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Make Yesterday Jealous! December 31, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

Speed doesn’t matter.  Forward is forward.

Go the extra mile . . . it’s never crowded.

Build yourself a life you don’t need a vacation from.

Make today so awesome that yesterday gets jealous!

 

Aah . . . that’s the ticket!

Spreading Christmas Cheer December 19, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Music & Dance.
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“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”  Will Farrell, ELF

Some ideas:

“Jolly Old Saint Nicholas”

“Frosty the Snowman”

“Rudolph”

“Silent Night”

“The First Noel”

“We Three Kings”

“Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”

What’s your favorite Christmas Song?

Sing it ~ loud & proud!

Aah . . . that’s cheery!

Still More Christmas Quotes December 17, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Magick & Mystery.
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“Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.”  Dr. Seuss

“And we are better throughout the year for having in spirit, become a child again at Christmas time.”  Laura Ingalls Wilder

“May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve.” Anonymous

“I wish we could put some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.”  Harlan Miller

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”  Burton Hills

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”  Hamilton Wright Mabie

“The joy of brightening other lives becomes for us the magic of the holidays.”  W.C. Jones

Aah . . . that’s better!

Christmas Charades December 15, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, People.
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Looking for ideas for Christmas gatherings this year (including those via ZOOM)?

Consider a cacophonous game of Christmas Charades!

Pass out age-appropriate assignments to all attendees and let holiday hilarity ensue:

* Santa coming down the Chimney in full regalia (see right)

Uh-oh, he’s stuck!
Can you say Claus-trophobia?

* Santa filling the stockings (with COAL)

It’s a dusty job but someone’s got to do it

* Decorating the Christmas tree . . . with cats for companions

Dashing through the house, while looking for a box 
I am ready to pounce, quick as a frisky fox

* Demonstrate the (pre-pandemic) pandemonium of Black Friday Shopping

* Illustrate the after dinner coma  (Snoring = optional)

Santa’s after-season sabbatical!

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

 

More Christmas Quotes December 13, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Magick & Mystery.
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“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” W.T. Ellis

“I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another.”  Carrie Fisher

“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.” The Polar Express

“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” Janice Maeditere

“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things give off the greatest glow of happiness.” Bob Hope

“Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago.” Tom Baker

Aah . . . that’s better!

Christmas Quotes December 9, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Music & Dance.
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People act like the North Pole and the South Pole are exactly the same, but there’s a whole world of difference between them.

“Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.”  Harlan Miller

“Fresh cut Christmas trees smell of stars and snow and pine resin—inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night.”  John Geddes

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”  Peg Bracken

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”  Norman Vincent Peale

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Oh Schadenfreude! November 7, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Joke.
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Oh Schadenfreude . . .

Oh Schadenfreude . . .

How lovely are thy branches

Oh Schadenfreude . . .

Oh Schadenfreude . . .

How do you entrance us

You make us laugh

Each time he frowns

We’re thrilled that he

Won’t be around

Oh Schadenfreude . . .

Oh Schadenfreude . . .

Our wish came true for Christmas.

Merriam-Webster dictionary sees huge spike in 'schadenfreude' search

Aah . . . that’s better!

Chill!  It’s only Chaos! October 18, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness.
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Despite the pandemic, the election, and the looming dangers of climate change, I feel calm, cool, collected, and at peace.

Others (particularly the less charitable) might view my current demeanor as “extreme apathy” rather than as “zen enlightenment and acceptance.”

So be it. 😛

Relax.  Everything is cool.

What consumes your mind controls your life.

Think about what could go RIGHT.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Godspeed RBG! September 20, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Gratitude, People.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg transformed the landscape of America, increasing gender equality and acting as a moral compass for her brethren on the Supreme Court.

She rocked!

If you want more insight, I recommend two recent films ~ RBG and On the Basis of Sex.

She stood for equal rights for all.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Thoughts on Thoughts August 19, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Only one thing stands in the way of our happiness.

The thoughts that we think.

Need some pointers?

The NY Times has a great article on How To Be Happy . . . which starts (and ends) with managing the thoughts we think:

Practice Optimism

Optimism is part genetic, part learned. Even if you were born into a family of gloomy Guses, you can still find your inner ray of sunshine. Optimism doesn’t mean ignoring the reality of a dire situation. After a job loss, for instance, many people may feel defeated and think, “I’ll never recover from this.” An optimist would acknowledge the challenge in a more hopeful way, saying, “This is going to be difficult, but it’s a chance to rethink my life goals and find work that truly makes me happy.”

When we accept life as it is with cheerful indifference, nothing disturbs us.

We stop struggling against the current and allow things to be as they are.

We just go with the flow.

Aah . . . that’s better!