Monthly Archives: July 2011

Power and Bliss.

If I were my own best friend, I would think about unanswerable questions…

Knowledge is power.  Ignorance is bliss.

I am: knowledgeable and ignorant.

Therefore I am: blissfully powerful and/or powerfully blissful.

Questions to ponder: Can I be both at the same time? Why not embrace both? Do I prefer one over the other?

***I love unanswerable questions, especially ones like this. Questions where two things are opposed, but can coexist at the same time. I am intrigued by the concept of being powerful and blissful. Things to ponder.

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Cherish Friends.

If I were my own best friend, I would tell myself to…

Cherish my friend.

the whole wonderful, crazy, unique group of them.

every last one them.

***Let me be perfectly clear, I am not implying that I think my friends are all beavers, snails, squirrels, owls, or skunks. I am simply saying that I love the fantastic, unique, remarkable group of people I have the honor of calling “friends”.

I can only imagine how much fun it would be to get ALL of them together (from all the far reaches of the earth) and have a dinner party! Let the wine flow and the good times roll!! Can you imagine the connections and interactions that could be made if you had the luxuries of time and money to pull all your friends into one place??

Thanks for Nectarines.

If I were my own best friend I would remind myself to…

be thankful for:

  1. Fresh nectarines
  2. The opportunity to learn new things
  3. Piano music
  4. Getting off work early!
  5. Blue glass with sunlight shining through it

Be like Sodium.

If I were my own best friend I would…

Remember a chemistry lesson:

to be happier and more stable we may have to give something away

(like a sodium atom giving up an electron)

***I love revisiting chemistry lessons and being able to apply the concept of stable valence electron shells to my life. (I know… I am a nerd! Thanks Dad.) This lesson is such a great reminder to simplify things – sometimes the easiest way to stability is giving something up.

Do I really need to do laundry today? Do I have to dust the furniture now? Could I leave those boxes unpacked until tomorrow? Could I say “no” to the next project I was asked to do? Do I have to finish all 18 things on my list by the end of today? 

Simplify. Reduce. Streamline.

If you had the luxury to give one thing up today, what would it be?

Optimism.

If I were my own best friend, I would think about…

Optimism…

the glass if half full.  the glass is half full.  the glass is half full…

Hmmm.

the glass if half full *

(*sometimes you have to pick a different glass)

Be Kind.

If I were my own best friend I would tell myself to…

remember a favorite quote:

“Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

-Plato

***I always try to remember this when someone cuts me off in traffic, has unkind words to say, or seems to be really angry or unpleasant. I have no idea what is happening in their world and prefer to give them the benefit of the doubt. We all have battles; the least we can do is be kind.

Thanks for castles

If I were my own best friend I would remind myself that…

I am grateful for:

  1. Castles
  2. Green hills and waterfalls
  3. Really big bike races
  4. France
  5. Really big dreams

Vive le tour!