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Vote for what you believe.  Don’t stay home..get out and let your voice be heard!

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October Review & November Goals

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One of the goals I wanted to accomplish in October was to de-clutter.  While I have done some of that, there is a more that needs to be done.  I’ve written creatively, but most of that has to do with my daily haiku project.  I did manage to finish one 600-word story, so kudos to me.  Unfortunately, working on my reading and studying for my business kind of went off the rails – no excuses… oh, believe me I have excuses, but seriously, no excuses.  On the positive side I’ve worked out daily, so another goal accomplished – yay me!

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Goals for November:

  1. De-clutter dining room and living room.
  2. One hour per day writing creatively.
  3. Get Christmas gifts – no more of that running around like a lunatic in December.
  4. Weekly menu planning.
  5. Work on School and Website.
  6. Work-out daily.

Have you made a list of your goals for the month?  Let me know in the comments below and we can encourage each other over the course of this month.

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You Are in Charge of Your Own Happiness

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The above quote is so important in many ways.  From the time we are born we seek to please others.  As children when our parents were happy than we were happy.  Of course, pleasing others can be a wonderful thing.  The feelings of joy we get from bringing happiness to others is like no other.  But as with many things, this can be taken to the extreme thus causing us unhappiness while we seek to please another.  Once we start putting others happiness above our own happiness on a consistent basis, we’ve crossed the line into ignoring ourselves and putting ourselves last, if our own happiness even makes it onto our list.

True lasting happiness come from within.  No “other” can make us happy, just as we cannot bring true lasting happiness to another.  Look within to find your own happiness.

Repairing the World

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Last weekend I watched the wonderful documentary on Fred Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (which I suggest that you watch also, since Fred Rogers was an extraordinary man).  While I was watching it, some of the words mentioned in regard to the mess that’s the U.S. right now were “Tikkun Olam” which I’d never heard of before.  The words were referenced with regard to the question ‘what can we do to help ourselves and the world right now’?  The response was “repair the world”.  I’m leaving a link below that better explains the background and original meaning of these words, but also emphasizes that the meaning that is usually associated with these words has to do with repairing the world by means of social justice and human responsibility toward fixing what is wrong with the world.

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While changing the entire world is a huge task, and one that most of us are unable to achieve, after watching Won’t You Be My Neighbor? I was struck by how much each one of us can change the world.  How, you might ask?  By changing the world we live in.  Of course, we can sign petitions, march in protest, vote and give money to causes that resonate with us.  We should do all that.  But there are also direct actions that we can take.  We can declutter and make our homes as peaceful as we can.  We can also work at a soup kitchen.  These actions aren’t either/or, remember.  We can treat everyone we see with kindness.  And, for those of us who have limited money, it can be the most direct way of repairing the world.  I hope that I can manage to create a better world right where I am.  Hope you are inspired to do the same.

 https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/tikkun-olam-repairing-the-world/

 

Staying Positive During Hard Times

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As you know, there are times when life sucks.  And, believe it or not, that’s actually okay.  Life can’t be sunshine, roses and chocolate all the time.  Because, if it was, would that sunshine feel as wonderful?  Would the roses smell as sweet?  Well, I can tell you from experience, chocolate tastes fantastic no matter what is happening, but I’m sure you catch my drift.

When life is hard, take a breath – or twenty – or a hundred, and stand up and just deal with it.  Don’t put yourself down, don’t dwell on faulting someone (or yourself), just figure out a way to deal with it.  Focus your energy on doing whatever you can control to make life better, and do it!

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Quotes for Columbus Day

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I thought that I’d try something a little different for today.  Here are some Native American quotes I’d like to share with you all.

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Don’t Be Silent

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It’s important to speak out when there are injustices being committed.  Right now, in the U.S. there are forces gathered against many of our rights as citizens.  Not only are we treating asylum seekers as criminals, but we are allowing the murder of unarmed civilians be overly aggressive police.  Racism and bigotry are running rampant, and an entire gender is being told to “sit down and shut up”.

Who are the perpetrators of this?   For the most part it is angry white men.  Whether they identify as “incel”, white supremacist, or simply Republican, the message is always the same.  Whatever it is that they want, it’s so much more important than what you want/need.  The rest of us, and yes, there are more of us than them, are being divided by race, gender and sexual orientation.  It’s time to join hands and stand together.

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If you believe in “liberty and justice for all”, do whatever you can with what you have.  Sign petitions; write your congressperson; register to vote (if you haven’t done so); join a protest/march; give a donation to an organization that follows your own morals.  Do what you can.  But most importantly, do not be silent!

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