Sunday, April 18, 2010
A group of 40 year old buddies discuss where they should meet for dinner. Finally it is agreed they should meet at "Le Papillion" because it is very fancy and the waitresses are very attractive.
Ten years later, at 50 years of age, the group again discusses where they should meet. Finally it is agreed they should dine at "Le Papillion" because the food there is very good and they have a fine wine selection.
Ten years later at age 60, the group again discusses where they should meet. It is agreed they should meet at "Le Papillion" because they can eat there in peace and quiet and the restaurant is smoke-free.
A decade later, at 70 years of age, the group again discusses where they should meet. Finally, it is agreed they should dine at "Le Papillion" because the restaurant is wheel chair accessible and they even have an elevator.
Ten years later, at 80 years of age, the group again discusses where they should meet. Finally it is agreed they should meet at "Le Papillion" because they have never been there before.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
When I look closely at a diamond, it amazes me how the facets are cut. The precision of the angle cuts and the number of shiny surfaces are amazing.
I was thinking how I often log into Spark People and read and write to an amazing number of helpful folks. Your input often adds a happy glow (like a diamond) to my day.
I came up with 16 names in under a minute, people that I have never met, BUT who add comments and encouragement on my Spark page or blogs. Thank you my dear friends.
LINGUISTMARIE has encouraged me to try some different ingredients and has offered recipes which I have tried and really enjoyed. She chats about books in our Victoriana group. Marcie, you are a sweetie!
LORIKB is a great leader with lots of fresh ideas but she doesn't realize this of course. She is an encouraging 'mother hen' in our groups and I wish more of our ladies would converse and let her know that you are out there! Hugs to Lori!
SPARKPIXIE is a gal with pioneer spirit! Life has bashed away at her and over and over again this sweet gal survives and perseveres. If you want someone in your corner... it would be Pixie!
SOCKGIRL1991M is a delight to read about and discover what she has been up to. I never went to college, but I get a dose of it as she does all the assignments and I peer into her discoveries. I am encouraged that she is setting an example in her family of better health habits. WAY TO GO!
ELANASAN is getting her herbs ready for the summer growing season. I think I will try growing different ones like Elana does. She is always up to different things. Keep us in the loop, OK?
LACEEJO11 has a heart for little children and teaches them as she looks after them during the day. Families who have her influence upon their kiddies, are fortunate indeed. Lacee is one gal who will pray, pray, and pray some more for you during the rough times! This is one genuine friend!
YATMAMA is an encourager too and I know she has been praying for me at various times. She wants Spark-lers to come on down and visit next February, so you KNOW she is gifted with hospitality!
My local friend, L*I*T*A, is also planning a get-together for Spark friends. She has a fun side and gets involved in games within the group. I am looking forward to cementing our date/ time and location for our brunch event. YEAH!
PEWILK is a neighbour too. I want to talk about pedometers with her at the brunch! (LOL)
FREDDY1232 is a tea drinker extraordinare! She has a party coming up that I am hoping she enjoys to the max! Go Freddy!
I have to go to bed now, but I also wanted to mention EMSSBEARS, EARTHSEAME, MOMMA_BEAR69, CANBDONE and PEPPERLEAH. Gals-- you are a delight to correspond with. I am sorry that I am running out of time tonight!!
Each of you are gems shining in the dark. Let your light shine!
Sunday, April 04, 2010
A lot of research has been done in the past about depression and human disappointment. Much less work has been focused on what makes people happy.
I have read a few articles on ways to "up" your happiness quotient and the guidelines are as follows:
- surround yourself with people you like. Friends and family can make you happier.
- ditch the "Keeping up with the Joneses" mentality. Instead try the "More fun/ less stuff" approach
-find an activity that you can lose yourself in. Absorbing activities can help you be more self satisfied
-pursue personal growth. Whatever interests you... learn more about that topic.
-focus on gratitude. Keeping a journal and listing things that you are grateful for, can aid your happiness.
Other points that the articles mentioned, include a side note that stated, about half of our ability to be cheerful is genetic. Some of us are wired to be happier / crankier than others.
Lonely people are the least happy on average.
People who can find their 'signature strength' are happier than those who never experience "flow". Folks who get lost in their music, their reading, helping others, dancing.... are blessed with happier lives.
Can you measure your life by your own yardstick, instead of comparing yourself to other people's expectations? If you are able to do that, you may open a door to happiness.
How easy is it for you (most of the time) to be happy and satisfied???
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Have you ever heard a sermon that Tony Campolo remembered and then repeated? I first heard this on a tape recorder and now it is on Youtube and also on various 'pages' on the internet.
or check this one out: (go to bottom left of the page and click on "Sundays Comin"
If this link works, it will be worth 3 minutes of your time. Turn your speakers on!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
When was the last time you thought of those little go karts that buzz around the track, the drivers intent on passing the karts in front of them, with only 4 inches of clearance of the ground?
Around this house, go karts and the race track is the topic of conversation quite often. We volunteer as flag persons in two of the four corners of the local raceway. Our cousin prepares the track by setting up dozens of 'tire walls' to protect the racers and then we show up to organize the walkie talkies, the flags (yellow, green and red) that are held in plastic buckets, and other safety ropes that direct the big vehicles.
The age of the drivers in our club are as young as six-years old to, well, let's say some of the drivers have been grandparents for a decade. (Is that kind enough???) Yes, one fellow is eighty-eight!
As organizers and volunteers, we attempt to have fans park their cars away from the go kart track. It is a safety precaution because little karts can be driven under a truck or SUV and kill the kart racer. The tire walls that I mentioned are an attempt to keep kart drivers on the track and away from light standards and poles.
To put this into context, these are not the go karts you might take your family to on a Saturday night at an amusement park. Our club races national and international standards and are capable of speeds close to 70 miles a hour!
As a volunteer, the hours sometimes are very wearing (on me) physically. I try to focus on the two other flag men that I am able to see. I try to anticipate problems and kart wrecks so that I can alert other drivers by throwing a cautionary flag. The wind, rain and sun take their toll on me even though I try to dress in layers.
I drink my water. I wear a hat, earplugs and gloves. Long pants and long sleeves are a must even in the hottest weather. (Did I mention that we run ten months a year???) My pockets have a granola bar, lip balm and anything else I can think of because I often feel as if I am in survival mode.
Our track is located in a low area surrounded by many hills and it is windy all the time. I stand out in the open as if I am 'waiting for a bus' that takes 4 hours (and never arrives.) There is no place to sit, nothing to lean on and exposure (hyperthermia) is often my concern.
Why do we do it? Volunteering has its rewards...
Even though we receive no pay, we try to tap into the excitement of the drivers. The young people are learning how to drive and they have much to realize about the weight and power potential of their karts. The adult drivers are developing strategies to drive safely and try to pass their opponents. I can see improved driving skills week in and week out.
It feels good to help out an organization. I get to watch others have fun. I get an opportunity to wave at other buddies around the track. I like the arbutus trees and rock formations of my region and I look around me between the races.
Yes, it may be incredibly loud and very stinky with exhaust. The gravel of the track is blown into my face by the passing of the vehicles. There is little opportunity for a bathroom break and the food & beverages are nasty. And yet, the weekend is here and we will be there---- again.
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