Monday, July 29, 2013

The View

Some people see the rose, other's only see the thorns, but if you are careful, you can hold a thing of beauty in your hands and be OK.

Storm Clouds

A person gets up in the morning and sees the sun come up.  He smiles and says, "What a wonderful day this can be!"

Another looks out, sees the sun, the blue sky and in the far distance, a small white cloud.  He examines the cloud for awhile and says that there is a little grey mixed in the vapors and it could mean that we may have rain. After giving it a little thought, he is sure it will be a big downpour with possible flooding and destructive winds.  This could wipe out all the summer crops and the price of food will skyrocket.  People will die from starvation and those that are left will go to war over the scarce resources.  Humanity, as we know it, will end.  Only rats, roaches, a few hedge fund dealers and pessimists will survive.  Good news for him.

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    1. The GOOD NEWS is if we are NOT that Person! *Winks* Dawn... The Bohemian

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  2. Arleen, Excellent description of cognitive distortions that give us the jumps sometimes.

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  3. I read a quote to the effect of "it is not what we look at but what we see", as the two observers illustrate.

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  4. That must be Marley; Scrooge got over himself.

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    1. Marley did not look like a fun guy, did he? Maybe it was the chains that got to him.

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  5. Love this! I'm the one who sees the little white cloud off in the distance, begins jumping up and down singing yippee it's going to rain today..... Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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    1. We all need a refreshing rain sometimes, Bonnie.

      When I read your comment, all I could think of was Gene Kelly dancing to Singing in the Rain. What a wonderful, uplifting performance that was. Now, of course, I will not be able to get that song out of my head for the rest of the night. That, though, is not a bad thing.

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    1. Jenny, I think there are some people that enjoy being miserable.

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  7. Hope that guy doesn't come to my house when I have been cleaning. Thanks for the comment. I'm giving your idea some

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    1. Just shovel everything into the closet or under the bed.

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    2. Bring that shovel over to my House when you're done with it... I'm in the midst of a Great Edit and Purge so the place looks ransacked! *Winks* Dawn... The Bohemian

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  9. Life's too short to waste time worrying about what that cloud in the distance might bring.

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    1. My thought exactly, Susan, especially since it will probably move northeast.

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    2. I was born, and still am, a happy optimist!

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  10. Yup, I know the guy too. I have to be the opposite or we would not survive. He says I have my head in the clouds. Who cares, rain or shine I'm counting my blessings.

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  11. I love your header flower - so beautiful! sandie

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    1. Thank you, Sandi. It is a Hydrangea, my favorite flower.

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  12. I'll survive today because I've just made a pile of rissoles and I've also got a meatloaf in the oven which in turn will be frozen for another day! ;)

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  13. How true! It amazes me how people can take anything and run to the other end of the court with it!
    And thank you for your concern. I'm just very busy, know too many people and get drafted into things I can't say no to doing. You can always email me at austanspace at comcastdotnet. XO

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  14. I love your header flower and the words below it are important. I have been retired for a long time now and I love the way it enables me to create my own days. I always begin by putting a smile on my face, even if I don't feel like it. Then walk and the rest takes care of itself usually. The post is so true too.

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    1. It is about how you look at life or choose to look at life. Some people let their fears rule them.

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  15. I definitely know that guy - but your post made me laugh, too. People are sometimes funny with all their quirks and hang-ups, at least it's easy to laugh at them if you're not the one with weird quirks and hangups! :-)

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    1. Of course, Lexa, I have no quirks or hang ups; no not I.

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  16. Well written and so very true! I think we all know someone that fits this and yet sometimes it could be me but I hope not.
    Hope your well and that you have a lovely weekend.
    Love
    Maggie

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    1. We all have days when it rains on our parade, but we have to keep marching into the sunshine..

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  17. Some people say, "Good morning, God!" Some say, "Good God, morning!" That covers it almost as nicely as your story.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
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    Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

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  18. You are absolutely right, Perspective is everything! And what a way to express that fact with some Humor in your Post! May your glass always be Perceived as not just half full rather than half empty... but Overflowing with Joy and Optimism!

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  19. You nailed the optimist/pessimist thing perfectly. Farmers usually fall the the latter. Kids are in the former.

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  20. It's all about your cup being half full or half empty. I like to think I've got one half full and getting better. Love this post, Arleen x

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  21. Hi Arleen,

    Very poignantly stated. Reminds me of somebody who was so negative, no matter what you said or did, they found the negative in a positive. I distanced myself from that person. Of course, that's what they wanted so they could say I had abandoned them and I was as bad as the rest. Good grief.

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