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Scaredy Coon November 28, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Mindfulness, Nature.

Monday morning, I saw a raccoon on the opposite bank at the top of the berm.

As I watched, through binoculars, he wandered down to water’s edge, jumped in fright, and retraced his steps.

I saw nothing that might have caused him alarm.

Meandering a short way down the bank, he again approached the edge of the water to quench his thirst.  Again, he retreated before completing his mission.

Something was scaring him, but what?

I stared through my scopes looking for a snake slithering through the reeds at water’s edge, or a large carp . . . big enough to eat a raccoon for breakfast, or a massive turtle loitering about.

I saw nothing except the raccoon.

I watched again, more closely, and realized, with a laugh, what was causing the masked bandit to advance and retreat, mission incomplete.

The furry fellow was “scared of his own shadow.”  Each time he saw his reflection in the water, he would abandon the quest to quench his thirst.

But he didn’t give up.

After three or four false starts, thirst prevailed.  He stood his ground long enough to take a big swig.  And then another.  And another. 

He faced his fears . . . by staring his fears in the face.  Literally. 

When we have conquered the enemy within, there are no enemies left to conquer.

Aah . . . that’s better!

More Thoughts on Health & Nutrition November 28, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Joke.

For those of you who watch what you eat, here’s are some interesting observations on nutrition and health:    

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than  Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks  than Americans. 

5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than  Americans.

CONCLUSION:  Eat  and drink whatever you like.  It’s speaking English that kills you.

And remember: 

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body.

Instead, plan to skid in sideways . . . chardonnay in one hand, chocolate in the other, body spent, while screaming, “WOO-HOO, what a  ride!!” 

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source: e-mail from an unknown author (sent by Granny1947)