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  • He’s genuine.
  • He finds happiness in the life God gave him, which is being a frog.
  • He is the creation of Jim Henson, who was one of the most gifted, creative people in the past century.
  • He accepts everyone simply for who they are.
  • No other frog on earth can pull off singing “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”
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Last week, I found a blog that really brought a smile to my face! It’s called “1000 Awesome Things”, and here’s the link:  http://1000awesomethings.com/ .  (I also have a link to it under my blogroll on the sidebar.)  The site’s founder is getting ready to release a book with the same title.  Both the blog and book discuss really great, everyday things that happen to everyone at some point in their lives, such as being a kid and having a snow day or waking up to the smell of coffee in the morning.  Not only will the anecdotes about these occurrences make you laugh, but you will start thinking of the really awesome things that happen to you every day.

  • “People become more attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.” (George Bernard Shaw)
  • Why do we allow our lives to be vastly defined by our burdens and losses, rather than our happy milestones and positive life landmarks? I allow myself to be tied to my burdens much more than I should, giving them power over me and my definition of myself.  While our losses and pain in life are certainly integral to the human experience, we must attach ourselves to our successes and happiness more than we attach ourselves to our mistakes and misfortunes.  That way we can have our blessings carry us, rather than allow our failures to ties us down.

  • “Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
  • I believe God gave us the Sabbath, because He knew we needed rest from our daily obligations…and we would not give ourselves a break otherwise! As we renew ourselves spiritually each Sunday, we unravel the stresses from the week, refreshing our outlook and reaffirming our true meaning and purpose on this earth.  Whatever our religious affiliation or belief system, the Sabbath invites us to recharge and re-examine the deeper meaning of our existence.

    Just a note to my readers about the “carbon neutral” widget in my sidebar…

    The “Make It Green!” initiative is an Earth Day project rooted in Germany to bring awareness of the carbon emissions produced by computer usage, particularly from blogging.  Each blog that participates will have one tree planted in its honor in order to neutralize the carbon emissions produced from the overuse of technology.

    To find out how your blog or website can join, please visit the following link:  http://www.kaufda.de/umwelt/carbon-neutral/how-you-can-join .

    What an innovative idea from our German friends…and Happy Earth Day 2010!!!

    I would like to share a link with you that includes 65 quotes on happiness.  As I have said before, I find quotes to be very insightful and inspiring in my life.  Very often, I come across a quote that sticks in my mind actively for days, and I find a variety of ways to plug it into my life.  Treat yourself to a few minutes of clicking on the following link and finding a quote or two to boost your own happiness and outlook: http://abundance-blog.marelisa-online.com/2009/04/16/65-happiness-quotes/ .  Happy reading to all…and enjoy! Please share your favorite quotes with me in my comments section – I would love to create a discussion among my readers.

    Besides the fact that Braveheart is one of my favorite movies, inspiring me each time I watch it as if it were my first time, this quote resonates with me on many levels.  It primarily reminds me that we are all going to die one day…it is a simple fact of life.  However, how many of us are really living? I am not referring to big dreams, although they are vital to one’s life journey, but I am talking about our daily living habits.  Are we truly living our life, or are we living in the past or hopeful future? Are we relishing in the true moments of day-to-day life, such as enjoying a quiet moment with a spouse or child? Or are we just getting through each day to move on to the next, and the next, and the next…? Life is happening now, RIGHT NOW, and let us not allow it to pass us by.  The days are long, but the years are short.  I invite any comments on how you stay in the moments of your life day-to-day.

    “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” (Sir Winston Churchill)

    As I ponder the above quote, my grandfather came to mind.  He exhibited the absolute epitome of this wisdom in his conduct during his life.  I vividly remember telling him about a phone conversation I had with a person who was a mutual acquaintance of ours, and I was referring to the rudeness I felt this certain person had conveyed to me.  Instead of summarily agreeing with me and indulging me in my gossip-like manner, he gently said to me, “He is always busy and on his way about doing things.  He can be a hard person to grasp and understand at times.”  I thanked my grandfather for listening to me and thought over his noble response.  What made his response so noble was the fact that this person would never have any idea about this conversation between me and my grandfather, yet my grandfather still referred to him with respect and compassion.  Such a simple example of Sir Winston Churchill’s advice, yet so illustrative.