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Healing Is Not Linear March 31, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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Healing is not linear.

It is what it is.

Just breathe.  Life goes on.

Don’t believe everything you think.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Rise By Lifting Others January 27, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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Rise by lifting others.

Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody.

Sprinkle kindness around like confetti.

Aah . . . that’s better!

The Expert Was Once A Beginner January 13, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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Never stop learning.

Stay curious.

Pay attention and you’ll learn something every day.

The expert was once a beginner.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Don’t Let Them Dull Your Sparkle January 7, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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Exist to be Happy . . . not to impress.

Do it for you, not for them.

Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

You Are Entirely Up To You January 3, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, People.
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Don’t trade your authenticity for approval.

Don’t let others decide who you are.

You are entirely up to you.

Be weird in your own way.

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!

 

 

Mount Ascutney, Vermont September 23, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Nature, People, Sustainable Living, Travel & Leisure.
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I’ve never skied Mt. Ascutney (no big surprise, right?), but I’ve hiked it in the summer.

Many times.

Here’s how the town of Windsor (next town over from where Dad grew up), saved the mountain’s accessibility for the community.

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!

A Place to Start June 5, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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Many of you have expressed shock and outrage and sadness and grief at recent events.

You know that Black Lives Matter ~> that ALL lives matter.

And perhaps you want to be more involved in efforts to level the landscape and achieve the dream expressed so eloquently by Martin Luther King, Jr. half a century ago.

If so, here’s A Place to Start ~ an incomplete list of resources and organizations for fighting racism and supporting justice and equality put together by MoMA.

Another list of resources and organizations that support of justice and equality has been collated by Poets & Writers.

One world.  One people.

Let’s remember that we are all in this together.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Acceptance Is Power March 26, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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I read an interesting article yesterday in the Harvard Business Review about the “grief” we’re feeling as a result of CoVid-19 and its inherent uncertainty:

That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief 

The article is worth a read.  Here’s a brief excerpt:

You said we’re feeling more than one kind of grief?

Yes, we’re also feeling anticipatory grief. Anticipatory grief is that feeling we get about what the future holds when we’re uncertain. Usually it centers on death. We feel it when someone gets a dire diagnosis or when we have the normal thought that we’ll lose a parent someday. Anticipatory grief is also more broadly imagined futures. There is a storm coming. There’s something bad out there. With a virus, this kind of grief is so confusing for people. Our primitive mind knows something bad is happening, but you can’t see it. This breaks our sense of safety. We’re feeling that loss of safety. I don’t think we’ve collectively lost our sense of general safety like this. Individually or as smaller groups, people have felt this. But all together, this is new. We are grieving on a micro and a macro level.

What can individuals do to manage all this grief?

Understanding the stages of grief is a start. But whenever I talk about the stages of grief, I have to remind people that the stages aren’t linear and may not happen in this order. It’s not a map but it provides some scaffolding for this unknown world. There’s denial, which we say a lot of early on: This virus won’t affect us. There’s anger: You’re making me stay home and taking away my activities. There’s bargaining: Okay, if I social distance for two weeks everything will be better, right? There’s sadness: I don’t know when this will end. And finally there’s acceptance. This is happening; I have to figure out how to proceed.

Acceptance, as you might imagine, is where the power lies. We find control in acceptance. I can wash my hands. I can keep a safe distance. I can learn how to work virtually.

I can accept the what is.

Aah . . . that’s better!