What is Your Perception?

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I was watching one of my favorite television shows last night, which I had recorded a couple of weeks ago called, “Perception.”  In the show, Eric McCormack plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, who has schizophrenia, even though he is a neuro-psychiatrist, who teaches at the local university.  Dr. Pierce helps the FBI solve some pretty complex crimes.

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At the end of each show, Dr. Pierce addresses his students with some lesson that was learned from the episode.  What really grabbed my attention in the episode last night was the fact that Dr. Pierce was talking about some interesting perceptions that we all share as humans.  Specifically, he asked, “Is your glass half-full, or is your glass half-empty?”

Of course, it depends on which view of life you like to take.  Either you will answer as a pessimist, one who always expects the worst of any situation; or you will answer as an optimist, one who usually feels hope at future outcomes in life.

This next part in the show really got my attention.  Being an optimist or a pessimist is a learned response.  That’s right, we choose how we want to be.  Babies are not born to be pessimists – they learn this response from their surroundings, parents, teachers, etc.  The same goes for optimists!  Remember when your parents used to tell you to hang out with people who brought out the best in you, because you took on the personality of those you hung out with?  The same goes for adulthood.  Choose people who bring out the best in you to associate with.

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When you let go of all those negative thoughts rattling around in your head and heart, you suddenly have room for the positive things to take up residence.  What I am trying to say is that you as a person, has the choice every day to be positive about your life.  Surround yourself with people who make you feel wonderful.  Choose to get up in the morning with a smile on your face and excitement in your voice. Your positive outlook is contagious!  Your smile will spread to everyone you meet.

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Make the choice today to become more positive!  If we do it, it will catch on and spread to all other parts of the world.  Check out Ronovan Writes for more on being positive.

Thanks for popping by for a shot of positive!  Have it with your coffee and you will smile all day!

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Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge–Innocence & Life

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“The First Queen”

Her virtue intact –

she stumbles throughout her life,

forlorn without love.

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Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge is one of my favorite challenges because you can stretch the words into meaning something far different from the original words that you begin with.  Do you like Haiku?  Do you like poetry?  Find out more about how to write Haiku in English here.  Join the challenge – it is addicting!

Thanks for stopping by to visit.  I always enjoy our visits!

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The Swamp Fairy–The Full Cold Moon

I awakened early this morning, excited because the day I had been waiting for had finally arrived. Today, I would learn more about the elusive Swamp Fairy that revealed herself to me a few weeks ago on one of my early morning walks. You can read all about my adventures here.

This morning began just like any other. I grabbed a cup of warm coffee elixir and savored the flavor while sitting at the table by the side window. Looking outside from my kitchen, I could see the fog was thick again. Miniature droplets floated in the cool morning air becoming a thick hazy mass hanging heavily against the trees. Globules of moisture dripped off the leaves making dripping sounds as they fell in the wet grass.

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The sun was rising behind the horse-hole casting an eerie grayish white glow to the field. Suddenly, the fairy ring seemed to glow with a bluish intensity.

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The fog continued to swirl and drift. I was mesmerized by the glowing ring and continued to stare and watch while drinking my morning coffee. I did not feel any vibes that would give me cause to worry.  It was peaceful.

Sugar and Spice went outside in the backyard and sniffed around the glowing fairy ring, which seemed to be more subdued now that the fog was lifting. They did not bark at the fairy ring today as they had other mornings. Clearly, the fairy ring was aligning with today’s date of the Full Cold Moon and getting ready for something – what I did not know.

I do know there are many sites in the U.K. and other places in the world that fairies visit regularly on the full moon. Maybe my horse-hole has magical qualities attached to it and that is why the fairy ring appeared there.

Most fairy legends say that it is good luck to see a fairy or a fairy ring. I have never felt anything remotely malevolent in my dealings with the Swamp Fairy so I am not afraid. Instead, I feel like I have been selected, singled out even. I do not know why though.

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My plan for tonight, once the Cold Full Moon rises, is to run around the fairy ring nine times only. A tenth time would make the magic null and void. According to legend, this will encourage the swamp fairies to appear while singing to me.  Then they can explain why I have been singled out by the Swamp Fairy.

I verified all of this with Hilda McFarland, Pensacola, Florida’s resident fairy expert. Hilda stopped by this morning to survey the glowing fairy ring. She said it looked like everything was a go for tonight’s contact with the Swamp Fairy.

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So now we wait for tonight.  Wish me luck!

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Warm Hands = Warm Hearts

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I was rather pleased to read recently that several medical studies now confirm what many of us already know: holding a warm beverage in our hands causes us to feel closer and more agreeable toward others.  Interestingly, if the liquid is room temperature, the feelings cease.

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Psychologists accredit this phenomenon to the fact that we pick up social cues from the environment around us.  The mug of steaming liquid imparts warmth and allows to us feel comfortable in our surroundings.

Holding a hot cup of tea, or coffee, or even a hot toddy, opens us up to the possibility of what others around us are saying.  It is a bridge of communication during a busy holiday season.  If you are an introverted-extrovert like me, this may be a way to open up at a holiday gathering.

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Don’t be afraid to be a little extroverted! Get out there and mingle! Have fun!

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Thanks for checking in with me today.  I look forward to seeing you again!

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Live One Day At a Time by The Dali Lama

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Live One Day at a Time and Make it a Masterpiece

By the Dali Lama

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During this busy holiday season, please take time for your family and follow the:

A to Zen of Life

A- avoid negative sources, people, places, things and habits
B- believe in yourself and succeed
C- consider things from every angle
D- don’t give up and don’t give in
E- enjoy life today, yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come
F- friends and family are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches
G- give more than you planned to
H- have major league fun
I- ignore those who try to discourage you
J- just do it
K- keep trying no matter how hard it seems, it will get easier
L- love yourself first and most
M- make it happen
N- never lie, cheat or steal, always strike a fair deal
O- open your eyes and see things as they really are
P- practice makes perfect
Q- quitters never win and winners never quit
R- read study and learn about everything important in your life
S- stop procrastinating
T- take control of your own destiny
U- understand yourself in order to better understand others
V- visualize it and focus
W- want it more than anything
X- xcellerate your efforts
Y- you are unique in all God’s creations, nothing can replace you
Z- zero in on your target and go for it

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from Silver Threading!

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Pixel Prose Challenge–The Storm is Approaching

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I know it is Sunday when it is time for Amanda’s Pixel Prose Challenge.  Here is my contribution for this week:

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The Storm is approaching

I can hear its roar –

waves smashing against the shore.

Dredging the sands of time in tow,

as mournful winds howl and moan

scattering the rain drops far below.

Deep thunder rumbles

echoes in the dark autumn sky,

white lightening slashes –

communion on high.

A crescendo of nature

in land and sea –

mighty reminders of

the powers that be.

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Just the other day it was 26 degrees F. in the morning.  Today it is a balmy 65 degrees F. with a forecast of thunderstorms, high winds, and possible tornadoes.  You never have a dull weather moment in Florida.

Thanks for visiting me on this stormy day.  I can’t wait to see you all again!

Silver Threading

SoCS Saturday: AGE

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This Saturday, Linda from her blog, “Linda G. Hill, Life in Progress,” asked us to write about age.  This request is part of our Stream of Consciousness Saturday which is open to everyone.  Click here to find the rules.

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Age is an interesting topic.  If you are young, you want to be older.  If you are older, you long for your youth.  Frankly, I am happy with my age right now.  I have enough wisdom to keep myself out of trouble yet, I still yearn to try and to learn new things.  I take care of my body, watch the foods I eat, exercise, and try to do all the things that you should for my age.  I like to think that I am aging gracefully.

I was blessed with the right amount of “age genes” so that I am able to not look my age.  My daughters have inherited this favored gene also.  All three of us are mistaken for our ages quite frequently.  My Prussian genes actually gave me something other than big hips!

However, that is the problem with age today.  How you look influences everyone else’s perception of age.  If you look older, many times you are lumped into a category where people believe you will behave in a certain way.  For example, if you have grey hair it is believed that you belong to the Baby Boomer generation and are technology challenged.  That is a total misconception on the part of young people today.  Not all Baby Boomers are challenged when it comes to technology.

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I went back to college a few years ago and had the best experience.  Now mind you, I was definitely the oldest student in many of my classes and that included the professor!  Nevertheless, I jumped right in with all the other students who were just starting out their lives.  Some were only eighteen years old and did not have a clue about life or college.  I was able to integrate into these groups of younger adults because I accepted them for who they were.  No judgments.  I am still friends with quite a few of them and we visit on Facebook frequently.  In addition, the younger students came to me for technology issues.  They had not worked in fields yet where Microsoft Word, or Excel were taught to them.  I was able to show them some time-saving tricks of the trade.  Another plus for age!

I have never understood why age is such a big deal.  It is not something that you can change.  You can change your looks so that you do not look to be a certain age, but in the end, you are most certainly still that age.  I never wanted to look like that woman who is trying to look young so she wears clothes that are inappropriate for her age.  You know the kind I mean…

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As I have said, I am happy with the age I am today.  I worked hard to gain all of this wisdom.  I was not taken seriously in the working world until I was 40 years old!  Only then, was I comfortable to say what I thought.  I also found that I was comfortable with my knowledge and skill set within my field.  I think women improve with age.  We are truly like a fine wine, not ripe until our time.  Embrace whatever age you are right now.  Be happy in your skin!

Leave it to me to bring the subject back to wine!  Cheers!

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Thanks for visiting today,

Silver Threading