Saturday, January 17, 2009


Minkey is right where he wants to be, with Her Excellency of Mousehole. Kramer is right where he wants to be, with Her Excellency of Mousehole. The trouble begins when Her Excellency of Mousehole shows the two that they are occupying the same person.
Minkey would like to eat Kramer, not because Minkey is hungry, mind you, but because then Kramer would be out of the way. He growls and hisses and then...licks his lips. Kramer just wants to be friends but with a growling, hissing, licking-his-chops cat mere inches away it's difficult to remember why he wants to be friends.
This is stress for the animal kingdom.
I'm taking the easy way out tonight. This is from an email forward. I hope it will help someone. The list of things at the end is something someone tacked on and you've heard all of them before. There were a couple that spoke to me and so I'm leaving them there. Some, of course are silly but that's like life. Knowledge, good advice and something stupid just to see if we are paying attention.


A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.

The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on. "

"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden."

"So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can."

So, my friend, Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now. Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while.

Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

* Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.

* Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

* Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

* Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.

* If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

* If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

* It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply be kind to others.

* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

* Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

* Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

* The second mouse gets the cheese.

* Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

* You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

* Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

* We could learn a lot from crayons... Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.


Karen Deborah said...

don't pick it up again period! "I cast all my cares upon you, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet, and anytime I don't know what I should do,..I will cast all my cares upon you." Of course preaching it and doing it are two different things. Poor little puppy, bad kitty!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

fantastic post on stress I might have to borrow that! love the one liners too! they are way too true!

Colette Amelia said...

Good one and so true. I have found that a little cake with raspberries and whipped cream also does wonders for the stress level...

I am not stressing about the calories because Michael has told me that we have a set point in our bodies that is the limit we are...I think I am there ...I hope I am there.

Bonnie said...

I loved the crayon comment. I will have to memorize it. I also totally loved that first picture of Kramer with that innocent little face. You put the perfect caption, "Who me?"

I appreciate your letting me know that my email at least gets to you using this new program, and I will be anxious to read your reply to it, when you have time to finish reading it. I still wish you were my next-door neighbor, so I could come over and chat whenever i wanted. I love you, Lynne.

Bonnie said...

P.S. Your grandkids are adorable, too. How fun that you can see them so often.