If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

Posts tagged ‘humor’

Common Sense, Dancing

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.  William James

Yesterday I began the morning with the intention of “seeing beauty.”

I thought I might take a walk in the art museum’s garden. Instead I spent the morning with elementary age children looking for bugs and vegetables in the community youth garden.

I thought I might visit the artist-in-residence site where two friends are working. Instead I wrote and read in my own living room.

I thought I kind of knew what to expect after posting yesterday’s blog. But Ivonprefontaine reblogged my Tuesday post on his site. Wham…sixty “likes”…and then Tamrahjo reblogged last Thursday’s post…more hits.

I know very little about looking for beauty. It is all around me!

So today, in honor of yesterday’s surprises, I post a quote on humor.  Hold on, girl. This could be good.

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Word Origin:
From the Latin ridiculus (facetious, laughable)
Purpose: This incantation is used to get rid of a Bogart – a creature that assumes the form of a person’s greatest fear. Prior to casting the spell, the wizard/witch must visualize the Bogart doing or being something humorously ridiculous. The laughter this causes will banish the Boggart
Example: In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, while in the Triwizard maze, Harry successfully cast this spell upon a boggart.

Here is a magic spell I plan on using today in the doctor’s waiting room, the Toyota “customer service” room and an eighth grade language arts class. While certainly not expecting my greatest fear to show up, these could be good places to practice.

Above all else: go out with a sense of humor.  It is needed armor.  Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.  ~Hugh Sidey

Just Smile

Hide your craziness behind a beautiful smile. And don’t worry, that’s all you need. Paulo Coelho

Being Here Now

  • The next message you need is always where you are.  Ram Dass
       What happens when those messages feel like “overload?”  When the loudest, most critical “messages” appear to be the most persistent?  (Editor’s note:  Am I using too many quotation marks?)  Are these the messages I need?
         Yesterday I was listening to an audiobook as I did a bit of house cleaning. (I got the house cleaning message when I couldn’t find my keys but had no problem locating things I was looking for three days earlier.)  Anyway, the book was some “self-help” thing (quotations again, Laura) and I was beginning to feel agitated.  This voice in my head was telling me how to get help for the voices in my head.  Argh.
         After twenty minutes of this advice I hear the message I needed.  Loud and clear. It wasn’t that of the narrator; it was mine.  And it said, “Shut the damn thing off.”
        I promptly packed up the audiobook and returned it to the library, where I then had pleasant conversations with several real people.

Give Me a Sign

Words are but the signs of ideas.   Samuel Johnson

Look behind you, Saver of Trees. I think something’s asking for your help.

The elementary school’s new drug education program. Simple. To the point.

How old is this child? Sign has been posted here for at least 30 years.

Seen any interesting signs lately?

Listening to Learn

Learning to Listen

Listening for Lessons

A Teacher and her Writing Practice

Writing Is My Drink

slake your thirst; find your voice


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