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My journey as a writer began as a child. I wrote poems and short stories which were my way of dealing with various life changing events. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Follow me on Twitter @KIngallsAuthor www.facebook.com/KarenIngalls, and you can find my books at www.amazon.com. My first book is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received two awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. My second book is a novel Novy's Son, about one man's attempt to find love and acceptance from his father. This is an all too common problem in our society. My third book, Davida: Model and Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is about the love affair between this great American sculptor and his model. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2017.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


                          "Is the glass half empty or half full?" asked the teacher.

     How we see a glass of water is the level of stress we are experiencing. If it is negative stress (illness, divorce, etc.) we will tend to eat poorly, sleep less, be angry, and see life as a half empty glass.

     If the glass is half full our stress might be due to our upcoming wedding, a new job or home for which we have been hoping for, etc. The stressor is a positive one and we respond with a smile rather than a frown.

     One day the teacher went a little further and said, "It does not matter how much the glass of water weighs (or is half full or half empty). It depends on how long I hold it." The body cannot maintain good health if it is in a heightened and energized positivity mode or in a paralyzing state of negativity for too long.

     The longer we hold onto a glass of water, or stress...for an hour, several hours, a day, weeks, months, or years...the heavier and more paralyzing it becomes. The arm, or body, will ache; the mind and emotions will become negative and angry; and the spirit will begin to blame others or God. The glass of water, or the stress, will become a burden.

                          Don't carry the burden through the evening and into the night. 
                       Here are 19 light-hearted answers to the water glass of life...enjoy.

1. Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon and some days you're the statue.

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

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

4. Drive carefully...It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

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

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

7. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8. Never buy a car you can't push.

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

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

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

12. The second mouse gets the cheese.

13. When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

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

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

16. 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.

17. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

18. Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought of you today.

19. Save the earth...It's the only planet with chocolate!

My thanks to Garden Web and Suz-anne for sharing this post. http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchentable/msg0114164427827.html
Next week I will present ways to lower our stress levels.

I will be sending gifts of thanks to two people: Kathryn and Hanna, who responded to my drawing of names in my previous blog. Congratulations and thank you for your continual support of me.


Kathryn Treat said...

Wonderful post. I love the 19 things to think about.

Karen Ingalls said...

The 19 statements have humor but also deep messages.

joanneguidoccio.com said...

Excellent post! My favorites - #1, #11, #19.