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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Happy Spring!

And today, it even looks like Spring here. ^-^

Yesterday, we had a windstorm. And rain. And steel grey skies. It so did NOT feel like the first day of Spring...

But today is, so far, making up for it. =D

It's gorgeous outside, so as soon as I finish my breakfast, I'm off to play, erm, clean & clear off, my porch & get it ready for planting. ^-^

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They bitch when our porch isn't clean, they bitch while we clean it, they bitch when I water my plants & accidentally spill a bit that falls through the cracks onto their porch... and then sit outside all day & night & smoke bad smelling weed.

I have nothing against people smoking pot, but their shit smells foul... Like a cat pissed in it right before they rolled it. Yeesh.

Oh well. I know that I try to be really careful while watering so as not to drip on them. They can deal. Hmph.

Back to happy things... ^_~

I think the kitties are better from the pneumonia... yay!!! Lhu & Phiphi don't sound all cruddy anymore. Their lungs sound good & their sniffles have mostly subsided. Except when Lhu snores while he sleeps... then he sounds a little stuffed up. Hmmmm... maybe one more round of antibiotics. Poor cats... At least we finally found a good vet. ^___^

Alrighty. I'm off to annoy my neighbors - uh, clean my porch. ^-^

I hope all y'all are having a fabulous second day of Spring, and get a chance to go outside & play! =D


Friday, March 08, 2013

Give and Receive Fearlessly

Amanda Palmer is one of the most amazing people you may ever be lucky enough to meet. I have never met her in person, shaken her hand, given her a hug... but still I feel connected to her... because she's just her. Go to one of her concerts if you ever get the chance. The connections she forms with the audience are amazing.

She was invited to give a TED talk this year, and since I love the TED talks and love Amanda Palmer, I was incredibly excited. ^____^

Her talk is amazing. If you have 14 minutes, watch/listen to it. If you don't have 14 minutes, find them. You'll be glad you did.

Her talk is about the art of asking... something I suck at. I would rather do anything else, than ask for help... with just about anything. Her whole talk is wonderful and funny, but one phrase stood out & smacked me in the face:

"Give and receive fearlessly," she said.

*SMACK* (right between the eyes...)

Huh... Give and receive fearlessly. I am good at giving. My time, my attention, my help... if you need it, I will gladly give it if I have it in me to give.

But if I need something, I am loathe to ask for help. Even when, perhaps especially when, I am unable to do or be whatever it is I'm needing. I hate feeling like I'm not enough. I hate asking for help, and have suffered unnecessarily many, many times because of my reticence to ask for help when I can't do something on my own.

I think that many of us, especially women, have a difficult time asking for help when we need it. It's like we have this unspoken expectation of ourselves that we're supposed to be able to do everything and then some; cooking, cleaning, errands, child rearing, a job, school, hobbies, whatever, all on our own. If we're for some reason unable to do all these things, and be happy too, we've failed and we're not good enough.

Soooooo... my new goal is to not only keep giving fearlessly, but to also allow myself to receive fearlessly. I want to be able to ask for help when I need it & be able to admit when I feel overwhelmed. I want to be brave enough to admit to myself and those around me when I need a hand, and by doing this, I think that I'll be even better able to give. I have a feeling that once I allow myself to be part of both aspects of the cycle, I'll feel more balanced all around.

Alrighty then!!! Here's AFP... in all her fabulous, starkly honest, glory. ^-^

Enjoy, my lovelies... and give, receive and live life fearlessly.