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Five Friday Happy Bringers (5/9/14)

It looks like a beautiful Mother’s Day Weekend Friday here in Savannah.  (Does that make any sense?)

1.  Sautéed collards and onions.

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2.  Delicious views on my walks in Savannah.

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3.  This so-true affirmation for today.  (I know, I know–some folks make fun of me for my love of affirmations.)

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4.  The enticing perfume of jasmine.

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5.  Mamas who are still walking.

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My mom just turned 87.  And still getting around.  Here we are at Cracker Barrel on Monday.

Happiest of Mother’s Day weekends!

P.S.  Oh, I forgot to tell you–I got my first-ever Mother’s Day present this morning!  Really.  I’m telling the truth.  Since his parents are out of town today, I dropped grandson Gabriel off at The Little School, and the teachers had prepared cute Breakfast Bags for the moms.  Bagels (“choose your flavor!”), cream cheese and juice.  I lingered, elaborately saying a long and emotional goodbye to Gabriel (“Abu will miss you so much, but you will enjoy the healthy but delicious lunch I prepared for you.”)  At the same time, I tried to look hungry, pitiful and motherly.  I guess it worked:

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Yum!

 

 

Sunday Morning Quote (3/30/14)

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Some early south Georgia blooming:

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Put on a Happy Face!

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Sometimes you just gotta do it.

“What?” you ask.

Put on a Happy Face.

Yes?  No?

Don’t get me wrong.  Other times you need to wail and mourn.  (I’m REALLY good at wailing.  Ask anyone who knows me well.  Or not so well.  Okay, okay, ask anyone who was in the theatre with me when I first saw Marley and Me.)

Seriously, I do believe there is a POWER in smiling and putting on a happy face.

Apparently, so does Penny Marshall.  (PLEASE tell me that at least four or five of you know who I’m talking about.)  Here she is on The Captain and Tennille Show back in the late seventies when I was in graduate, I mean grade school.

Listen to her lesson:

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May your face and body and heart and soul be happy this day.

If you can, try to put happiness on.

Lotsa Happy Faces: Here

Sunday Morning Quote (1/26/14)

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

— U.S. Declaration of Independence

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JoyInciter #2 — “Walking Into”

We’re about to walk into a brand new year–2014! Let’s make sure we walk where we WANT to walk. Here’s a post I did a while back about the importance of “walking into” that which is most important to us. So, come on, let’s walk!

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Recently, I introduced the JoyInciters, a collection of simple practices which I use regularly to increase the level of happiness and joy in my life.  The first one was what I called my Thanksgiving Book, or gratitude journal.  Have you started one?  No?  Well maybe get one going this weekend.  And remember to tell me about it.

Now please allow me to tell you briefly about a second practice, which is SO very simple but SO much fun and, I believe, helps create a very healthy pattern of thinking.  MUCH of being joyful in life has more to do with our habitual thinking patterns, or mindsets–more so even than our actual circumstances.  And, as I’m sure you have noticed, that little person inside our minds sometimes has very negative things to say:

“I could never do a class project as incredible as the ones Dr. Saye showed us in…

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Five Friday Happy Bringers — 12/6/13 — Addendum

Okay, so this week was Happier than usual.  Here’s what else I’m Happy About:

6.  Attending (today) the Christmas Luncheon for my daughter’s and son-in-law’s business here in Savannah.  I rode the ferry across the Savannah River to Hutchinson Island and the Westin.  (Wait.  Did I tell you I just moved into the second floor of a glorious old late 1800’s house a couple of blocks from the river?  More bout that later.)

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Look what I saw as I was waiting for the ferry:

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How do those big, heavy cargo ships stay afloat?!  (Or airplanes fly?  Or microwaves heat?  I could go on and on with questions.)  But here’s the ferry!

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Not crowded at all.

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Such a cool ride across.  And here’s the Westin.

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I arrived a few minutes early, so I took a peek at their decorations.

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(That tree is either really cool and hip.  Or a bit animalistically weird.)

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What a great meal.

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Here’s daughter Amy and son-in-law Ortelio:

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And their staff:

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I REALLY love free lunches.  Yes, there IS such a thing.

7.  Camelias blooming downtown.

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8.  Gorgeous late fall-ness.

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9.  Deciding to become King of the World.

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Okay, okay, kings fall sometimes.

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(Piedmont Park, Atlanta.)

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So I went to the Forsyth Farmers’ Market here in Savannah yesterday (as I do most Saturday mornings).  Such beautiful pecans!  (Do you pronounce it “pe-kahn” or “pe-can”?)  And I decided to buy a little bag.

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