Spontaneity vs. Planning

As the new year gets rolling to a full head of steam, I’m sure many resolutions have already fallen by the wayside. Of course, I know there are still plenty of you dedicated souls out there still holding true to your aspirations for 2018.

I recently had a discussion with someone about spontaneous events and how so many times they turn out to be more fun than the ones that are well planned out. I’m sure you all have experienced this, but maybe just never really thought about it –  the impromptu get-together after work, the sudden road trip, the party that just happens, etc. The reason these events turn out so good is because there are no expectations. Things just happen the way things happen!

These spontaneous events can provide us with great insight to our day-to-day living as well. Do we sometimes become so entrenched in our resolutions, our goals and plans that we lose our ability to be spontaneous?

Are we so consumed with making it through our own daily “to do” list that we don’t recognize the pleading voice of a co-worker, a friend or a family member begging to be heard? Or are we so consumed and devoted to our new diet that we won’t allow ourselves to go out, relax and enjoy an ice cream or a dinner on the town with an old friend or our spouse?

There is an old saying, attributed to none other than Beatle John Lennon, that goes like this: “life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.”

We hope that you don’t allow life to pass you by without living it! Now that sounds like a resolution I can get on board with!

Don’t Be A Cow, Be Spontaneous! This blog was 🙂

 

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Tis the Season!

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, jingle all the way; I’m dreaming of a White Christmas, dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh; Snow bells ring, are you listening?; Chestnuts roasting on an open fire; Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul.

Fresh baked cookies, candies, pies, and cakes. Colorful lights that fill the night sky.

The sights, sounds, smells, and taste of the Christmas season. With all the special Christmas recipes, we hope you don’t forget about the two important ingredients for a  Happy Christmas season.

Smile and Laughter!

They are both contagious. And, unfortunately, are often lost in the hustle and bustle of the season. After all, we must find the perfect gift, we must cook the best roast, we must bake the perfect pie, yet sharing a smile and a laugh can be the greatest gift. One that could last a life time.

And remember cows neither laugh or smile: Don’t Be A Cow!

We hope you enjoy this Christmas season to the fullest.

Joe & Jane

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A Thanksgiving Gobble

 

Gobble, gobble, gobble

Another toast,

A little more wobble!

O, to Thanksgiving

To the feast

That brings forth the day!

O, to family

To friends,

That brings forth the joy!

Gobble, gobble, gobble

Another toast,

A little more wobble!

O, to pies à la mode

To tummies about to explode

That brings forth the blessings!

O, to naps

To leftovers,

That brings forth closure to the day!

Gobble, gobble, gobble

Another toast,

A little more wobble!

O, to sunshine

To rain,

That brings forth the bounty!

O, to giving

To thanks,

That brings forth Thanksgiving!

Gobble, gobble, gobble

Another toast,

A little more wobble!

Blessings to you and yours. Have a great Thanksgiving Day!

Joe & Jane

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Blurred Vision? Blink, Blink, Blink!

If you are a frequent reader of our blogs, you realize that we love taking everyday life happenings and making analogies to a deeper meaning. I like to think of it as making the simple out of the complex; however, Jane tends to think I just do the opposite and make the simple complex. In any event, see if you can follow along with this thought. Continue reading “Blurred Vision? Blink, Blink, Blink!”

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Labor Day Weekend and the “Little Man”

Years ago, Alan Jackson recorded a song entitled the “Little Man.” The song tells the story of how many towns in this country started with the town squares, who were built by the “little man,” – the hardware, the five & dimes, and the local drug store could all be found within these squares – and through the passage of time, town squares were replaced by big box stores and strip malls and the town squares eventually died.

It is not the point of this Labor Day message to discuss the ramifications of this progression, but rather to focus on the “Little Man” and just who this is. Continue reading “Labor Day Weekend and the “Little Man””

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Sunset

I think we all know how beautiful a setting sun can be. I think the symbolism that goes along with it can be every bit as beautiful. In fact, when truly embraced, it can be so life changing that the visual beauty of a setting sun pales in comparison to the symbolism.Follow along for a few minutes and see if you agree. Continue reading “Sunset”

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