Mr. Rogers Fights Fair

Posted on July 16, 2010. Filed under: cartoon, funny, humor, self-awareness | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Mr. Rogers was quite possibly the most congruent person of our time.

Thanks to xkcd.com for the image.

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Are You Happy?

Posted on December 30, 2009. Filed under: photo, self-awareness | Tags: , , , , , , , |

How simple yet smart. Even I can follow that logic.

Thanks to dooby brain for the image.

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Life’s a Coin Toss

Posted on December 17, 2009. Filed under: humor, Joy, life, photo | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I love this! Sadly I shall be using this trick from time to time.

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Time Don’t Wait For No One

Posted on September 13, 2009. Filed under: writing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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My Grandfather, who was a WWII Vet, had this saying, “Time Don’t Wait For No One” .  Although it drove me nuts, I knew what he meant. It was typically announced when I was either putting something off or taking too long to get ready. Still it always made me pause and think that’s one crazy ass statement. As I get older some how it resonates.  The following is a sweet perspective on just that.

“Who has never killed an hour? Not casually or without thought, but carefully: a premeditated murder of minutes. The violence comes from a combination of giving up, not caring, and a resignation that getting past it is all you can hope to accomplish. So you kill the hour. You do not work, you do not read, you do not daydream. If you sleep it is not because you need to sleep. And when at last it is over, there is no evidence: no weapon, no blood, and no body. The only clue might be the shadows beneath your eyes or a terribly thin line near the corner of your mouth indicating something has been suffered, that in the privacy of your life you have lost something and the loss is too empty to share.”
— Mark Z. Danielewski (House of Leaves)

Thanks to good reads for the quote

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Erase Your Fears

Posted on June 30, 2009. Filed under: mental health, photo, random, self-awareness | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

your fears

This is a great concept! We  are all afraid of something.

Thanks to Amo Life for the image.

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Do You Deserve Pain?

Posted on June 29, 2009. Filed under: mental health, photo, self-awareness | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Some of us need this reminder more than others.

Thanks to Solecism at Flickr who posted this and I can read at tumblr for reposting the image.

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Do Good

Posted on May 19, 2009. Filed under: Peace, photo | Tags: , , , , , , , |

be a good one

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Do You Ever Coordinate Your Clothes?

Posted on December 27, 2008. Filed under: funny, humor, life, parenting, psychology, writing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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I don’t mean for your self that is a  no brainier, but I mean for your entire family?  I just went t0 dinner with a bunch, seven, friends and about half admitted to on a regular basis color and or style coordination.  I was in shock and awe. Yeah I know shock and awe, but I was, so what s the word bird……Like what the F…  Okay for pictures with a photographer, but just to go to dinner? Honestly I have never considered it.  One very good friend admitted to getting mad if her husband refuses to coordinate.

They all said assuredly, I do not, could not, would not, and should not….Ha ha “You are just lucky if you and your family make it to the car for the outing”.  I so had to laugh cause well it is true.   But then I got kinda pissed since that seems true but highly insulting. They collectively decided I am just too free spirited to do that.

Yup that me just way too free spirited, so I’m the crazy one.

Do you coordinate?

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Want to Change the World? Be Happy It’s Contagious

Posted on December 9, 2008. Filed under: funny, generous, happiness, Happy, iphone, Joy, love, mental health, politics, relationships, self improvement, self-awareness | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Thanks to Carfs Photostream

There was a recent study published that said among other things that happiness is contagious in social groups.

Iron sharpens iron, right?  The study points out that sadness also spread but at a slightly lower rate.

According to a cnn report

“New research shows that in a social network, happiness spreads among people up to three degrees removed from one another. That means when you feel happy, a friend of a friend of a friend has a slightly higher likelihood of feeling happy too.”


Wow that has powerful implications! If you are a good friend and you want to help them. it’s simple be happy.

According to James Fowler, co-author of the study and professor of political science at the University of California in San Diego, “We get this chain reaction in happiness that I think increases the stakes in terms of us trying to shape our own moods to make sure we have a positive impact on people we know and love,” he said. Video Watch more on how happiness spreads »

How perfect of an example,”You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

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Forget about the Bailout Defeat. Stop and Notice the Joy

Posted on September 30, 2008. Filed under: Joy, Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

It seems important to consider Joy. The Joy in every day life.
The following was published on odemagazine.com. Written by mmlarsen.

What I’ve learned about joy

It’s been over a month now that I’ve been on this quest to spy joy (ispyjoy.com) and I’ve noticed a few things.

1) Joy is most easily and most often found in children. Children are quick to run and laugh and play. They do not hesitate to have a good time. I used to think this was because they aren’t worn down by the pressures and stress we adults shoulder every day. That’s not fully true. Children have their own pressure and stress and although we can see missing recess for a day is a trifle, to them it’s monumental. The difference is they let it go. They sulk and pout for 20 or even 40 minutes, but then it’s gone and forgotten and they’ve found another game to play. And children are transparent: feel joy, smile and laugh; feel sad, cry and pout.

2) The visual effects of joy are fleeting. The expression of it flashes in the glint of an eye, a lift of an eyebrow, a smile that washes over a face before dispersing into a pool of time that quickly becomes the past. If camera isn’t in hand and ready, the moment disappears uncaptured.

3) Joy, while abundant as ever, goes unseen. We’re at a point in time where we seem to be looking for misery. We anticipate sorrow and pain and so we find it. It’s not that there’s any more of it then before, it’s just that we’re choosing to focus on it. Think life isn’t good? Was your coffee warm and satisfying this morning when you took that first sip? Did you enjoy a warm shower and the clean, fresh scent of soap today? Were you greeted with a smile and a hug from your child or spouse or friend or coworker? Did your electricity work this morning? Was the commute to work happily uneventful because your car is reliable? Did you have food to nourish your body and music to soothe your soul? Clothes that are comfortable and warm? We are met with joy and wonder at every turn. If we just allow ourselves to see it we will realize life is a fabulous, marvelous, delicious gift. Savor it. Breathe it into the depths of you and be thankful for every single second. Joy lives.

posted by mmlarsen on 9/27/2008 12:08

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