• BLOG 201—I’M RICH! (and so are you, Merry Christmas.)

    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

    I’ve said in the past that you are rich if you have or make enough to live the life you want.
    You may wish to many certain things; you will find a way to obtain them.

    Since childhood, we started associating our happiness “with” achievement and things. Based on our desires, we set a mark. Then, we put off our joy until we achieve that mark. We cannot enjoy the result; we have to be happy with the development journey.

    Our list of desires is always complete. We never seem to be satisfied with the things we have. We want more, always more. Once a wish is fulfilled, we have another, then another. Our aim should be to find satisfaction in the things we currently have.

    Often, we are overwhelmed by our never-ending desires in life. We keep struggling with multiple things at once, usually. We lose our focus, and things can get out of control. We sometimes engage in achievements so much that we forget to enjoy life.

    Our aim should be to limit our desires. Do not worry; less desire does not mean that there is no desire at all. It is all right to have passions in life. What matters most is the quality of selfishness, not the number of wishes. Keep your desires low if you need them.

    When you have less desire, you will focus on what is most important to you. Focus on the things that give you inner rewards, not external ones. The quality of our desires will set the quality of our life.

    Christmas celebration is in a few days. Even better than gifts, provide services to your family and friends as you can. This will bring a better day for you, your family, and your friends.

    Your Homework >>
    Make a list of the things you desire.
    Why do you want to buy or get those items?
    Which of th
    ese things do you want because your friend has it?
    What can you trade for what you desire, or work for?

    It is all right to buy the latest gadgets and stylish clothes. It
    can be good to own a Mercedes or iPhone. However, think for a while about how these things bring you happiness. Is it making you happy when you own/use it or show it to others?

    For your wants, look to find the item sold as used. Of course, the cost will be much lower, and, after you have the “want,” you may decide you do not want it after all. Now, check your desire list.

    How many of these items do you need?
    Which ones of them do you just want to show-off?
    Today you may have many things that you
    once desired.
    Are you satisfied with them
    now?
    Do your wants continue to grow?
    Are you enjoying them?
    Follow your desires,
    and do not forget to be grateful for what you already have. Stop running after things all the time. Enjoy your life journey.

    Important – Pay off any current debts before you go after any wants and desires.

    Myself, I have no debt whatsoever.
    Credit cards are paid off each month.

    If you want to become rich, minimizing your costs and being more intentional with your time and money is essential. Spending intentionally and minimizing your costs will require you to keep organized and keep a budget.

    If you do this, you can track precisely how much and where you spend. Develop a prioritized checklist for spending what’s coming in. This includes allotting money to debt reduction, savings, fun, emergencies, etc.”

    Your goal should be to minimize costs as much as possible so you can put that money toward building wealth. You must hungrily find ways to limit your lifestyle costs and save 25% or more of your income.

    Always remember that it does not take money or “things” to live the life that you want.

    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 essentialTHINK 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 >>

    “In the world, there are only two tragedies.
    One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” – Oscar Wilde

    If your income exceeds your outflow, you are wealthy!” – Kit Summers

    “This is the only life you will live!
    Find a way to have unlimited happiness with what you have
    now.” – Kit Summers

    A man said to the Buddha, “I want Happiness.”
    Buddha said, first remove “I,” that’s ego,
    Remove “want”; that’s desire.
    See, now you are left with only Happiness. –
    Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)

    “We want this, and we want that, but ultimately we want happiness.” – Deepak – Rajpal

    “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” – Napoleon Hill

    “Happiness is there; you may have to look for it.”Kit Summers

    “Time is not a means to keep or prove your worth in the world, but to experience the richness of all that is. – Elizabeth Grace Saunders

    “I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.” – John Stuart Mill

    A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand

    Remember, the less you want, the more you’ll have.Kit Summers

    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,
    and you will see your time differently.
    ****
    12/18—
    Beth and I were invited to a Christmas party tonight. What a joyful event Don and Teresa Atwell put together. Our house is the only other house on this street that is somewhat in the wilderness. About a dozen cars with people showed up for the festive get-together.

    Of course, I had to hike down to our house to retrieve some magic tricks to entertain the crowd, which went well. I always love performing, wherever it takes place.

    12/19—Aww, my surgery. Things turned out well, I am healing. The bandaging was not done very well, and I had to go in today to have it redone. Better, but still not very good. I will see the surgeon again on Dec 27; I will let you know . . .

    12/20—Today, my daughters sent photos of them wearing the scarves Beth made for and sent to them. They look fabulous, yes?  April is on the left. Of course, Jasmine on the right.

    12/22—Why, just today, I heard from my Humana Health Insurance. They sent information that, along with providing my health insurance, there will be fifty bucks available each month for food, medicines, or paying a utility bill. What a great surprise!

    12/23Today, I was thinking about my past.
    This shows me that there are so many ways to come upon currency.
    Happily self-employed throughout my life >>

    ***Performing juggling for a living, ending up headlining at Ballys Casino in Atlantic City.
    ***
    Writing and selling the 15 books I wrote.
    ***Performing at thousands of schools, helping students advance.
    ***
    Traveling the world presenting my juggling/performing workshop to help jugglers advance.
    ***Developing and selling my tasty/fresh salsa –
    see summerssalsa.com
    ***
    Qualifying for SSDI income. A low amount of money each month is coming, but enough.

    I hope this shows you that you can earn a living at just about anything. Don’t stay in a job or career that you do not like. Discover what you truly love and find a way to earn a living doing that.

    One way to start loving your job or career is to become an expert in that field. Study and learn every detail of that job or technique. I guarantee you, not only will you turn out better work, but you will also love what you do. 

    How about you?
    Is it time to “make” things happen and live a fuller life?
    Make” a great week for yourself this week.

     

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    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK > >
    Are you designing your life? Or just living day to day and letting things happen? Don’t just live life; make plans for your fantastic future. This week, list projects (goals) for your upcoming life. The most crucial aspect of your life will be bringing yourself and others as much joy as possible.

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

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    NEXT BLOG >>
    Icy today.
    The animals were alright, though.
    Hoping the weather will improve this week.

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


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  • BLOG 200!—Now, that’s just Silly! (but not Foolish)

    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

    Two hundred weekly blog posts in this series were sent to you, not missing one week.
    I do hope you enjoy my writings.

    To recover from my accident and 37-Day coma, I chose to be fun and silly in life—a part of me, anyway.

    Humans so often are very serious beings. We contemplate existence and plan for our future, live, eat, juggle, open bank accounts, and pay bills. But no one can arguably immerse themselves solely in serious matters for too long, not even the most unyielding of officials. Perhaps that’s why we’ve evolved to utilize an exceptional talent—our silliness!

    You see, e
    verybody can be silly (and should be) at some time in their life; it’s just that it’s not identical to others’ silliness. Knowing when you can and should be silly takes a lot of social power. That willingness to do silly and playful things can be like saying, “We’re going to relax the troubles of the world now.”

    You see: It’s OK to be a little goofy sometimes (I try and aim for that). It even may be necessary. Being silly, playful, and having a lighthearted attitude helps us to cope with stress. Being able to laugh at ourselves and break our habits of taking ourselves too seriously can be beneficial.

    There’s real freedom and freeing in laughter and being goofy. And when there’s no judgment of being silly, no worry about what someone might say, it’s a real boost to a young person’s self-confidence, fun, and creativity. It’s liberating and fun.

    How being silly can help >>

    • It makes us smarter.
    • Silliness can reduce stress.
    • It will balance your hormone levels.
    • Gives you more energy.
    • Boosts your attractiveness.
    • It improves your leadership skills.
    • Laughter relaxes the body and relieves tension.
    • Being silly brings light to darkness and smooths life.
    • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins – the body’s natural feel-good hormones.
    • Laughter boosts the immune system by decreasing stress hormones and increasing immune cells, disease, and infection-fighting antibodies.
    • Laughter protects your heart by improving the function of blood vessels and increasing blood flow, both of which can help protect you from heart problems and rough edges.

    Those who are spontaneous, creative, fun-loving, outgoing, and lighthearted, appear to be better at coping with stress and finding fresh solutions to problems. The best thing is, you don’t need any special skills or preparation to be playful. All you need to do is play.

    There’s absolute freedom in laughter and being goofy. And when there’s no judgment of being silly, no worry about what someone might say, it’s a real boost to a young person’s self-confidence and creativity. It’s liberating and fun. In a word, stop being so seriness.

    Bring your fun-loving child back into your life.

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

    I find them so interesting, challenging, and essential 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 essential—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 ABOUT BEING SILLY INSPIRE YOU >>

    Living without Laughing isn’t living.
    Be silly.
    Be honest.
    Be Kind.
    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans.
    It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.
    ― Horace

    Read, every day, something no one else is reading.
    Think, every day, something no one else is thinking.
    Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do.
    It is terrible for the mind to be part of unanimity continually.
    ― Christopher Morley

    The word ‘silly’ derives from the Greek ‘selig’ meaning ‘blessed.’
    There is something sacred in being able to be silly.
    ― Paul Pearsall

    “Do a loony-goony dance
    Cross the kitchen floor,
    Put something silly in the world
    That ain’t been there before.”
    ― Shel Silverstein, A Light in the Attic

    Being silly is still allowed, not excluded by adulthood. What’s excluded by adulthood is thoughtlessness, so be thoughtful and silly.
    ― Hank Green

    Have you ever heard a blindfolded octopus unwrap a cellophane-covered bathtub?
    ― Norton Juster

    Mix a little foolishness with your prudence; it’s good to be silly at the right moment.
    — Horace

    Life is a jest, and all things show it; I thought so once, but now I know it.
    — John Gay

    Give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself!
    — Robert Louis Stevenson

    If people did not sometimes do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.
    — Ludwig Wittgenstein

    I was young and foolish then; now I am old and foolisher.
    — Mark Twain

    Happiness and the absurd are two sons of the same earth. They are inseparable.
    — Albert Camus

    Children have one kind of silliness, as you know, and grown-ups have another kind.
    — C.S. Lewis

    Think, every day, something no one else is thinking.
    Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do.
    It is bad for the mind to be part of unanimity continually.
    — Christopher Morley

    Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.
    — Cher

    The best actors, I think, have a childlike quality. They have a sort of ability to lose themselves. There’s still some silliness.
    — Kenneth Branagh

    Most grown-ups forget what it was like to be a kid. I vowed that I would never forget. I also found that child’s play— not considered serious, but goofy — was the stuff I liked to do, so I still do it as an adult.
    — Matt Groening

    I remember a friend many years ago who had taped a sign to his refrigerator: There’s a dream dreaming us. If you try to think about what that means it makes your mind silly, but that silliness is good.
    — Natalie Goldberg

    [Silliness is] very, very important. Very important. The other side of it is taking yourself terribly seriously. Which I think occasionally, you know, if you’re a brain surgeon, I wouldn’t want him to be silly when he’s doing the operation. But afterward, if he wants to go laugh around, that’s fine. There’s got to be a silly side to all of it.
    — Michael Palin

    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, and you will see your time differently.
    ****
    12/10Found some small dead trees that were in great shape. Eventually, I will put them in our bedroom, which I will make into the nature room. You know how much I like nature and the wilderness. I will make this into our nature preserve.

    These trees can be used to hold various items—some of Beth’s jewelry and clothes, perhaps. People go to museums and parks, so why not live in that atmosphere?

    For now, I planted the dead trees in one of the gardens.
    Wouldn’t it be funny if they started growing again?

    12/12Beth found a place that might want rabbits! Beth likes the rabbits when they are very young, raising them from kits. (Yes, baby rabbits are named after me!)
    The school is an agricultural school that will teach kids how to raise and show the bunnies. Beth likes the rabbits when they are very young; then, they can go to homes and schools.
    They are so cute at a young age.
    Do you want one?
    Here is the school >>
    https://delahowe.sc.gov/about-us

    12/13—The door to our bathroom was sticking; I saw that the bottom was too low and scraped on the floor. I took the door off, cut about two centimeters off the bottom, and put the door back on the mounting.

    Many would simply let a problem like a door go on forever. It was actually a quick fix and works perfectly again. Do you have problems like this that you have been putting off? Just
    fix it, get it fixed, and make your life better.

    12/14—There is a place on the palm of my hand that, about once a day, becomes extraordinarily painful for about five minutes. I suppose I could live with this for the rest of my life, but I won’t.

    Last month I went to a hand doctor, and, after seeing an MRI of the hand, the doc saw a minor mass right next to an artery. That was the culprit!

    Dr. John A King discovered and will be doing the surgery today.
    Here is about Dr. King >>
    https://health.usnews.com/doctors/john-king-538284

    Yes, I will go in today to have surgery on my hand to remove this, “mass.” The doc could injure a nerve, and my hand won’t work anymore, but I believe he will do good. So, I am typing these words before the surgery while I can still use my left hand.

    Like the door I wrote about, don’t just live your life with something you do not like.
    Fix it so that life is better for you.

    12/15—I could not sleep, awakening at midnight; up for the day I am. By getting the surgery yesterday, I will no longer have pain in my left hand; I also can not move my left arm—AT ALL! The doctor must have cut a major nerve.

    Yes, I cannot move my left arm. Very strange for me to type this with just one hand and it is very time-consuming. My fingers can move a little, but that is nothing to type with.

    And, when I sit or walk, the arm dangles to the side; very scary.
    ————————
    The above was written in the early morn; I am much better now. Getting feeling and movement back in the arm. It must have been the nerve block they used, supraclavicular; The supraclavicular block provides anesthesia and analgesia to the upper extremity below the shoulder. It is an excellent choice for elbow and hand surgery.

    AND, OF COURSE—I CANNOT JUGGLE—AT ALL!

    When I walk or sit, the arm dangles next to me so that I cannot move it. Also, I seem to have a ghost hand. I feel the hand in one place, and it is in another. And, I thought my other accidents were terrible!

    This scared me very much. As I awoke at midnight, my arm was dangling over the side of the bed; very alarming.

    12/16—Friday, today, what to write, what to right?

    My arm is back to normal today. As you can probably tell, I was pretty alarmed at what my arm was doing. Panic had set in, but with time everything turned out right. This makes me think of how we use our time and worry. I must keep my mind on track – as we all should.

    How about you?
    Is it time to “make” things happen and live a fuller life?
    Make” a great week for yourself, this week. 

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    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK > >
    Do you have a door or something that is not working right?
    This week, fix this problem
    or have someone fix the trouble
    so that you do not have to deal with it any longer.

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

    *******************
    NEXT BLOG >>
    You will more about the surgery and if I will ever juggle again.
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    THIS WEEK,
    MAKE YOUR LIFE
    SOMETHING
    THAT YOU CAN
    WRITE ABOUT!

     


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  • BLOG 199—Your Legacy?

    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

    For this blog, we did not really go anywhere that is photogenic, so I will be including some from past travels.

    As I’ve written before, I think no one should be allowed to die until they do something to add to life on earth.

    From helping clean up your area to serving the older person down the street to teaching others better ways, there is much you can do to add to the world in a great way.

    Remember, no one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.

    With my books and workshops and teaching thousands to juggle worldwide, I believe I have changed the juggling world for the better. By publishing this blog, I hope I am helping and adding to your life.

    Together we can make this world a much better place.
    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.

    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.

    ********************
    I HOPE THE FOLLOWING WORDS INSPIRE YOU >>
    Be inspired by these words about helping others >>

    1. “People appreciate and never forget that helping hand, especially when times are tough.” Catherine Pulsifer

    2. “The real road of compassion, that is, giving, helping, assistance and community service, is a road that can be set and declared as your life’s purpose” Byron Pulsifer

    3. “But even with the inspiration of others, it’s understandable that we sometimes think the world’s problems are so big that we can do little to help. On our own, we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice, but the cumulative impact of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine”, Queen Elizabeth II

    4. “Somewhere along the way, we must learn that there is nothing greater than to do something for others,” Martin Luther King Jr.

    5. “There were two classes of charitable people: one, the people who did a little and made a great deal of noise; the other, the people who did a great deal and made no noise at all”, Charles Dickens

    6. “Take the time to help other people without expecting a reward or gratitude is definitely important in living an optimistic life.” Krista “KK” Weatherspoon

    7. “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving. Bible, Acts 20:35

    8. “Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm… As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others”, Audrey Hepburn

    9. “Nothing exalts the soul or gives it a sheer sense of buoyancy and victory so much as being used to change the lives of other people.” E. Stanley Jones

    10. “Children should be provided with activities that encourage them to talk a lot. This will help them to increase their use of words and improve their communication skills”, C. F. Crist

    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.

    12/3—Thinking back, it is difficult to remember what I did this week. Is it that way for you, too?

    12/5We finished the painting in the office. Boy, the whole house if looking fantastic with a coat of paint in new colors. Red, yellow and blue, can you imagine? Who would have thought these colors would go well together?

    Tooth time
    I’ve found a great dentist who will work with me on the cost, keeping it low, which will really help. I trust that he will do me right in his work, a great feeling.
    The dentist I found used to be an engineer. He wanted to help people, more, so he went back to college and studied teeth and how to fix them. A very kind man with a very big heart.

    12/6Today, I went to see the surgeon who will be performing surgery on my hand next week. There is a small place that generates tremendous pain at least once a day. They did an MRI image of my hand, and he saw a tumor, which has to come out.

    I have no concerns; amazing things are performed these days in the medical field.

    We decided to have a guy come and sweep our chimney; yes, a chimney sweep. He took things apart and saw that the people who installed the chimney did insert things wrong.

    So, Beth called the company that did the work, and they will be coming out to make things right. For four years, Beth lived without a working heating system. She used her fireplace and a space heater in the bedroom. She had six dogs and a couple of heavy sweatshirts to keep her warm at night.

    One day, a very good friend (thanks, Lee) insisted on helping Beth with her heating and had a fireplace insert installed for a more beneficial way of heating her house until she could afford to have the HVAC fixed.

    No one has checked out the insert since it was installed in 2019, and thankfully, we did it before the house burned down from wires shorting out. But, even without heat, she is alright, now that I have come into the picture.

    12/7—We found a local guy who sharpens and takes care of chainsaws, which I need to prepare wood for the fire. He told me there was a broken part and that I should be careful using the saw. Being normal size chainsaw, it took me to hold the wood, and Beth would cut.
    Here is Nelson — https://nelcyn.com/

    I take no chances, right away I went to Amazon and purchased this >>
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09BNJQ2L9?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details
    A smaller and safer saw for the wood.

    12/8—Rain has been coming down nonstop, as happened today, too. I did have a problem though. As I was going through a somewhat empty parking lot, I looked up at the building that I was on my way to, and crashed straight into a light pole.

    I did not even see it. Is my mind or vision going bad?
    The van is damaged but still driveable.
    Beth may not allow me to drive anymore. HA!

    How about you?
    Is it time to “make” things happen and live a fuller life?
    Make” a great week for yourself.

    ******************
    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK > >
    When was the last time you did any push-ups? This week, work up to doing at least 20 a day.

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

    *******************
    NEXT BLOG >>
    This week I start on a new section of the house, a room that will be our bedroom. You will learn details in the next blog.
    *******************

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


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  • BLOG 198—Beth

    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

    As you’ve read, for about six years, I was traveling the country, mainly going to national parks and wilderness areas, as I wrote my inspirational blog. I would go to libraries to get online and work on things.

    I was at McCormick, South Carolina library, and that is where Beth was working and soon to retire. Neither of us expected to meet anyone in the future. I thought I would be alone and lonely for the rest of my existence.

    We connected quickly and fell in love. I want to let you know, if you are older (we were each 63), or if you have been injured in the past, there is still hope to find love in your life.

    If you have been reading my blog posts, you know of Beth.

    We are quite happy together, together all day most days, and the nights, of course. There have been some hard times between us, but we both know we will be back on the right path in no time.

    We play about never dying, and we will survive on this earth forever, together. I’ve joked about death simply being a human habit that humans “think” they have to do themselves.

    What do you want to accomplish still before your demise?

    Throughout life, there were many stretches where I did not have love in my life. Love and caring should be a big part of every human’s life.

    From my book series, “Beyond Your Potential” >>

    YET, WE MUST FIRST BE FRIENDLY WITH OURSELVES.
    As I was coming back from various changes in my life, there were times when I became angry with myself, self-blame, and such.

    I knew I had to count on myself and like myself. Each of us is the one we have to like the most and be the friendliest with (although, I like you a lot, too.)

    I’ve known people who have never even spoken to their next-door neighbor. Others walk through a store, passing hundreds of people, and not once make eye-contact or say “hi” to someone they pass. So simple to be pleasant, to acknowledge someone in a friendly way, but there are so many of us who do not.

    I BELIEVE THE FRIENDLIER WE ARE TO ONE ANOTHER, THE BETTER A WORLD WE WILL LIVE IN FOR ALL OF US.

    Love and passion are words that are often used together. When you bring on true love, I believe we need to bring on passion and make this person the most important in life. Many people do find this passion, but, after time, they allow it to slip away.

    Live with passion.
    Passion in life will make your life excellent!

    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.

    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 >>

    “Love each other and help others
    rise to higher levels, solely
    by spreading love. Love is contagious
    and has a great healing power.”

    Kit Summers

    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, and you will see your time differently.

    11/28—Burn baby burn. I had put some used coals from our fireplace in one of the garden bins that I had built. I thought it was already cold and was not flame-on. Surprised as I awoke in the morning to a fire going on!I grabbed the hose and started on the burning embers. It ended up that the six pallets I used to build it burnt all the way down. I cleaned things up and knew I would be building about this week.

    Do you have any idea what burnt horse manure smells like? My sniffer does not work well now-a-days, but Beth, who has the nose of a hound dog, said she held her nose daily for a week.

    I’ve learned, and you should know, to be very careful with fire. Flames are a great thing, and they can also be a very dangerous thing, too.

    11/29—Time to build the garden that had burnt down. In a past blog, I wrote about how I built the gardens. Have you built yours, yet?

    11/30—Our friend, Nancy, who lives down the street, had purchased a TV stand to hold her huge screen. I decided to build her a new one, as usual, now knowing how I would accomplish such.

    The TV stand turned out even better than I thought it would. As I written before, if someone else can do it, so can you! You just have to find the way that will work for you.
    Kit with antlers? 

    How about you?
    Is it time to “make” things happen and live a fuller life?

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

    Find five people you are close with and tell them you love them.

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

    *******************
    NEXT BLOG >>
    You tell me, what should I do with myself? 

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

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


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  • 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!

    ********************
    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? 
    ********************
    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.

    ********************
    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!

    ********************
    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?

    ******************
    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.

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

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

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


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