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Behave yourself?!

I behave myself most of the time. However, I appreciate these words from author Margaret Atwood. “If you don’t think of yourself as an august person, you don’t have to behave yourself,” Atwood says. I found this quote in the March 11, 2022, issue of The Week. –Joy

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Molly Ivins sometimes—often—was outrageous, but she always spoke the truth. “I believe in practicing prudence at least once every two or three years,” she once said. I recently watched a PBS documentary about Molly Ivins, the sometimes outrageous journalist.

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Keep fighting–and have fun

Keep on fighting even if you don’t win. That’s advice from Molly Ivins. “The thing is this: You got to have fun while you’re fightin’ for freedom, ’cause you don’t always win,”  Ivins once said. I recently watched a PBS documentary about Molly Ivins, the sometimes outrageous journalist. –Joy

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No simple solutions?

Of course, there are no simple solutions. But, are our problems too complex to solve? Here’s what Madeleine Albright once said: “I have spent a lifetime looking for remedies to all manner of life’s problems — personal, social, political, global. I am deeply suspicious of those who offer simple solutions and statements of absolute certainty […]

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Just be “nice”

I never have liked the word “nice.” Somehow, it always seems a bit trite, but the word is packed with a lot of information. That’s why I like this quote by anonymous. “Treat everyone with kindness, even those who are rude to you, not because they are nice but because you are.” –Joy

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Be a rainbow

We all have had too many cloudy days recently. I have always loved this quote from Maya Angelou, and I am going to take Maya’s advice and be a rainbow today. “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud,” Maya Angelou once said. –Joy

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Don’t be yourself

I like this quote—a lot. It comes from “anonymous,” and I don’t remember where I found it. “Don’t be yourself. Be someone nicer.” –Joy

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Love what is here

Kate Bowler, the writer, advise us to forget “what could have been.” “Blessed are you who are attempting to love what is here, what is now. You who recognize the wonder and pain looking at life’s rearview mirror, at those things that are gone.“

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Be positive!?

Test negative. Be positive. I had my patience tested. I’m negative. I heard both of these lines during a Zoom meeting recently. Since then, I’m determined to be more positive—and more patient. –Joy

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Speak to strangers

Carme, a character in Isabel Allende’s book A Long Petal of the Sea, “resolved to speak to strangers, since she had discovered that people like to talk, and it only took a couple of questions to make friends and find out lots of things.” What’s important about this reminder from Carme? Ask questions! And, listen.

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