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Enjoy the Journey

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All of the animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.

— Samuel Butler

I’ve been way too serious this year.  Start focusing on goals and it doesn’t take much to get out of balance.  We get enthusiastic about the promise of the new year we get caught up in the idea of doing it quickly.

  • If we’re going to lose weight, why not lose it right away?  Don’t just go for a 30 minute walk.  Walk for an hour.  Don’t just cut back.  Eliminate all the stuff that contributes to gaining weight… like food.
  • If we’re going to increase our net worth, don’t just increase our savings deduction by 5% or 10%, really ratchet it up.  Never eat out.  Never go to the movies.  Stay home and save, save, save.

Do it all, NOW!

And then we hit the wall also known as burnout.  It’s not even six weeks into the new year and we’ve worn ourselves out with all our good intentions.

Our problem is that Continue reading » Enjoy the Journey


Have a “Ha Ha Ho Ho Hee Hee” Kind of Day!

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Need an excuse for a good belly laugh?

The more you laugh
The more you fill with glee
And the more the glee
The more we’re a merrier we!

— from the movie Mary Poppins

But is a “merrier-we” a good thing? YES!! So say gelotologists – people who study laughter and its effects on the body from a psychological and physiological perspective:

… laughing decreases stress [and] does the body good… A UC Irvine College of Medicine study… found that even looking forward to a funny event increases endorphins and decreases detrimental stress hormones.

And apparently, laughing comes more easily when Continue reading » Have a “Ha Ha Ho Ho Hee Hee” Kind of Day!

My Marbles

On the Verge of Losing My Marbles

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Are you one of those got-it-together folks who – unlike Tootles – have their marbles all lined up and ready for play?

Peter Pan: How could you know Tootles?

Thud Butt: He was a Lost Boy.

[Thud Butt takes out a small pouch] These are his marbles. These are his happy thoughts.

[Peter empties out the pouch of marbles into his hand and laughs]

Peter Pan: He really did lose his marbles, didn’t he?

— From the movie Hook

I envy people who seem to have everything all organized and lined up… I myself am often on the verge of losing my marbles – they just keep scattering every which way…

Once upon a time, as I was preparing to go on vacation, I wrote in my journal: Why is it so hard to let go of my everyday life and take a few days off? I was feeling torn in many directions because I wanted to get so much done before I left and I needed to pack but wasn’t sure what to take along…which is why I wrote: Continue reading » On the Verge of Losing My Marbles


Never Squat While Wearing Spurs

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If you’re in need of a good belly laugh, this’ll do ya!

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.

— Lord Byron

According to Steve Wilson, MA, CSP, a psychologist and laugh therapist:

Laughing more could make you healthier, but we don’t know [for sure and] I certainly wouldn’t want people to start laughing more just to avoid dying — because sooner or later, they’ll be disappointed.  But we all know that laughing, being with friends and family, and being happy can make us feel better and give us a boost — even though studies may not show why.

Good to know; and when I saw Continue reading » Never Squat While Wearing Spurs

Can't touch this

Prickly Happens

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Ever have one of those days when you’re just feeling prickly, out of sorts and at odds with the world?

My flag is raised high today.  For others to see, sure.  But more so to find which way my wind is blowing.  Almost time to chart a course.

— Jeb Dickerson

Every once in a while I seem to get up on the wrong side of the bed.  And, like the young man in this YouTube video, Wrong Side of the Bed, the day just rolls out all wrong. maintains that believing there’s Continue reading » Prickly Happens