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Bright-Side of the Web: The Beauty of Pollination

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In keeping with this week’s posts on Simplification and Gratitude, I bring you:

The Beauty of Pollination

This video has been seen over 21 million times. Why?
Because we humans marvel at nature.

Nature can teach us so many things.

Stop  ~  Look  ~  Listen  ~  Absorb  ~  Relish  ~  Learn 

Always amazing, ever breathtaking, be it your first or twenty-first time
and definitely A Bright-Side of the Web:

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Happy Grateful Day, Again.

Today marks Thanksgiving for my American neighbours to the south.

As stated in an earlier post, Canadian Thanksgiving happened more than a month ago.  It seems a bit odd that these two virtually equal events would be celebrated at such different times of the year but looking on the Bright-Side, it gives yet another time to stop and ponder for all that we are grateful.

We all lead busy lives, rushing to do what must get done and adding what didn’t onto the list of yet-to-do’s.  Planning for this, accomplishing that, starting the next thing; with head down, nose to the grind-stone, forging ahead.

It is nice to be able to stop and reflect on all the good in our lives, even if we have to be told to do it.  And with Thanksgiving as a national holiday, the collective stopping is refreshing and enlivening.

So whether or not you are officially celebrating Thanksgiving today, take at least a moment out of your day and make a mental list of all the blessings in your life. You may be surprised at the length of your list.

Happy November 22nd, Everyone!
I am thankful you stopped by.

What are you thankful for today?

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Quotes That Make You Go Hmmm…

Some things

have to be

believed

to be

 seen

Ralph Hodgson

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Sometimes Simple = Best

Life is hard, period. 

However, there are times when things are definitely easier than others.

What is hard for someone, may be easy for others, and vice versa.

Sometimes we put pressure on ourselves and make things more complicated than they need to be. And then there are times when we don’t try at all and wonder why it didn’t work out or go our way.

Sometimes the best solutions are the ones that are so simple they don’t even cross our minds.

How simple? Think:

Peanut butter and jam sandwiches.
Grilled cheese sandwiches.
Cheese and crackers.
Milk and cookies.

In other words: Comforting. Familiar. Easy.

Can this way of thinking be applied to problem solving? Often, yes.

Sometimes we struggle so hard and long to find a way to:

resolve a conflict;
repair bad feelings;
lift someone’s spirits,

when a simple, heart-felt hug will do.

When your child is upset, just sitting beside them holding their hand may be all they need to feel better – to know that they are not alone and they are loved.

Life is hard. Simplify it when you can.

What do you do to simplify your life?

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Positive Ponderings: Lifestyle Coordinator

If I had the power to change your title to

 

Lifestyle Coordinator,

 

what would you do to help your next client:

You?

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Bright-Side of the Web: Soul Pancake

You avid Oprah.com fans may already know about Soul Pancake but they are a new discovery for me and one I am so happy to have found.  I can’t tell you how much time I have spent watching their videos.  They are inspiring!

Soul Pancake is a small group of people who set up interesting, innovative and exciting ways for people to share their joy.  I want to join their team! How great would that job be?

Here are links to just a few of my favourite projects and seriously, I had a difficult time narrowing it down. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry (in a good way) and I’m sure you will continue to explore the site and discover the rest for yourself. (Sorry, I can’t do anything about the commercials at the beginning of some, but at least they are short).

Soul Pancake: Chatterbox.  I love this one!

Soul Pancake: Heart Attack  Not what you’re thinking. Trust me, you’ll like it. 

Soul Pancake: Listen Up!  Hmmm, kinda like my post “Go Ahead, Make My Day!”

Soul Pancake: Good News.  My philosophy exactly!

Soul Pancake.  A very Bright-Side of the Web!  Happy Friday!

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30-Day Challenge – Day 16

We’re half way through the November 30-Day Challenge!
How are you doing? Still sticking with it?
Don’t worry if you had a slip-up or two.  Just re-focus and forge ahead!
So far, so good for me. There were a couple of close calls. Habits are hard to break but luckily I remembered about the challenge in time to catch myself.  What I have noticed though is there are so many pizza commercials!! 

15 days down, 15 to go. 

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8 Signs You Need A Break

8.  You’ve been standing for ten minutes beside the coffee maker waiting for it to brew before you realize that it is not plugged in.

7.  You open your lunch bag and it is empty.

6.  You find the cereal in the refrigerator and the milk in the cupboard.

5.  You eat the discards from your child’s plate then praise them for finishing their entire meal.

4.  In the morning, you put your underwear on backwards and don’t notice until bedtime.

3.  Filling out a questionnaire, you can’t remember your own date of birth.

2.  Someone asks what you take in your coffee and you shout “How in the h*‡# am I supposed to know!”

And the number one sign that you need a break:

1.  Your big presentation is today and you are running late. You race into work and arrive with only three minutes to spare.
Then you realize it is Saturday.

Stress contributes to many health problems prevalent in today’s society.  Continuous stressful situations can lead to heart disease, depression and obesity, to name only three.

You need to put yourself at the top of the list.  Step back and evaluate your priorities.

What can you do to relieve some stress and give yourself a break from the overwhelming chaos that is your life?

  • Try going for a walk in the woods. Studies have shown that walking in nature greatly reduces stress.
  • Go for a run or to the gym. Strenuous exercise can work out some frustrations.
  • Take a long hot bath. Add lavender oil to the water to aid in relaxation and listen to soothing music.
  • Get a massage. You likely have knots that need to be worked out.
  • Meditate. Even just sitting still and breathing deeply will help to relax you.
  • Watch a funny movie. Laughter can lighten the load.
  • Get together with good friends. A sympathetic ear and someone to laugh with will do a world of good.

Remember: there is only one you and someone out there needs you to be around for them. De-stress and increase the time you have together.

Share how you de-stress.

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