Judy Garland – Words Crush Wednesday Quote

Judy Garland

A great reminder for each of us to be our authentic self, because we are the best when we are are true to ourselves.

I join Words Crush Wednesday Favorite Quotes Challenge sponsored by Rebirth of Lisa.

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Dogs Can Teach Us About Life – A Tuesday List of 10

List of 10

Today’s edition of the Tuesday List of Ten is suggested by something near and dear to my heart, Dogs are considered to be man’s best friend. Could that be because they offer so much? This edition of the Tuesday List of 10 is:

Things Dogs Do That People Should Emulate

  1. Drink lots of water.
  2. Get lots of exercise to include long walks.
  3. Get plenty of sleep, take a nap when needed and stretch when you get up.
  4. Show your excitement and greet people with all the joy you can demonstrate.
  5. Explore your environment.
  6. Find out what you like in life, and then do it repeatedly.
  7. Accept love. There is great satisfaction in being touched and cuddled.
  8. Train the people around you and your life will be good.
  9. Be loyal without judging. See and hear and know everything and be trusted to not repeat it.
  10. Sometimes it is enough to just be there for someone.

I am keeping the list brief and to the point. I think no further explanation is needed.

What are other lessons that we can learn from the animals in our lives?

Happy Tuesday.

Things I Wish I’d Figured Out Sooner – A Tuesday List of Ten

List of 10

Many of us go through life experiencing a great deal of angst and emotional upheaval. If we are lucky, eventually we figure some things out. We realize if only we had known these things sooner we could have spared ourselves a lot of stress. I am still learning everyday and there could be many other things on this list but I have to limit it to ten items.

This week’s Tuesdays List of Ten is 10 Things I Wish I Figured Out Sooner (in no particular order):

  1. I can choose happiness.
  2. Things have a way of working out one way or another.
  3. Worrying about something does not help one bit to resolve an issue and will not change an outcome.
  4. I can’t change another person. I can only change how I choose to react to them.
  5. People (and things) who cause me nothing but stress and trauma do not need to be kept in my life.
  6. Bad things will happen but the perspective I choose to take will influence the eventual outcome.
  7. Sometimes a good cry is all that is needed to help a situation seem better.
  8. Learning to laugh at myself stops me from taking myself too seriously.
  9. Laughing with other people, a deep, hard, can’t-catch-your-breath kind of laughter, is the best, feel good thing.
  10. Having faith and praying helps me deal with every obstacle I might face.

What lessons have you learned in your life that would have helped things to go more smoothly if you had only known them sooner?

Join me if you would like by posting your own “10 Things I Wish I Figured Out Sooner” on your blog, or simply add a comment to my post.

Housekeeping item: I am changing the name of my weekly list. It will no longer be named a Top Ten Tuesday list. I will still publish it on Tuesday  It will still be a list of ten items. However, the name “Top Ten” implies that the items on the list are in some kind of ranked order which they are not.  They are in random order and are frequently just a brain-stormed list. Many times people who comment made additions to the list that were better than those I came up with originally. “Top Ten” does not seem to be an accurate name. The list is now called a “Tuesday List of Ten” which is not as catchy of a name but it seems more honest.

Anne Lamott (Author) Writes Down Every Single Thing She Knows, As of Today

I am re-blogging this absolutely wonderful post by the author Anne Lamotte. I can’t quite believe that this is every single things she knows, but I agree with almost every one of the truths she speaks herein. I have no knowledge of whether #7 is true or not, but other than that I think she is spot-on.

Kindness Blog

61st birthdayI am going to be 61 years old in 48 hours. Wow. I thought i was only forty-seven, but looking over the paperwork, I see that I was born in 1954.

My inside self does not have an age, although can’t help mentioning as an aside that it might have been useful had I not followed the Skin Care rules of the sixties, ie to get as much sun as possible, while slathered in baby oil. (My sober friend Paul O said, at eighty, that he felt like a young man who had something wrong with him.).

Anyway, I thought I might take the opportunity to write down every single thing I know, as of today.

1. All truth is a paradox. Life is a precious unfathomably beautiful gift; and it is impossible here, on the incarnational side of things. It has been a very bad match for those of…

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What I Learned This Week

Top Ten TuesdayI typically post some regular features on my blog including a Casual Friday post, a Saturday stitching post and a Top Ten Tuesday list.  However, things have not gone exactly according to plan and I could not do the first two this week.  This is a feeble attempt to publish a Top Ten Tuesday list. I flew to Wisconsin on Thursday and met up with family to join my brother and his wife in celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary,  That was great.  We had a terrific time and I saw tons of people that I had not seen for decades.  Unfortunately, although I was supposed to fly back on Sunday morning, I am still in Wisconsin with a flight now scheduled to depart at noon today.Hopefully, this flight will not be cancelled like several others have been.

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Introverts Unite!

image I am an introvert.  I always have been and always will be.

There was a time when I struggled with being an introvert.  I longed to be the person who was always confident and charming in social situations, who could easily speak off the cuff without having to be prepared ahead of time, to not feel awkward when I was in a new situation, to be able to escape to that place where I could rejuvenate and be reflective without being thought of as anti-social.

People who know me (but not real well) and who have seen me in my professional life where I sometimes have to make presentations to large numbers of people do not understand that I am an introvert.  They see me as someone who is extremely competent which does not meld with their ideas of an introvert.  But they do not see the inner tug of war and the intense preparation I do to make myself come off as competent.  They see that in social situations with large groups of my colleagues I am quiet and withdrawn, but still they do not recognize that as being an aspect of being introverted.

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Quote From a Woman Before Her Time

People have a curiosity to know what monstrosity is to arise from my ashes, do they?  I feel much like saying, confound their  base ideas of true education.  But I will only say, tell all such interested individuals that my aim is now as it has been for the past ten years, to make myself a true woman, one worthy of the name…and not to be one of the silly little fools who make up the bulk of American women, slaves to society and fashion.

imageEllen H. RichardS   (1842 – 1911)

First person to qualify for a Ph.D. in chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology but was denied because faculty thought it would be “unseemly” to give the first Ph.D. to a woman.

Meandering Through the World of Blog

In my Blogging 101 class I am learning about being a good neighbor in the blogging world, including visiting different sites, adding sites to follow and sharing information from different blogs.  I have found so many interesting blogs, and even though sometimes have no interest in some of the topics and back right out, I am broadening my interest base.  It truly amazes me how the blogging world represents such a diverse range of interests, topics and passions.  I feel somewhat like a kid in a candy store, moving from one delectable blog to another, reading one blog which gives me an interesting link to another blog,  clicking on it and finding a link to yet another one that I must read.  I become hopelessly lost and never find my way back to the first one that grabbed my attention.  I spend so much time sightseeing that I forget I have an assignment to do.

Back to the task at hand which is to expound on an intriguing blog that we had found and commented on.  This blog post Celebrate is a motivational post telling the reader, “You are really great.”  It should be encouraging to people who might feel that they do not have much intrinsic value.  It encourages them to celebrate themselves.  Heaven knows we need more positivity in the world.

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