Tag Archives: perspective

The Hidden Benefits of Anger, Cursing and Negativity

What you think of as your worst qualities can have some surprising upsides.

201004-omag-worst-qualities-anger-600x411

Imperfect Harmony

In nature, nothing is ever black-and-white, and every yin has its yang. Time and time again we discover that things we thought were unequivocally unhealthy—like germs or UV rays—can sometimes be quite good for us. (We’re still waiting for some happy news about French fries.) And now researchers are beginning to find that the same is true of our habits and personality quirks. “In certain situations, what is typically a detrimental trait can turn out to be a good one,” says Bryan Gibson, PhD, professor of social psychology at Central Michigan University. In other words, what you perceive as faults—even minor ones like blurting out curse words when things go wrong or doodling whenever your boss fires up an Excel spreadsheet—can, in the right context, be strengths. Here’s why.

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Moments When Life Is Looking-Glass Magical

Author extraordinaire Erin Morgenstern—and the genius behind The Night Circus—shows us those brief, unexpected times that elevate life into a mirror-shimmering otherworldliness that’s still undeniably real.

By Erin Morgenstern

201210-orig-looking-glass-magical-600x411

When It’s 3 a.m.
I like to call it nighttime brain: the way your mind seems to function on a different frequency than it does during daylight hours—which can be good or bad but also can lead to unexpected epiphanies or experiences that wouldn’t be the same at any other time of day. They say it’s darkest before the dawn, but it also tends to be quietest, and the quiet lets you hear yourself better.

When You Experience Kitchen Alchemy
You don’t have to be a chef or even a particularly good cook to experience proper kitchen alchemy: the moment when ingredients combine to form something more delectable than the sum of their parts. Fancy ingredients or recipes not required; simple, made-up things are usually even better. Apples made luscious with cinnamon and sugar and butter or fresh tomatoes drizzled with balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with sea salt. It tastes even better because you made it yourself.

Continue reading

Tagged , , , ,

There’s No Such Thing As An Uneventful Day…

103145979

“Not one day in anyone’s life is an uneventful day, no day without profound meaning, no matter how dull and boring it might seem, no matter whether you are a seamstress or a queen, a shoeshine boy, or a movie star, a renowned philosopher or a Down’s-syndrome child. Because in every day of your life, there are opportunities to perform little kin

dnesses for others, both by conscious acts of will and unconscious example. Each smallest act of kindness—even just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smile—reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it’s passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away. Likewise, each small meanness, each thoughtless expression of hatred, each envious and bitter act, regardless of how petty, can inspire others, and is therefore the seed that ultimately produces evil fruit, poisoning people whom you have never met and never will. All human lives are so profoundly and intricately entwined—those dead, those living, those generations yet to come—that the fate of all is the fate of each, and the hope of humanity rests in every heart and in every pair of hands. Therefore, after every failure, we are obliged to strive again for success, and when faced with the end of one thing, we must build something new and better in the ashes, just as from pain and grief, we must weave hope, for each of us is a thread critical to the strength—to the very survival of the human tapestry. Every hour in every life contains such often-unrecognized potential to affect the world that the great days and thrilling possibilities are combined always in this momentous day.”
― Dean Koontz, From the Corner of His Eye

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

15 Things…

tumblr_m11xwbd4pa1qfb46yo1_500

How does one become a butterfly?” she asked. “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.

-unknown

 

Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:

1. Give up your need to always be right. There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it. Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” Wayne Dyer. What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , ,

My Brain Not on Drugs

brain-on-drugs

By Ethlie Ann Vare 

Huffington Post

This week, I celebrate 24 years free from drugs and alcohol. Go ahead and applaud. We drug addicts are perfectly willing to be congratulated for running out of a burning building. It’s our charm, a combination of inflated ego and low self-esteem sometimes referred to as “a piece of crap the universe revolves around.”

Anyway, the point of sobriety is that — minus major surgery, a valid prescription and someone holding your meds for you — you don’t use mind-altering substances. Period. What I have discovered over 24 years, however, is that you don’t need substances to alter the mind. As an addict, you can get addicted to pretty much anything. Recently, science has caught up with me.

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Quotes: Interesting Perspectives…

200017555-001

                                                                                                                                                                                          

 “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”

― Henry James

Writing is a concentrated form of thinking…a young writer sees that with words he can place himself more clearly into the world. Words on a page, that’s all it takes to help him separate himself from the forces around him, streets and people and pressures and feelings. He learns to think about these things, to ride his own sentences into new perceptions.”

Don Delillo

 

“There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.”

― Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife

 

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss

 

“Under the seams runs the pain.”

― Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , ,

Kicking Caffeine to the Curb

 

At the first of the year I embarked, along with several thousand of my readers, in a year-long journey to transition our family to a more whole foods (aka real food) lifestyle. A year long so that we can make the change slowly and gradually instead of all at once and overwhelming ourselves.

86364916

When we started, like most, I dug in my heals about a few things. Namely, my preference for cola and cola icees. I was on board for our journey but I wasn’t on board for giving up some of my favorite treats. This particular one was my “reward” for a tough mom day. My “don’t get in my way” pregnancy craving (when I was pregnant). My method for taking the edge off a headache. My special treat at a restaurant. And my “I don’t drink coffee” beverage.

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , ,

TEN THOUGHTS ON WHOLE LIVING…

549351_2812047906766_1425812651_31917600_1100899140_n

 

Revelations

 The shape of your life reveals itself to you moment by moment.

 

Forgiveness

 In refusing to forgive old hurts, you live them over again. Learn to let go.

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , ,

Why do women hide their real age?

132312044

When it comes to the issue concerning a man and a woman, the intrigues involved cannot be overemphasized. Especially when they are both romantically inclined a lot is really involved. They try to impress each other with everything within their reach. They try to look and act good just to get the other party to fall deeper and deeper in love. Then comes a time in the relationship when the man needs or wants to know how old the lady he is involved is really is.

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,
mindfulmod

a mindful approach to modern living

Logical Quotes

Logical and Inspirational quotes

Biocadence

The rhythm of humanity in harmony with nature

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

WordPress.com

WordPress.com is the best place for your personal blog or business site.

a political idealist.

Lidia. 21. A college student with a blog dedicated to the thoughts and ramblings of the mind.

Experimental Art with Silvia

Experimental abstract art is fun! Everyone should give it a try!

zk43

fine abstract art

Rambling through an abstract landscape

Paintings by John Wilkinson

The Art of Amira Rahim

Art and Life in the City

Michael E Picray

Check out my novella "Hamster Dan" - now only $4.99 on Amazon.com!!!

The Short and the Long of it ~ Monique Nagel

Give me 3 words and I'll write a short story or poem using them. Please be sure to comment, I'd love to hear what you have to say! Check out the "About" page, or add to the "Feel Good List"

Christian Williams

Exploring Pure Expression through Art, Music, and Words

Karen Gadient

Paint Slinger in Inner Space

observations of a canary

in words, sights and sounds

Markovich Pareidolia

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (an image or a sound) wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists. Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations.

A Universal Life

This path has many roads, eventually they lead to the same destination

Johnny's Warehouse

The Online Journal of Writer and Photographer John Michael Antonio

Evelina Galli

Use things. Love people. Don't switch.

toemail

Pictures of toes, pictures of feet, making the world a better place, one foot at a time.

e MORFES

art design & oddities

New American Paintings/Blog

Juried Exhibitions-in-Print

%d bloggers like this: