Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy Birthday, Don!

Don turns 65 at midnight and is looking forward to collecting his senior benefits. He was spending today with his daughter, driving to one of his favorite spots, the dump. This is the point where Bill T. always says, "What did the Lone Ranger say to Tonto when he went to the dump?"
*To the dump, to the dump, to the dump, dump, dump" sung to the Lone Ranger's theme song.

Happy Birthday, Don, you are an original.

The following was written by Loretta Laroche (see favorite sites on the right). I always enjoy her positive outlook on life and thought I'd share it here as we enter the autumn season.

The Fabulous Fall Refresh

The fall is my favorite time of year. My body is shedding the bloat from the summer humidity due to the crisper air, and my thoughts have turned towards planting bulbs and making fires in my fireplace.

The landscape is changing bringing us its’ autumn palette of burnt orange, sienna, and rust, and it’s time to get out the bulky sweaters and afghans. Not everyone revels in the changing seasons, but I have always enjoyed the possibilities that each season brings.

As the leaves wither and drop off, and the days become shorter, we should look within ourselves and see what changes we might want to make.

Could this be the time to shed some behaviors that no longer serve you? Perhaps the cooler weather and the darker days will prod you into becoming more introspective.

Could this be a time when you cozy up in your favorite chair, with a wonderful book and a great cup of tea? Maybe as nature begins to silence its growth you could begin to renew yours by meditating, or simply allowing yourself to become more in tune with silence.

How about doing some cooking? Now that the doors are closed more often you have the opportunity to fill the house with wonderful aromas.

Who doesn’t like to walk into a home that smells like a great big pot of chicken soup or an apple pie that is baking away just waiting for you to take that first bite?

Spend some time writing to friends or relatives instead of calling or e-mailing, or consider starting a joy journal. Get physical by raking leaves in your yard or someone else’s, or take a fabulous hike alone or with a group of friends.

There are so many options available to us as we transition through the year. Take advantage of them and embrace the changes. If you don’t you could end up becoming your own groundhog day.

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