"It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"

R.E.M. song Lyrics

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That's great, it starts with an earthquake
Birds and snakes, an aeroplane, and Lenny Bruce is not afraid

Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn
World serves its own needs, don't misserve your own needs
Feed it up a knock, speed, grunt, no, strength
The ladder starts to clatter with a fear of height, down, height
Wire in a fire, represent the seven games
And a government for hire and a combat site
Left her, wasn't coming in a hurry with the Furies breathing down your neck

Team by team, reporters baffled, trumped, tethered, cropped
Look at that low plane, fine, then
Uh-oh, overflow, population, common group
But it'll do, save yourself, serve yourself
World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed
Tell me with the Rapture and the reverent in the right, right
You vitriolic, patriotic, slam fight, bright light
Feeling pretty psyched

It's the end of the world as we know it
It's the end of the world as we know it
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine

Six o'clock, TV hour, don't get caught in foreign tower
Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself churn
Lock him in uniform, book burning, bloodletting
Every motive escalate, automotive incinerate
Light a candle, light a motive, step down, step down
Watch your heel crush, crush, uh-oh
This means no fear, cavalier, renegade and steering clear
A tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies
Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives, and I decline

It's the end of the world as we know it (I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it (I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It's time I had some time alone)
I feel fine (I feel fine)

It's the end of the world as we know it (It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it (It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It's time I had some time alone)

The other night I dreamt a nice continental drift divide
Mountains sit in a line, Leonard Bernstein
Leonid Brezhnev, Lenny Bruce, and Lester Bangs
Birthday party, cheesecake, jellybean, boom
You symbiotic, patriotic, slam but neck, right? Right

It's the end of the world as we know it (It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it (It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It's time I had some time alone)

It's the end of the world as we know it
It's the end of the world as we know it
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It's time I had some time alone)

It's the end of the world as we know it (It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it (It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It's time I had some time alone)

It's the end of the world as we know it (It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it (It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It's time I had some time alone)

(It's time I had some time alone)

Happy July! As usual, I have put off the Muse until the last minute, as I was not really gripped with inspiration to write about this or that in particular. Tonight is the night I will have some time to put it together, and I thought about writing a little primer on the proper use of homophones as so many people are "homophonic - homophone phobic" and can't seem to differentiate between your and you're; new, knew, gnu; hole and whole ( Yes! I have seen those misused!) pear, pair and pare; to, too, two; their, they're, there, etc.

As I was thinking of my intro while driving home from dropping Princess off at her friend's, I was gripped by the above song by R.E.M. I turned it up full blast and sang backup with all of the ah, ah, ah, ah, ahs. How many times have I heard this song, but I have never taken the time to muse upon the lyrics. I am one of those folks who tap their feet ( what a feat ) to the beat and notice the rising and falling tones but never quite get the lyrics down. They just sing too fast, and I get too distracted with the music, but I did catch the "It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine part." And then I knew that my topic had found me at last, and so I will begin.

There is nothing quite like the unexpected death of a friend or family member to mix up my mental marbles and get me to take stock of my life. If my time here ended tomorrow- would I go knowing that I gave it my best shot while I could and made sure I accomplished the things which were important to me and also spent enough quality time with my loved ones doing the things that I found meaningful and enjoyed? I can answer that with a resounding YES. Not that I have in any way completed my bucket list because I have not snorkeled in Fiji or toured picturesque Giethoorn- ( you must click the link to see this! ) Venice of the Netherlands, nor have I completed my sure to be best selling novel or met my unborn grandchildren. But I do try to enjoy life as much as I can, trying not to dwell too much on the past or fret too much for the future. Trying is the key word here, folks. Because I believe contentment is more of a choice than a mandate, as Eckhart Tolle so eloquently put it, "The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it."

This example comes to mind; yesterday it was hot hot hot. I had the day off work and utilized it to clean the house, walk my beast, and get the bulk of the grocery shopping done. Well Super King is the only place which sells my coveted flax milk, and since the produce is practically free, I have incorporated this market into my weekly shopping. I was fortunate to find a great parking spot and went in and filled my cart with fruits and vegetables and the flax milk. As I was paying at the check stand, the Mexican checker was giving the Armenian checker a quick lesson in basic Spanish, which I found amusing. They both looked up at me, and as they are instructed to do, asked me how I was. I quickly responded that I was great. To that they chuckled in surprise and remarked that of all the people they had asked that day, I was the first person who responded that I was "great". They asked me if I was hot, as this was the response they had gotten from nearly everyone else. I replied that yes, it was hot, but that I was grateful for air conditioning and my pool. When I think about life in the South with the heat and all of that added humidity, the SoCal heat is no big deal.

Now I could choose to dwell on the discomfort of the heat, or I could choose to appreciate that I had a nice air conditioned van to take to the big Super King market to purchase the fresh foods for a great price and not have to do it in a hurry. But for most of us ( me included ), gratitude is not a natural state. We have to consciously "think" about how our lives are good, but it seems we do not have to "think" about what saddens or bothers us. We seem rather to simply "experience" disatisfaction. We sweat, sigh and whine in the heat. Marc Mancini, a motivational speaker for the travel industry once remarked that if someone likes something, they may tell one or two people. If they don't like something, they'll tell five people, but if they really are disappointed in a product, action or service, well then, they will share it with the world. Sad, but true.

And while we are on the subject of sharing, a dear friend of mine invited me to join her to listen to once a month talks given by Kusula Bhikshu in Thousand Oaks. I have been attending when possible and really enjoying the talks and getting to spend some time with my friend. We recently lost one of the group members to a long battle with Cancer. I had no idea that the gentleman was ill. He always seemed so serene and happy to attend with his wife. He had his hair and did not look like he was nearing death. He chose not to share that aspect of his life with us. At the last meeting we talked about his life and his passing and how he will be missed. We also talked about want vs. need, and Kusula mentioned that America as a country has more than enough resources at hand to supply the needs of all of the Americans, but not nearly enough resources to fulfill all of their desires. It seems that it is human nature to always want more. This is how we grow and evolve. If we were just content to sit on the beach and eat coconuts, bananas, pineapple and fish who would have invented the iPhone? So perhaps this is why discontentment seems so natural while we have to place effort into being content. Hmmm- beach, bananas, pineapple, coconut and fish does sound pretty good though. I'd put my iPhone away for a few days of that.

Lite Chicken Salad Delight

1 pound cooked boneless skinless chicken breast ( I used leftover from the BBQ)

1/2 cup Lite Mayo

1 6 oz can sliced Water Chestnuts

1/2 cup shredded carrots

1 medium shallot minced

salt, pepper ( optional celery, raisins, curry powder, cilantro, siracha )

Serve over mixed greens with Trader Joe's Asian dressing ( only 40 cal per 2 tbsp ) YUMMY and guilt free

More Quotes:

Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys. ~Christian Nestell Bovee

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We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. ~Frederick Keonig

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Every now and then,
when the world sits just right,
a gentle breath of heaven
fills my soul with delight...
~Hazelmarie ‘Mattie’ Elliott, A Breath of Heaven

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It's never too late to have a happy childhood. ~Berke Breathed

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The secret to happiness is to put the burden of proof on unhappiness. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

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Happiness? That's nothing more than health and a poor memory. ~Albert Schweitzer

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Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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Happiness is a direction, not a place. ~Sydney J. Harris

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Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. ~Janet Lane

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A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour. ~Author Unknown

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If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ~Dalai Lama

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Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower. ~Author Unknown

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There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness. ~Lady Blessington

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The best vitamin to be a happy person is B1. ~Author Unknown

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A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness. ~Bernard de Fontenelle

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Is it not clear, however, that bliss and envy are the numerator and denominator of the fraction called happiness? ~Yevgeny Zamyatin

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A happy thought is like a seed that sows positivity for all to reap. ~Miriam Muhammad

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Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination. ~Immanuel Kant

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Man must search for what is right, and let happiness come on its own. ~Johann Pestalozzi

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He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has. ~Henry Ward Beecher

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If you search the world for happiness, you may find it in the end, for the world is round and will lead you back to your door. ~Robert Brault

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Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone. ~Sigmund Freud

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There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction. ~Salvador Dali

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The secret of happiness is to find a congenial monotony. ~V.S. Pritchett

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We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier. ~Walter Savage Landor

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The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not. ~George Bernard Shaw

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Real elation is when you feel you could touch a star without standing on tiptoe. ~Doug Larson

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The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness. ~Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, 1954

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Be happy, and a reason will come along. ~Robert Brault

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You can only have bliss if you don't chase it. ~Henepola Gunaratana

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If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years. ~Bertrand Russell

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The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment. ~Doug Larson

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I think the key to life is just being a happy person, and happiness will bring you success. ~Diego Val

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Cheerfulness is what greases the axles of the world. Don't go through life creaking. ~H.W. Byles

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What I'm looking for is a blessing that's not in disguise. ~Kitty O'Neill Collins

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My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy. ~William Shakespeare

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So long as we can lose any happiness, we possess some. ~Booth Tarkington

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Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. ~Mother Teresa

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Seeking happiness, I passed many travelers headed in the opposite direction, seeking happiness. ~Robert Brault

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The happy have whole days,
and those they choose.
The unhappy have but hours,
and those they lose.
~Colley Cibber

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The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things. ~Ernest Dimnet

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One joy scatters a hundred griefs. ~Chinese Proverb

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Misery is almost always the result of thinking. ~Joseph Joubert

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Sometimes we don't find the thing that will make us happy because we can't give up the thing that was supposed to. ~Robert Braul

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Quotes:

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. ~Author unknown, commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin

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Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it. ~Jacques Prévert

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If you want to be happy, be. ~Leo Tolstoy

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Happiness is never stopping to think if you are. ~Palmer Sondreal

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Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy. ~Robert Anthony

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The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. ~Mark Twain

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If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time. ~Edith Wharton

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Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place. But there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around. ~E.L. Konigsburg

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Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy. ~Cynthia Nelms

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Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness. ~Robertson Davies

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Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad. ~Norm Papernick

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Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky

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What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner. ~Colette

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet. ~James Openheim

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Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open. ~John Barrymore

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"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called. ~A.A. Milne

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People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost. ~H. Jackson Brown

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It's pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness. Poverty and wealth have both failed. ~Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard

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Happiness and sadness run parallel to each other. When one takes a rest, the other one tends to take up the slack. ~Hazelmarie Elliott (“Mattie”)

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Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want. ~Margaret Young

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Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. ~St. Augustine

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Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self? ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. ~Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts, 1931

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This is my "depressed stance." When you're depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you'll start to feel better. If you're going to get any joy out of being depressed, you've got to stand like this. ~Charles M. Schulz

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Pleasure is spread through the earth
In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.
~William Wordsworth, 1806

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Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. ~Abraham Lincoln

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Happiness is a form of courage. ~Holbrook Jackson

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We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all. ~Jean de La Bruyere

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Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so. ~John Stuart Mill, Autobiography, 1873

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Jumping for joy is good exercise. ~Author Unknown

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We cannot be happy if we expect to live all the time at the highest peak of intensity. Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony. ~Thomas Merton, 1955

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The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up. ~Charles L. Morgan

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Happiness is... usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults. ~Thomas Szasz

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One filled with joy preaches without preaching. ~Mother Teresa

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Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~Mahatma Gandhi

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