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Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?

Bob Marley  

Peaceful place

Peaceful place

Welcome to June. In my part of the world it is always welcome with its sunny days and moderate temperatures. I am at that time in life where each day that passes that allows me to enjoy what it has to offer is a joy.

Yesterday I had breakfast with a close friend who works in radio broadcasting and her infant son. She is a busy woman but our friendship is such that we make every effort to meet monthly to catch up on each other’s life. This time she asked me what there was left in my life that I wanted to do, in other words what was on my bucket list. I thought for a bit and my honest answer was nothing other than continuing to enjoy each day with as little difficulty as possible. I was surprised at my answer but then realized that I have had a full life filled with more adventures and experiences than most folks have. In reality I have done enough to bring me to a place where I can concentrate on what I have and realize that it is enough.

In truth I have a multitude of memories of the places I have been, the things I have done and the people I have met along the way to keep me happy. After my breakfast I read Marc Chernoff’s piece on mindfulness that pretty much describes where I am at so I wanted to share it with you.

12 Mindfulness Quotes that Will Change the Way You Spend Your Life

  • At times, you have to say “no” to good things to be able to say “yes” to important things. You can’t do it all.  Be mindful and choose wisely.
  • The best gift you can give someone is the purity of your full attention. Just be present with them and pay attention to the little things.  Do so and you will discover the best in both yourself and them.
  • Your presence can be carried with you wherever you go. Appreciate the small moments.  There are few joys in life that equal a good conversation, a good read, a good walk, a good hug, a good smile, or a good deep breath.
  • Worry is the biggest enemy of the present moment. It does nothing but steal your joy and keep you very busy doing absolutely nothing at all.
  • The problem is rarely the problem. The problem is often the incredible amount of overthinking you’re doing with the problem.  Let it go and be free.
  • The more anger toward the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving the present. And remember, letting go isn’t about having the ability to forget the past – it’s about having the wisdom and strength to embrace the present.
  • Paradise is not a place – it’s a state of mind. Whenever the grass looks greener on the other side…  Stop staring, stop comparing, stop complaining, and start watering the grass you’re standing on.
  • What separates mindful privilege from empty entitlement is gratitude. A mindful heart is a grateful one – it doesn’t take things for granted.  And the greatest gift of this gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more mindful you become.
  • The secret to happiness is not always in doing what you like, but in mindfully liking whatever you do. Be present with each step, do your very best, and let go of the rest.  There is always, always, always some reason to be grateful and some interesting lesson to learn along the way.
  • The most fundamental lapse of mindfulness – the most common harm we do to ourselves – is to practice ignorance by not having the courage and the respect to slow down and look at ourselves honestly and gently.
  • In order to understand the world, we have to turn away from it on occasion. Sometimes we simply need to distance ourselves to see things clearly again. It’s important to remember that downtime, rest, and play are productive too.
  • You should sit quietly for fifteen minutes every day to gather your thoughts, unless you’re too busy, in which case you should sit for an hour. Remember this.  The world is as we are inside.  What we think, we see, and we ultimately become.  So gather and choose your thoughts wisely.  Think how you want to live.

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Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they will.

Pythagoras

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Kids’ Answers:

TEACHER: Willie, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have ten years ago.

WILLIE: Me!

TEACHER: Ellen, give me a sentence starting with “I.”

ELLEN: I is…

TEACHER: No, Ellen….. Always say, “I am.”

ELLEN: All right… “I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.”

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“The shortest distance between two points is always under construction.”

Noelie Alite

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Mary:  I’ve discovered the origin of the word “good-bye.”

Jill:  Oh, yeah?  What is it?

Mary:  Many years ago, some husband said to his wife, “I’m leaving you!”  The wife said, “Good!  Bye!”

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The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.

Carl Jung

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Two intrepid explorers met in the heart of the Brazilian jungle.

“I’m here,” declared one, “to commune with nature in the raw, to contemplate the eternal verities and to widen my horizons. And how about you, sir?”

“I,” sighed the second explorer, “came because my young daughter has begun violin lessons.”

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“It’s no exaggeration to say that the undecideds could go one way or another”

George Bush

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“I’m sorry,” said the clerk in flower shop,

“We don’t have potted geraniums. Could you use African violets instead?”

Replied the customer sadly,

“No, it was geraniums my wife told me to water while she was gone.”

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“I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.”

Henry Fielding

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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