Monday, April 19, 2010
This weekend was very... strange.
We drove away from our home on Saturday to volunteer at the go kart track. That part is normal. But we failed to close the garage door behind us.
The garage was open for about six hours-- bicycles in the open, tools quite obvious, and let's just say it is full of stuff because we do not park the cars inside. When we came home, it appeared that nothing had been touched. So far, to our knowledge, we were protected from being ransacked. What a blessing.
You would think that would put our mindset into some sort of protectionism mode wouldn't you? But it did not.
Last night, we left the car locked but the truck unlocked... the driver's door was not latched (just pushed 'to' ) when we got ready for work. THIS TIME we had been robbed.
Small change, probably under a dollar was gone. A pair of binoculars in a console have been taken. The sunglasses are missing. A knife has disappeared. Groannnnnn.
We had spoken of this exact topic this weekend. Our vehicles in this neighbourhood have been vandalised in the past. But we were not thinking last night, I guess.
It the scale of everything, we were blessed and protected all Saturday while we were far from home. The looting of the truck is small potatoes to what could have happened.
Folks-- lock up. It could happen to you!
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!
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