Just Be Kind

Happy October! It is already Monday ( 1:10 in the morning, and I am just beginning this blog ) so this will be short and sweet. Short like a Trick and sweet like a Treat, so put it in your bag and unwrap it at your leisure.

In my quest for wisdom, I have been very fortunate to stumble upon a few great teachers. Their teachings come from varied- not sure how to say this- sources? Philosophies? But I have found that many of the teachings are universal. Pablo Picasso said that, "The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." How lovely is that?

On Sundays I download the podcast from The Jesus Christ Show which I stumbled upon years ago one Sunday morning when I turned on my radio which was left on KFI 640 ( I had been listening to Dr. Laura- I miss her show! She is so very entertaining!) and I heard this soothing voice patiently responding to heartfelt questions asked by the listeners. The Q&A was interspersed with great music, and also with very interesting explanations of Biblical passages. One of my favorite quotes often repeated on the show is this, "The purpose of life is to utilize your gifts and abilities along lines of excellence, to the edification of yourself and to the edification of others, to the Glory of God."

I have been listening for I do not know how many years now. It is something I look forward to just like reading the newspaper. Especially the advice column. My mom used to read the really entertaining Dear Abby columns to me when I was a child, and when I was about 10, I started reading Dear Abby and the comics on my own. I really hate to miss a day. Something about the questions and answers intrigued me. I like to ponder the advice given and decide if I think it is applicable or awful. I guess I was on a quest for wisdom even as a child.

Many years ago my dear friend brought me to a Bill Burns lecture. It was fascinating. He used to post a monthly column on his website which was fantastic, but I believe he no longer does this, so I bought one of his books. Years went by, and then by happenstance, I found him again on the internet, and I have been attending his lectures every few months at the Skirball Center. Never a disappointment. Fortunately he emails the podcast so I can listen again and again. So many excellent insights. For example, "If one focuses on the moment and what is required by that moment ( and it can require some planning ), there can be no fear or worry, only understanding and action. Moment built on moment leads to accomplishment, and that leads to fulfillment, self trust and a feeling of safety regardless of what is going on around you."

A few years ago, another dear friend invited me to come to listen to a Dharma Talk given by Kusala Bhikshu. I loved it. Especially the Q&A at the end. So much wisdom in such a short time. I never wanted the talk to end. You can find his podcasts on his website: www.urbandharma.org. You can come to listen to him speak at Against The Stream on Melrose on the third Sunday of each month at 11:00 AM. It was his last talk which really stuck with me. Though I consider myself to be a fatalist of sorts ( I do believe in destiny to a degree ) I could not deny the truth of his words when he mentioned that we can change our life when we make a conscious choice in the present moment based on love, generosity, compassion, truth, and wisdom. In simple terms, we can choose to Just Be Kind. Everything else will naturally fall into place. We can set the course of our destiny by choosing to be kind rather than critical. I kind of liked that ;-)

Happy Halloween!

Recipe

Twice Baked Potatoes

Ingredients:

4 large Russet Potatoes

1/2 stick butter ( room temperature )

1/2 cup sour cream

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp Lawry's Season Salt

1 tsp Garlic Salt

1 tsp Onion Salt

Directions:

Wash and poke the potatoes with a fork, then bake them until tender to the touch- time depends upon what size potatoes you use. I usually let them go for about 90 minutes.

Remove the potatoes from the oven and slice them in half. I use an oven mitt to hold the half of potato while scooping out the potato from the skin.

Place the scooped potato into a large bowl and add all of the remaining ingredients. Blend well with a potato masher.

Place the potato skins on a cookie sheet and stuff with the adulterated potato cheese mixture, and then bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.

These will keep in the fridge for about a week and make great "fast food" as you can quickly pop them in to the microwave and eat them like a burrito when you are short on time :-)

Jokes:


Q: What's a goblin's favorite flavor?
A: Lemon n' Slime.

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Q: Why wasn't the vampire working?
A: He was on his coffin break.

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Q: How do ghosts fly from one place to another?
A: By scareplane.

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Q: How do you picture yourself flying on a broom?
A: By witchful thinking.

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Q: What's a ghoul's favorite breakfast cereal?
A: Rice Creepies.

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Q: Why did the witch's mail rattle?
A: It was a chain letter.

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Q: Why did the vampire's lunch give her heartburn?
A: It was a stake sandwich.

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Q: What instrument does a skeleton play?
A: A trombone.

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Q: Why was the zombie so grumpy?
A: She woke up too early in the mourning.

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Q: What directions did the ghost give the goblin?
A: "Make a fright turn at the corner."

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Q: What do birds give out on Halloween?
A: Tweets.

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Q: What's a vampire's favorite feast?
A: Fangsgiving Day dinner.

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Q: What do little trees say on Halloween?
A: Twig or treat.

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Q: What do goblins mail home while on vacation?
A: Ghostcards.

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Q: Why did the vampire need mouthwash?
A: She had bat breath.

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Q: What do you say to a ghost with three heads?
A: Hello, hello, hello.

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Q: What did the baby ghost eat for dinner?
A: A boo-loney sandwich.

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Q: What kind of street does a ghost like best?
A: A dead end.

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Q: What do you get when you cross a were-wolf with a drip-dry suit?
A: A wash-and-werewolf.

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Q: What did the papa ghost say to the baby ghost?
A: Fasten your sheet belt.

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Q: What is a witch with poison ivy called?
A: An itchy witchy.

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Q: Who does a ghoul fall in love with?
A: His ghoul friend.

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Q: Where do vampires live?
A: In the Vampire State Building.

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Q: Who are some of the werewolves cousins?
A: The whatwolves and the whenwolves.

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Q: What is a vampires favorite mode of transportation? A: A blood vessel.

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Q: What did Dr. Frankenstein get when he put his goldfish's brain in the body of his dog?
A: I don't know, but it is great at chasing submarines.

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Q: What do you call a dog owned by Dracula?
A: A blood hound.

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Q: Why are black cats such good singers?
A: They're very mewsical.

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Q: What's a cold, evil candle called?
A: The wicked wick of the north.

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Q: What kind of hot dogs do werewolves like best?
A: Hallowieners.

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Q: Where do little ghosts learn to yell "BOO!"?
A: In noisery school.

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Q: What does a goblin shop for?
A: Grosseries.

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Q: How can you tell when windows are scared?
A: They get shudders.

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Q: What do you call serious rocks?
A: Grave stones.

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Q: Why did the witch stand up in front of the audience?
A: She had to give a screech.

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Q: Why don't monsters eat clowns?
A: Because they taste funny .

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Q. Why couldn't the witch have babies?
A. Because her husband has crystal balls.

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Q: What did the Dracula say to his teacher? A: See you next Period!

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Q: What does Dracula eat on his nachos?
A: Halloween'o peppers of course :)

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Q: Why didn't the skeleton dance at the party?
A: He had no body to dance with.

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Q: Why did the mummy go on vacation?
A: He needed to unwind!

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Q: What is a vampire's favorite type of fruit? A: A nectarine!

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Top 10 Signs You Are Too Old to Be Trick or Treating

Joke submitted by: Anonymous

10. You get winded from knocking on the door.

9. You have to have another kid chew the candy for you.


8. You ask for high fiber candy only.


7. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, you lose your balanceand fall over.


6. People say, "Great Keith Richards mask!" and you're not wearing a mask.


5. When the door opens you yell, "Trick or..." and can't remember the rest.


4. By the end of the night, you have a bag full of restraining orders.


3. You have to carefully choose a costume that won't dislodge your hairpiece.


2. You're the only Power Ranger in the neighborhood with a walker.


1. You avoid going to houses where your ex-wives live.

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Q: What do you get when you cross a vampire and a snowman?
A: Frostbite...

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Quotes:

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. ~Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

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If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. ~Bob Hope

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Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up. ~Jesse Jackson

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Kindness is just love with its workboots on. ~Author Unknown

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A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble. ~Charles H. Spurgeon

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It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice. ~Author Unknown

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Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you — not because they are nice, but because you are. ~Author Unknown

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What this world needs is a new kind of army — the army of the kind. ~Cleveland Amory

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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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I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble. ~Rudyard Kipling

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Don't be yourself — be someone a little nicer. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

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There is no greater loan than a sympathetic ear. ~Frank Tyger

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Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it. ~Author Unknown

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A fellow who does things that count, doesn't usually stop to count them. ~Variation of a saying by Albert Einstein

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Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. ~Seneca

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A kind word is like a Spring day. ~Russian Proverb

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Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. ~Samuel Johnson

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There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life — reciprocity. ~Confucius

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Don't wait for people to be friendly, show them how. ~Author Unknown

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The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway. ~Henry Boye

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When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. ~Abraham Joshua Heschel

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If we should deal out justice only, in this world, who would escape? No, it is better to be generous, and in the end more profitable, for it gains gratitude for us, and love. ~Mark Twain

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Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in your own.
~Adam Lindsay Gordon

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How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. ~George Washington Carver

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You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. ~John Wooden

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Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns. ~Author Unknown

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If those who owe us nothing gave us nothing, how poor we would be. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

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In hours of weariness, sensations sweet,
Felt in the blood, and felt along the heart;
And passing even into my purer mind,
With tranquil restoration:—feelings, too,
Of unremembered pleasure: such, perhaps,
As have no slight or trivial influence
On that best portion of a good man's life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love....
~William Wordsworth, 1798

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You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach. ~Winston Churchill

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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

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The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid. ~Author Unknown

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The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines. ~Charles Kuralt, On the Road With Charles Kuralt

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Don’t let those who take advantage of your generosity stop you from being generous. ~Author Unknown

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Sure the world breeds monsters, but kindness grows just as wild... ~Mary Karr, The Liars' Club: A Memoir, 1995

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Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. ~Maya Angelou

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In a world full of people who couldn't care less, be someone who couldn't care more. ~Author Unknown

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One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind. ~Malayan Proverb

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Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree. ~Marian Wright Edelman

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Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia

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Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the blossoms,
Kind deeds are the fruits.
~19th century rhyme used in primary schools

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