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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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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!

The Tao of Pooh April 25, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Nature.
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Joy Roses shared this nugget on Nuggets of Gold:

As I pondered the image, these thoughts came to mind:

All things must pass.

Let go and go with the flow.

Every drop is part of the whole.

Water flows over and around obstacles in its path.

You can never step into the same river twice.

What thoughts came to you as you watched the river run?

Aah . . . that’s wisdom!

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

Friday the 13th . . . Again! April 13, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness, Word Play.
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The scariest thing about Friday the 13th for me is the words used to describe phobias attached to it.  Words like:

Friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga-triska-ideka-phobia) ~ how would you like to get stuck with that tongue-twister in the Scripps Spelling Bee?

Wikipedia ~ Friday the 13th (Free Use)

What about paraskevidekatriaphobia  (Para-skevi-deka-tria-phobia)?

By the time you spit out that monster, it’s Saturday the 14th.

I also love Black Cats.  We rescued a solid black kitten once.  We called him Buddha.  Not because of his color . . . because of his big fat Buddha Belly.

And his serene nature.   He held our hearts in steady gaze . . .

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Happy Friday the 13th!  Be well and mindful as you move through your day.  Namaste! _/!\_

The Lighter Side of Anxiety April 3, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Anxious?

Maybe that means that you’re in touch with reality . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related:  Comedian Aparna Nancheria is Everywhere Right Now

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)

Anne ~ This Post Is For YOU! February 15, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Anne (Minimalist Sometimes) often shares the results of her decluttering efforts with readers.  She is terrific at documenting items that are jettisoned from her premises.

In contrast, while BFF and I make regular runs to Goodwill to drop off “no longer needed” things, I don’t usually remember to take photos.

And, out of sight, out of mind.  Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Last week, I decided to clean out the kitchen cupboards.  As usual, I found some “no longer needed” stuff to donate to Goodwill.

After rearranging the “breathing lighter” cabinets, I decided to tackle the guest room closet where I found a few more “no longer needed” items lurking about.

And this time I remembered to snap a shot for Anne:

And, even though Less is More, I took one more for good measure:

 

Aah . . . that’s better!

That’s A Full Day! February 7, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Word Play.
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At Epcot, we stopped to admire this elephant.

After snapping a shot, I paused to read the contiguous quote by coach Jim Valvano:

“To me, there are three things we all should do every day.  We should do this every day of our lives.  Number one is laugh.  You should laugh every day.  Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought.  And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy.  But think about it.  If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day.  That’s a heck of a day.  You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”

Here’s what I Think ~> when I Laugh until I Cry, that’s a heck of a day.

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Aah . . . that’s better!