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3 Keys to Stay Vibrant!!

Yesterday was a very active day for me and super enjoyable!  I had some of the regular work stuff like meetings, emails, phone calls, etc.  But later in the afternoon, my husband & I joined a pickle ball boot camp, beginning to learn some fundamentals of this really fun sport.  And during the evening, I played softball with my church team (we lost but had heaps of fun)!  When I fell asleep, I was very tired and deeply content.  As I reflect on yesterday, here are some keys that could help you to live vibrantly and wholly content:

1 – Keep Moving!!  This applies not only for exercise, but in all areas of our lives.  Exercise in communicating, spiritual growth, community engagement, reading / learning and LOADS more helps us stay vibrant!

2 – Laugh Alot!!  More than anything, I laugh at myself and this helps me alot!  I don’t take myself so seriously and it helps me come to terms with my weaknesses & humanity

3 – Holy Spirit check-in’s:  throughout my day and evening, it was very settling to regularly check in with Holy Spirit for real time adjustments in my attitudes, outlook, conversations, internal audits & rich fellowship.

I sincerely believe that life with Holy Spirit is meant to be vibrant, challenging, fulfilling and transformational!

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Find Some Fun!

Do you like otters?  They seem to be a party wherever they go with lots of humor, energy and a playfull mindset!  I’ve always enjoyed watching them, maybe because I bend toward a serious nature & the contrast is refreshing!

Otters remind me that there’s a playful side to wisdom, from Proverbs 8:30-31.  In these verses, you can also replace the word rejoice with the word play since the word in Hebrew is used both ways:

Then I [Wisdom] was beside Him, as a master workman;
And I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,
Rejoicing in the world, His earth,
And having my delight in the sons of men.

Sometimes we would be wise to lighten up and be a little playful!  Here’s a joke that could help:

What’s the one vegetable Noah refused to bring on the ark?

Leaks 🙂

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Friday Fun!!

Laughter is good medicine & healthy for the soul – so here’s some fun for your Friday consideration:

  • Why does a seagull fly over the sea? If they flew over a bay, they’d be bagels 🙂
  • If tomatoes are a fruit, does that make ketchup a smoothie?
  • Sometimes I wake up grumpy, other times I let him sleep
  • Is it wrong that the Monopoly game is made by one company?
  • If at first you don’t succeed, don’t try skydiving
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I want to brighten your day!

Sometimes life can get kind of heavy duty.  We all have responsibilities, expectations, bills, challenges, frustrations, stressors, etc. Consequently, from time to time, it’s nice to have a little levity in the mix 🙂

So here’s my attempt to brighten your day and add a little fun for your weekend:

  • what happened when the glassblower inhaled?  He got a “pane” in his stomach 🙂
  • what do you call a cow with no legs?  ground beef 🙂
  • did you know that it’s biblical for men to make coffee?  He-brews 🙂
  • why did the tightrope walker visit the bank?  to check his balance 🙂
  • how did the Pacific Ocean greet the Atlantic Ocean?  he waved 🙂
  • what’s a shark’s favorite game?  swallow the leader 🙂

Ok my friends, I know these are a little (or a lot) cheesy, but hopefully you had a smile on a few of them to brighten your day.  In Proverbs 17:22, it says that a joyful heart is good medicine 🙂

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how to have fun :)

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Last night, our church had our first alternative to the alternative Halloween celebration.  Normally, we have the annual “harvestfest” where families can bring their kids for a safe alternative to Halloween.  Last night, we decided to go rogue & try something new.  As you can see from the picture, it was seriously FUN!!!!!!

Here are some possible ways to add some fun in your life:

  • laugh at yourself: less serious & more levity 🙂
  • tell goofy jokes: what do you get when you mix a rabbit & a snake?  a jump rope ,)
  • do something different:  sometimes the status quo can get stale
  • focus:  look up and look around rather than looking down & inside 🙂
  • stay positive: pessimism requires more energy to manage than optimism
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hot topic: laughter

Life can be very serious & ever so often, we all need a good laugh.  So today’s hot topic is an attempt to provide some comic relief.  Here are just a few brief & funny traveling stories:

  • wrong week:  last year, I was scheduled to go to Dallas & had a 7am flight (which means that I leave my house no later than 5am).  When I got to the airport, I was having trouble getting the kiosk to print my boarding pass.  When I went to the airline person to help me, she ran my confirmation number through the computer & helped me to see that I was a week early – my flight was booked for the following week;  I chalked it up in the “practice” column.  Consider my husband’s surprise when I walked in the house less than an hour after I left, ready to take the kids to school that morning ,)
  • buddhist monks:  one time I was in the waiting lounge in the Calcutta airport & there were around 6-12 monks who were all seated together.  My friend dared me to jump in the middle of them so he could take a picture of me with them.  I took the dare & the monks scattered faster than cockroaches running away from light.  I learned that they had all taken a vow not to touch a woman & I almost caused them to break this vow with my silliness
  • chief safety officer:  I flew on a commercial plane once (oversees) when the pilot came out of the cockpit on an active runway to close the front door of our airplane – he seemed pretty casual about the whole thing
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A fond memory from my dad

I had a friend remind me recently about a fond memory I have of my dad that might be fun for you to read about. When I was in elementary school, my dad bought a REALLY bright yellow jumpsuit & totally enjoyed it. He liked it so much that he took it on a family vacation trip to Italy. It was pretty humorous to watch this tall American man with total white hair in a BRIGHT yellow jumpsuit with white tube socks & black shoes. As he walked down the street probably the best entertainment value was to watch the Italians look at him with envy over his yellow jumpsuit ,)
Dad liked this jumpsuit so much that he pretty much wore it wherever he went or doing whatever – hospital visits, furniture refinishing, craw dad hunting, office attire & more. Thankfully, I don’t remember that he preached in the top banana ,)

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that was stupid

When I was growing up, people would often comment about how serious I was & to this day, I can still get quagmired in the intense bog.  One of the things that helps me to lighten up is to laugh at myself – to not take myself so seriously.  So from time to time, I review some of the silly, goofy & even stupid things that I’ve done just to lighten my thinking.  Here’s a sampling:

  • For Thanksgiving one year, I had heard that convection baking was superior to the regular oven baking.  Of course I didn’t get any more information & proceeded to burn my turkey, sufficient only for a burnt offering.  We didn’t eat turkey that Thanksgiving ,)
  • my first car never had an oil change in 3 years – didn’t know that was important :/
  • I used to work in a data entry position & would take messages for my co-workers.  I decided to find the phone number of a local mortuary & leave one a my co-workers a message to call Myra Mains with just the phone number for the mortuary ,)
  • I tried to toast whipped cream on a pie – we renamed the outcome to “puddle pie”

Laughter is good medicine!!

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a good laugh

I was recently reading about Abraham & I was pleasantly surpised to notice that when the angel spoke to Abraham about having a son in his old age, he literally fell to the ground laughing!!  And when Sarah heard that she would carry a baby in her very old age, she also busted out laughing!  Both parents had a good laugh at what seemed totally impossible, but what was also probably the biggest desire in their lives.  Perhaps they had been disappointed when year after year, Sarah never became pregnant until it seemed to be too late.  Maybe the only reply that they had left to their decades of disappointment was to laugh at what seemed to be absurd. 

Nevertheless, God is faithful to His promises even when they seem impossible & Sarah became pregnant.  Its completely funny to recognize that God’s name for their son was Isaac, which means laughter  .  The decades of disappointment had been replaced with laughter for everyone.  Please be encouraged that God is faithful to His promises even when they seem impossible.  Maybe one day, you’ll look at the impossible & laugh with faith, knowing that nothing is impossible with God.

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laugh and enjoy

When I was growing up, people used to observe that I was very serious.  As a little kid, I was always thinking about learning, growing & being mature.  I didn’t like it when restaurants would have “kiddie” menus because I thought that was condescending.  Suffice it to say that I was super serious.

Now days, I’m not quite so serious & probably what I most like to laugh at is myself.  I take myself far less seriously now & I think that a healthy dose of humorous humility is very constructive for lots of different reasons.  I also like to laugh with my kids – one of whom just pulled out an empty Starbucks gum tin from inside his footie pjs, leading me to 2 questions:  what else might he keep in his footie pjs & why does his keep the gum tin in his pjs???

So I’d encourage you to laugh today, look for ways to enjoy the diversity of people, encourage others & find a few constructive ways to take yourself less seriously 🙂

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