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Changing Our Mind May 21, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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Our “mindset” is a constant filter through which we perceive each and every experience.

Over time, we can shift our perspective by being “open minded” (or “maybe” minded) when exposed to opposing views and viewpoints.

In short, we can literally “change our mind” about religion, politics, fashion, food, TV shows, etc.

It’s like mixing water and wine:

I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas. They’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.

~ Emily Bronte, English Novelist

Aah . . . that’s better!

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C’mon . . . Get Happy! May 7, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness.
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TIME has put together a collection of articles focused on Happiness . . .

TIME Guide to Happiness

Dive in!

Aah . . . that’s better!

That’s It! May 1, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Word Play.
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Another nugget from Nuggets of Gold:

That’s how I felt the other day as I read the Christmas Wish I wrote at age 9:

That’s it!

I am here to enhance happiness!

How awesome is that?

Aah . . . that’s better!

U.S. Congressman’s Day! April 28, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Humor, Joke.
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While eating breakfast with my teen-aged granddaughter, I asked her, “Is tomorrow a special day?”

Without skipping a beat she said, “Yup.  It’s U.S. Congressman’s Day.”

“Really?  What’s that?”

“On U.S. Congressman’s Day, our elected representatives step out of the Capital Building . . . if they see their shadow, we have 4 more years of Bull Shit.”

You know, it hurts when hot coffee spurts out your nose.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)

Happiness For Everyone! April 24, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, People, Writing & Writers.
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I’m divvying up my parents’ scrapbooks, letters, writings, photos, etc., between me and my siblings.

In the process, I came upon this gem that I wrote . . .

a week before Christmas . . .

at age 9 . . .

One Thing Only

If I could have one thing at Christmas I would pick happiness.  I would be able to make anything happy. Then there would be peace because everyone would be happy with everybody else.  There would be no more wars anymore.  Every country would be friends with every other country.

How’s that for an altruistic Christmas Wish List?!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Do I Look Like A Pawn? April 21, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Less IS More, Life Balance.
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IMGP3167b“How can you quit practicing law?  Don’t you realize how many women would love to trade places with you?”

“Of course.  And now they can.”

“What do you mean?”

“As soon as I resign, they can apply for my position.”

“Haha.  Funny.”

“I’m not kidding.  They are welcome to it ~ it doesn’t fit me anymore anyway.”

“Be serious.  You’re a role model for young girls ~ living proof that women can do anything they want to do.”

“So?”

“So . . . that’s why you can’t quit.”

Chess“OK, let me see if I follow you . . . in order to prove that women can do anything they want to do you want ME to keep doing something I no longer want to do?”

“Exactly.”

“No thanks.  Sacrificing my freedom will not enhance their freedom ~ it would just turn me into a pawn.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote to Ponder:  Don’t worry about what the world wants from you.  Focus on what makes you feel more fully alive. What the world really needs are people who are fully alive.~ Joseph Campbell

* * * * *

Hand-moving-chess-pieceDo you resist being manipulated by public opinion?

If someone tries to play you, do you put them in “check” by highlighting their faulty reasoning or nonsensical logic?

Do tell.

I always wanted to be somebody . . . now I realize I should have been more specific. ~ Lily Tomlin

Let Billow Your Sails April 19, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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For much of my life, my actions were governed by consensus.

My desire to be accepted allowed others to manipulate me through fear and guilt.

Instead of acting in conformity with my values, I complied with the wishes and expectations of others to avoid their disapproval.

As I grew older, and perhaps a bit wiser, I realized that I did not need a permission slip to live my life.

I decided that I no longer wished to be manipulated by public opinion.

I gave myself the freedom to be exactly who I wanted to be without first taking a poll.

A few acquaintances resented my increased personal autonomy since my decisions no longer required input or approval from them.

They tried to convince me that I was being selfish for living life according to my own rules, and tried to make me feel guilty about not doing what they wanted me to do.  They urged me to get back in line.

I ignored them.

Instead of conforming to their expectations, I used an internal compass to guide my actions, and followed my own road in the direction of my dreams.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote:  Why do we put off living the way we want to live, as if we have all the time in the world?  ~ Barbara de Angelis

Dare to Make Mistakes . . . March 31, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER ~ attributed to Nadine Stair (at age 85)

I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.
I’d relax, I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have been this trip.

I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances.

 

I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.

I would perhaps have more actual troubles,
but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I’m one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day.

 

Oh, I’ve had my moments,
And if I had it to do over again,
I’d have more of them.
In fact, I’d try to have nothing else.

Just moments, one after another,
instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

 

I’ve been one of those people who never goes anywhere without a thermometer,

a hot water bottle,

a raincoat,

and a parachute.

If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

 

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.

I would go to more dances.

I would ride more merry-go-rounds.

I would pick more daisies.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  If I Had My Life To Live Over

Related resources:  An Earlier Version of the poem, by Don Herald (from 1953 Reader’s Digest)

Enough! March 29, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Life is a buffet . . . a banquet of immense proportions.  We cannot taste everything.  We must pick and choose.  And be discerning.

When our plates are spilling over, it’s time to re-prioritize.  Weed our gardens. Prune the excess.

*What do I want my life to look like?

*How do I want to spend my time?

*What (& who) adds joy to my life?

*Do I have room for this on my plate?

*Will this add to my happiness?

When our “To Do” lists are ever expanding, it’s up to us to reign “life” in.

How?

Just Say “No.”

Don’t “Just Do It” . . . Just Stop It!

Learn to recognize “Enough.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

To Read More:  Why There’s Too Much On Your Plate (Raptitude)

Happy Hour at Level 11 March 1, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Travel & Leisure.
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After visiting Gulfport, we enjoyed Happy Hour in St. Pete Beach at Level 11, a rooftop deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico . . .

The views were great . . .

The sky was picture perfect . . .

I ordered a 3 Daughters Beach Blonde Ale (brewed in St. Pete!) . . .

We split a “flight” of hummus (lemon, beet, pesto, and lime), served with crackers, pita, and raw veggies for dipping . . .

After polishing off our colorful appetizer, we ordered the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert to end Happy Hour on a sweet note . . .

Back at ground level, we stopped at Bongo Bongo’s Beach Cafe to listen to the guitar player . . .

And end our date on a high note . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!