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Most Days Involve Hiccups March 1, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Mindfulness.

Days don’t always go as planned.  Sometimes we veer sharply off course.

* You’re probably on the right track if it’s uphill. ~ Anonymous

Even on smooth days, we face a few hiccups.

* A certain amount of opposition is a great help.  Kites rise against the wind, not with it. ~ John Neal

Chinaman-fishingNo matter what happens, we make things a bit better when we remind ourselves that “it could be worse.”

* Storms make trees take deeper roots. ~ George Herbert

Stay calm.  And keep breathing.

* The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. ~ Edward Gibbon

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. totsymae1011 - March 1, 2014

I’d prefer to think it could be better.

nrhatch - March 1, 2014

“IT” is a bit like life ~> moments suit “as is” but (when woven into the tapestry as a whole) we often find a thread is missing. 🙄

2. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - March 1, 2014

Great quotes to start the day!

nrhatch - March 1, 2014

Here’s to smooth sailing! {{Hiccup}} 😉

Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - March 1, 2014

I have worked very long and very hard to get to the point that I can roll with the punches and not freak out when a hiccup comes along in my day! Little reminders like your blog today are good reinforcement for me!

nrhatch - March 1, 2014

Good for you!. It’s a great life skill to have.

Playing the “It Could Be Worse” game helps me to stay on an even keel when raging waves threaten to capsize me.

I’ve played it when stranded in an airport overnight during a blizzard and when in the hospital dealing with pain of an unknown etiology. In both situations, I had no problem using my imagination to imagine WORSE situations which made me feel BETTER about the “what is” that I faced.

In the first, I imagined being stuck in a tent at the top of a mountain during a blizzard with no food, no bathroom, no company, and no heat ~ all of a sudden the airport seem COZY and WARM.

In the latter, I erased a few decades and imagined being a child in a hospital who didn’t understand why mom and dad didn’t stop the pain. Compassion for “wee ones” and “tiny tots” prevented me from throwing a “pity party” for myself.

3. Don - March 1, 2014

Yip! but then I’m not a kite, Nancy 🙂

nrhatch - March 1, 2014

You and I think alike, Don. In response to “boats are safe in harbor, but that’s not what boats are for,” I often think, “Sure. But I’m not a boat.” 😛

4. Beth Ann - March 1, 2014

Fabulous quotes to begin my day with today! Thanks!

nrhatch - March 1, 2014

Hope your day finds a “high note” that resonates! “FA!” 😀

Beth Ann - March 1, 2014


5. diannegray - March 1, 2014

Great quotes again, Nancy! My life is always going uphill 😉

nrhatch - March 1, 2014

It feels like an uphill slog, both ways, at times. 😛

6. ericjbaker - March 1, 2014

I clicked in here for medical advice!

nrhatch - March 1, 2014

Bwahaha! Here ya go:

Stand on your head. Eat a spoonful of sugar. Then blow into a paper bag. When it’s full, pop it and scare yourself silly. 😯

7. Eric Tonningsen - March 1, 2014

A day without hiccups would be like a day without sunshine. Rare here in the High Desert. I welcome them. 🙂

nrhatch - March 1, 2014

Exactly the right attitude, Eric. There are days when life flows from moment to moment with nary a hitch . . . always a delight.

But if ALL days flowed without hiccups, what would be the point?

8. Grannymar - March 2, 2014

“It could be worse!”, I used those very words, yesterday.

nrhatch - March 2, 2014

In the last week, I’ve dropped stuff on the floor twice that ended up in shatters ~ a frozen plastic storage container and a piece of pottery I use to hold serving spoons near the stove.

Both times I looked at the shards of plastic and glass, assessed the situation, and smiled while thinking, “I’m glad that wasn’t a vat of spaghetti sauce.” 😀

Grannymar - March 2, 2014

Or: a bottle of champagne. I too broke about three items in the past week, none serious but having to clear up annoyed me. It brings to mind one of Jack’s favourites: It is not as bad as a bad marriage!

nrhatch - March 2, 2014

Bad marriages are the WORST! 😕

9. Pix Under the Oaks - March 2, 2014

“It could be worse” using that right now as the ice storm rolls through!

nrhatch - March 2, 2014

I hope that calm returns to your neck of the woods in short order, Pix. This has been a wicked winter. 😐

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11. Booksphotographsandartwork - March 3, 2014

I love that woman! clip art. I often look just like that. 🙂 And I often tell myself that it could be worse. Very often.

nrhatch - March 3, 2014

I almost never look like that . . . the hair color is all wrong. :mrgreen:

12. jannatwrites - March 3, 2014

Great quotes! I had to chuckle at the uphill track probably being the right one… sure feels like it some days 🙂

nrhatch - March 4, 2014

Especially when you’re dealing with itchy critters!

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