To Thine Own Self be True

I decided to try something new this year and to be honest, it has been a real life enhancer. No, I haven't swapped out my coffee for Green Tea in the morning (though I am thinking about it now that I have received a darling little tea tasse specifically for this reason.)

You see, my dear friend and I both adopted puppies from the same brood. Half Labrador and half German Shephered pups. Beautiful and full of energy. We've been comparing puppy progress via Facebook, and she mentioned that she gets up each morning and walks her doggie (after 5 AM spinning class) with her son, before school. Wow. Inspiring. I decided to give it a whirl. Sans the 5 AM spinning class "warm-up." And besides, Princess has to rise and shine early for Basketball practice and Decathalon everyday except for Tuesday.

Since the fates had conspired to get me out of bed so early, I decided to use those extra 45 minutes to talke Bubba for an early morning walk each day (even though it is dark when we begin our walk!) We escort Princess to school and then head off walking. It's been wonderful to see all of the snapdraons blooming and the sun coming up.

After the walk, I sit down to read the paper cover to cover; an indulgence I have never allowed myself during the week. And then I get ready to go to work. I have been going in a bit later and working through lunch. After this little routine I find that I am much more ready to face the day, and am really "present" at work instead of just keeping the seat warm and counting the minutes so that I can leave in time to be able to get home early enough so that I can- yep- walk Bubba and read the paper. It just never seemed to happen in that order. There always seemed to be an unexpected errand to run, and laundry and lunches and homework and dinner.

At the end of the day I was just too tired to be good for anything and I'd go to bed with a tinge of resentment because I didn't get to do the two simple things I had wanted to do- walk the puppy and read the paper. But with this new plan, I have a new lease on life. No matter how crappy the day might be, at least it got off to a good start, with fresh air on my face and my pup urging me to step it up a bit. Home to a pot of hot coffee and the morning news. KCRW on the radio on the way to work. It is so much easier to settle in and really concentrate on what is before me. No more angst or rushing, because I have already done the two things that I wanted to do. When I go to bed at night, there is no resentment. I can no longer accuse the lunch packing duty of robbing me of my puppy walking time. It's been amazing. And the best part is that the earth did not stop rotating because I changed my priorities. I have been more productive at work, and no one has made a peep about my not being there as early as I used to.

I didn't ask permission to make this change. I just did it. I know that not everyone has this flexibility in their schedule. But it did get me to thinking- maybe I have been teaching my kids faulty values all this time. I have always preached ," First do the things you need to do, and then do the things you want to do!" Maybe they have the better idea, "Do the things you want to do, and then do the things you need to do." Finding the right balance is the secret. For now, I think I've found it.

Since February is a short month, and a month for sweets-

I decided to keep it "short and sweet".

Happy Valentine's Day! Love Jewel

Valentine Riddles & Celebrity Quotes
by Dan Murray

Published February 09, 1999

Whom do birds marry? Their tweet hearts!

What did the Valentine card say to the stamp? Stick with me and we'll go places.

Why is the letter A like a flower? A bee comes after it.

Where does Valentine's Day come after Easter? In the dictionary.

What do you have if everyone drove a pink car? A pink car-nation!

Is it better to write a love note on an empty stomach or on a full stomach? Better to write it on paper.

What is the longest word in the English language? SMILES. There is a mile between the first and last letter.

Famous people’s observations of love and the February day of hearts:

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. –Oscar Wilde

In a great romance, each person plays a part the other really likes. –Elizabeth Ashley

We can do no great things; only small things with great love. –Mother Teresa

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people. –G. K. Chesterton

Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is. –Diane Ackerman

Love me or hate me, but spare me your indifference. –Libbie Fudim

To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written. –Jean Jacques Rousseau

If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question? –Lily Tomlin

If I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. –1 Corinthians

Give her two red roses, each with a note. The first note says "For the woman I love" and the second, "For my best friend." –anonymous

We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. –anonymous

Better to have loved a short man than never to have loved a tall. –David Chambless

Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love. –Charlie Brown, character in Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schultz

Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly. –Rose Franken

We love because it's the only true adventure. –Nikki Giovanni

Harpo, she's a lovely person. She deserves a good husband. Marry her before she finds one. –Oscar Levant to Harpo Marx upon meeting Harpo's fiancee

There is nothing better for the spirit or the body than a love affair. It elevates the thoughts and flattens the stomachs. –Barbara Howar

To keep your marriage brimming with love, whenever you're wrong, admit it; whenever you're right, shut up. –Ogden Nash

Infatuation is when you think that he's as sexy as Robert Redford, as smart as Henry Kissinger, noble as Ralph Nader, funny as Woody Allen, and athletic as Jimmy Conners. Love is when you realize that he is as sexy as Woody Allen, smart as Jimmy Conners, funny as Ralph Nader, athletic as Henry Kissinger, and nothing like Robert Redford, but you'll take him anyway. –Judith Viorst

If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile. –Lynda Barry

Love is like the measles. The older you get it, the worse the attack. –Mary Roberts Rhinehart

The love you take is equal to the love you make. –The Beatles’ last lyric of their last song

Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope. –Josh Billings

Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell. –Joan Crawford

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. –1 Corinthians

It is with true love as it is with ghosts; everyone talks about it, but few have seen it. –François de La Rouchefoucauld

Love is an ocean of emotions entirely surrounded by expenses. –Lord Dewar

Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. –Albert Einstein

Immature love says: "I love you because I need you." Mature love says: "I need you because I love you." –Erich Fromm

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. –Andre Gide

That one is capable of love is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity. –Helen Hayes

Love is the only game that is not called on account of darkness. –M. Hirschfield

The love we give away is the only love we keep. –Elbert Hubbard

Life is the flower for which love is the honey. –Victor Hugo

To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage. –Lao Tzu

The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved. –Mother Teresa

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both go to the making of genius. Love; that is the soul of genius. –Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few. –George Jean Nathan

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. –William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act i. Sc. 1.

It is most unwise for people in love to marry. – George Bernard Shaw

Wind is to fire like distance is to love; it extinguishes the small and inflames the great. –anonymous

A woman has got to love a bad man once or twice in her life to be thankful for a good one. –Mae West

The first duty of love is to listen. –Paul Tillich

Quotes from:

Open Your Mind, Open Your Life by Taro Gold

True happiness in life is found always within.


Seek to learn something from everyone you encounter.


If you want to have what you have not, you must do what you do not.


Love, cherish, and respect yourself. Become you own best friend and take care of yourself, for you are the only person with whom you will surely have a lifelong relationship.


Live to make the child you were proud of the person you are.


Instead of putting others in their place, put yourself in theirs.


Experience is the only tacher that gives the test first and the lesson later.


Be the kind of person you wish to attract into your life.


One who maintains a centered self will not be self-centered.


Ignorance breeds fear. Fear breeds hate. Hate breeds violence.


Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.


The mind is a powerful and mysterious force. It can make the best of the worst and the worst of the best.


As force begets resistance, dialogue begets assistance.


Know the difference between instinct and habit. Trust your instincts- question your habits.


Your actions speak your truth.


Our relatoinships reflect our relationship with ourselves.


Be concerned less with position than being worthy of position. Be concerned less with people knowing you than developing qualities worth knowing.- Confucius


Fast ripe, fast rotten.- Japanese proverb


Judge not the horse from his saddle.- Asian proverb


It is better to see one time than to hear one hundred times.-Mongolian proverb


Those who have not asked the question are not ready to receive the answer.


Deluded minds discuss people. Common minds discuss event. Enlightened minds discuss ideas.


Change for the better requires effort. Change for the worse needs none.


Patience in one moment of anger can prevent one hundred days of sorrow.


Truth has the power to dispel the darkness of ignorance- just as a candle has the power to light a cave that has been dark for a million years.


One word from a person who is trusted carries more weight than ten thousand from someone who has not.


Don't belittle- be big.


Foolish criticism, an honor. Foolish praise, a disgrace.


Many a have and have-not of today are a did and did-not of yesterday.


The rarest form of intelligence is common sense.


One who works with you is equal to ten who work for you.


True friendship is stronger than stone.- Mongolian proverb


If you want to understand your present circumstances, review your past actions. If you want to know your future circumstances, examine your present actions.


When we stop to think more, we stop to thank more..


Know-how is good; Know-why is better; Know-when is best.


Flowing water never goes bad. - Chinese proverb.


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Universal    Laws

1. Law  of Mechanical Repair - After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee.

2. Law of Gravity - Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

3. Law of Probability - The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act

4. Law of Random Numbers -    If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.

5. Law of the Alibi - If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.

6. Variation Law - If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).

7. Law of the Bath - When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.

8. Law of Close Encounters - The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

9. Law of the Result - When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.

10. Law of Bio mechanics - The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

11. Law of the Theater and Hockey Arena -    At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last.  They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies, and stay to the bitter end of the performance.  The aisle people also are very surly folk.

12. The Coffee Law -    As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

13. Murphy's Law of Lockers -    If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

14. Law of Physical Surfaces - The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor, are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.

15. Law of Logical Argument - Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.

16. Brown's  Law of Physical Appearance - If the clothes fit, they're ugly.

17. Oliver's  Law of Public Speaking - A closed mouth gathers no feet.

18. Wilson's  Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy - As soon as you find a    product that you really like, they will stop making it.

19. Doctors'  Law - If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you'll feel better. But don't make an appointment, and you'll stay sick.


Veggie Valentine

You may not "carrot" all for me,

The way I care for you.

You may "turnip" your nose,

When I plead with you.

But if your "heart" should "beet" with mine,

Forever "lettuce" hope,

There is no reason in the world,

Why we two "Cantaloupe."

Author Unknown


Valentine Smile

On Valentine's Day we think of those
Who make our lives worthwhile,
Those gracious, friendly people who
We think of with a smile.

I am fortunate to know you,
That's why I want to say,
To a rare and special person:
Happy Valentine's Day!

By Joanna Fuchs

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