Kidding Around – Are you ready to have fun?

How quickly we lose the simple pleasures of childhood.

Plan now to have a great time when the weather is perfect for outdoor activities. Make sure you accomplish all that you hope to do. Now is a good time to plan for some fun before summer gets away from you. Yes, schedule these activities on your calendar.  We all need more childlike moments to balance our serious natures. This is the kind of carefree, timeless moment that children experience while having only one goal in mind ~~ FUN!  How quickly we lose the simple pleasures of childhood…. Kidding Around - Are you ready to have fun?

In the spirit of lightening up, here are some ideas that might help you to reawaken that little kid in you.

  • Buy a giant pad of paper and some pastels and schedule a time to draw, using your fingers to smudge the colors together. Buy several cans of Play-Doh and keep them in your office.  Create a new monster every week.
  • Spend an hour in the mountains noticing the height of the trees, the color of the grass, and the little pine cones, sticks, and rocks.
  • Close the shades, put on your favorite dance music and dance in your living room.
  • Get dirty. Go out and weed the yard, plant a tree, or simply dig holes in the dirt.
  • Visit a local toy store and spend some time picking out a favorite coloring book. Keep this book in your office and between your adult duties, steal some time each day to color.
  • Spend an hour sitting on the grass looking for a four-leaf clover.
  • Buy a hula-hoop and see if you can still swing it. Learn how if you never could.
  • Have a serious conversation with a dog.
  • Gather a group of friends for dinner and play musical chairs.
  • Grab a friend, buy a watermelon, and have a seed-spitting contest.
  • Buy a teddy bear and/or sleep with a stuffed animal.
  • Spend fifteen minutes mimicking your cat or dog.
  • Camp in the mountains and talk to the squirrels as the sun comes. Enjoy them as they throw pine cones at you and chatter away.

These are the kinds of things to create joy in your life. Do them for no other reason than to upset the apple cart of life and interfere with the rigidity of our daily lives.

Strategy: Create your JOY list of things you want to do for fun. What’s on your list for fun? Need more ideas?

Virtually climb Mount Everest

EverestMicrosoft is teaming up with GlacierWorks to launch Everest: Rivers of Ice, an interactive website that lets you explore the areas around the world’s tallest mountain. Built entirely in HTML5, Rivers of Ice contains gigapixel panoramas that capture life in the Himalayas, and depict the daunting task for mountaineers wishing to climb 29,000 feet. The site launches in honor of the 60th anniversary since Sir Edmund Hillary’s first successful summit, and the 50th anniversary of the first American to successfully summit Mount Everest. David Breashears, a mountaineer and filmmaker, who became the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest twice, founded GlacierWorks as a nonprofit that’s designed to highlight the changes to the Himalayan glaciers. While there’s a debate whether they’re melting or not, Rivers of Ice includes comparative photography and high resolution imagery to let you make your own mind up about climate change.

Read the full story at The Verge.

Choose to be happy

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Wildly exuberant people

Many people spend their lives waiting to be happy. You may say to yourself, “if only I had more money,” or “more time,” or you fill in the blank, then I would be happy. Well, here’s a secret: you can be happy right now. It’s not always easy, but you choose to be happy. In the vast majority of circumstances there’s no one who can stop you except  yourself.

The truth is, happiness doesn’t come from wealth, perfect looks, or even a perfect relationship. Happiness comes from within. This is why, if you truly want to be happy, you need to work on yourself, first.

Read the article published on HungryforChange.tv by Dr. Mercola here at 22 Habits of Happy People

American joy

 

America the Beautiful
Appreciate America

Horrific event

The entire world is saddened by the tragic events at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of the families affected by this senseless shooting.

All communities around the globe are impacted by events such as this as our hearts go out to everyone. I am pleased that Colorado PTA is offering resources to help. They are making their resources from National PTA available to everyone to assist parents, families, schools, and PTAs when speaking with their children about this tragedy. One specific resource is called “Discussing Hate and Violence with Your Child.” This and several other resources on violence are accessible and can be downloaded for free at PTA.org.

Colorado PTA remains committed to supporting families.

A special person

The joys of having special people in your life.

Pure love has no conditions or boundaries. Love does not restrain itself or hold back. Love gives all the time and doesn’t ask for anything in return. Love is a continuous flow without any limits. And all of this is inside you.

Try it.

Yayoi Kusama’s work on view at London’s Tate Modern through June 5

Horse Play Happening

Just recently, Yayoi Kusama jumped off the page of a magazine and got my attention.

Kusama released Happening in 1965. Since 1967 she had a lot of happenings and fashion shows not only in New York but also in Holland and Rome. As she got more active , she was influenced by an anti-vietnam war movement and American Presidential election and social elements were added to her art. She started creating Kusama Dress and textile , which were sold at department stores and boutiques all over the United States. In 1969 she opened her own boutique.

Polka dots, the trademark of “Kusama Happening.” Red, green and yellow polka dots can be the circles representing the earth, the sun, or the moon. Their shapes and what they signify do not really matter. I paint polka dots on the bodies of people, and with those polka dots, the people will self-obliterate and return to the nature of the universe. An excerpt from “Infinity Nets,” Kusama Yayoi Autobiograph. Visit Yayoi Kusama

25 Best Cities for Staying Young

Which are the youngest & oldest cities in America? Find out which places topped RealAge 2012 list for staying young and which tanked.

What a surprise to discover which cities rank healthier than Denver. You’ll also be surprised to know how Denver ranked. See the full listing here.

This year, RealAge reviewed two dozen factors that influence a person’s RealAge to reveal the best places to stay young. Lifestyle choices have a big impact on a city’s age, says RealAge cofounder Michael F. Roizen, M.D. “Cities with the lowest stress are basically the youngest. Stress, smoking, diet, exercise — all four of those seem to go together.” When residents take good care of themselves, they tend to have lower rates for high cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes. And that translates to a younger RealAge.

Denver, CO
Residents of the Mile High City and its neighbor Boulder rank best in the country for optimism. They’re also third best for exercise, thanks to more than 850 miles of off-road trails for cycling, running, and hiking. All that activity helps Denver-Boulder rank as the best place to dodge cholesterol and diabetes, and second-best place for healthy blood pressure

Where does your city rank? Do you live in a city where you stay younger? Or do you live is a city where you are aging too fast? I was surprised with some of the rankings. RealAge

Go With the Flow – Can you change your direction?

Water is the perfect non-resistant element. 
 
We can see where it has worn away even the hardest rock.  You can go to the Grand Canyon and be stunned and amazed by the power of non-resistance over time.  We have also seen water sweep everything before it in torrential outburst:  Bridges, buildings, trees; nothing can withstand its force.
 
Yet, note how the great river begins.  It starts as a little stream high up in the mountains, and it’s usually very crooked in the beginning.  The little stream just runs over the boulders or the fallen tree.  It doesn’t stop and wait for its energy or its force to build up so it can push the obstacle out of its path.  It’s not interested so much in the boulder or the tree as it is about creating or getting where its current pulls it. 
 
You and I can use this to understand how we can be non-resistant.  Flow is one of the great Laws of Life.
 
Mary Morrissey writes a daily dream builder column…. always some interesting ideas. Think about how your business started with just an idea and with much meandering, success became a reality.