happily-ever-after on a moment to moment basis and . . . here’s the key . . . we must take time for those moments or we miss them.

16. CMSmith - August 20, 2011

Yes. You clearly have mastered the consistent calm. Something to be content about, I suspect, although you already are.

Sometimes, even often, your approach helps me. Sometimes it frustrates me. I guess I still have a ways to go.

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

I hear ya! 😉

If we are used to viewing the world through a certain set of glasses, it can be disconcerting and/or frustrating to have someone hand us a different set of glasses to peer through.

When people “over-react” to “nothing” and I suggest that they “let it go,” a fairly routine response is . . .

“I can’t be calm when they are doing/saying/being that!”

They could be calm, but they choose not to be calm because the Ego enjoys the attention it gets when it throws hissy fits and pity parties.

Until one day . . . when the idea of being calm supersedes the need for external attention from others.

Aah . . . that’s better. 😎

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

Dieters have a slogan: Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.

In like vein: Nothing external feels as good as inner peace.

17. Patricia - August 20, 2011

So true. Inner peace is beyond description, it is uncomparable.

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

It is. Inner peace makes life more palatable and frees up our energy to embrace it. 😀

18. Julie - August 21, 2011

This is a lovely post, and the shout-out to your blog was well-deserved. Thanks for posting on topics meant to raise us all up out of the mire of frustration, anger, and other not-so-delicious emotions.

nrhatch - August 21, 2011

Thanks, Julie! Most days, finding something to smile about and share on SLTW is easy.

On occasion, the dawn fails to brighten my horizon resulting in a darker complexion to those posts. The sun usually returns in short order. 😎

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