Nervous breakdown?


Nine times out of ten, you just need a cup of tea and a biscuit.



The grass is always greener — with the right filter


Kristen Welch, We Are That Family:

I think the grass-is-greener mentality is an age old problem, but with instant access to technology, someone else’s grass is filtered to look much greener on our screens… tempting us to change our status to match.

…The bottom line, technology has made it easier to give us a prettier reality, but the truth is, it’s never as perfect as it seems.

Image – Harry Limey, via Flickr

10 of my favorite Dr.Seuss quotes

"Put me down," said the fish. "I do not wish to fall!"

“Look at me! Look at me!
Look at me NOW!
It is fun to have fun
But you have to know how.”

“And this mess is so big
And so deep and so tall,
We cannot pick it up.
There is no way at all!”
― The Cat in the Hat

“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny,
but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.”
― The Cat in the Hat

“You oughta be thankful, a whole heaping lot,
for the people and places you’re lucky you’re not.”
― Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

“Today was good. Today was fun.
Tomorrow is another one.”

― ??

“When you think things are bad,
when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad…
you should do what I do!
Just tell yourself, Duckie,
you’re really quite lucky!
Some people are much more…
oh, ever so much more…
oh, muchly much-much more
unlucky than you!”
― Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
― The Lorax

“Be grateful you’re not in the forest in France
Where the average young person just hasn’t a chance
To escape from the perilous pants-eating plants!
But your pants are safe, you’re a fortunate guy.
You ought to be shouting, ‘How lucky am I!’”
― Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

“You can find magic
wherever you look.
Sit back and relax,
all you need is a book.”
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild,
to pick up a book and read to a child.”
― ??

be your name Buxbaum, or Bixby, or Bray,
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!”
― Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Dr. Seuss books & Cat in the Hat costumes

Brene Brown’s TED talk on vulnerability

bento box

Selected excerpts from Brene Brown, in the best TED talk I’ve seen. (Yes, better than Sir Ken Robinson’s talk about creativity and education. IMHO.) She is both funny, and incredibly insightful. (Plus, her subject matter applies to every single human on the face of the earth.)

I was surrounded by people who believed, “Life’s messy: love it,” but I’m more, “Life’s messy: clean it up, organize it, and put it into a bento box.”

In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen — really seen.

“the courage to be imperfect” – “fully embrace vulnerability” – “the willingness to do something where there are no guarantees.”

…vulnerability is the core of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness, but… it’s also the birthplace of joy, of creativity, of belonging, of love.

You cannot selectively numb emotions…. when we numb those [painful feelings], we [also] numb joy, we numb gratitude, we numb happiness.


Bento box photo via here.