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Harnessing the Monkeys

Saturday, January 04, 2014

This is VANCOUVER--on the Stanley Trail---taken by son#2 The Air Canada Pilot, as he ran the trail. ----Beautiful isn't it?----
This was yesterday here-at 7am--on our deck- -And in case you can't read that temperature---

I am on a 2 month weight loss challenge----It began on New Year's Day---and my calories are coming down , now , to a more reasonable amount-...1268 yesterday----It's a sorta New Years thing with Team Sudbury.
As well as this new New Years eating thing, why not begin a ""Quality of Life"", New Years Goal?......like...Mindfulness.
....Resilience (not honking at people in a traffic jam).....Optimism----new things to strive for, to make all our lives better----

Yesterday, while picking up my new 10 yr Passport----an older woman was standing off to the side mumbling to herself---because I had to wait in a line, I particularly noticed that no-one was speaking to her---Finally I hear her mention a ""bear episode" she had had outside her house--I began to speak to her about this bear--relating that I had had a similar thing happen----All of a sudden someone else added a comment, and before long, we were all into a conversation about her bear--She related that she didn't like living here--wished she was in the next town--
Maybe we helped to make her feel a part of our community---
Maybe it means ..us..."slowing down"".....looking out for the other person-----taking time....Maybe New Year's resolutions shouldn't always be about ""weight loss""----
Perhaps, New resolutions could mean, ""Improving Qualities of Life""-and this --might help out our corners of the world!

But------I sure Still wish I was skinny!-----
Maybe we should harness those monkeys!--LOL
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  • EDWARDS1411
    I like that resolution "Taking The Time"!!!
    2165 days ago
    I hate when the monkeys start running around in my thoughts. Nasty!
    2166 days ago
  • GABY1948
    This blog was emoticon and made my day...I am not having such a good day here...and the temps are a BIG part of it. You are doing great and that was a wonderful gesture to that poor woman. Wish we lived closer! emoticon
    2166 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    2166 days ago
    What a wonderful, just-like-you-to-do, gesture! HUGS HUGS HUGS

    Just got our heat, tv, internet and phone back about an hr. ago. This frigid cold is . . . COLD!

    2166 days ago
    Good for you for taking time to make a connection with a stranger!
    That is what being friendly is all about.

    Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2166 days ago
    I can really relate to this bog. One of my goals for 2014 is to become a more compassionate person.
    2166 days ago
    This is such a beautiful blog and so true!
    2166 days ago
    Let me know if you need the flying monkeys...I have plenty of them...I am from Kansas...the Land of OZ!!

    2166 days ago
    Great pics!

    2166 days ago
    That was so sweet of you to speak to that woman. I bet you made her feel more included in the community. I have to agree that everyone is in such a hurry these days and always so focused on what they need to do. I used to get so irritated with my mother for talking to people in line at the grocery store or department store but came to understand that it is nice to do that, even if it is just to say hello. When I had my granola company I used to love to talk with my customers after their purchases. It used to drive my himself crazy because all he would do was give them their purchases and say thank you. Well he did not really want to be there with me for that, had to give up his weekend to help me at the farmers' markets but I still so enjoyed it.

    As for the flying monkeys...Christmas Eve older daughter still hummed that tune from the Wizard of Oz every time younger daughter walked into the room. So much fun that night was!!! emoticon

    Have a great day!! Stay safe and warm. It is positively balmy here at 1 degree F today and going all the way up to 15.

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    2166 days ago
    Absolutely agree with making people feel welcome and included. Part of my mission at work is to make the newer folks productive in a kind / mentoring way! Especially trying to help the non-techie folks as our success is SO interdependent!

    Have a BEAR-able day! emoticon
    2166 days ago
    Good reminder to stop and interact with those around us. I'm sure you made a difference in that woman's day by taking the time to chat...probably made a difference in yours, too. emoticon
    2166 days ago
  • RDEE22
    Great Blog. Everyone is in such a hurry now days. Slow down and smile and say gday and smell a few roses along the way.

    2166 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    2166 days ago
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