Friday, June 18, 2010
Now and then people comment on my HAPPY Spark Page.
I figured out when I was in my late twenties that Happiness is a decision. We make it ourselves. Or NOT.
I was having a lot of difficulty with someone in my life and with a great deal of effort I managed to change my approach and things really got better. Wow, I really affected her. Or so I thought.
Then I heard several other people complaining about her. They had the same complaints as I did before I "changed her". That was when I realized that SHE hadn't changed at all. I had. And the next thought that came thundering in was, "We really do make our own hell."
So the opposite must be true too.
Synchronistically, (Don't you love the way the Universe works?) I found this poem, loved it, memorized it. Forty something years later, it's still with me. The last line sums up the philosophy of life I began to adopt way back then.
I had a little Sorrow,
Born of a little Sin,
I found a room all damp with gloom
And shut us all within;
And, "Little Sorrow, weep," said I,
"And, Little Sin, pray God to die,
And I upon the floor will lie
And think how bad I've been!"
Alas for pious planning - -
It mattered not a whit!
As far as gloom went in that room,
The lamp might have been lit!
My little Sorrow would not weep,
My little Sin would go to sleep --
To save my soul I could not keep
My graceless mind on it!
So I got up in anger,
And took a book I had,
And put a ribbon on my my hair
To please a passing lad,
And, "One thing there's no getting by --
I've been a wicked girl," said I:
"But if I can't be sorry, why,
I might as well be glad!"
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Happiness is an inside job!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Are you over 40?
Are you NOT married?
If you are over 40 and not married, WHAT do you call your partner, your romantic interest? You know, the person who would have been called your boyfriend or girlfriend when you were 20?
It feels pretty silly to be over 40, over 50, over 60, etc. etc. and still introduce the love in your life as my boyfriend or my girlfriend, doesn't it?
SURELY, the mature, single people of the world can coin a word or phrase that expresses this more properly, more pleasantly, in a word or phrase that isn't awkward!
Do you really want to say "significant other"? Nope.
I've heard some men say this is "my lady". Don't think a woman wants to introduce someone as "my man". sigh
Can't we come up with something that's as universally accepted as boyfriend and girlfriend but more suited to older singles?
What is YOUR idea?
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Because it's clean and neat and tidy. And because that is such a contrast to the way it was BEFORE I worked on it this past week, lol.
I also have ALL the closets in my house in the same clean, neat and tidy shape, except for one - the one in my office/craft/painting room. I don't have the courage to tackle that one yet!
WHY does it feel so good to be neat and clutter free? Do you brag on your tidy, clutter free space when you're done like I do? Show it to everyone, lol.
If that's so much fun why does that clutter creep back in later?
Just human, I guess. Get busy. Life happens. But it's very nice when you keep on top of it, OR catch up later.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Fortunately, I don't suffer from high blood pressure and my doctor says I have the bloodwork of Wonder Woman. I've inherited this from my Mother and I've managed to reach retirement age without needing any prescription drugs.
As I've aged, I've become more interested in keeping my good health and even improving it, so it's not surprising that I'm now becoming more aware of the sodium in my diet.
The average recommended amount seems to be about 2300 mgs, although if you read closely you'll find that 1500 mgs is really the optimum. The NY Times has an article on this today:
If you don't want to wade through all 4 pages, read the last page for the bottom line.
Many frozen dinners have the maximum allowance of salt in just one serving.
If you've been trying to load your diet with more unprocessed food, as I have, you have to think about how many times you shake that salt shaker over your steamed broccoli, etc.
So, I'm going to try to reduce the amount of sodium in my diet. Have YOU already focused on this? How's that going?
What is the best, tastiest prepared salt substitute you've found?
Have you found other additives, spices, etc., that you use instead of a prepared substitute?
And most important of all, how do you begin to drastically decrease your sodium usage and still have food that tastes good? I went cold turkey on sugar, but don't think that will work with sodium.
I appreciate any positive experience with reducing sodium in your diet that you can share with us!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I have an Artist's Spotlight thread on my Brushworks team, where I share beautiful artwork of various artists I find on the web. Not an artist myself, but definitely a wannabe!
Just thought others might enjoy viewing some of the beautiful artwork out there, even though you might not think to look for it on your own, in the course of a busy life.
We often forget to make time in the day just for beauty or joy or fun, don't we?
So here's one I really like. Hope you enjoy it!
By the way, my theory is, if I have a paintbrush in my hand, I won't be shoving food in my mouth, lol. Seems to work and cut down on mindless eating. So there!
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