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WHAT TO DO TO WIN THE LOTTERY

I buy a lottery  ticket every week –  have to be in it to win it, and it is fun to dream; but knowing your mission  is how to  win life’s lottery. First some laughs.

Lottery humor

EMOTIONAL FITNESS THOUGHTS AND TIPS

Winning the lottery has made lots of people happy and just as many people not so happy. Money matters and having enough matters even more. Then what?

Not what the admen want you believe. The admen want you to think the things that matter most are the newest gadgets, how you look, what kind of car you drive, or wearing the latest fashions.  Lies, lies, and more lies.

What matters is building your life on a mission that echoes the Golden Rule. All the research agrees: when it comes to living the good life  being kind and caring, treating others as you want to be treated, forgiving others for their flaws, forgiving yourself for not being perfect, and working together to make the world a better place matter most.

Emotional Fitness tip one: Make practicing deliberate kindness your life mission.  This does not mean giving up dreams or passions.  It does mean figuring out how to wed your dreams and passions to practicing kindness.

Practicing kindness every way you can blesses you, no matter who else knows or what you get back from the you bless with your caring

Emotional Fitness tip two: Ignore the small stuff.  What is the small stuff? The things that only heaps of money can buy, the rudeness of strangers; the occasional rudeness of family and friends; and yes, even your occasional lapse of manners.

Emotional Fitness tip three:  Improve your self-soothing skills. Minimally, learn these four Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises.

Emotional Fitness tip four: Expect less, practice imperfection.  Most unhappiness comes from expecting too much.  High expectations are useful when it comes to going for the gold, but expecting too much of others, of you, and of life creates frustration, anger, hurt, and shame.  Moreover, pushing and sales.

Emotional Fitness tip five: Be grateful for all you have been given and look for the lessons.  Not all that you are given feels good, but all is  one lesson or another. Maybe the lesson is to practice acceptance, maybe it is reminding you of old lessons, maybe it is a new lesson, but there is always a lesson.

PARENTING TIP

As always remember age and stage, then work to teach your child what matters. That starts with stopping behaviors that hurt others and teaching good manners. Both teach the broader mission found in the Golden Rule.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO

Life is rarely easy.  Others do the best they can; you do the best you can. As much as we try often the best any of us can do is disappointing.  The solution? Be gentle on all, yourself included.Keep working to stay strong, I work hard to do the same  and I do not always succeed.

Remember’s sharing is caring and the easiest way to practice kindness is to share this post if you found it helpful.  Thank you.

Katherine

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: You get some incredibly, amazingly, wonderfully fantastic news. What’s the first thing you do?

First, recover from the shock. Then, pay my debts, pay my children’s debts, set up a trust fund for my children and grand children, take a cruise to visit and wine and dine all my far flung internet friends, then give the rest away to friends and strangers.

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HOW TO BE YOUR BEST YOU

All the urging to be yourself has a dangerous side. Yourself is many selves and the one you choose matters and requires thought particularly when in pain.

Unhealed hurt leads to hate if you let it.

Unhealed hurt leads to hate if you let it. One of ourselves hates. That self needs acknowledging but only to let  our better selves  emerge.

Sullivan was the author of a biography of Beethoven.  Beethoven was born in 1770.  His music, which is generally split into three periods; each one related to  the gradual decline in his hearing. He wrote his First and Second Symphonies while he mostly had adequate hearing.

He started having hearing problems in 1796. During this period he  wrote among other things the Moonlight sonata, the opera Fidelio, and six  more symphonies.

The Late Period starts just before 1820 when he was close to being fully deaf or nearly so.  During this time, his music switched back to including more high notes which had not been used in his middle period compositions.  Loss of those notes is  a sign of  deafness.   Many speculate the return of the high notes meant he had accepted his deafness and  was listening with his inner ear. This period included what most consider his greatest composition – the Ninth Symphony; he began working on this in 1822 and it was first performed in 1824.

His struggle with deafness followed the path most need to follow in order to heal: denial which often involves efforts to change or control what is hurting you, then a period of strong feeling, which for some is anger, others pain and most often is an alternating between those and other strong feelings including guilt and shame..

The final stage is what Marsha Linehan calls Radical Acceptance: seeing what is and not wasting energy denying or trying to change what you cannot change. “It is what it is.”

Dealing with pain? Hopefully in time you might also come to the point Sullivan felt Beethoven had reached. You accept what is, accept you are suffering and then do what ever healthy things you can do to get through to a better state or to  ease the pain of the moment if that is  possible.

You might be lucky enough to find a  lesson in the pain or find a new path to relief.  I suspect for Beethoven,  finding a way to create music despite his suffering brought him great relief from the pain.

A recent Facebook friend suggested when praying about suffering, yours or another’s using the words “Make it count.”  A wise motto to add to your selftalk whether you pray or not.

Words of warning: All suffering is personal and subjective. That means you are the one who knows the depth of yours.  Your suffering may seem trivial by most people’s rating,  to you it might be as immense or traumatic as Beethoven’s loss of his hearing.

Pain, no matter whether great or small, is dealt with mainly in three ways. The healthiest way to deal with it is to make it count for good.One way?

Giving up in one way  –  the most extreme being suicide. Not healthy.

Another way? Getting angry and holding onto the anger in order to not feel the pain. Anger is a powerful cover-up for pain, but if you look deeply at all anger, you will find it started with a hurt, the hurt could be a physical blow or an emotional blow.

Much of the anger taking to the streets starts with the pain felt when a victim or injustice. Jerome Kagan and the other cognitive theorists note that  uncertainty about the self-worth is a major source of  psychological pain and is often dealt with by getting angry at those you think are causing you to feel valueless. Think of racial or religious hatreds. Not healthy.

The third way is to acknowledging the hurt, look for a lesson, check the lesson for anger and hatred and  let go of those by practicing kindness when you can.  

Emotional Fitness Tip for being the best you: When suffering remember hatred and anger only breed more hurt, more hatred and we all know hate and anger, they are part of out worse selves. Practicing kindness lets you access your good self and makes your life, the lives of those around you, and the world a better place.

IMPROVE YOUR THINKING SKILLS NOW

How? Answer this DAILY PROMPT  Sliced Bread: Most of us have heard the saying, “That’s the best thing since sliced bread!” What do you think is actually the best thing since sliced bread?  Thanks for the great idea, crazydotcom!

My thoughts: Sliced bread is a good way to think about our many selves.  Seeing that you have an emotional self, a thinking self, a good self, and what the rabbis call an evilly inclined self, a bored self, a sad self, a mad self helps you stay emotionally strong and gives you more options than being just one of these things.

Even the mad self has value as long as it seeks to right wrongs without acting on the evil inclination self hurt and anger can arouse.

Parenting tip

Strengthen your child’s ability to deal with pain by acknowledging hurts, teaching the rating of pain, teaching self soothing skills, what matters, and practicing kindness. Go to my parenting  blog for more  tips. 

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 THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO

Keep working to stay strong, I work hard to do the same . As noted above,  I am not perfect, no one is and this week;s post will be all about praising imperfection.

Remember’s sharing is caring and the easiest way to practice kindness is to share this post if you found it helpful.  Thank you.

Katherine

 

ARE YOU HYPNOTIZED BY YOUR OWN NEEDS? MOST OF US ARE!

Does your faith or lack of faith lead you down paths of righteousness leaving others behind? Then you have been  brainwashed by the idolatry of your needs.

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IMPROVE YOUR CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS

Apply this WordPress daily prompt –to today’s post. . Agree to Disagree – Do you have a good friend or close relative with whom you disagree on a major issue (political, personal, cultural)? What’s the issue, and how do you make the relationship work?

See my answer  at the bottom of this post.

PRACTICE DELIBERATE KINDNESS

Practice Deliberate Internet kindness by liking,  commenting or sharing  posts. I feel good when I support my internet friends. Even small kindnesses strengthen you and those you bless with your sharing and caring.

Thank you for all you do.  Work at staying strong until next time,. I work hard to do the same as life is often difficult but staying strong lets me find the good.

Katherine

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 my answer to IMPROVE YOUR CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS

Agree to Disagree – Do you have a good friend or close relative with whom you disagree on a major issue (political, personal, cultural)? What’s the issue, and how do you make the relationship work?

I married a Civil Rights activist and Viet Nam war protester. Who is now mostly conservative while I have changed my political views very little.  How has our marriage lasted for 45 years?  I support his views where I can, and am quiet when I disagree.  Easier said than done, which is why I also practice Emotional Fitness Exercises throughout the day.

ONE TIP TO DEFEAT A SNEAKY HYPNOTIC TOOL

The more something is repeated, the more powerful it becomes.  Why sneaking hypnotists use repetitious chanting. What do to? Think, then try Sloganeering.

slganeering

Stay aware of the things that repeat either in your head, when in a crowd,  watching a crowd, or listening to someone selling something so you can remember to put on your thinking cap. Ask yourself is the repetition in the interest of good, just a banal effort to sell you something,  or evil. Yes, evil is part of our being and our world. Good is remembering what matters and treating others as you want to be treated. Evil is its opposite.

The tip?  Replace negative words that are trying to hypnosis you with a positive slogan. Many are suggested above.

Parenting tip

Teach your children slogans that keep them on track. You can start using the slogans as you talk to a toddler. As the child enters school, explain the slogans a bit more.  With a teen, debate at a Family Meeting with teens.

PRACTICE DELIBERATE KINDNESS

Practice Deliberate Internet kindness by liking,  commenting or sharing  posts. I feel good when I support my internet friends. Even small kindnesses strengthen you and those you bless with your sharing and caring.

Thank you for all you do.  Work at staying strong until next time,. I work hard to do the same as life is often difficult but staying strong lets me find the good.

Katherine

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WordPress daily prompt responseConnect the Dots – by Michelle W. Open your nearest book to page 82. Take the third full sentence on the page, and work it into a post somehow.

Had over a dozen books surrounding me. This came from B.B. Oak’s Thoreau on Wolf Hill, a escape read mystery, not the best, but I read it to the end” the third sentence:  “I am used to seeing woman weep.”

One cannot weep forever. Either sleep comes, or you think a bit about what has happened.   Using the slogans in this post’s poster coach bring sleep or calm and both let you go on.

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