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Brookfield Zoo in the Spring

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy

These  are a few things that make me HAPPY!  In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge:Happy–I chose a gallery to put my favorite pictures in and posted them.  You can try this challenge, too!  Want more information?  Check out The Daily Post @Wordpress.com for the scoop on how you can enter the Challenge!!  Enjoy. 😉

 

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How Can You Call This LOVE?

You ripped my heart out

In the name of Love.

I am not a Girl Scout

naive and stupid.

 

You thought you could fool me

Make me your toy

However, I am quite gutsy

When it comes to relationships.

 

Sure, I checked your cell

For weird numbers and such

And, believe me I could tell

That you were not all there with me.

 

The late nights away

Were a big red flag.

All your pitiful actions we so cliché

And, you thought they were magic.

 

What an idiot you have become

To surmise that this could last.

Find another girl to hold under your thumb

I will keep my passion for one who deserves it.

 

 

 

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Quotes From the Masters: Ovid

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“Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.” Ovid

The first two –weeks after my daughter was born was my introduction to being a worrier. I worried whether she was eating enough. When she would sleep too long, I could not enjoy the peace; instead, I would go and check on her every few minutes to see if she were still breathing. My mother must have wanted to change her phone number, because I would call her at all hours to ask her questions.

Then, when my daughter began to crawl, I worried that she would find something on the floor that would hurt her.  I worried when she did not seem to want to pull herself up on the coffee table. I worried that she was not walking soon enough. Consequently, I spent most of her childhood worrying.

When I think back on all the worrying I did, I realize that all the worry actually kept me from enjoying the stages of my daughter’s childhood.  It is sad, because I will never be able to retrieve those moments again.

It seems that the world is filled with reasons to worry.  I worry about my kids and grandkids, I worry about the economy, and I worry about making the car payment on time. There is a never-ending stream of things to worry about.  Sometimes it seems that if I did not have worry, I would not have anything. 

Breaking the chains of worry, as Ovid suggests, would make me a happier person.  However, it is hard to give up the habit of worrying. I have been doing it for so long.

The benefit of letting go of my worry often goes unnoticed in my daily life. I just know that I feel better. A kind of mental freedom washes over me telling me that everything is okay.  The air suddenly smells fresher, people seem nicer, and things just fall into place.

If I could take Ovid’s suggestion to let go of the worry and choose happiness, my world may be a better place.  At least my own piece of the world could be better. Maybe I should announce one day of the year as “Worry-Free” Day. On this day, I am not allowed to fret, to be inhibited, or agonize over anything. I am only to be concerned with living each moment fully and completely. I will not let the future or the past interfere with my day.

Just some musings. Thank you to Robin at Bringing Europe Home for giving me the Quotes From the Master – Ovid to help in getting my inspiration.   

 

 

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Bye, Bye Birdie

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Pete the Parakeet

I was put in charge of taking care of my grandson’s pet while he went on vacation.  Pete the Parakeet was dropped off at my house while I was out.  This is what I found when I came home.  It is the most adorable thing I have ever seen, and I just has to share.  It just makes you want to say “awww….” .  

 

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Our Deepest Fear

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The quote below is an actually excerpt from a book entitled” A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Miracles by Course by Marianne Williamson.  I read this quote for the first time in the doctor’s office.  It touched me to the core of my being, so much so, that I immediately picked up my smart phone and emailed the author and title to myself.  The words are the truest words, and they should resonate with each of us.

        “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” 

When I think of how many times I have downplayed myself to others trying so hard not to be different.  Afraid, that if I let others know of my talents, they would shun me from the group, because I was not the same as them.  That possibly, I was too talented, and that talent would hurt others or make them feel like they were less than I was.

My light does frighten others and me; I have learned.  Consequently, I question this idea as Marianne Williams does in her book.  If, I am a product of God and have been given all these wondrous talents, then would it be a rebuff to God if I choose not to use them?  If I am born with these gifts, there must be a purpose for them, a use.  I must strive to incorporate them into my life and not be ashamed or fearful of the gifts.

I was once told that I was a “Reluctant Leader” because I have the ability to lead others, but choose to stand back and see if someone else will take the lead. The decision is “safe” without a chance at failure or ridicule. However, I think that rather than be afraid to use my talents, I should find ways to share them and be the inspiration for others, even if it means I may fail sometimes.

Since, the gifts are from God, is it sane to think that God will provide a way to incorporate these gifts into the world for good? What talents do I possess that I keep selfishly to myself?  Just a few thoughts I thought to share. What do you think?  Are you playing small?

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Mega, Extreme Dinosaur Lover

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My grandson has been obsessed with dinosaurs since he was two years old.  He knows every name, in Greek and Latin terms, and every tiny description and fact about dinosaurs.  He has a robotic T-Rex, and scores of triceratops, Diplodocus, and velociraptors, sitting on his shelves in his bedroom.  He reads encyclopedias of dinosaurs and watches every movie ever made about them.  He is infatuated with these extinct creatures.

For his birthday, my grandson’s parents took him to the Field Museum to see the exhibit that housed the famous T-Rex, Sue.  They spent the night at the museum, sleeping amongst the dinosaurs in their sleeping bags.   My grandson met with other kids who were also enamored with dinos and they ran and giggled as the huge beasts watched. He was in heaven.

I do not remember ever being so besotted with any one thing in the same way my grandson is smitten with dinosaurs.  I know my son loved choo-choo trains when he was little, and then he liked fire engines, Lego’s, Nintendo, and… However, my grandson does not seem to be willing to leave the dinosaur craze behind him.  He has become interested in Godzilla, but it is only a made up creature similar to a dinosaur. Oh, and he likes Lego’s now, but he made me buy the new dinosaur collection.

A friend of mine insinuated that maybe there was something wrong with my grandson’s fanatical love of dinosaurs.  However, I do not agree.  I think it is great that he is able to stick with one thing and really study it.  His preoccupation keeps him entertained and using his imagination.  What could be so bad with that?

Who knows? Maybe he will grow up to be a scientist, zoologist, or a paleontologist.  Possibly, with his skill and passion for looking in-depth at things, he could find a cure for cancer or unearth answers to world problems.  Or else, he could become an awesome Dad who can have interesting conversations with his own son about dinosaurs.  Whatever he does with his life, I am sure that he will do it with zeal and curiosity, and I will be extremely proud of him.

Do you know any children who are obsessed with something?  Feel free to share your story.

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