Some weeks ago in response to a challenge I posted the list Ten Things I Love and Ten Things I Hate. Today’s List of Ten is a list of my pet peeves. To me pet peeves and things I hate are not the same. Hate may be too strong of a word but to me hate implies a deep, enduring, intense aversion or loathing. They are likely the kind of thing that truly infuriate me sadden me to know that they even exist. They are likely to be things against which I take a strong stand. Pet peeves on the other hand are extremely irritating and annoying but they are pesky things that you might react to but are not likely significant enough to make a huge issue. They are more likely to be bad habits or behaviors of another person. You would prefer to not have to deal with them but they are more trivial in the grand scope of things. Pet peeves are more petty than things I hate.
I recently learned of new parents who were choosing a name for their newborn son. They did not want a popular name. Rather they were trying to find something that would be unique for their child. After considering and rejecting many different names they finally decided on “Liam”. Guess what is the most popular boys’ name of 2015? Liam is a very nice name, but not unique in 2015.
Top Ten Boys’ Names of 2015
Top Ten Girls’ Names of 2015
If I were naming a baby today, I am not sure which name I would select. I would like to think that I would choose something that fits the baby’s personality, but I would probably already have something picked out well ahead of time.
The last two lists I published dealt with dogs: 10 Favorite Dog Quotes and 10 Things Dogs Can Teach Us. For my comeback Tuesday List of Ten I again have dogs as the topic. This week I share the Top Ten Dog Names of 2014, as listed on iheartdogs.com.
Top Ten Dog Names
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
- Drink lots of water.
- Get lots of exercise to include long walks.
- Get plenty of sleep, take a nap when needed and stretch when you get up.
- Show your excitement and greet people with all the joy you can demonstrate.
- Explore your environment.
- Find out what you like in life, and then do it repeatedly.
- Accept love. There is great satisfaction in being touched and cuddled.
- Train the people around you and your life will be good.
- Be loyal without judging. See and hear and know everything and be trusted to not repeat it.
- 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?
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):
- I can choose happiness.
- Things have a way of working out one way or another.
- Worrying about something does not help one bit to resolve an issue and will not change an outcome.
- I can’t change another person. I can only change how I choose to react to them.
- People (and things) who cause me nothing but stress and trauma do not need to be kept in my life.
- Bad things will happen but the perspective I choose to take will influence the eventual outcome.
- Sometimes a good cry is all that is needed to help a situation seem better.
- Learning to laugh at myself stops me from taking myself too seriously.
- Laughing with other people, a deep, hard, can’t-catch-your-breath kind of laughter, is the best, feel good thing.
- 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.
April 23 is International World Book and Copyright Day sponsored by UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization). According to the UNESCO website, the day “is an opportunity to recognize the power of books to change our lives for the better and to support books and those who produce them.”
My Tuesday list this week consists of interesting facts about books or authors. To present only 10 facts about this topic is somewhat ludicrous. It is somewhat akin to taking 10 drops of water from an ocean and claiming the sample you obtain is representative of all the oceans in the world.
I am not a blogging expert and am really very new at this whole blogging thing. One thing I have learned is that blogging and following blogs can be all time-consuming. I am learning that I cannot possibly follow each blog that catches my eye. I have to make decisions about which ones to follow. It comes down to time management. There are so many super blogs that really speak to me. Those are the ones on which I will concentrate.
For this week’s list, I am listing blog characteristics that will keep me from following a blog, or cause me to stop following a blog that I previously followed. This is my personal criteria. I am not trying to impose my criteria on anyone else. I am simply stating those things that I will not follow. Restricting my blogs may cause me to miss some really great information, but realistically I cannot follow everything.
I make lists. Clearly the fact that I do a Top Ten Tuesday list would indicate that at least once a week I either make a list or find a list that I find significant to share. In the blogging world, I constantly read lists. When I see headings like “The Top Ten Books of 2014” or the “The Top Ten Players in the NFL Draft” I immediately want to read the list to see what someone’s opinion is and whether I agree or not. Lists are easy to review when I might not have the time or the inclination to read an essay on the same topic. In the blogging world, the list format is used frequently.
My Top Ten Tuesday list this week consists of 10 reasons to make lists.
“The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.” –Gertrude S. Wister
After nature’s monotone of the winter months, blurbs of bright colors in the landscape are a welcome sight. It is easy to feel joyous and inspired when the first blossoms of spring appear. It seems fitting to celebrate the flowers that announce the arrival of spring, as well as some of those that make their appearance a bit later. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday list celebrates some beautiful flowers.
- Grape hyacinths
- Peach blossom
- Cherry blossom
- Lily of the valley
- Morning Glory
I am always amazed by the wildly varied shapes, colors and textures found in nature. I marvel how flowers have their own personalities mimicking human traits: bright and showy, complex, stately, demure, withdrawn, fragile, powerful, to name just a few.
What are your favorite early season flowers? What flower matches your personality?
Flowers of spring, another thread of my life.