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Today is the 4th day of the 19th week, the 8th day of the 4th month, the 128th day of 2019 [with only 230 shopping days left until Christmas], and: 
  • Bike to School Day
  • Donate a Day's Wages to Charity Day
  • Free Trade Day
  • Great American Grump Out
  • Iris Day
  • National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
  • national Coconut Cream Pie Day
  • National Day to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy
  • National Give Someone a Cupcake Day
  • National (Deaf) Interpreter Day
  • National Receptionists' Day
  • National Root Canal Appreciation Day
  • National School Nurse Day
  • National Student Nurses Day
  • National Third Shift Workers Day
  • No Socks Day
  • Occupational Safety and Health Professionals Day
  • Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the Second World War
  • Victory in Europe Day
  • World Ovarian Cancer Day
  • World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
Quote of the day:
"Don’t feel disturbed by the thinking mind. You are not practicing to prevent thinking, but rather to recognize and acknowledge thinking whenever it arises.”
~  Sayadaw U Tejaniya, “Observing Minds Want to Know

I talk to myself – always have.  Sometimes, especially when I am alone [and even more particularly when I am in the car], I talk out loud.  And whether I am addressing my remarks to a specific individual or group, to myself, or just to the ether, I have noticed that I tend to grumble.   Oh it isn’t anything that has a lot of heat to it, just a litany of little complaints:   I don’t like the way I look in an outfit, or my hair isn’t  right, or I feel stiff.  Why is it gray for yet another day?  Look buddy, you stay in your lane and I’ll stay in mine.  MOVE!  For crying out loud, do I have to spell it out for you in words of one syllable.  There is just too much of him to squeeze into those pants.   SRSLY?   What were they thinking when they put that there?  You don’t have to talk so loud, I’m not deaf.  Speak up, I can’t hear you when you mumble.  Why is it so cold in here?  Did they turn up the thermostat – I’m burning up!   Why does everything cost so much?!  You won’t believe what they want me to do now!  Blast it all, why does that cat walk onto the carpet to throw up? If I wrote that program, it would end like this.  How come everything that is “good for you” tastes so lousy while all the stuff that is bad for you tastes so good?  Is it time to go home yet?  They are taking  me for granted.  I’m tired. 

Etc etc and so forth….

It is a gentle stream that washes by almost without noticing because there isn’t any real heat or emotional investment into these words spoken unheard by anyone but yourself – well and your pet if you have one -- until you stop and listen to yourself.  Then you realize the negativity you are spouting and spreading and wonder what that is doing to your spirit, and you realize it makes you more prone to whining when you are actually talking to another person.   When I feel my spirit turning a delicate shade of mauve that is prone to darkening, one of the things I check is my self-talk and the little everyday gripes that I make.  Today being a day specifically designed to remind folks not to be like Oscar the Grouch, it is helpful to remember that words have power to impact your wellbeing


What are you talking to yourself about?
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