Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Finding the Good in Life: The Weekly Hodgepodge

Want to join the party?  Go on over to From This Side of the Pond  for the Hodgepodge link-up!

I recently read here about four secrets to happiness from around the world. They were- Overcome your fears by facing them head on, allow yourself to relax and reset, work to live versus living to work, and find the good in life. Not sure if these are the actual secret to happiness, but which of the four do you struggle with most? Which one comes most easily to you?
Allowing myself to rest and reset is the hardest.  After years of feeling like I had no right rest and relax because I didn't have a "real" job to "make" me tired,  my body doesn't even know how to truly rest.  I've got to figure this out;  I'm done with being tired all the time. 
Finding the good in life is probably the easiest (if by "good" they mean "humorous.")  I can find humor in darn near any situation. 
How would you spend a found $20 bill today?
I'd probably buy new underwear or go to the thrift store and look for clothes.
Ego trip, power trip, guilt trip, round trip, trip the light fantastic, or trip over your own two feet...which 'trip' have you experienced or dealt with most recently? Explain.
I've dealt with another person's attempted guilt trips.  I'm beginning to turn a deaf ear to it.  As stated before, if your goal in life is to guilt me into eating food that will kill me so that you can feel better about yourself, you have a sad life indeed and you do not care about me; you hate me and want me dead.  And, yes, I've said this to the person's face and it's like water off a duck's back.  Pitiful.
If you could master any physical skill in the world what would it be, and how would you use that skill?
If I had better hand-eye coordination and better balance, there's nothing I wouldn't be able to do.
As July draws to a close, let's take inventory of our summer fun. Since the official first day of (North American) summer (June 20th) have you...been swimming? enjoyed an ice cream cone? seen a summer blockbuster? camped? eaten corn on the cob? gardened? deliberately unplugged? watched a ballgame? picked fruit off the vine? taken a road trip? read a book?  Are any of these activities on your must-do-before-summer-ends list?
I would love to do all of those things, but reading is the only activity on the list I've done.  I probably shouldn't have an ice cream cone, but I would like one.
The Republican Presidential candidates will debate on August 6th. What's your question?
"What makes you any different from all the other slimy politicians I'm sick of hearing lie to me?"  By the way, I would ask the Democratic and Independent candidates the same thing.  I hate politics and no matter what party is in charge, I never have a voice and I hardly ever get what I vote for.  I wish the politicians would go home, get real jobs, and let some real statesmen who actually care about the state of this country and who know how life really works take over.
What's your most listened to song so far this summer?
Insert your own random thought here.
I'm getting ready for the annual Woodstock 5k in Anniston.  This will be my first experience as a sweeper for a race.  I'm working on my outfit now.  Hopefully, I'll have pictures to share next time.  Speaking of next time, according to Mrs. Joyce, she will be out of pocket next week, so there won't be another hodgepodge for until August 12th. 


  1. Good luck with the race. What's a sweeper?

    1. Thanks, Joyce. A sweeper is someone who walks at the end of the pack to keep an eye out and make sure everyone is OK. It also a fun way to encourage everyone to keep going. There will be over 1000 runners in the race at all ages, stages, and paces, so a little bit of fun encouragement is a good thing.

  2. I totally forgot about guilt trip!! I am currently on one right now! I am finding out that guilt trips are for the other person not only to get what they want, but to assuage their own guilt or feelings. I am finding that very selfish.

  3. Finding humor in all situations is an excellent quality to have!