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Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

sweetness to you as a gift from me…

Here you will find a few sentences from a larger poem i am working on.
I’ve created it as a gift:  it is yours to use for any non-commercial application. (to be specific:  that means if you want to give it as a gift, or use it as a screensaver or print it and stick it on your refrigerator, that would make me so very happy.  please do not reprint it and sell it or use it in an commercial enterprise.  that’s what i mean by “non-commercial.”

As you anticipate the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011, I wish for you that each day you live closer to the thing that makes you sing.

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The Sweetness of Acknowledgment/Click/Thank/Send

The postal statistics are in – tens of thousands LESS actual seasonal greetings are being sent through the postal system this year.  Speculation abounds – more electronic greetings, overloaded schedules leading to the choice for no greetings at all, simplifying the “list”…what ever the reason…I have an idea for you which I am modeling below.

The sweetness of acknowledgment is especially easy in our electronic age.  Particularly for folks whose phones boast a camera and the capacity to send photos almost instantly.

If you are inclined, like many, to experience pangs of guilt when you receive a card from someone that you did not reciprocally send…try this!

Set aside guilt and experience the sweetness of acknowledgment.  Place the card in a place, as I did, with a mirror and space for the greeting.  Click – snap a  photo.  And send it along electronically saying something like, “You brought a smile to my face today when I received your greeting.  Thank you so much for thinking of me.”  Then hit send.  In fact, if you want to copy those words right out of this post – please do!  A gulit-free response to a cultural conundrum.   It only takes a few moments and will go a long way to spread and return some  joy in a busy holiday.

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There are so many opportunities for you to turn that groan of “oh-no!” and sense of under performance into a daily joy in this season.  This is one of them.  Try it and let me know how it feels. 
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Between Friends – Stories for the Holiday

My Friend, and phraseologist with Focus Phrase™ is Ellen Lambert.  you can follow her at:  http://www.braveheartwomen.com/ellenoutloud    Also you can review her Focus Phrase options on Facebook at A New Way – Radmacher Focus Phrase
She shares her holiday views today:

Somewhere in my collection of precious keepsakes is a photograph of my Sister, Grandmother and I, snuggled up on a red paisley sofa in identical Lanz of Salzberg nightgowns. They were oversized, exceptionally soft, and cozy as all get out.

That’s one of those memories so indelibly printed in my mind that any trigger – like a loveseat, a paisley pattern, or a flannel nightgown, can conjure up that moment. I guess some moments are just snuzzier than others!

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Those nightgowns were Christmas presents, opened early. Funny how the best memories aren’t so much about the presents as the memories we make with them.

That year it was snuggling on the couch with Grama. Another year it was a ping-pong table. The table was cool, to be sure, but it was the memories made playing with my Dad when he got home from work that I treasure the most.

One of the least expensive gifts I remember getting were these plastic water rockets. My Dad worked in aerospace, so he spun some story about them being top-secret prototypes for the Apollo missions. Hey, I was seven. I believed him.

Anyway, you filled these toys with water, pumped several times, pushed in a lever and whoosh! They soared really, really high. Naturally, the first couple of missiles went right on the roof and ours was not an easy one to get on to or off of. Surprisingly, my Dad didn’t grouse or fuss. Guess he was having too much fun. We spent hours playing with them.

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Which is all to say, this Christmas? Maybe we need to focus less on what’s hot and what’s not, and more on what’s going to be remembered twenty years from now.

Let’s consider getting the kind of gifts that make memories, especially the snuzzy kind!
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Watch For Signs

I was speaking with noted NPR radio host, Ben Merens, of Wisconsin Public Radio.  He referenced an experience of the previous day  – “noticing the signs.”  He read a random license plate and it seemed, at the time, like a message just for him.

This is an experience common to my days.  Sometimes even road signs seem well-timed, in terms of my train of thought or position or attitude.  Does that ever happen to you?  On the way to work this morning, I laughed out loud at my attitude.  I observed, in my  mind, that I was acting a little like my dog when she’s bent on barking.  A car pulled in front of me and their bumper sticker read,

WAG MORE.  BARK LESS.

Yes.  That’s the joy of a perfectly placed message.  Watch for signs.  They are everywhere if you are willing to see them. 

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