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twilight

I almost missed posting today.  Since I’m participating in NaBloPoMo, that would have been a bad thing to have done.

I spent today reading twilight, well, between taking the recycling, going out to my parents’ house to borrow their truck for a bit, taking a load of non-recyclable stuff to be compacted, cooking dinner, cleaning up a bit, and laughing with my sister about the text-to-landline message her daughter sent me with a quote from Madagascar 2 today.

I completely enjoyed the book.  Seems that I must have really needed the mental break.  I feel more focused, refreshed, and ready to get things done.  It’s amazing how a little vacation (in my head) can do that.

Also, I now understand my friend’s obsession with sparkly Edward.  🙂

The quote from Madagascar 2? “Girl, you huge!  Girl, you chunky!”

Imagine my surprise to answer the phone to hear a computerized voice telling me I have a message and then hearing those words.  After the initial shock, it was HILARIOUS!

a signature and some photos

With a completely serious face, a lady took a paper to someone for a signature and said,
“I need your Herbie Hancock.”

I wonder if she said it as a joke or if she really thought that Herbie Hancock is the common expression used for signing your name. 🙂

05 March 2008

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06 March 2008

parenting

I saw this quote over at The DHX.

“We need to be the people we want our children to become.” — Rafe Esquith, Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire

This statement reminds me that one of the most important things I will do is parent my children.

On Joy and Sorrow

by Kahlil Gibran

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.
When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.

Thank you, Sara, for sending me this. It’s beautiful.

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Be who you are…

This is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes.

Thomas Jefferson quote

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal.

~Thomas Jefferson

Have you ever noticed?

Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac.

~George Carlin

Thomas Carlyle quote

Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are.
~ Thomas Carlyle

I love this statement. It’s so true. I often find myself wondering who people’s role models are. This makes me want to always do my best. Not only do I want my actions to be worthy of my childrens’ eyes, I also want to honor my own role models.

My role models are my parents and grandparents. Their work ethic, their integrity, their desire to do the right thing when taking a shortcut might be easier…Truly great people. How fortunate I am to have been born into this family.

Bumper Sticker I Saw

If you believe you can tell me what to think, I believe I can tell you where to go.

entitlement

It is by attempting to reach the top at a single leap that so much misery is caused in the world.

~William Cobbett

MHP.

Microwave generation. Have it NOW… why work for it? It should be instantaneous.. .right?

This “immediate satisfaction” theory/lifestyle/wishfulness/feeling of entitlement flies in the face of the work ethic my parents & grandparents model(ed) in their lives.

Another Nietzsche Quote

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

A quote I read caused me to think…

Growth in wisdom may be exactly measured by decrease in bitterness.
~Friedrich Niezsche

In my case, I think Niezsche’s quote is true. I have grown tremendously as I have had less bitterness.

This past Sunday morning when ex was visiting the kids, I had no bitter feelings toward him. It was a good feeling.. that absence of ugliness/meanness in my heart.

A quote I read caused me to think…

Growth in wisdom may be exactly measured by decrease in bitterness.
~Friedrich Niezsche

In my case, I think Niezsche’s quote is true. I have grown tremendously as I have had less bitterness.

This past Sunday morning when ex was visiting the kids, I had no bitter feelings toward him. It was a good feeling.. that absence of ugliness/meanness in my heart.