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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!

On Further Reflection October 27, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Home & Garden, Mindfulness, Nature.
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While visiting the Panhandle, we sat up and took notice of our surroundings at Goodwood Museum and Gardens.

Goodwood is a terrific place for a morning stroll . . . or hop.

The gardens, while not in full bloom, boasted lots of color.

With a canopy of trees framing the drive ways and walk ways.

Throughout the area, tree limbs reach up and out . . .

Unless they are feeling down and out . . . like this bedraggled limb at Maclay Gardens.

In addition to seeing many towering oaks spangled with Spanish Moss, we also saw the gnarled roots of felled trees.

To give you some sense of the size of this felled tree ~ the fella standing next to it is 6 foot 3.

We also toured several Canopy Roads around Tallahassee, including Old Centerville Road where asphalt gives way to red clay (during the dry season) and, presumably, red mud after heavy rains.

At Bradley’s Country Store, which has been in business for over 90 years, we re-provisioned our picnic supplies AND bought BFF a slice of decadent chocolate mousse cake.

Here’s BFF enjoying our picnic adjacent to The Retreat at Bradley Pond.

The afore-mentioned chocolate cake is sandwiched between my GF pretzels and a bag of Sour Cream and Toasted Onion Joe’s Chips.

Around the corner from Bradley’s Country Store, we saw some friendly burros looking for a handout.  But BFF doesn’t share his food.

Of the many sights (including the Scarecrows) we enjoyed at Maclay Gardens, the reflecting pool in the secret garden was a fave.

But, even better (in my book), was the look we took at the reflecting pond and waterfall at Goodwood Museum.

Aah . . . that’s the ticket!

How To Tie Your Own Laces October 3, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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How can you know what’s best

for someone you don’t know as well

as you know yourself?

Answer:  Chances are . . . you don’t.

And (of course) . . . vice versa.

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Quick Quip September 29, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Joke, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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There was a great quote on JoyRoses blog yesterday:

If you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself, just say:

“He obviously does not know me very well since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned.” 

Aah. . . that’s better!

Moi? Lazy? Mais Non! September 24, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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I have it on GOOD authority that I am not lazy . . .

And neither are you!

In fact, according to social psychologist and author Devon Price, laziness does NOT exist.  In further point of fact, that’s the name of his book ~> Laziness Does Not Exist.

According to Devon Price, Ph.D.:

“Laziness is usually a warning sign from our bodies and our minds that something is not working and we really need a break,” says Price. “The human body is so incredible at signaling when it needs something. But we have all learned to ignore those signals as much as possible because they’re a threat to our productivity and our focus at work.”

The “laziness lie,” says Price, tells us that there’s always something more we could and should be doing — be it at home, at work or in our relationships — and that our worth is based on our productivity. It’s time to unlearn that. Instead of seeing laziness as a deficit or something that needs to be fixed, we should listen to the call that it’s time for a change.”

To read more (or listen to a 17 minute podcast):  You Aren’t Lazy.

But what’s the hurry?

Take a nap first.

You know you want to!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Happy Labor Day! September 6, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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For those of you in the States . . .

Enjoy a Happy & Safe Labor Day!

One that’s filled with relaxation, refreshment, respite, and rejuvenation.

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

Wash your cares away.

Aah . . . that’s better!

B~I~N~G~O August 3, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Nature.
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If you keep your eyes open, you never know what you may see . . .

Headlights heading for you . . .


Or a turtle far from sea . . .

Yo, dudes & dudettes! Wherefore art thou, NEMO?

Keep your eyes open as you pass passers by . . .

Can you find a fish, see a bird, or spot a butterfly?

Will you look up and see the moon shining from on high?

Or perhaps spy rain (or snow) falling from the sky?

LOOK!

Check out that branch over there . . .

I think that squirrel thinks you’re nuts

But don’t mind him.

What does he know?

He can’t even remember where he’s buried his treasure!

Look! I see a Daisy!

To play Nature’s BINGO, keep your eyes open as you look around

But be careful!

Don’t trip over your own two feet and land S~P~L~A~T on the ground!

Aah . . . B~I~N~G~O!

Ghosts June 10, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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A casual acquaintance tried to interject herself into my life by telling me what to do.  When I tried to explain why I wasn’t going to follow her unsolicited (and unappreciated) advice, she continued to push the point.  I tried again to explain why her advice would not be heeded.  Nope.  She wasn’t having it.  

She told me I was being “hard headed.”

I suggested that we turn the topic to something else.  Nope.  She continued to push her agenda on me.  Why? I don’t know, but I suspect she thought that being pushy would somehow benefit her down the road.

If so, her plan backfired because I am no longer responding to her phone calls or her e-mails.

I am ghosting her!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Focus On Now May 23, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Poetry.
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Spirituality is a process to enjoy . . . not a goal to achieve

Just be present, awake and aware

Focus on NOW as Ego falls away

Revealing your true self

Aah . . . that’s better!

Looking for a Summer Beach Read? Check out Pam’s fresh-off-the-press Flashes of Light: True Tales of the Extraordinary Ordinary!

Yay For Today! May 21, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Own your power.  Do your thing.

Today is a Fresh Start.

Aah . . . that’s better!

“A good traveler has no set plans and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu