• BLOG 197—Your Recovery

    With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life.
    I want to inspire you to see life in a different and/or better way.

    *** To read past blog posts, go to >> kitsummers.com/blog/
    *** If you are reading this through Facebook, check out my blog on my website.
    *** If you are not my Facebook friend yet, please, befriend me.
    *** Thank
    s, my wife, Beth, for editing and adding to each weekly blog.
    *** I was hit by two different trucks, one involving a 37-day coma.
    *** The happiness I am experiencing in my life is a marvelous thing!
    *** I will have places to show you and tales to tell.
    *** Secrets to unfold and good news!

    BE TAKEN AWAY WITH ME
    ON WONDERFUL ADVENTURES!

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    INTRO TO THIS WEEK

    From my book series, “Beyond Your Potential”

    Recovery
    While in recovery, when I loosened up and brought on fun and play in my life, I saw the most progress. Let go of some of those adult feelings that hold you back in your life. You can still be mature about your responsibilities on the job and with your life. By bringing back the fun, the curiosity, and the joy, not only will you have more delight in your life, everyone you deal with will loosen up. We live in an age that requires change, innovation, clear thinking, and creativity. The factors involved in humor require similar skills – play, exaggeration, associative thinking, reversal, developing spontaneity and comic vision.

    Be Spontaneous
    As I was learning to walk again after my first accident, I saw a small row of bushes and jumped over them – had to have my Kit fun. When we play spontaneously, we trigger endorphins in our brains that lift our spirits and calm our pain, fear, and burdens. Also, life can be difficult alone. When we play with other people, whether they’re family, friends, or strangers, we are reminded that we are not alone in the world; we are here as a group. The benefit is that we can connect to others in pleasant and meaningful ways that will expel loneliness, as we bring on comedy.

    Humor Binds Us
    When I speak for groups or perform a juggling act, the whole room is laughing. Humor is infectious. The sound of laughter is far more contagious than any yawn. Joy brings on a certain mindset that is relaxing and helps in life. When there is laughter between people, it brings them together, and they bind closely. Play is often defined as a time when we feel most alive, yet we often take it for granted and may completely forget about it.

    Free Medicine?
    A proven fact, laughter also generates healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter fortify your immune system, decreases pain, boost your vitality, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress (yes, laughter is a main stress reliever). Best of all, this precious medicine is fun, free, and easy to use. Everyone must laugh, for top health and well-being. A good laugh will weaken all the unpleasant thoughts you might be having. Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful things you have that will make certain your daily mood and emotional state will support your good health.

    No More Stress
    I did go through depression for a time, as I’m sure you have, too. Laughter and joy helped to make me whole again. I found that I could not be under stress and laugh at the same time; the two just don’t mix. Bring joy and laughter into your life, and watch the stress disappear. Having a sense of humor in life, and about life, is crucial for a good life. When you are down, just force yourself to laugh like when you were young, and you will see how good it makes you feel. Bringing on laughter is natural, and healing can have a profound effect on our body and mind. We can and must bring back the laughter of our youth, letting it work its magic to bring on health and healing in our lives.

    Relief
    Laughter brings relief to live’s problems. Much of the humor that comedians (like myself) use is laughing at what stresses us. Humor has always been an expression of the freedom of the human spirit. Man’s capacity to stand outside of life and view the whole scene. We often see the big picture and laugh. Humor helps us handle the problems we believe we can’t control or solve. You have to think funny and paint funny pictures in your mind. Your active imagination is constantly tuned in. You have to always be in a receptive mood to see the humor that others overlook.

    Don’t “Turn” into an Adult
    I hear adults say to their children things like, “Stop being so immature,” or, “When are you going to grow up?” These people are trying to teach their children not to be kids. At times, I’m sure these adults are jealous of the carefree and innocent nature of kids. Bring back that childhood fun and wonder that is within each of us. Take the time to ride your bike, fly a kite, juggle those balls, smell a rose, walk through the woods or a beautiful park, or walk barefoot in the sand at the beach. As adults, we need to explore the child within us.

    Grow Up?
    People turn into adults. They lose their childhood curiosity, fun, and play in their life. Without these traits, it is hard to learn and change. Even with the power of play, somewhere between early days and maturity, many of us stop playing and often stop learning. We exchange play for work and responsibilities. When we do have some time, we often zone out in front of the computer or TV rather than engage in some creative, brain-stimulating play. By giving ourselves the approval to play with the joyful mind of a child, we can continue to gain benefits throughout our lives.

    What new stories are you ready to write? 
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    WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU! >>
    Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking.

    I find them so interesting, challenging, and important on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves and others.

    Inspirational quotes and ideas give us a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion.

    I hope to inspire you with my words. Words have power.

    Are you accomplishing what you want before your eventual death?
    At any age, you can (and should) make changes to make your life better.

    How you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determines everything that happens in your life. It all derives from your quality of thinking.

    When you improve the quality of your thinking,
    you change the quality of your life—sometimes instantly!

    Just as positive words can make someone smile, and/or a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control!

    You have complete control over only one thing in the universe — Your Thinking — and that’s where motivational quotes come in!

    To keep your motivation, you have to use each day as an opportunity for improvement, to be better, and to get a little bit closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it!

    Self-talk is so important—THINK RIGHT!
    Motivational words, yes, they’re just words.
    But they’re positive words; they will keep you on track.

    EVEN IF YOU START LATE, ARE UNCERTAIN, OR DIFFERENT –
    YOU CAN STILL FIND SUCCESS!
    Don’t forget; you are only as young as the last time you changed your mind!
    Keep your thoughts and self-talk fun and productive, and always reach for more advancement.

    REMEMBER, VERY LITTLE IS NEEDED TO MAKE A GREAT LIFE.

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    I HOPE THE FOLLOWING WORDS INSPIRE YOU >>

    Everyone (you) needs a little humor sometimes, and when it comes to funny ones, inspirational quotes are often the best. Here are funny inspirational quotes I have gathered to add to your life.

    Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” – Winnie the Pooh

    Do or do not. There is no try. “ — Yoda

    It’s okay to look at the past and the future. Just don’t stare.” — Benjamin Dover

    You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.” — Sam Levenson

    People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” – A. A. Milne

    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” – Abraham Lincoln

    A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin

    If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” – Dalai Lama

    Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” – Dale Carnegie

    I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” – Lily Tomlin

    Confidence is 10% work and 90% delusion.” – Tina Fey

    Procrastinate now, don’t put it off.” – Ellen DeGeneres

    The road to success is always under construction.” – Lily Tomlin

    STOP MAKING EXCUSES—YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE STOPPING YOU!
    COMPOSE A NOBLE BOOK AND WRITE A BEST-SELLER.
    YOU ARE AMAZING—PLAY YOUR PART!

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    MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>
    Each week goes by so quickly, don’t you think?
    And, time seems to be going faster all the time.
    Do you keep track of what you do each day?
    Do this for a few weeks, you will see your time differently.

    11/19—This week was a sick week for Kit. I’ve already gone through a bout of Covid, I don’t think it was such. With so many different sicknesses in the world now, it could have been numerous things.

    But, even being sick, I have no worries, you might saw I’m used to it. I have been through so many life-changes. No fear of death—if it’s time—bring it on.

    I have never had a belief in any of the gods that humans have developed. I think, when you are dead, that’s it. Nothing more. This makes it more joyful for me, not having to worry about any god or going to heaven.

    People have said to me, “What if you go before God after you die, what will you say?” I will say, “You know my mind God, and you would know what it would take for me to believe. Why did you not allow me to understand in a way that my mind could understand?” So, if I end up in hell, that’s God’s fault.

    I feel good that I have added very much to people’s lives through
    my writings and speaking. I believe (and have heard from people) that I changed the juggling world in a good way. I, of course, hope I have added to your life as well.

    Writing of death, Beth and I just watched an old showing of McHale’s Navy. Knowing every person in the show is dead now is hard to face, but we are all heading to that end.

    11/24—We joined Beth’s Aunt Karen and her husband Davie for the Thanksgiving meal. Where they live in a lot of land and wilderness—I love it there. A nice meal with great folks.
    How about you?
    Is it time to “make” things happen and live a fuller life?

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    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK > >
    As I do each week, put together a daily journal of your life.

    Don’t rake your leaves! Leaves are great for your yard and lands for next year. Myself, I will be mowing them up with the lawn mower. It is better to have the leaves broken down as much as possible.

    Do something new, daily, then keep doing it for the rest of your life.

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    NEXT BLOG >>
    We must find a way to get out to the wilderness; it’s been too long.
    How about you, will you?

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    THIS WEEK,
    MAKE YOUR LIFE
    SOMETHING
    THAT YOU CAN
    WRITE ABOUT!


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  • BLOG 196—FUN is Better!

    With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life.
    I want to inspire you to see life in a different and/or better way.

    *** To read past blog posts, go to >> kitsummers.com/blog/
    *** If you are reading this through Facebook, check out my blog on my website.
    *** If you are not my Facebook friend yet, please, befriend me.
    *** Thank
    s, my wife, Beth, for editing and adding to each weekly blog.
    *** I was hit by two different trucks, one involving a 37-day coma.
    *** The happiness I am experiencing in my life is a marvelous thing!
    *** I will have places to show you and tales to tell.
    *** Secrets to unfold and good news!

    BE TAKEN AWAY WITH ME
    ON WONDERFUL ADVENTURES!

    ********************
    INTRO TO THIS WEEK

    Of course, fun and play should be a main part of your life. This is one of the main areas I pursued as I recovered from my 37-day coma. A constant choice, always aim toward mind-changing thoughts of pleasure.

    Some things fun and play help with >>
    Play Promotes Physical Fitness.
    Play Builds Imagination and Creativity.
    Play Fosters Cognitive Growth.
    Play Delivers Emotional and Behavioral Benefits.
    Play Improves Literacy.
    Play Encourages Greater Independence.
    1. It Helps Build a Healthy Body
    Play is essential to developing a robust, healthy body in life.
    Builds muscle strength
    Improves heart and lung function
    Helps prevent obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol
    The rates of children suffering from chronic health conditions, including asthma, obesity, and diabetes, are rapidly rising. This research indicates that increased playtime should be a front-line intervention in our strategy to combat the chronic disease epidemic in children.

    2. Fun and Play Build a Healthy Brain
    Play is an inherent part of neurological growth and development in young animals and children. Research indicates that rates of play in mice correlate strongly with the growth rate of their brains, particularly the cerebellum, a region associated with motor control. This seems to suggest that play performs a crucial role in shaping a mature brain capable of optimizing muscle control.

    3. It Teaches Emotional Intelligence and Boosts Self-Esteem
    Imagine that you are four years old and building a block tower. Suddenly, another child runs up to your prized tower and knocks it down. What do you do? Tell your teacher? Inform the child that her actions are against the rules. 

    4. Play Builds Healthy Friendships and Romantic Relationships
    The ability of play to forge emotional intelligence goes hand in hand with its ability to help children establish peer relationships and make friends. The unstructured nature of free play builds neuronal circuits in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which helps the brain (and child) navigate complex social interactions.

    5. Friendship has a tremendous impact on our well-being.
    Preschool friendships help children develop social and emotional skills and promote a sense of belonging, while adult friendships provide a strong support network and help reduce stress.

    6. It Teaches Cooperation
    When children engage in free play, they gain critical knowledge about cooperating with others. Rather than relying on rules and regulations to govern their experiences, they must work together with their peers to create and achieve mutual goals. That cooperation may involve sharing, negotiating, and resolving conflicts.

    7. Play Teaches Problem Solving
    In children, free play encourages the development of a concept called divergent thinking, which refers to the ability to generate ideas by exploring many possible solutions. Convergent problem solving, on the other hand, involves solving a problem that has a single solution.

    8. It Stimulates Creativity
    Many people consider creativity to be a special skill only possessed by a few fortunate individuals, such as artists and musicians. However, the truth is that all humans can be creative, and play is one method we can use to stimulate our innate creativity.

    9. It Improves Work Outcomes
    Imagine having the opportunity to play a pickup game of soccer over your lunch break, or the freedom to take 30 minutes out of your workday to dabble on an instrument or build a Lego structure at a designated “play” area in your company’s corporate office. For many adults, this situation sounds like a fantasy; for others, it is a reality.

    10. It Reduces Stress and Builds Resilience
    Unfortunately, modern-day life is fraught with psychological stress, which can quickly overwhelm us if we fail to engage in stress-reduction activities.


    Fun and Play will work toward >>
    Bolstering Your brain health
    Facilitating productivity at work
    Decreasing the health risks associated with isolation, loneliness, and chronic stress
    While researchers have taken a keen interest in the abundant health benefits of play, many have also observed and come to understand the profound health consequences of a lack of play, referred to as “play deprivation.” Just as play is an index of health, play deprivation is a strong predictor of numerous adverse health outcomes.

    What new stories are you ready to write? 
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    WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU! >>
    Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking.

    I find them so interesting, challenging, and important on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves and others.

    Inspirational quotes and ideas give us a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion.

    I hope to inspire you with my words. Words have power.

    Are you accomplishing what you want before your eventual death?
    At any age, you can (and should) make changes to make your life better.

    How you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determines everything that happens in your life. It all derives from your quality of thinking.

    When you improve the quality of your thinking,
    you change the quality of your life—sometimes instantly!

    Just as positive words can make someone smile, and/or a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control!

    You have complete control over only one thing in the universe — Your Thinking — and that’s where motivational quotes come in!

    To keep your motivation, you have to use each day as an opportunity for improvement, to be better, and to get a little bit closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it!

    Self-talk is so important—THINK RIGHT!
    Motivational words, yes, they’re just words.
    But they’re positive words; they will keep you on track.

    EVEN IF YOU START LATE, ARE UNCERTAIN, OR ARE DIFFERENT –
    YOU CAN STILL FIND SUCCESS!
    Don’t forget; you are only as young as the last time you changed your mind!
    Keep your thoughts and self-talk fun and productive, and always reach for more advancement.

    REMEMBER, VERY LITTLE IS NEEDED TO MAKE A GREAT LIFE.

    ********************
    I HOPE THE FOLLOWING WORDS INSPIRE YOU >>

    1. “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs, one step at a time.” Joe Girard

    2. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar

    3. “I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” Lily Tomlin

    4. “I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.” Oscar Wilde

    5. “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” Winnie the Pooh

    6. “Life is like a sewer… what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.” Tom Lehrer

    7. “You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?” Steven Wright

    8. “Work until your bank account looks like a phone number.” Unknown

    9. “Change is not a four-letter word… but often your reaction to it is!” Jeffrey Gitomer

    10. “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” Dalai Lama

    STOP MAKING EXCUSES—YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE STOPPING YOU!
    COMPOSE A NOBLE BOOK AND WRITE A BEST-SELLER.
    YOU ARE AMAZING—PLAY YOUR PART!

    ********************
    MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>
    Each week goes by so quickly, don’t you think?
    And, time seems to be going faster all the time.
    Do you keep track of what you do each day?
    Do this for a few weeks; you will see your time differently.

    11/23-27—My main tasks this week were to finish the painting of the entrance room to the house, what we call, “The Office.”
    More bunnies were born this week; very cute.

    11/28--A performance today for McCormick Senior Center.
    It has been so long; I miss performing.

    This week I will have to make things happen. As I’ve written, we can just day-to-day and let things happen. Or, we can make things happen for our-self and get the most that life has to offer.
    How about you?
    Is it time to “make” things happen and live a fuller life?

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    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK > >
    As I do each week, put together a daily journal of your life.

    As I look for more things to do this week,
    I hope you do the same.

    Do something new, daily, then keep doing it for the rest of your life.

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    NEXT BLOG >>
    You will learn of those things I discovered this upcoming week.
    I do hope I hear what you have been through.

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    THIS WEEK,
    MAKE YOUR LIFE
    SOMETHING
    THAT YOU CAN
    WRITE ABOUT!


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  • BLOG 195—Better Wording

    With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life.
    I want to inspire you to see life in a different and/or better way.0

    *** To read past blog posts, go to >> kitsummers.com/blog/
    *** If you are reading this through Facebook, check out my blog on my website.
    *** If you are not my Facebook friend yet, please, befriend me.
    *** Thank
    s, my wife, Beth, for editing and adding to each weekly blog.
    *** I was hit by two different trucks, one involving a 37-day coma.
    *** The happiness I am experiencing in my life is a marvelous thing!
    *** I will have places to show you and tales to tell.
    *** Secrets to unfold and good news!

    BE TAKEN AWAY WITH ME
    ON WONDERFUL ADVENTURES!

    ********************
    INTRO TO THIS WEEK

    As you know from reading my blog posts, I greatly enjoy writing and bringing new ideas to your mind; as I am learning all the time.

    After my first accident and going through the 37-day coma, I had to think about life and break things down into smaller increments. This included seeing the language and wondering how it could be improved upon.

    Tony Robbins once told me, “Ask the right questions to the right people, and you can get anything you want in life.” This showed me that if I mastered the spoken word, as I try and do, I will do better in life. Think about these words for yourself.

    I am trying to reinforce that your choice of words should be very significant to your life. Think before you write or talk and be slow in deciding what to say. Below are some words to limit, not use, or at least think about before you do use.

    A few things >>
    On the letter “W” and the number “7”.
    These are the only ones that have more than one syllable.

    After “v” comes “w,” which looks like two you’s, as in “double you” (but it could have been “double v?”)

    It all seems like such a simple decision, if you know the history, please let me know. Better would have called it something like “wa”.

    Yes, just simple things, like asking why the number system is all one syllable, except for seven and zero. It seems people did not think clearly enough when the wording was put together. Seven could have simply been, “sev” and zero could have been, “nil”. That way everything would be simple with one syllable.

    I think it is too late to change the English language; oh well . . .

    I’ve found these words which are better not to use, or LIMIT THEIR USE >>
    W
    ould, Difficult, Stressed, Someday, If only, Yes, but . . . , Problem, Worried, I’m worn out, impossible, I, me, my, Hate, Luck, Ya know, what I mean, How are you?

    USE THESE WORDS AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN: Yes, Possible, Interested, I appreciate, I can, I will, I’m relaxed, and everything is going my way, I want to, I agree with you on that, and . . .

    Confident speakers avoid words like “just,” “maybe,” or “I think,” and replace them with words like, “I believe,” or, “It’s a fact that…” Another one to avoid is “probably.” As soon you speak or write that word, it opens the door for other possibilities (unless, of course, that’s your goal). Let me know other words that would fit the list.

    Go to the bathroom, as opposed to “use” the bathroom? So many people, use the words, “I have to go to the bathroom”, even when they are in the bathroom they say that. Humans, for some reason, avoid the words, poop or peep, so strange.

    Each of us uses a toilet at least a few times a day. Get comfortable using words that explain what you are doing.

    More waste of words >>
    Hi, how are you?
    What’s goin’ on?

    Remember, words are there to serve you.
    Use them correctly.

    What new stories are you ready to write? 
    ********************
    WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU! >>
    Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking.

    I find them so interesting, challenging, and important on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves and others.

    Inspirational quotes and ideas give us a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion.

    I hope to inspire you with my words. Words have power.

    Are you accomplishing what you want before your eventual death?
    At any age, you can (and should) make changes to make your life better.

    How you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determines everything that happens in your life. It all derives from your quality of thinking.

    When you improve the quality of your thinking,
    you change the quality of your life—sometimes instantly!

    Just as positive words can make someone smile, and/or a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control!

    You have complete control over only one thing in the universe — Your Thinking — and that’s where motivational quotes come in!

    To keep your motivation, you have to use each day as an opportunity for improvement, to be better, and to get a little bit closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it!

    Self-talk is so important—THINK RIGHT!
    Motivational words, yes, they’re just words.
    But they’re positive words; they will keep you on track.

    Don’t forget, you are only as young as the last time you changed your mind!

    Keep your thoughts and self-talk fun and productive, and always reach for more advancement.

    EVEN IF YOU START LATE, ARE UNCERTAIN, OR DIFFERENT –
    YOU CAN STILL FIND SUCCESS!
    VERY LITTLE IS NEEDED TO MAKE A GREAT LIFE.

    ********************
    I HOPE THE FOLLOWING WORDS INSPIRE YOU >>

    1. Determined!

    Determined means “to give direction or tendency to; impel.” As a theme for the year, it can indicate your intention to approach everything you do with excitement, drive, and a sense of purpose.

    2. Focus

    The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus,” as is commonly attributed to Bruce Lee. Maybe you aren’t heading into battle in the new year, but the point is that anyone can accomplish great things if they set the intention of maintaining focus on what’s important to them.

    3. Clarity

    Maybe you aren’t sure about what you want out of the new year yet. That’s okay! This could be a year dedicated to seeking clarity about what you value, what you need, and what steps you want to take next.

    4. Presence

    We live in a world full of distractions, making it difficult to feel fully present. Presence is a great theme for the year because it sets the intention of showing up for yourself and others in all the big and small moments of your life.

    5. Accomplish

    Is this the year you put in the work learning that new hobby or throw your name in the hat for the big promotion? If so, accomplish may be the word for you. Remember: accomplishing doesn’t mean coming out on top every time. It means “to reach its goal or conclusion; carry out; perform; finish.”

    6. Balance

    If your life was a pie, how big are the pieces devoted to work, family, friends, and self-care? If one piece of the pie takes too much of your energy away from the others, this may be the perfect year to seek balance.

    7. Courage

    Making courage a theme for the year doesn’t mean diving in without fear. As author Mark Twain once wrote, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.” Committing to courage is about committing to taking steps forward, even when it’s new and uncomfortable.

    8. Belief

    Belief means “confidence; faith; trust.” Making 2022 a year focused on belief could include expanding your ability to believe in yourself, exploring and challenging your own long-held beliefs, or inspiring others to believe in a movement or cause.

    9. Gratitude

    It’s easy to take opportunities, comforts, and even people we care about for granted. Practicing gratitude throughout the year is an effort to combat that. Showing gratitude may take the form of offering more words of affirmation, journaling, meditating, or even literally saying, “thank you”, more often.

    10. Joy

    If joy is your intention, then you may find yourself naturally looking for more opportunities to laugh, play, be happy, and love others. Spreading joy by being more giving, open, honest, and vulnerable may also be a goal.

    11. Imagination

    One way to make the most of a new year is to approach it with imagination. Maybe you could adopt a new creative practice, redecorate your office space, try a new approach to connecting with friends and loved ones, or even do something totally unexpected, like booking a surprise trip or trying a new activity.

    12. Curiosity

    What can you learn about and explore this year? Curiosity is “a desire to learn or know about anything; inquisitiveness.” See what else there is to learn about yourself, your work, the people you love, and the place you live.

    STOP MAKING EXCUSES—YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE STOPPING YOU!
    COMPOSE A NOBLE BOOK AND WRITE A BEST-SELLER.
    YOU ARE AMAZING—PLAY YOUR PART!

    ********************
    MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>
    Each week goes by so quickly, don’t you think?
    And, time seems to be going faster all the time.
    Do you keep track of what you do each day?
    Do this for a few weeks, you will see your time differently.

    11/6—I’ve got it! Runny nose, headache, no energy. I am wondering if this would be covid? Although, I did already have it once. Went to see the doctor and she could do nothing for me. She took a swab from the inside of my nose, and tested it for flu and covid; flu it is.

    11/8—Continuing to paint the inside of the house. We had gotten a color chart that showed what colors go well together, so we followed that. I used a paint stick to cover the walls and ceiling, which worked out quite well.

    As I’ve written, most painters come to a house and use a basic off-white color for all the walls, then use a gloss paint in the same color for the molding. There are millions of colors to choose from, why don’t people pick and then do their own painting?

    11/10—This morning I awoke at 3:08; I get limited sleep each night. When you read that, in your mind you probably said to yourself, oh, three-o-eight. Somehow this got shifted to saying the letter “o”, when it should be three-zero-eight. Just seems strange to me how the English language has developed in different strange ways.

    An apostrophe is used in o’clock because the word is a contraction of the phrase “of the clock.” Just like other contractions, the apostrophe takes the place of missing words or letters from a longer word or phrase.

    11/11/22What a fun number, I must say.
    Bunnies, bunnies, bunnies.
    Our fluffle is growing. Do you want a bunny?

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    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK > >
    As I do each week, put together a daily journal of your life.

    This week, do not say the words, “How are you?” or “How ya doin.?

    My answer, to the question, “How are you”? Is to simply say, “Yes I am”.
    Or, I say the words, “inventive” or “creative”. I say words to make this person think, something I have found that many people do not do.

    Do something new, daily, then keep doing it for the rest of your life.

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    NEXT BLOG >>
    Coldness is on the way.
    You will learn.

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    THIS WEEK,
    MAKE YOUR LIFE
    SOMETHING
    THAT YOU CAN
    WRITE ABOUT! 


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  • BLOG 194—You Are You (Or, are You?)

    With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life.
    I want to inspire you to see life in a different and/or better way.

    *** To read past blog posts, go to >> kitsummers.com/blog/
    *** If you are reading this through Facebook, check out my blog on my website.
    *** If you are not my Facebook friend yet, please, befriend me.
    *** Thank
    s, my wife, Beth, for editing and adding to each weekly blog.
    *** I was hit by two different trucks, one involving a 37-day coma.
    *** The happiness I am experiencing in my life is a marvelous thing!
    *** I will have places to show you and tales to tell.
    *** Secrets to unfold and good news!

    BE TAKEN AWAY WITH ME
    ON WONDERFUL ADVENTURES!

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    INTRO TO THIS WEEK

    This is from my book series, “Beyond Your Potential”

    Who Do You Love?
    There is no other human being in the world like you. Billions of people have a mouth, a nose, and two eyes, but no one looks exactly like you. And none of them have any of your thoughts, traits, methods, and ways. You are special, you are unique, and you are one-of-a-kind. There is not another individual in the world who is more important than any other person, no matter what kind of work they do, how many balls they can juggle, what kind of position they have in life, or how they look. Each of us is as valuable and worthwhile as any other person (except for you, you’re the special one).

    Alone Time
    It’s so essential to be with yourself, by yourself, and treat yourself well by being able to spend quality time just with yourself. This can be harder than it seems, especially when you don’t take the time to do just that. Life has its stress and keeps you busy, but you have to make the time. How do you take time for yourself when you have so many things – work, family, juggling practice, activities, and friends competing for the time you do have? Wake earlier, eat less at meals, and don’t watch TV – just a few ways to get more time. Also, when you do have some free time, keeping things just to yourself can feel a little self-centered. You may be the only one who knows. This is your time; use it right.

    The Mirror
    Do you ever actually see yourself in the mirror or just in your image? One thing that can help your self-image is to go to the mirror every morning, look at yourself, and say, “Hi __________! Good to see you. Today will have a superb day and get much accomplished.” Don’t forget that you are you. Yes, doing this might seem strange at first, but over time you will develop your outlook on yourself in a good way.

    Your Label
    The most important labels in the world are the ones that we put on ourselves. Label yourself as useless, and you will be useless. Label yourself as highly intelligent, and you will play that part. At times, it’s like we are actors, playing the part – play the good and smart character – play yourself. You are not lying to yourself; you are training your brain to think in good ways. Do this and make your life a masterpiece. Remember, it’s not what you are that holds you back. It’s what you think you are not.

    Replacing Your Self-Talk
    The wording is important. There were certain changes in my self-talk I had to make to keep me moving forward. As you know, I wanted to get back quickly after my accident. Changing what you tell yourself can help the most with change. The mind can hold you back and add to procrastination so much when you are pursuing something. Start saying the following to yourself:

    • Instead of I have to start now, use I get to start now.
    • Instead of This project is so big and significant, use I can take small steps.
    • Instead of I don’t have time, use I will make the best use of the time I have.
    • Instead of This must be done perfectly, use, This will be acceptable within my personal limits.
    • Instead of I wish I’d done that, use, What small step can I take now to get back on target?
    • Instead of This is going to take so long, use I’m enjoying the small steps of finishing this.
    • Instead of I must finish, use When can I start again?

    So, change your self-talk, get going, and find accomplishment.

    Control
    The only person you actually have control of is you. The challenge of life requires the ability to effectively influence others, but you do not have control of anyone else – only yourself. You have to have self-trust. Know that you are running your life in a better way all the time.

    Start New, Now?
    Every day is a chance to begin all over again. The past is behind you, a memory. The future has yet to occur. The only thing that truly exists is this moment – now. And at this moment, you can begin fresh, start anew, and do it again and again. 

    • So, what do you want to produce at this moment?
    • Who are you in this instant?
    • What old life-stories are you ready to let go of?

    What new stories are you ready to write? 
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    WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU! >>
    Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking.

    I find them so interesting, challenging, and important on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves and others.

    Inspirational quotes and ideas give us a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion.

    I hope to inspire you with my words. Words have power.

    Are you accomplishing what you want before your eventual death?
    At any age, you can (and should) make changes to make your life better.

    How you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determines everything that happens in your life. It all derives from your quality of thinking.

    When you improve the quality of your thinking,
    you change the quality of your life—sometimes instantly!

    Just as positive words can make someone smile, and/or a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control!

    You have complete control over only one thing in the universe — Your Thinking — and that’s where motivational quotes come in!

    To keep your motivation, you have to use each day as an opportunity for improvement, to be better, and to get closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it!

    Self-talk is so important—THINK RIGHT!
    Motivational words, yes, they’re just words.
    But they’re positive words; they will keep you on track.

    Don’t forget, you are only as young as the last time you changed your mind!

    Keep your thoughts and self-talk fun and productive, and always reach for more advancement.

    EVEN IF YOU START LATE, ARE UNCERTAIN, OR DIFFERENT –
    YOU CAN STILL FIND SUCCESS!
    VERY LITTLE IS NEEDED TO MAKE A GREAT LIFE.

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    I HOPE THE FOLLOWING WORDS INSPIRE YOU >>

    • “Nothing is impossible.

    • When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go!”

    • “There is nothing impossible to they who will try.”

    • “The bad news is time flies.

    • “Life has got all those twists and turns.

    • “Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.”

    STOP MAKING EXCUSES—YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE STOPPING YOU!
    COMPOSE A NOBLE BOOK AND WRITE A BEST-SELLER.
    YOU ARE AMAZING—PLAY YOUR PART!

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    MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>

    Each week goes by so quickly, don’t you think? And, time seems to be going faster all the time. Do you keep track of what you do each day? Do this for a few weeks, you will see your time differently.

    A few things that happened this week >>

    Saturday, Oct 29—More bunnies, this time fresh out of the rabbit. So tiny and red, they could not move much at first. Six in all, hard to believe the rabbit could carry them. Beth says they will have to be with their mom for eight weeks before they will be sold.

    10/30 – 31—New window time! We had 16 windows replaced with new. The ones that were in there were at least 50 years old. These new ones bring in the sun much better and are more sealed than the old ones; therefore we will be warmer, too.

    If you can find a way to afford it, do something like get all new windows. I believe it will advance our life in a good way. We are making monthly payments that are comfortable for us.

    Along with the windows, we are investing in a new roof, with solar on top of it. So, we are building a new home, in a way. There is also an entrance to under the house. Later I will be
    digging this out so we can spend time in there. This area is much cooler on the hot days.

    Do you make improvements as you can, to the place where you live? This adds to and brings new life to your world.

    11/1—For part of today, we took a walk down the dirt road that goes through the woods behind the house. Living here it is so easy to be out in the wilderness, as you know, something I cherish. Jemma loved the walk, as well.

    11/2—Painting in the house continues. I’ve moved on to the front entrance room, a room we are using for the office. As I’ve written before, I want to make each room different in color and settings, more exciting for a home, I believe.

    11/3—Costco was calling, so I accepted the call. Also, it is good that Beth and I are away from each other now and then. Normally, we are together 24 hours a day. We are great together, but a break now and then is good. (this is Beth commenting; oh yeah!)

    11/4—Getting the house back together is a chore after we had moved everything for the new windows. I love living with less “stuff”; it is a good thing.

    We sold a two-person bar for drinking that Beth had kept around for a long time. She used it as a big shelf to keep stuff on. The people who bought it will use it well in their catering business.

    And Beth had a very heavy and long (8’) church pew just being used as a shelf on the porch. She will have fond memories, but these things had to go. The guy who purchased the pew could not fit it into his truck, so he used my circular saw to cut it in two.

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    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK > >
    As I do each week, put together a daily journal of your life.

    Be detailed and write much. You will be surprised at how your memory slips and such. As I do, try and make achievements so that you can include them for your week.

    Let me know about your week by send me your journal.

    Do something new, daily, then keep doing it for the rest of your life.

    *******************

    NEXT BLOG >>
    Hmm, will there be a blog next week?
    Stay tuned to find out!

    *******************

    THIS WEEK,
    MAKE YOUR LIFE
    SOMETHING
    THAT YOU CAN
    WRITE ABOUT!


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  • BLOG 193—When you focus on better, things will get better!

    With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life.
    I want to inspire you to see life in a different and/or better way.

    *** To read past blog posts, go to >> kitsummers.com/blog/
    *** If you are reading this through Facebook, check out my blog on my website.
    *** If you are not my Facebook friend yet, please, befriend me.
    *** Thank
    s, my wife, Beth, for editing and adding to each weekly blog.
    *** I was hit by two different trucks, one involving a 37-day coma.
    *** The happiness I am experiencing in my life is a marvelous thing!
    *** I will have places to show you and tales to tell.
    *** Secrets to unfold and good news!

    BE TAKEN AWAY WITH ME
    ON WONDERFUL ADVENTURES!

    ********************
    INTRO TO THIS WEEK

    Focus
    As you know, in my life, I have gone through several troubling times. I believe it is because I focused on the good it keeps my life going smoothly. It is where you focus.

    Kit’s Disappearing Act
    I had been focusing on the bad, in fact, I must tell you something I went through. At one time, I hated life. With the accidents and divorce and theft and jail and nothing going right, I did not like life much – at all. I had a plan for my future. I was going to pack a small bag and take very little money. Then I was going to just start walking; where I ended up didn’t matter. I knew that I would find a way to make it (whatever “make it” means). I was thinking about heading to the Mexican border and crossing over, perhaps ending up in South America.

    Where are you?
    I was never going to have contact with anyone I knew ever again. I would disappear into the world. I was going to start a new life where no one knew me or anything about me – my big adventure – how exciting! I would chronicle my journey, and, I believe, one day it would make a magnificent book. Starting a new life seemed an excellent idea at the time. As I am typing this right now, the feelings are coming back – the adventure, the excitement – maybe you won’t ever see me again? Or maybe you will? Bye-bye (for now).

    Do it Now!
    If you need to, start your new life, or change to make your life even better than it is now. This is your life, your choice. You only get this one chance. Don’t have fear, don’t be anxious, just do it. Being happy with yourself and your situation is the most important thing you can do in your life. As you are happy, your joy will transfer over to others and make them happy, too.
    ********************
    WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU! >>
    Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking.

    I find them so interesting, challenging, and important on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves and others.

    Inspirational quotes and ideas give us a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion.

    I hope to inspire you with my words. Words have power.

    Are you accomplishing what you want before your eventual death?
    At any age, you can (and should) make changes to make your life better.

    How you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determines everything that happens in your life. It all derives from your quality of thinking.

    When you improve the quality of your thinking,
    you change the quality of your life—sometimes instantly!

    Just as positive words can make someone smile, and/or a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control!

    You have complete control over only one thing in the universe — Your Thinking — and that’s where motivational quotes come in!

    To keep your motivation, you have to use each day as an opportunity for improvement, to be better, and to get a little bit closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it!

    Self-talk is so important—THINK RIGHT!
    Motivational words, yes, they’re just words.
    But they’re positive words; they will keep you on track.

    Don’t forget, you are only as young as the last time you changed your mind!

    Keep your thoughts and self-talk fun and productive, and always reach for more advancement.

    EVEN IF YOU START LATE, ARE UNCERTAIN, OR DIFFERENT –
    YOU CAN STILL FIND SUCCESS!
    VERY LITTLE IS NEEDED TO MAKE A GREAT LIFE.

    ********************
    I HOPE THE FOLLOWING WORDS ABOUT CHANGE INSPIRE YOU >>

    You are You (and I am Me)

    “Experience is not what
    happens to you; it’s what
    you do with what happens
    to you.”
    Aldous Huxley

    STOP MAKING EXCUSES—YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE STOPPING YOU!
    COMPOSE A NOBLE BOOK AND WRITE A BEST-SELLER.
    YOU ARE AMAZING—PLAY YOUR PART!

    ********************
    MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>

    Not much to write about; not much happened. I did not really feel like “making anything happen this week. As I wrote before, you are the one to blame if nothing happens in your life. That is why I normally try and “make” things happen and get the most out of life.

    1/27–Acquiring more rabbits. Beth and I picked up five bunnies that we are hoping to sell this weekend. Here is a photo of Beth with one of them >> Acorn. 

    1/28—A painting day. Moving on to our front room, which we use as our office. The colors we choose were light blue with light yellow accents. Seems that in most homes, people pick a basic color for the whole house and paint that way.

    Both of us being different (are you different?), we want to paint each room in our house a different manner, color, and highlights. For the eye, this makes it more interesting to walk around.

    It seems that the inside of most homes (yours?) just use a basic color for the whole house (off-white?), then highlight the molding and such with a gloss paint of the same color.

    Be different! You are the one who has to live and sees the inside of your home so often. Did some didaling, look at books and computer to get some basic idea of what you might want – then take off with it!

    The rest of the week we went to some stores to get what was needed.

    Each week goes by so quickly. You have control of your life, make things different for your life daily, and live your life to the fullest!

    ******************
    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK > >
    Buy and donate pet food to a local animal shelter, they all need help. In fact, pick up a new pet!

    Do something new, daily, then keep doing it for the rest of your life.

    *******************

    NEXT BLOG >>
    The entree room will be painted – you will see!
    *******************

    THIS WEEK,
    MAKE YOUR LIFE
    SOMETHING
    THAT YOU CAN
    WRITE ABOUT!


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