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Lesson Learned (Well, Almost)

Zen to Zany

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Imagination

The Crone’s Grove

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Sometimes

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Puddles

Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

I love this picture and the quote.

For me, personally, though, this is a happy WISH, rather than an actual memory.

My mother didn’t like messes. She wouldn’t have provided the rain gear in this picture or countenanced me jumping into a puddle.  My parents were both only children, strictly raised. They didn’t ‘forbid’ us to get dirty. They just couldn’t imagine it. Some things my brother and I ‘got’ without having to be told.

My best friend, Ann, down the street, played in the water. And, if some of it DID get on me, my friend’s mom would clean me up before I walked home. For several years I was at my friend’s house every day, and also routinely spent the night on weekends. We were inseparable and enjoyed countless hours of things my mom would have frowned upon – like finger painting, making chocolate chip cookies, and dressing up to play, “Children of Another Land.”

My friend’s house was always full.  Ann had one sister and two brothers, and ALL of their friends felt the same way I did.

My wish is that every neighborhood have one shared ‘mom’ who delights in – and embraces – the many memory making joys of childhood.

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Just Breathe

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Good Advice

Theodore Roosevelt via Messages.365 Greetings.com

 

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Never

Purple Clover via Cathy Ruggiero

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Focus

Alexa – Artful Life

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Be the Reason

Life Lessons by AwePost

We are all busy, caught up in what we need or want to accomplish today. It’s easy to move around in your own little bubble, concentrating on getting to the next thing. Every time I see someone take just a moment out of their day to open the door for someone, lift a package, let someone ahead of them in line – do some little thing they didn’t have to do to lighten someone else’s load – I feel three things:

  1. I feel guilty that “I” wasn’t aware enough to do it,
  2. Very glad that there ARE people who DO see the need and do it in such a natural fashion you know they do things like this all the time, and
  3. Determined to pay more attention to what’s going on around me so that “I” can contribute.

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Perspective

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Lisa Bearnes Richey

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Hope for the Future

PositiveHitsper via Chrissie Anderson Peters

When I feel down, I plant something.

When I’m anxious about the future, I plant something.

When I’m frustrated at the world around me, I plant something.

When I’m angry and hurt, I plant something.

When I’m eager to make a difference, I plant something.

Today I planted two bulbs that my husband wanted when he saw the picture. We looked at the picture, then looked at each other and smiled.  Here is what I planted –

Who could feel bad when there is hope that this will bloom?

 

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How Deep is the Mud?

Breathing for Peace via Carol Auclair Daly

I love this for several reasons –

  • It made me laugh.
  • We have this situation at our home. We have a pit bull (Bambi) and a cocker spaniel/schnauzer cross, Molly. We try very hard to let only one of them outside at a time. We have no fences. If one of them is out, he or she doesn’t go far from the house. If they are out together, they are a pack and head for the greater reaches. They usually come home filthy – bringing this picture to mind – needing immediately baths.  We use the hose first, to get off the worst. Then my husband continues with Bambi – with Bambi chained to the edge of the deck. I carry Molly inside to the kitchen sink where I can soap her thoroughly a couple of times. See how happy the doggies in the picture look? So do ours…
  • I also love this for the message at the bottom. Some of us can shrug off the bad things. Others of us are hit right between the eyes, where it truly gets us where we live. There are as many reactions to ‘stuff’ as there are people. Since we never know what others are going through at any time, we might consider giving them a bit of extra consideration…

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Recognizing a Friend

Anita Opper – Zen to Zany

 

I don’t make friends easily. When I say, “friend,” I mean a REAL friend. Not just people you enjoy being with because of location, a shared interest, etc. Those acquaintances are fun, too, and necessary for quality of life. But these acquaintances are free-flowing. When the shared activity goes, or you don’t share the same location anymore, they tend to fade, however much you might like them to last forever.

I think you ‘recognize’ a friend. You first meet and you feel you’ve known each other forever. You recognize it in her eyes. Most of the time I discover later it’s a depth caused by pains or losses, of down-to-the-ground living, and living through hard things, survival to find things in life to enjoy again.  Recognition of a soulmate without more than a, “It’s nice to meet you.”

I have two friends in Tulsa. They know who they are. We may not talk every day, but when we DO get together again, we don’t even really need to catch up. We’re still on the same page. We talk as if we haven’t been apart. We still share and love. Our hearts reach out whether we can hug each other’s neck or have to rely on Facebook, blogs, emails, cards, phones, or email. The closeness and caring are forever.

I have another friend in Charlotte. We email every day. We “talk” about things we might never say aloud to others. We help each other through things. We laugh together. We share big things and little things. We don’t agree on everything, but don’t feel the need to win each other over to our way of thinking. We love and respect each other. I never feel my day is complete until I’ve heard from her. I feel extremely lucky to know her.

A relative in Thibodaux is also a good friend. If I were her neighbor, she would probably put tape on my mouth before I talked her arm off. We never run out of things/feelings/hopes to share. Even though we’re across the country from each other, I think of her every day.

I hope you’ve recognized a friend.

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Learning Something New

Public Domain Vintage Photo – Anita Opper – Zen to Zany

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Save Some Time

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The Beautiful Thing…

Recharge Your Mind Via Cathy Ruggiero

Recharge Your Mind Via Cathy Ruggiero

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What Time?

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Many of the most wonderful memories I have are of things I did spontaneously. Sometimes I was even reluctant, with my first reaction being, ‘no.’  I like to plan – to know what’s happening in advance – to prepare – and even to be proactive. So it really goes against the grain to throw caution to the wind and just DO IT.

I see this as something I need to work on, since I realize I would have missed out on some truly great things. Now I push myself to get outside my comfort zone – albeit rarely and slowly. My world expands and I wonder WHY I didn’t try this before. Even if I decide I never want to do THAT again, at least I tried it.

I’ve seen many of my friend’s worlds get smaller and smaller. They become more and more cautious. They go out less. They try nothing new. It seems they prefer to live in their own little world in the past. Memories are wonderful, but I hurt for them, and I hurt for my tendency to think about doing the same.  We need to be creating NEW memories.

I am challenging myself to do something I haven’t tried before every once in a while.  I started doing yoga for the first time a few months ago. Now I regret that I haven’t been doing it for years. It has added a richness to my life – added goals I didn’t have before – challenges me to work at getting better every day.

I love this sign –

Lisa Bearnes Richey

Lisa Bearnes Richey

Having tried yoga when I was intimidated and seeing how MUCH t it is helping me, it encourages me to reach out to other things I don’t want to miss. I hope that you are getting outside your comfort zone – even slowly – to renew your lease on life, too.

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Aging

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John Wagner via buzzle.com

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Do NOT

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Free

David Clinton via David McCunellon

David Clinton via David McCunellon

Hahahahahahahahah! :0)

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Hahahaahahahaha!

I saw this photo by Humor League posted on Facebook this morning. I shared it there, but wanted to be sure you saw it, too. I’m still laughing from time to time as I think of it again. :0)

 

Humor League

Humor League

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Insane

Zen to Zany

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You Alone

Girl Loving Life via Laufrain Taylor

Girl Loving Life via Laufrain Taylor

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Small Steps

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Katie Kacvinsky via hangoutwithoutfreakingout via Desiree Angelique Hackett

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Remember Her?

Love Your Life via Stephanie Youmans Wilson

Love Your Life via Stephanie Youmans Wilson

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It’s Playtime!

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Quiet Observation

Anita Opper - Zen to Zany - via Cathy Ruggiero

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Nothing

nothing

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Starting a New Year

Yesterday I wrote down a goal weight for the end of this month. This morning I had actually gained half a pound. I immediately started feeling like a failure – a long-held attitude from my past.

When I did it, the feelings overwhelmed me for a moment or two, and then I got disgusted with myself – not for the weight gain, but for the ATTITUDE. This year I’m going to concentrate on NOT putting down my efforts to improve.

I’m going to look positively at the differences between the ‘old me,’ and the ‘newer me’ and concentrate on trying to continue my efforts one meal at a time (in my efforts to lose the lard) and one day at a time (in my efforts to move more). I’m NOT going to set myself up for failure. If I’m better than I was, that’s a WIN.

I’m going to try to mentally picture my past failures going through the shredder above, lightening my load, lessening any guilt, raising my consciousness that I’m focusing on being a better me

 

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Hug

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“A hug is a great gift – one size fits all, and it’s easy to exchange.”  ~Author Unknown

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Sassy

Anita Opper - Zen to Zany

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