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Skeptics Welcome

So, you don’t believe in mysticism, magick, and New Age hocus pocus?

You’ve washed your hands of anything remotely Spiritual, and steer clear of Churches, Temples, Mosques, and Synagogues?

You’ve accidentally stumbled into this site and are hastening toward the Exit sign.  That’s cool.  Before you leave, take a moment to ponder one simple question:

Are you as happy as you want to be?

If you don’t wake up every morning with a smile on your face, if you occasionally hang on to past hurts and minor frustrations longer than necessary, if you worry incessantly about anything and everything, maybe you should at least look around at what is being offered here.

Life should be more than a series of stressful moments strung together ad infinitum.  Life should be a joyous journey of adventure and discovery.

Your beliefs are your own.  I’m not interesting in converting you to my way of thinking.  I do, however, want you, and everyone on this planet, to be as happy as possible, given the cards you’ve been dealt.

Why?  Because your happiness increases my happiness.

So, stick around awhile, and if I say synchronicity . . .  translate that to mean “dumb luck.”

If I say meditate to access your inner wisdom . . .  translate that to mean ”take five.”

And if I say don’t worry, be happy . . . just take a moment to smile.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. oldancestor - June 10, 2010

This message is from a cynical, skeptical, cantankerous grump (and adjective abuser) who can use a little uplifting these days.

So, thanks.

nrhatch - June 10, 2010

If you select “Happiness” or “Mindfulness” in the “select category” box . . . you should be headed in the right direction.

Also, you can search for “happiness” in the search box and that should lead you to some positive and uplifting articles.

Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by.

2. booksphotographsandartwork - August 21, 2010

exactly what number one said 🙂

nrhatch - April 14, 2014

When we look within, we touch that eternal part of our self that is connected with every other living thing, and in that connection we realize how best we should live.

3. Nancy - September 11, 2010

HA! Another one! One who lives by the spirit in her own way and loves to put her ideas out there. Without trying to convince anyone of anything. Life is even more interesting now than it was 5 minutes ago. Thank you!

nrhatch - September 11, 2010

Thanks, Nancy!

4. Brown Eyed Mystic - November 14, 2010

Nooooo. You’re a doppelgänger.

Nooooo. I am not awake; I am just dreaming. About my doppelgänger.

Wait, what? You’re a different person but still connected to me (because we all anyways are) and you think like me? Omigosh. Love this. Want this. Will have this. Wait, didn’t I create this? 😉


nrhatch - November 14, 2010

Aah, maybe we’re “Twin Sons of Different Mothers.”

Perhaps ’twas you whispering in my ear . . .

Where do our “original” ideas come from, if not from the collective conscience?

nrhatch - November 14, 2010

I just read your post:

Writing and meditation do indeed open the doors to our “6th sense.” By remaining in the moment, we connect with the Universe through the Eternal NOW, and the Universe whispers its Secrets to us on a “need to know” basis.

Brown Eyed Mystic - November 14, 2010

I agree. I am with you in this, dear twin one 🙂

5. Ruud Vermeij - October 16, 2011

I guess I’m much too down-to-earth for this. So i’m still hastening toward the exit sign. Sorry Nance. But not without leaving an invitation to my place. Have a great weekend with your dear ones. http://somedamnfinepeoplestories.wordpress.com/

6. yazrooney - August 1, 2012

You’re a woman after my own heart (and sentiments). Way to go Nancy.

7. sarapriscila - August 6, 2012

I love your writing! I believe that 30% of the world population isn’t happy, 5% are able to feel truly happy and 65% haven’t realized how happy they can be.

8. sqeekchair - August 15, 2012

How do you correlate happiness with skepticism? You ask a thoughtful question and then steer in a different direction, and relating that to happiness?

I believe we, as human beings are all “connected” in ways science cannot measure- but skeptics that I know, or at least a concept on skepticism and their measure of happiness is their own choices in life, beliefs, or non-beliefs.

nrhatch - August 15, 2012

I don’t “correlate” happiness with skepticism. This page just encourages people who don’t believe in “synchronicity” or “meditation” to look past the specific word choice long enough to see if there are tips and techniques they could apply in their lives to be happier than they are.

Because I believe that we are HERE to be HAPPY. 😀

9. seeker57 - November 29, 2012

I believe in collective consciousness. Therefore, I agree that your joy will be my joy. To quote what Buddha said: Life is suffering: I say: get with the program. Can one be happy with suffering?

nrhatch - November 29, 2012

I think we can be happy DESPITE suffering, even IN THE MIDST of suffering. It’s not that the suffering makes us happy, it’s just that JOY sometimes “trumps” it.

Karen - December 3, 2012

2 thumbs up, Nancy! …be happy DESPITE suffering…

Bright Blessings to you all!

nrhatch - December 3, 2012

Thanks, Karen. I’ve had a TON of practice this year being Happy in the Midst of Challenges. 😀

10. seeker57 - November 29, 2012

Ahh. that’s the word I am looking for DESPITE. yes indeed. Thank you, again.

nrhatch - November 29, 2012

You’re welcome.

11. Lynda - January 1, 2013

You made me smile.

nrhatch - January 1, 2013

That’s what “Tiggers” like to do best. :mrgreen:

12. Sandra Harriette - February 19, 2013

You’re definitely a revolutionary.

nrhatch - February 19, 2013

Yup. Me and John Lennon. :mrgreen:

Sandra Harriette - February 20, 2013

I concur.

13. Mary Queyja - March 15, 2013

Just finished THE SECRETS OF HAPPY FAMILIES. Wish I had had the info some 60 years ago. Enjoying reading Dr. Andrew Weil’s SPONTANEOUS HAPPINESS. Both books would be helpful to families.

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

Thanks, Mary!

Hope you have a chance to speak with the “birthday girl” today. Hard to believe that Jess is 20 already! How did THAT happen?

14. calmgrove - July 5, 2013

Live, Laugh, Love may be rather ubiquitous and perhaps a bit ho-hum, but as a philosophy it’s pretty spot on for me.

And it’s also very short and easy to remember!

nrhatch - July 5, 2013

I say that a lot. Or “Live, Love, Laugh, Learn.” Thanks for swinging by. I’m glad that Kate is “introducing” us to each other.

nrhatch - July 5, 2013

Just for fun, I typed all four words into the search bar and found this:


calmgrove - July 5, 2013

A pleasure!

Four alliterative principles may be a little too much for my poor Pooh-like brain… I wonder if learning is a natural by-product of the other three?

Look forward to reading more of your posts!

nrhatch - July 5, 2013

You’ve got a point. It is much easier for us to learn in groups of three. 😉

15. jacksjottings - October 19, 2013

Nice writing, great food for thoughts and wonderful philosophy. 🙂

nrhatch - October 19, 2013

Thanks, Jack! Feel free to poke around ~ the widgets on the right sidebar will let you search by word, category, or date.


jacksjottings - October 25, 2013

Will do thank you.

16. janeybgood - April 5, 2014

This was nice. I’m about as skeptical as they come, as well as being atheist. But you’re right, we’re all after the same things at the ednd of the day. Can’t we all just get along? 🙂

nrhatch - April 5, 2014

I spent most of my life as a confirmed atheist ~ sure that THIS was all there IS. Then I got a glimpse “beyond the veil.”

The glimpse didn’t encourage me to head back to church ~ it encouraged me to “look within.”

17. Mary Queyja - April 6, 2014

The ‘within’ is always a complete ‘meal’. A ‘meal’ is needed often to prevent starving the spirit.

nrhatch - April 6, 2014

Just so! Thanks, Mary.

18. mariner2mother - April 29, 2015

What fun to stumble across your blog (via Brickhousechick- I read your comment referencing the story of your mom’s friend’s son riding on top of your station wagon: hilarious! And yes, I remember riding in the backwards facing station wagon seat.) I am not a skeptic or non-believer. I “woke up” about 4 years ago now and have had amazing experiences creating my reality.

nrhatch - April 29, 2015

Awesome! I get such a kick out of Maria’s posts. I’m so happy her RA hasn’t eroded her sense of humor.

Welcome to SLTW . . .

19. mybeautfulthings - July 22, 2015

It is thanks to your comment on Don’s post about giving up sugar I find myself here. You have a new follower. 🙂

nrhatch - July 22, 2015

Welcome! Have fun joining in with the skeptics, sinners, and cynics. 😛

Haha. Just kidding. We’re a diverse bunch of jolly folks.

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