“What if, today, we were grateful for everything?” – Charlie Brown
“Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.” – Dr. Seuss
A song for my Dad: Crambone on Tom and Jerry –via YouTube. Happy Birthday (tomorrow) this one goes out to you, pops. I love you!!
Here’s an amusing article in Rolling Stone magazine about National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – the movie that lasts the whole year in my world. If anyone’s a fan and hasn’t read this yet, it highlights details about the making of the movie with many insightful comments from the cast and crew. I’ve watched Christmas Vacation countless times. I usually put the movie in at the end of the day. From the moment the theme song begins, I’m pacified. It’s like a baby’s mobile for me.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness.” – Helen Keller
“How art thou out of breath when thou hast breath to say to me that thou art out of breath?” – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Temporarily sewn pockets…
I love finding out when a fake pocket is real.
Thought it was for show, but it’s real – look at me, I have so many pockets. Never thought I’d have so many. This whole time it was just a sham sewing job – it looked sewn in, but it wasn’t. It’s a real life pocket and it’s mine!
It sucks when I tear it open and it’s just the other side of my garment…not a real pocket. Then I have to get it sewn. Not fake sewn, but real sewn – not just appearing as such.
Why have a pretend pocket?
And why have a real pocket that’s disguised as being sealed shut? What’s the purpose of that?
Too many people in dressing rooms putting stuff in their pockets while trying clothes on – “So this is how I look with stuff in the pockets?” Then the clothes were discarded with the pockets overflowing and the employees were left emptying them out every night.
“I’m not staying here late one more night unloading these pockets. Fake sew ’em up!”
How in the heck do they ‘sort of’ sew it like that anyway?
“Can you make something look sewn?”
“You mean temporary sewn? Yeah, I can do that.”
What if you were a surgeon and that’s how you stitched people back together again?
“Ok, you have your arm back, but you don’t. It’s just there for looks. Don’t use it as an arm. Just let people look at it as if it is an arm.”
“What pleasure is there in seeing new lands? Or in surveying cities and spots of interest? All your bustle is useless. Do you ask why such flight does not help you? It is because you flee along with yourself. You must lay aside the burdens of the mind; until you do this, no place will satisfy you. […] The person you are matters more than the place to which you go.” – Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
A song to start the week: Superwoman by Alicia Keys on Spotify/YouTube.
When I’m breaking down And I can’t be found And I start to get weak Cause no one knows Me underneath these clothes But I can fly We can fly, ooh…
“Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find?” – Samuel Johnson
“The whole world loves American movies, blue jeans, jazz and rock and roll. It is probably a better way to get to know our country than by what politicians or airline commercials represent.” – Billy Joel
A song to kickstart the weekend: Better Way by Andrew Combs on Spotify/YouTube.
Scheduling then canceling Adding now overflowing Desiring then dreading Canceling Too much too fast Soar high then crash Handle the candle Small flame little burn Wind gusts fire spreads Chatter imbeds Keep it light By natural design not by might Flowing with a feeling Of pleasure and interest Energy that’s freeing Embracing the new Without the need to be the one who Did it all All alone Came and gone Threw a phone Canceled one by one, then a few Just had too much to do All or none Canceling Excite or Stress Success or Excess Finding the rhythm Playing the guitar One chord A simple strum Allowing some fun Don’t want to pencil in a stroll Or count the calories of a roll Want to flex my muscles Designed by joy Fit in my jeans Living my dreams With ease and flow Nowhere I need to be Letting myself naturally grow
“Give thanks for a little, and you will find a lot.” – Hausa Proverb
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson
“There are only two ways to live your live. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other as is though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
A song to kickstart the weekend: Go Where You Wanna Go by The Mamas and Papas on Spotify/YouTube from an album (tape) I played on repeat growing up: If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears, one of my favorites. SO this weekend’s song is the whole album, if you can believe it.
“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.” – Dale Carnegie
“A scholar tries to learn something everyday; a student of Buddhism tries to unlearn something daily.” – Alan Watts
I can overthink anything, like triple washed lettuce. Sounds great at first – then I start thinking, 3 times… What happened? Why are they cleaning it so much?
It’s why I’ve been a vegetarian for most of my life. I don’t label myself as one. I eat whatever I’m in the mood for, but I never know when I’m going to get the visuals. When food comes to life in my mind.
So if I had to label myself, I’d say I’m an Active Imagination eater. Stamp an AIF food label on it and I’ll eat it. Active Imagination Free. This will NOT remind you of anything that previously breathed.
I stay clear of anything that still looks like it did when it was alive. Or even anything identifiable as a body part such as a leg, wing, or claw, etc. Especially if there’s an eyeball bulging out, or a divot where an eyeball once sat. If there’s even a fish tank in the room – I’m out.
Without a doubt, I steer clear of ribs. Whenever I watch people tearing off the flesh and sucking on the bones, I always feel like I’m watching a horrific nature show – up close – like an animal attack. Then they toss the skeleton remains on the plate next to me.
I don’t even try to talk my stomach into being hungry – it’s like – nope, we’re done here.
“Stop thinking, and end your problems.” – Lao Tzu
Yeah, I’m saying that to me.
“The turkey. The sweet potatoes. The stuffing. The pumpkin pie. Is there anything else we all can agree so vehemently about? I don’t think so.” – Nora Ephron
“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” – Tina Fey
That’s what I did when I started this blog. Not that I thought the world needed one more stream of info coming in or another voice calling out. I just had an impulse and went with it. I’ve enjoyed it so far. I hope those who are reading this have, too. I’m thankful to have a place to put together my thoughts and share them. I’m thankful for all of you. I hope everyone follows their impulses this week, next year and forevermore.
Don’t think, just go for it. It could be amazing. Or at least fun.
A song to start the week: Family by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors on Spotify/YouTube.
Family, all four seasons Family, well bless your heart You don’t choose ’em, you can’t lose ’em We all have a song to sing Some are crazy, some are amazing All got a little bit of everything…