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.

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