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Beauty June 23, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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“ At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough.”

— Toni Morrison, Pulitzer & Nobel Prize-winning African-American author

Aah . . . so true!

Do you agree with Toni?  Have you reached that point in life yet?  Are you taking fewer photos and smelling more roses?

There is something to be said for just enjoying the moment, without trying to preserve it for posterity . . .

I am grateful for what I am and have.
My thanksgiving is perpetual . . .  
O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches.
No run on my bank can drain it
for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Here’s to enjoying the moment HERE and NOW without trying to capture or possess it in perpetuity.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Happy Commencement May 27, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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In a world with a few too many unhappy endings, here’s to new beginnings:

Aah . . . that’s better!

May Thanks Be Given January 9, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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A few quotes to switch on the light, illuminate the recesses, and reframe our perspective:

* It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.  It is what you think about. ~ Dale Carnegie

* The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past  better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be. ~ Marcel Pagnol

* The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

One last parting thought:

May we stay resolved to each breath,
each act, each moment being enjoyed,
and may thanks be given,
regardless of the setbacks.

~ Jim O’Connor (Issue 13, HERON DANCE)

Here’s to enjoying the journey as each moment unfolds into the next.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Soon It Will Be Christmas Day December 2, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Happiness, Home & Garden.
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I decorated for Christmas today (even though I’m feeling too nostalgic to feel truly festive).

I want Christmas to be the way Christmas was when I was NOT the oldest generation . . . or even the second oldest.

I’d like my parents and grandparents and great aunt Edie to be back in the mix, instead of being mired in memory.

I want to watch mom doing all the heavy lifting, effortlessly ~ she mastered the art of balancing holiday shopping AND holiday baking, while turning out scones, stollen, Yorkshire pudding, plum pudding, miniature nut & fruit cupcakes, egg nog, and dozens of Christmas cookies.

I feel fat & jolly and roly poly just thinking about all those delicious calories and treats!

No wonder Santa needs so many reindeer to pull his sleigh . . .

And, while we’re on the subject, I want my grandfather back making whiskey sours for us to sip while we open presents galore, piled high under the fragrant (or fake) Christmas tree.

Alas! Time only moves forward.

Leaving us here, surrounded by mementos and memories and vestiges of the past.

Here’s to having a Holly Jolly Holiday, Here, Now . . . with whatever kith and kin we have left!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Does Christmas make you nostalgic for the days of yore?  What do you miss most?  And what do you love best Here & Now?

Let’s Talk Turkey November 9, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Happiness, Humor.
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“Each Thanksgiving, I’m thankful that I was born a parrot and not a turkey.”

“I say, I say, I say . . . being a rooster this time of year is more better than being a turkey.”

~ Foghorn Leghorn

“What?  Stop looking at me!  I’m not a turkey.  I’m a cow.  MOO!”

“I am not a turkey.  I am not a turkey.  I am not a turkey.  I am not a turkey.”

“Well, I’m a turkey and proud of it.  Of course, if I’m on your dinner table . . . it’ll be as a place holder or name tag NOT as the main course.”

~ Greta Gobbler

Aah . . . that’s better!

World Kindness Day . . . Pass It On! November 3, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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Just a quick heads up that World Kindness Day is right around the corner . . . on November 13th to be exact.

And it’s a Saturday.

But, of course, we should be kind to each other every day.

Why?  Because Kindness echoes!

World Kindness Day is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world.

The purpose of this day celebrated on November 13 of each year is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together.

This understanding has the power to bridge the gap between nations.

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Healing Mantra September 19, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Meditation.
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Until the Age of Aquarius dawns (with peace to guide the planets and love to steer the stars) . . .

Until we come together (to smile on our brother and love one another) . . .

We can use ALL the healing energy we can get.

Here’s a healing mantra to calm your spirit and soothe your soul:

Aah . . . that’s better!

Why Mozart Is My Favorite July 27, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Music & Dance, Travel & Leisure.
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This performance by members of the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra  illustrates why Mozart is my favorite classical composer:

Mozart: Serenata notturna, K.239

Oh, did I mention that my nephew is 3rd from the right playing viola?

Yup, that’s him!

Aah . . . that’s awesome!

Try Try Again July 8, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Gratitude, Happiness, Humor.
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After reading Ally Bean’s latest post . . . and the comments (thanks, shore acres!) . . . I resurrected the Classic Editor.  HUZZAH!

I am a happy camper.

 

If Classic Editor remains available, maybe I’ll find some blog worthy material to share on a more regular basis.

I am also happy that Hurricane Elsa didn’t ruffle many feathers around here.  A few tree limbs down, and leaves strewn around, but no significant damage.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Like A Mandala April 27, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Like a Mandala

We must let go of the past

As it emerges

How caught up are you in your story? How much time do you spend defending your reputation with others? Are you ready to let it all go?

Come into the present and Just Be. Notice the underlying feeling of pleasure that saturates the palette of your mind.

It has nothing to do with your story. It is unaffected by your reputation.

It doesn’t come from somewhere and it can’t go anywhere. It exists outside time and space.

It is always there and will never leave you. It is eternal.

When you let go of all thoughts and mindfully observe . . . you’ll catch a glimpse of this very subtle sensation of joy.

Aah . . . that’s bliss!