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Shift Happens August 29, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

Wikipedia ~ Merlin (in Public Domain)

Remember the t-shirt and bumper stickers proclaiming Shit Happens?

I saw one that I like better . . . Shift Happens.

The “what is” . . . IS.

How we relate to the issue IS the issue.  We do not see things as they are . . . we see things as we are.

When we relinquish the desire to control others (what they do and how  they choose to view the world), we regain our inner equilibrium.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Cindy - August 29, 2011

Hiya Nancy, missed you a lot 🙂

nrhatch - August 29, 2011

She’s back! Sounds like you had a wonderful time at the Cape and with Tandy! 😀

Aah . . . that’s better. _/!\_

2. brainrants - August 29, 2011

Very true

nrhatch - August 29, 2011

When we stop expending energy arguing with others about who they SHOULD be . . . we have more energy to devote to becoming who we WANT to be.

Aah . . . that’s better. _/!\_

3. misswhiplash - August 29, 2011

Hello Mrs..you do say the most sensible things….

nrhatch - August 29, 2011

I am far more sensible now than I have ever been before.

Aah . . . that’s better. _/!\_

4. SuziCate - August 29, 2011

Ah yes, I like this one better, too.

nrhatch - August 29, 2011

Sometimes shift happens so gradually that we don’t notice the imperceptible change from who we once were to who we are now . . . and then we look back . . . and see that all the boulders have become pebbles.

Aah . . . that’s better. _/!\_

5. souldipper - August 29, 2011

I love shifts, Nancy, especially when I don’t have to grind gears to make one!

nrhatch - August 29, 2011

One of my favorite shifts occurred after a tumor diagnosis, and another after a basement flood ~ definitely some grinding gears to contend with . . . but the shift in perspective was worth it.

Aah . . . that’s better. _/!\_

6. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - August 29, 2011

Shift sure does happen, says the guy that just drove 2,800 miles in a five-speed.

nrhatch - August 29, 2011

Bwahaha! You made me laugh. 😀

7. Tilly Bud - August 29, 2011

‘we see things as we are’ – I like that.

nrhatch - August 29, 2011

One reason that I adore aphorisms is because they sum up in few words some of the great lessons of life.

CoWAbunger, Dudette! 😀

8. Paula Tohline Calhoun - August 29, 2011

I too like short phrases that say a lot – but those short phrases are nevertheless wide open to hermeneutics.. Then again long phrases are too – everything is- so I guess, as you say, “Shift happens!” A LOT of it!

I like that new tag line – but then I like the other one as well. Are you considering a change, or just adding another? How about a combo?:

Aah . . . no rules – that’s better! It’s just right! 😉

nrhatch - August 29, 2011

Both tag lines are there ~ in some posts. Only one in others. I like to mix it up a bit.

If I didn’t, people would think that I do have “rules” and that I am just keeping them all to myself. Then, they might think that I was being selfish about not sharing them. 😉

Plus, I hate to be pigeon-holed and predictable. By mixing it up, I keep from pinning myself down.

Aah . . . that’s better!

9. Booksphotographsandartwork - August 29, 2011

Well this certainly fits my dinner table conversation tonight. To each his own.

nrhatch - August 29, 2011

I expect I would have enjoyed that conversation, Linda . . . especially if you shared a piece of that scrumptious looking Chocolate Truffle Cake with me. 😉

When people don’t act how we think they should act, and we allow it to destroy OUR inner peace, we are hurting ourselves. Far better to allow them to be who they want to be while focusing our energy on becoming the best that we can be.

10. Tahlia Newland - August 29, 2011

It also says that things change. Things shift so nothing is as solid or unfixable as it seems. That’s good to remember. Have you had a look at my new blog Happy Honkers yet? I think you’d like it.

The new blog is http://happyhonkers.wordpress.com It’s subtitled ‘helping you be happy.’

nrhatch - August 29, 2011

I’ll check it out. Thanks, Tahlia. 😀

11. jannatwrites - August 29, 2011

So true. I like ‘shift happens’. It does, if we’re lucky 🙂

nrhatch - August 30, 2011

Far better than stagnating by stewing in old juices. 😉

12. eof737 - August 30, 2011

Shift always happens… It’s a favorite line of mine too. 😉

nrhatch - August 30, 2011

We are shaped by our experiences as the path unfolds before us . . . one step at a time.

13. LittleMissVix - August 30, 2011

I think both sayings are true 🙂 Balance is needed in both situations I think 🙂

nrhatch - August 30, 2011

I agree, Vix. Shit happens . . . all the time. If we relate to “it” in “productive ways” . . . shift happens.

14. creatingreciprocity - August 30, 2011

Excellent distinction between ‘shit’ and ‘shift’.

nrhatch - August 30, 2011

This post started out as a comment on your blog, Patricia. That comment reminded me of the “Shift happens” t-shirt I saw not long ago.

Here’s to swaying with the tides . . . and shifting our sails as needed.

15. Maggie - August 30, 2011

There’s a book called Oh Shift! that tackles the same theme. The chapter titles are cute, too.


nrhatch - August 30, 2011

Thanks for the link, Maggie. I’m going to take a peek right now.

nrhatch - August 30, 2011
16. kateshrewsday - August 31, 2011

This is going straight on my fridge door for reference.

nrhatch - August 31, 2011

It’ll remind you to schedule a stone massage . . .

Aah . . . that IS better. 😉

17. Julie - August 31, 2011

Shift happens is a much better slogan than shit happens!

nrhatch - August 31, 2011

Definitely more positive. 😀

18. gospelwriter - August 31, 2011

Shift is what happens when we no longer resist the shit that happens. 🙂

nrhatch - September 1, 2011

Yes, indeed. We stop struggling against what is outside our control . . . and begin to change what we can control. Ourselves.

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nrhatch - December 29, 2011

That book sounds awesome!

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