Hearing the cries of humanity as she was about to enter Nirvana, Kwan Yin decided to return to Earth to help ease our suffering and lead us to enlightenment. A Buddhist bodhisattva, she's the loving embodiment of compassion and mercy. I find her motherly image comforting and inspiring. If you'd like to learn more about her, click here.
While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75-year-old Texas rancher, whose hand was caught in a gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to former Texas Governor George W. Bush and his elevation to the White House.
The old Texan said, "Well, ya know, Little Georgie Bush is just a 'post turtle.'"
Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a "post turtle"
The old rancher said, "When you're driving down a country road and you come
across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post turtle."
The old man saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face, so he continued to
explain, "You know he didn't get there by himself, he doesn't belong there,
he doesn't know what to do while he's up there, and you just want to help
the dumb s--- get down."
I've been trying to include more laughter in my daily routine. Not that funny things don't happen around here all the time, but it's nice to hear humor meant for adults sometimes, instead of a round of kid-generated knock-knock jokes that leave you scratching your head trying to figure them out. If you have little ones, you know what I mean. "Knock, knock." "Who's there?" "Chicken" "Chicken who?" "Chicken, I wanna swim on your head!!" It's sweet and heart-warming and absolutely earns a genuine giggle from me, especially to see my youngest get so tickled at himself, but as for a real belly laugh? Just not quite there.
Everyone knows that laughing feels great, but did you know there are real physical benefits
to laughter? Laughter reduces stress and tension, strengthens the
immune system, increases endorphins and reduces blood pressure. And
guess what? Your body doesn't know the difference between polite
laughter and the real thing, you gain either way. Some people are even
participating in laughter therapy. Listen to this interview from NPR.
Let me share a few videos that get me going and see if they do the same for you...
First, Jon Stewart's "America to the Rescue"...
If you're like me, funny animal videos are always a sure hit.
I've been "nice'd" twice! I've received the loveliest blog gift from Heather at My Supernatural World and Brit at We'd Rather Be Outside. They've both kindly passed on the Nice Matters award to me. I'm humbled and flattered! The official wording for the this award is...
"This award is for those bloggers who are nice people; good blog friends and those who inspire good feelings and inspiration. Also for those who are a positive influence on our blogging world. Once you've been awarded please pass it on to 7 others who you feel are deserving of this award."
Now the hard part, how do I narrow it down to just 7? Not an easy job with so many wonderful people out there. I'm trying to tag people I haven't tagged before, hoping that the ladies I've tagged previously know I think they deserve this award as well.