Lighting up the Blog-o-sphere one flicker at a time, 8/23/12

Welcome back to this weekly (as opposed to weakly) attempt to “Occupy the Blog-o-Sphere” each Thursday. I offer this hopefully uplifting picture and message to brighten your day and bring something buoyant into your life. As you move through your day with a renewed outlook, may you pass it along.

Sometimes we forget that we have a choice to take the bait or swim away.

We can contact our inner strength, our natural openness, for short periods before getting swept away. And this is excellent, heroic, a huge step in interrupting and weakening our ancient habits. If we keep a sense of humor and stay with it for the long haul, the ability to be present just naturally evolves. Gradually we lose our appetite for biting the hook. 

Pema Chodron, Buddhist Nun

There’s no shortage of opportunities to take the bait and get riled up about any number things in today’s world, is there?  Let’s just remember, if only for today, that we have a choice.

Are you going to fall back on familiar habits and get caught up in the chaos that makes you feel like you’re going crazy or the people around you are off their rockers?


Are you going to pause, take a mental step back, and decide that you’re not going to let yourselves get dragged into the chaos?  Indeed,  much of that “chaos” seems pretty silly when you look at it from a distance–far enough where you aren’t in the middle of it.

The choice is yours.  Isn’t that an empowering thought, no matter what you decide?

Okay, so some choices are clearly harder to make than others.

Click on this link to find out more about joining Soul Dipper’s cyber-movement to lighten up and brighten up our world so you can decide if you want to be part of it.

~ by Lorna's Voice on August 23, 2012.

22 Responses to “Lighting up the Blog-o-sphere one flicker at a time, 8/23/12”

  1. You ended up in my spam folder for some strange reason. Bad WordPress. Bad! I’m glad I checked before I deleted all of them, otherwise you’d be lost in cyberspace wondering why I never returned your comment.

  2. Thanks! I couldn’t resist putting that in there when I saw the picture. Too funny! Glad you liked it and thanks for stopping in and commenting! 🙂

  3. Lorna, just about wet myself over the photo of Princes Charles. I’m giving a friend a copy of it today so she can have a laugh too. Wonderful! Thank you.

  4. 🙂

  5. jajaja – that’s hahah in Spanish.
    At the end, it started to sound like a chicken joke.

  6. okay, thanks! 🙂

  7. Oh no…it’s entirely up to you, Lorna. I was just concerned that you’d discover that it didn’t appear on the recent one and wonder why.

  8. Been there more times than I can recount, U. You should see the scars on the inside of my metaphorical mouth… You’re not alone on this one, either!

  9. Amen! 🙂

  10. Yes, and sometimes it’s hard to know which side of the street is most peaceful…and then there’s the whole matter of crossing the street! 😉

  11. I know, the poor man. Where is the man-servant in charge of post cards when he needs him?

  12. Yeah, me too. I get hooked all the time. At least I seem to notice it a bit quicker. That’s progress, right? 😉

  13. I wanted it to go to the original post when you started the movement. Would you rather I update it your most recent post? You tell me…

  14. You’re welcome–I’m glad to be back participating in this series! 🙂

  15. Thanks for always being there in the blog-o-sphere. 🙂

  16. I don’t know if you meant to…the link you made to the Occupy Blogosphere went to the January 26 post.

  17. I’m still trying to lose my appetite for the bait. Getting better all the time, but once in a while I do join the ‘backsliders’ club. It’s a bummer but I usually find my way out. Thanks for lighting up the blogosphere. Enjoy always, I know you do. T

  18. I like a good debate every now and again but it takes real effort to not go for the foolish fight.

  19. I love that picture. Prince Charles has faced some tough decisions in his life but nothing prepared him for this.

  20. Trying to live on the peaceful side of the street takes practice … too few want to practice.
    Amen, Sista …!!!!

  21. Love the photo, Lorna. The few seconds it takes to recognize bait adds years to good health.

  22. Lorna, your advice couldn’t have come more timely.

    Bait having been force fed to me, I am throwing up as I write,


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