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29/11/2008

Welcome to Mirth and Motivation! This is a Lifestyle/Motivational blog offering an eclectic mix of mirthful and motivational pieces: Life Tips / Advice, Affirmations/Wellness, Women’s Lives, Food, Travel, Interviews, Inspirational posts, Reviews, Peace, AND Social Media ruminations on people, places, and events that shape our lives. I invite you to stay awhile, read some posts, and share your thoughts with this growing online blog community.

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Something I know for sure is that we all want to be heard, appreciated and respected; I know that sincere, positive, and empowering messages are far more appealing than incendiary angling for blog attention. If your blogosphere surfing brings you here, relax, kick back, and share a positive tidbit on your worldview.

So, How should we handle the global economic shift? How do we stay mirthful and motivated?
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Motivation Mondays: PRESCIENCE

11/12/2017

“Human vision cannot pierce the surrounding clouds to see where and how the path lies; human prescience cannot resolve the involved movements of the world, the interlaced mechanism of Providence, to know how one event is fitted to all … ” George Washington Howard

Motivation Mondays: PRESCIENCE

Motivation Mondays: PRESCIENCE

Definition of prescience: foreknowledge of events: divine omniscience, human anticipation of the course of events: foresight. Merriam-Webster
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. Abraham Lincoln
Happiness is not a brilliant climax to years of grim struggle and anxiety. It is a long succession of little decisions simply to be happy in the moment. J. Donald Walters
You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it’s based on a deep-seated need to believe. Dr Carl Sagan

How does Prescience operate in your life? What motivates our actions? Why do we choose certain actions/decisions over others? Do we have an intuitive urge that guides us in one direction over another or are all our decisions based on pure logic? I’ve been re-reading some of my books and posts on the subject of intuition and how they have played a role in certain decisions I’ve made. What has struck me even more than the actual intuitive, reflective, or prayerful decisions we all make is that the impact isn’t always what we anticipated or hoped for. Instead, in some of those decisive choices we made based on our sense of prescience, we had important life lessons and even challenges that presented themselves in our lives and we had to learn them.

I often ask people who live by five year plans what helps them determine what steps they plan to take and how they will achieve them. Most say they have an inner knowing that helps them develop a trajectory of their future plans, goals and achievements. Others admit that they pin the horse blindly and hope it sticks. Then, there is that brave group of folks who trust their intuitive voice and live life by being present, engaged and resourceful. All have merit but which do you think has more gravitas?

Thoughtful for Winter’s future sorrow,
Its gloom and scarcity;
Prescient to-day, of want to-morrow,
Toiled quiet Memory.
‘Tis she that from each transient pleasure
Extracts a lasting good;
‘Tis she that finds, in summer, treasure
To serve for winter’s food.
And when Youth’s summer day is vanished,
And Age brings Winter’s stress,
Her stores, with hoarded sweets replenished,
Life’s evening hours will bless. Charlotte Bronte

READ: Reflections: On Early Memories & Intuition…

 

 

“Science can only ascertain what is but not what should be, but beyond of its domain value, judgments of all kinds are necessary.” Albert Einstein

Motivation Mondays: PRESCIENCE

Motivation Mondays: PRESCIENCE

Motivation Mondays: PRESCIENCE

Motivation Mondays: PRESCIENCE

We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us. John Culkin/ Marshall McLuhan
What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also. Julius Caesar
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams.
There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time. Malcolm X

If you could foresee the outcome of all your actions, would you be mindful? Human behavior is such a complex science that it would be dangerous to even assume that if we all had the gift of prescience, we’d act in beneficial ways to uplift humanity. Why not, you might wonder? For starters, we have other qualities and genetic markers that play a role in our choices and so we might still find ourselves leaning in the direction of Y, engaging in destructive or constructive behavior because of an inclination to do so. If we had more self awareness and an inner bellwether that guides our moral compass, we would probably choose a path that leads to X; even with the awareness that foresight is dictating an outcome that might not be entirely fantastic.

The truth is that, even with knowledge of probable outcomes, most of us will go ahead and enter that relationship, take that job and respond to that annoying person in an expected way. Even with the gift of insight and precognition, many of us will still answer the call of our destiny and follow a path that is both familiar and predictable because it is what we know and how we have always responded to X. So, the point I am trying to make here is that we are creatures of habit, and viewing a TV screen with clear outcomes for choices we might make would not necessarily have us veer in a new direction. If anything, the stubborn goats among us might become determined to prove the whole thing is nonsense as they barrel ahead. Some of us will make poor choices even with clear indications that our choices might put our career and personal goals in peril… Is there a way around this?

READ: Reflections: On Perspective & Voice…
Intuition 101: Hello… Is Your Intuition Calling?
Creative Intuition: The Power of Listening and Praying.

 

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for NOV/DEC 2017 are:

NOVEMBER

11/05 — 05 Guy Fawkes, 7 Election Day,  10 Science Day, 11 Veterans Day
11/12 —  13 World Kindness Day,  14 Diabetes Day, 16 International Day of Tolerance, 17 National Unfriend Day
11/19 — 20 Universal Children’s Day,  21 World TV Day, 23 Thanksgiving Day
11/26 — 27 Cyber Monday, 28 Giving Tuesday

 

DECEMBER 

12/01 –  World Aids Day,  12/02 Abolition of Slavery,
12/03 –  Start of Advent,  12/7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance, 12/8 Immaculate Conception,  12/9 Anti-Corruption Day,
12/10 –  Human Rights Day,  12/11 Green Day, 12/12 Start of Hanukkah,
12/17 –   12/18 International Migrant’s Day, 12/20 End of Hanukkah,  12/21 Winter Solstice,  12/23 Super Saturday
12/24 –  12/25 Christmas, 12/26 Start of Kwanzaa, 12/31 New Year’s Eve

 

Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2017?

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– Join the Daily Post Post-a-day or Post-a-week Challenge.

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Photo Challenge: CHEEKY?

06/12/2017

“Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else.” Will Rogers

Photo Challenge: CHEEKY?

Photo Challenge: CHEEKY?

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. Elbert Hubbard
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. Mark Twain
Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone. Anthony Burgess

For this week’s photo challenge on CHEEKY – … what do you think? I love the weekly photo challenges because they force us to step out of the familiar, comfort zone we inhabit as amateur photographers and try to look at something new through our lens; a new perspective, a new angle, range, theme and we get so much from it. Cheeky is not a subject I think about when I take pictures. I love nature and street scenes and such, so anything that pushes the envelope for me is a good thing. I didn’t have much on file and was going to try another backdoor approach to the challenge. I decided to take a walk in my neighborhood first and, lo and behold, that cheeky Santa Holiday decoration was sitting in someone’s front yard… talk about serendipity!

 

“The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.” David Ogilvy

Photo Challenge: CHEEKY?

Photo Challenge: CHEEKY?

I never said most of the things I said. Yogi Berra
Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. Jules Renard
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. Theodore Roosevelt

Why did I include some of the other shots? Good question… Our family cat is very cheeky and when you want him to do A, he becomes determined to do B. The shots I included were because I had specifically asked him to exit the bag, shopping bag, and get off my new book. The responses are clear. Haha! Come back for more on the other photos.

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Motivation Monday: HUBRIS

04/12/2017

“Hubris consists in doing and saying things that cause shame to the victim … simply for the pleasure of it. Retaliation is not hubris, but revenge. … ” Aristotle in Rhetoric

Motivation Monday: HUBRIS

Motivation Monday: HUBRIS

Hubris (/ˈhjuːbrɪs/, also hybris, from ancient Greek ὕβρις) describes a personality quality of extreme or foolish pride or dangerous overconfidence.[1] In its ancient Greek context, it typically describes behavior that defies the norms of behavior or challenges the gods, and which in turn brings about the downfall, or nemesis, of the perpetrator of hubris. Wikipedia

When you think of the word – HUBRIS – what comes to mind? Recently, I revisited the world of Greek Mythology as I shared a few stories with a young student of mine. We read some of the most famous stories that teach the dangerous lessons of the tragic impact of arrogance/excessive pride/hubris; The case of Meidias, Oedipus in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Bellerophon and Pegasus. From there we segued to Paradise Lost and the fall of Lucifer… all in a day’s work. What struck me again and again about the stories is that for every action we take that is based solely on self-service, greed, jealousy, anger and arrogance the outcome is often far worse than we anticipated. When we perform our duties in the world, we must always remain vigilant about our motivation and the true drivers of our actions. Do we act because we want to serve or do we act because we want to be served?  There is nothing wrong with having dignity and pride about our duties but, hubris is an extreme and more destructive form of pride. When we choose to not seek counsel in times of chaos or we make rash decisions that impact the lives of others, we are turning the wheel of hubris and like the favorite wheel of karma, our actions bear fruit that come back to us. Be Vigilant. Be Mindful. Come back for my version of Bellerophon’s tragic fall story.

READ: Psychology Today – The Secret of Dealing With Fear and Stress

Two Wolves
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Author Unknown

 

“When I’m considering an idea, and there is an element of hubris involved, I generally feel comfortable that it’s going to be a good story. Pride goeth before a fall. It’s an element of a lot of big stories.” Erik Larson

Motivation Monday: HUBRIS

Motivation Monday: HUBRIS

Motivation Monday: HUBRIS

Motivation Monday: HUBRIS

DEFINITIONS: Excessive pride or self-confidence Oxford Dictionary/exaggerated pride or self-confidence Merriam-Webster

What contributes to HUBRIS? When we lack humility, our actions can give rise to hubris. When we treat others with disdain or even with a certain air of superiority, we are opening the door to hubris and it is a door fraught with consequences. As the saying goes, those you step on on your way to the top, become the lamppost you beg to lean on on your way down. According to Greek mythology, one of the characteristics that impact those stuck in a hubristic mess is  that they have and exhibit Hamartia, which is a tragic flaw in a character that contributed to their tragic downfall. Do we all have the potential for over the top arrogant behavior? Yes. As we enter the holiday season and some find they can get and give bigger toys, it would be wise to stop and think about where and how your actions will be best served. Help a family in need. Honor your responsibilities to loved ones and don’t rub folks noses in your stuff. Enjoy it without throwing it all around.

A Zen Story – Sounds of Silence
Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks. By nightfall on the first day, the candle began to flicker and then went out. The first monk said, “Oh, no! The candle is out.” The second monk said, “Aren’t we not suppose to talk?” The third monk said, “Why must you two break the silence?” The fourth monk laughed and said, “Ha! I’m the only one who didn’t speak.”

 

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for OCT/NOV 2017 are:

NOVEMBER

11/05 — 05 Guy Fawkes, 7 Election Day,  10 Science Day, 11 Veterans Day
11/12 —  13 World Kindness Day,  14 Diabetes Day, 16 International Day of Tolerance, 17 National Unfriend Day
11/19 — 20 Universal Children’s Day,  21 World TV Day, 23 Thanksgiving Day
11/26 — 27 Cyber Monday, 28 Giving Tuesday

 

DECEMBER 

12/01 –  World Aids Day,  12/02 Abolition of Slavery,
12/03 –  Start of Advent,  12/7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance, 12/8 Immaculate Conception,  12/9 Anti-Corruption Day,
12/10 –  Human Rights Day,  12/11 Green Day, 12/12 Start of Hanukkah,
12/17 –   12/18 International Migrant’s Day, 12/20 End of Hanukkah,  12/21 Winter Solstice,  12/23 Super Saturday
12/24 –  12/25 Christmas, 12/26 Start of Kwanzaa, 12/31 New Year’s Eve

 

Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2017?

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– Join the Daily Post Post-a-day or Post-a-week Challenge.

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— Join the BlogHer Writing Lab

 

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