• BLOG 191—Back to performing!

    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 you, 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
    Not much happened this week.
    In fact, I was not even going to put out a blog this week, but feel that I have to.
    Next week I will work hard for you to put out some good words.

    LIFE IS HAPPENING ALL THE TIME – ARE YOU KEEPING UP?

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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.

    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, and/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 >>
    Don’t forget, you are the best.
    Always remember that.

    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 >>
    10/1—
    The big storm turned out to be nil. This often happens with big storms; the media says the worst it could be, then it is small.

    10/5—Beth took me out for Mexican food; how nice. But it was plain and did not have much taste. I have made Mexican, good Mexican, anyone can do it. It just surprises me that any restaurant would just serve food as we had.

    It all goes back to reaching for excellence.

    Tonight was a cast party for the show I was recently a part of. Great to see all the people I worked with to put on a superb show.

    10/6—SHOWTIME for Kit. The show at the local library went quite well. It’s been some time since I performed, and it felt good. A small audience, but they seemed to love it.

    Beth wrote this for the local paper >>

    “The McCormick County Library recently hosted local author Kit Summers, a motivational speaker who has had a most interesting life.

    At 23 years old, Kit was headlining at Bally’s in Atlantic City and was noted as one of the top 20 jugglers in the USA. He was one of 6 jugglers who could juggle 7 clubs, which at the time was a world record.

    Kit entertained the audience with some magic tricks, some juggling, but mostly with his life story of being hit by a truck at the peak of his career, putting him into a 37-day coma. He had to learn to walk, talk, eat and juggle all over again, but with persistence, he proved that we all have what it takes to live a life of excellence. If you want something, you should set goals, plan your future, and love what you do. Kit’s life has been spent trying to help other people realize their potential.

    For the past six years, Kit has traveled the country living in his van and writing a weekly blog to inspire others. He stopped at all of the national parks in every state except Alaska, but he is saving that one to go with his new wife. (He visited Hawaii’s national parks previous to his van travels)

    As he traveled, he stopped at local libraries to use their Wi-Fi. Going from Florida to Texas, he came to McCormick to visit a new friend, Gary DuTeau, in Plum Branch, whom he met through his blog. Kit went to the McCormick Library to use their WiFi and met a librarian who was retiring in a week. They struck up a conversation, then a friendship, and they are happily married as of 2/22/22. Kit is now a resident of McCormick county and plans to share his story in other venues throughout the area.

    Kit has published 3 books, which he made available to the audience. To learn more about Kit Summers, visit his website at >> kitsummers.com.”

    10/7—Today, I worked on the new bunny hutch. I will be building this to be able to hold 7 rabbits comfortably. As usual, with no directions, I am finding my way.

    With various things I have built, I have metal screening with very sharp portions. I keep leaking (getting jabbed, blood flowing.)

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    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK >>
    For a few days this week, go for some long walks, preferably in the wilderness. This will be good for your body and mind.
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    NEXT BLOG >>
    On Wednesday, I will be going in for surgery on my hand. About once a day I have some massive pain in just one small area in my hand. The pain is always in the same place. The doctor said it was a “mass”, he will remove that.
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    THIS WEEK,
    MAKE YOUR LIFE
    SOMETHING
    THAT YOU CAN
    WRITE ABOUT!


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  • BLOG 190—Life is a Death Sentence (a reminder)

    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 you, 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
    As I have heard before,
    “I’m dying! – but so are you.”

    When I was young I never even thought about death and that it might happen to me. Although, because of some major accidents, I have been at death’s door a few times. Of course, this made me think of my upcoming death.

    Being older now, of course, I see death coming. More and more friends are passing away. This gives me the drive to push ahead and do all I can to make a better life for myself, as well as others.

    How about you?
    Do you ever think about your death?
    Are you doing as much as you can now to add to the world?

    It’s a harsh reality, but there is no reliable evidence that anything happens to us after death other than returning our atoms to the universe for reuse. After death, there is nothing more, kaput you are.

    Personally, I think cemeteries are a waste of space on our small Earth. And, I think cremation is a waste of energies. Billions of graves in the world, holding onto the memories is good, taking of space is not.

    For myself, after death, I would like my body to be lay-ed out in the wilderness naked so that bugs and small animals can feast on my remains. First, though, any parts of me that can help someone else shall be taken from my body and used.


    LIFE IS HAPPENING ALL THE TIME – ARE YOU KEEPING UP?

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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.

    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, and/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 >>
    Think of your death as a motivation to get as much done as you can in the “ONLY” life you have. If you have not done anything to add to your legacy (even helping desperate people), you should not be allowed to die. 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 >>
    9/25—Beth’s Happy Birthday Day! Dunkin Donuts is on the list for Birthday joy.
    Yet, they were out of one of Beth’s favorites, no more custard filled.
    We have to drive a distance to get to any donut shop, so this is a special treat. For me, spending time with Beth is a joy.
    9/26—As I was out doing stuff, I was wearing shorts that had small pockets. My wallet was in one of them, but that didn’t last. Somewhere it fell out and, once again, I started planning to replace it and all the stuff in it.

    This happened not too long ago, so, perhaps, I am used to it? In the morning on the following day, I got a call from Rusty—he had found my wallet! We met up, and I got all back, including the $65 bucks inside.

    I gave Rusty a copy of my book and Beth had just made some chocolate chip cookies, which he loved.

    Rusty did the right thing, as I would do.
    I hope you would return a wallet with everything in it, too.

    Beth continues to enjoy quilting.
    Here is a display of Beth’s quilt collection >>

    9/28-30I am performing!
    Juggling, magic, and comedy for the three nights at this church dinner theater. All three nights were sold out; great audiences are there. I love performing and would like to go back to doing more.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Here is more about the event >>
    https://www.facebook.com/events/good-shepherd-catholic-church-mccormick-sc/renaissance-romance-play/469943297980327/

    The storm has struck. Today we are expecting a lot of wind and rain. We have battened down the hatches and are ready.

    So, today I prepared things for the upcoming storm. There is a chance that power will be out, so I set up two camping stoves to heat food when needed. As you know, for about six years I lived in and traveled in my van all over the US. I was totally off-grid, so I know how to handle things.
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    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK >>
    The other day I was out walking and, ahead of me, I saw some trash on the sidewalk. Knowing there would be a trash can in the route ahead, I picked up this trash and deposited it into the can as I passed.

    If everyone did something small like this to clean up the world, we would have a better earth. Please do.
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    NEXT BLOG >>
    You will read the result of what happened to us through this massive storm that is predicted.
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    THIS WEEK,
    MAKE YOUR LIFE
    SOMETHING
    THAT YOU CAN
    WRITE ABOUT!


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  • BLOG 189—BE BOLD!

    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.

    *** Remember, 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 you, 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
    If I may be so bold as to ask:
    “When was the last time you did something that made your heart
    beat faster?”
    I don’t just mean singing out loud, juggling 5 balls, or riding a roller coaster; rather, it is a moment in which you summoned your self-assurance and bravely took that leap forward.

    That’s what this week’s intention covers. To me, being bold is about believing in yourself and taking action. In practice, that might mean asserting yourself in day-to-day situations by asking for more of what you need and saying no to what you don’t, or simply seizing the moment and trying something new.

    Being bold means being courageous in the face of challenges.

    Not just that, being bold is a person who is always willing to take more and more risks. They believe in themselves and will put their best foot forward when it comes to finding success; that is you, yes?

    But there may come times in life when we need some inspirational guidance or advice to keep going. Hoping my words help you in your pursuit of being bold.

    You will find quotes about boldness later in this post. They will do some good and help you discover new will and determination to start being bold, not just today, but every day of your life!

    Being bold has a genius and magic; boldness has genius power that you can use to dream big; you can begin projects and be inspired to do them excellently until it is complete.

    LIFE IS HAPPENING ALL THE TIME – ARE YOU KEEPING UP?
    ********************
    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.

    Remember, 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 – Even if you start late, are uncertain, and/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 ABOUT BEING BOLD INSPIRE YOU >>

    1. “We have to be bold in our national ambitions.”
    -Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

    2. “A bold act requires a high degree of confidence.”
    -Robert Greene.

    3. “Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences whence it is bad in council though good in execution.”
    -Francis Bacon.

    4. “The first symptom of love in a young man is shyness; the first symptom in a woman, it’s boldness.”
    -Victor Hugo.

    5. “Boldness is quiet, not noisy.”
    -Mike Yaconelli.

    6. “I love those who yearn for the impossible.”
    -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

    7. “Put a grain of boldness into everything you do.”
    – Baltasar Gracian.

    8. “People who make no mistakes lack boldness and the spirit of adventure. They are the brakes on the wheels of progress.”
    – Dale Turner.

    9. “Boldness doesn’t mean rude, obnoxious, loud, or disrespectful.”
    – Mike Yaconelli.

    10. “When you are passionate you can be bold because you have that drive, that enthusiasm, that courage, that excitement. ”
    – Richard Templar.

    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 >>
    9/18—
    Such lovely weather today. Being a Sunday, Beth has, for years, taken this day off just for Bethie. We had a delightful day just being with each other.

    9-19—We have had a car and two vans for some time now. Beth had been a help to Mr. Butler for some years. Not too long ago he died, and his kids gave Mr. Butler’s van to Beth; such a kind and generous thing to do.

    Here is the car with the van behind it.

    Some years ago Beth bought her 2001 Chrysler Concorde, which runs very well. We decided to sell the vehicle. I went through every detail of the car and cleaned, buffed, and shinned it thoroughly. Her car turned out spectacular.

    This often happens, when someone is going to sell their vehicle or house; they clean and fix up every detail of the said thing. I should have done that with the car, sooner. You see, why not fix your car or home to excellence while you can—NOW!

    The car turned out wonderful. The second guy who saw the car ended up buying it for just a little less than what we were asking; more than Beth paid for it, though.

    And, we found out later, this was a guy who sells cars for a living. So, he will go ahead and sell the car for more than he paid. I would love to find out what the car eventually went for.

    Where I park my van is next to the carport, where Beth parks. Looks like some time ago someone had put rocks down. These have slowly spread and got to be too much. If you know me, you know that most of the time I like to be shoe-less; barefoot I am. The rocks were not nice to step on.

    I took time to clear all the rocks from where I park my car so that I would not have to step on them when I walked to my van. Looks nicer, too.

    You see, it’s these little things that add up and make a good life. If you can make all the small details of your life magnificent, it will make your entire life better.

    9/20—I am going to be performing in a renaissance show! Today and Thursday were run-throughs of the show, which went quite well. I am juggling and also doing magic to entertain. A small part of the show, but always great to be back on stage!

    9/21—For some time I have had a place on the palm of my hand that, about once a day, hurts horrendously. Last week I went in to have MRI scans of my hand done, met with Dr. John King today, and found out the results. He showed me a slightly darker place on my hand that he simply called a mass.

    I scheduled a date next month when he will be doing surgery on the spot on my hand. Yes, the pain comes on enough to have this surgery performed. There is a slight chance that this could run into problems, but I trust things will turn out fine. Being a juggler, I do have my concerns.

    9/22—Always trying to advance in our life and living, we found a kitchen table that will replace what we currently have and improve things. Yes, it is used, but will serve the purpose perfectly. Used things are usually at least half-price than new, but are like new and worth the better price.

    I am in the process of painting and fixing up our old table and chairs. These should sell for a good price.

    We have a large backyard that I want to make into our own paradise. Currently building a deck out of 2”x3” eight-foot boards, it is turning out quickly. I expect we will be spending a lot of time out there. The backyard is, basically, in the wilderness, with no houses or people anywhere around.

    This is the back of the deck.
    It is ready to be set into place, but it is very heavy, and I can’t put it in place by myself.
    Will you help? 

    I am also going to build a showering system to use the rainwater that we collect from the gutters. And, I will be building a firepit. We want to spend as much time outside as we can. We are already using the rainwater, after it is put through a filter, to drink.

    9/23—Our only neighbors, Don and Teresa, have three puppies at their house. The puppies are such a pleasure. These guys love to play and nip at your fingers. What a joy they are.

    I am greatly enjoying my projects—and there always seems to be more and more—a good thing!

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    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK >>
    With your vehicle and/or your home, fix it up as best you can, like you were going to be selling it. And, once you have made it splendid – keep it that way!
    NEXT BLOG >>
    We will be getting new windows this week!
    You will find out the details next Friday.
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    THIS WEEK,
    MAKE YOUR LIFE
    SOMETHING
    THAT YOU CAN
    WRITE ABOUT!


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  • BLOG 188—The Wisdom of Joy and Play

    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.

    *** Remember, 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 you, 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
    In recent blogs, I covered subjects such as death and God. I want my blogs to be here to inspire and help you bring on a better life.

    A constant choice for each of us – to see the joy in life – or pain and difficulty. Look for and find the pleasure, joy, and happiness that is right there in from of you.

    A few ways to bring yourself the happiness you are looking for >>

    1 – Stop waiting to be happy.
    There are always new opportunities to find happiness. Imagine life is like a train station. You have happy times that arrive around the clock. Chances are the opportunity to be happy has already arrived. Sometimes it’s right in front of you; keep looking.

    No matter what is happening around you, you can feel happier, be more productive, attract success and enjoy yourself during the process. When you shift your focus and the way you think – your perspective changes. When shift happens, your life changes. So get your shift together.

    2 – Make your self-care part of your daily routine.
    Being able to take a moment for yourself to
    make changes is something we all need to do now and then. Taking a timeout to give yourself a moment of relief or relaxation is only part of the battle. We carve out time for happy hour, but it ends up being less than happy because you are thinking about the last couple of emails you didn’t get to be there.

    Learn to shine and make sure you’re not stressing about miscellaneous, small to-do’s while you’re trying to get them done. Get yourself sorted so that your “me time” can be as effective and joyful as possible.

    3—Stay in a joyful state of mind.
    A
    n overjoyed life is the best existence we can hope to achieve. It’s the kind of life that produces positive and feel-good energy, and it encourages us to look to the future with great dreams. True joy might seem like a fleeting emotion, even if you only feel it for a moment at a time, but you can hold onto it.

    4—Stop worrying.
    Happiness
    can be much like love, it can have mysterious ways. However, science and psychology tell us that brain chemistry alters emotion. But in order to activate those chemicals, we have to talk about habits first.

    There is a happiness formula that lies in changing thought patterns. Your thought patterns—what you do and think and say every day—determine how happy you stay. It’s got nothing to do with what’s around you, but everything to do with your thinkingyour inner voice.

    5Appreciate the small things.
    We all have them; those small moments
    that go unnoticed. What if we made it a habit to embrace and celebrate the little things? Real life is happening all around us while we’re waiting for the big thing we hope is going to give us some sort of inner peace, contentment or joy. Remember that all the little things add up to great things.

    6Stay around positive people.
    You must realize that happiness is an individual choice. And every choice is influenced by other people in our lives. If you change your life power for the better, you can dramatically increase your chances for happiness and success.

    I’ve found that positive social connection is the greatest predictor of long-term happiness and success. Welcoming a positive new influence into your world can be one of the most important choices for happiness you share.

    7—Laugh bigger and more often.
    As you would know, laughing makes you feel good. Try to think about the last time you really laughed. Bemused with all of our grownup responsibilities, we adults just don’t express mirth as often as we did when we were kids.

    Laughing can reduce stress, enhance immunity, improve blood flow and strengthen relationships. Bring laughter back into your life, if you don’t often enough. This will add so much to your life.

    8—Love more often with more people.
    A few Ideas about love >>

    Use words of affirmation.
    When words of affirmation are your love language, words build you up. Helping others is the way. You thrive on spoken affection, praise, encouragement, and compliments. Harsh words and criticism can bother you for a long time.

    Helping others.
    Anything that others do willingly to ease your workload is a sign of love to you. You feel cared for when your friend vacuums before you get to it or makes you breakfast as a surprise.

    Giving and receiving gifts.
    When you speak this love language, a thoughtful gift shows others that you are special. In contrast, generic gifts and forgotten special events have the opposite effect. This love language isn’t necessarily materialistic – it could be as simple as receiving your favorite snack after a bad day. Just care about others.

    Quality time
    Nothing says you’re loved like undivided attention from another person. When this person is truly present (and not looking at their phone), it makes you feel important. Failure to actively listen or long periods without one-on-one time can make you feel unloved.

    Physical touch
    Holding hands, kisses, hugs, and other touches are your preferred way to show and receive love. Appropriate touches convey warmth and safety, while physical neglect can drive a wedge between you and your partner.

    9—Find joy.
    See the world through a different lens. It’s the feeling of feeling completely in the moment. It’s being alive. As you can, enhance your overall well-being.

    You see, happiness has two factors. The first factor is life satisfaction, which is the sense that your life is going well (you are the one in charge of that.) The second is the experience of frequent positive emotions, which include pride, curiosity, enthusiasm, tranquility, and joy.

    10—Plan your happiness.
    We put money
    away.
    We take vitamins.
    We exercise.

    We hope these precautions will protect us as we age.
    But as we safeguard our money, bones, and blood pressure, we forget to safeguard the one thing that can make a difference in the quality of our lives as we get older: our happiness.
    Keep your joy and keep it growing throughout your whole life.

    LIFE IS HAPPENING ALL THE TIME – ARE YOU KEEPING UP?
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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.

    Remember, 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 – Even if you start late, are uncertain, and/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 ABOUT JOY INSPIRE YOU >>

    1. “Find ecstasy in life: the mere sense of living is joy enough.” Emily Dickinson

    2. “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. Henri Nouwen”

    3. “Go find your joy. Whatever that is, go find your joy. Are you going to have a good day or are you going to have a great day? Because it’s completely up to you.” Sandra Bullock

    4. “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be filled with joy.” Anonymous

    5. “If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.” Carlos Santana

    6. “To have joy in your heart, one must know how to appreciate the small things in life.” Anonymous

    7. “Let your joy spring forth from within.” ATGW

    8. “Find joy in the journey.” Anonymous

    9. “Find out what gives you joy and do it.” Anonymous

    10. “Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” Joseph Campbell

    11. “Joy is not in things; it is in us.” Richard Wagner

    12. “Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home. It’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.” Chuck Palahniuk

    13. “When we are centered in joy, we attain our wisdom.” Marianne Williamson

    14. “Joy is untouched by circumstance.” Anonymous

    15. “Find joy in the ordinary.” Anonymous

    16. “Joy; the kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.” David Steindl-Rast

    17. “Spread joy. Chase your wildest dreams.” Patch Adams

    18. “Learning to love yourself first brings more joy and peace than trying to love someone else.” Anonymous

    19. “The healthiest response to life is joy.” Mark Twain

    20. “Where there is love, there is joy.” Mother Teresa

    21. “It is not joy that makes us grateful. It is gratitude that makes us joyful.” Anonymous

    22. “Be committed to living in constant joy.” Pam Brout

    23. “She found joy and wonder in every little thing. And joy and wonder always found her.” Katrina Mayer

    24. “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Theodore Roosevelt

    25. “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.
    When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Buddha

    26. “Innovation comes from people who take joy in their work.” W. Edwards Deming

    27. “We can choose to live in joy.” Joseph Campbell

    28. “A joy that’s shared is a joy made double.” Proverb

    29. “When work is a pleasure, life is a joy. When work is a duty, life is a slavery.” Maxim Gorky

    30. “Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness. Faithfulness. Gentleness, and self-control. To these, I commit my day.” Anonymous

    31. “A joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together.” Brene Brown

    32. “Whether you know or not, you are the infinite potential of love, peace, and joy.” Annie Ray

    33. “If you can’t find joy in the path you are on and what you are working toward now, how do you expect to find joy once you get there?” Anonymous

    34. “When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” Jean Shinoda Bolen

    35. “The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.” Russel M. Nelson

    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 >>
    9/10—A Saturday. What a distinctive find—we came upon an Arrowhead Orbweaver spider. It was magnificent, as you see from the photo.

    9/11—Did not go to church again. Beth likes to relax on this day of the week, so I allowed her to do just that.

    9/12—Today, I put up my 100-gallon rainwater collector. I was surprised at how quickly this did save water. I also built a filter, and we drank to our heart’s delight.
     
    9/13—
    Off we went to get our wilderness fix. This much be accomplished at least once a week. Dorn Creek was our destination. Jemma did like this outing, much.
     
    9/14—Beth and I are a three-car family (actually, two vans and a car.) We saw that we did not really need the car, so I gave it a good cleaning and fixed it up.

    I guess I could have improved the car while we still had it. Strange to me that so many people will fix up a car or their house spectacularly when they are going to sell it. Why did they not do this for themselves when they lived in that abode?

    That is something that Beth and I do continuously, fix up and improve the home we live in. Do you do the same?

    9/15—A duck without a home, how terrible. We connected the person who was getting rid of the small duckling with the new home. We gave this little ducky friend a limo ride to his new home. Now all are happy.

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    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK >>
    Send Beth a birthday present.
    It occurs on September twenty-five.
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    NEXT BLOG >>
    We are getting new windows next week.
    You will learn more . . .
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    THIS WEEK,
    MAKE YOUR LIFE
    SOMETHING
    THAT YOU CAN
    WRITE ABOUT!


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  • BLOG 187—My Last Day on Earth?

    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.

    *** Remember, to read past blog posts, go to >> kitsummers.com/blog/
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    *** If you are not my Facebook friend yet, please, befriend me.
    *** Thank you, 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
    My last day on earth,” a statement that, if you keep in mind, you will appreciate and live every day fully. As we are getting older, more and more people we know are passing away (a nice way to say, Dead.)

    Just yesterday, Beth found out about two more friends who are gone from life. Upsetting for her, of course. And, my wonderful Aunt Ruth lived her last day recently. In 2014 I found out my mom died. What a shock it was for me; I never saw life without Mom.

    When I was younger, I never thought about death and dying; never thinking such a thing would happen to me. Death will eventually come to everyone; prepare now and, until then, live your life aiming to bring yourself as much joyfulness as you can. Finding joy in life is the key.

    Yes, the key is to bring as much joy as you can into your life for as long as you can; as you bring happiness to others, as well. I have seen so many that are so seriness and think they can’t even have fun in life.

    From my book series, Beyond Your Potential >>
    Changes. During some operations in the past, I was comfortably asleep under anesthesia and knew nothing, which is how I believe death will be; the long sleep and knowing nothing.

    Human life is a finite condition; death is imminent, which is a subject seldom discussed. PREPARE YOUR MIND.

    Have you thought about your own death?

    Or what you want to accomplish before that end result? Time to get to what you want to realize in the time you have left—NOW—while you are still alive?

    I have never believed in any of the gods that humans have developed. This idea of heaven and ending up there is a comforting thought, but that is not what will occur.

    Prepare now and live in joy for as long as you can.

    When recovering from injuries and serious setbacks in my life, At times, I have been quite upset about my losses. I did think about suicide at times—how easy it would be to just let go and “pass away.” I would no longer have to work or worry or suffer, and no more great tragedies would befall me.

    SUICIDE WOULD HAVE BEEN THE EASY WAY OUT.

    After thinking more about it, I saw that suicide was the most selfish and lazy thing one could ever do. You get relief, but all those who know you will suffer your demise.

    Beth says, “Suicide is not lazy nor is it selfish. It is one of the hardest decisions some people will make. Beth has known people who have taken their own lives and saw the struggle leading up to it. We must never judge another person’s experiences. It is a deep-seated fear and sadness that envelopes a person from which they see no way out.”

    Over the years, the idea of writing this book helped to keep me on track, and even kept me alive. Helping you through my thoughts became a new passion, and I had to make the time to finish this collection of words.

    Because of my major accidents, I lost some of my time and saw that we do have a limited time here on Earth. With the time remaining to me, I wanted to accomplish something that could help the human race, which is part of why I wrote this book.

    With advancements in medical technologies (which ultimately saved my life), humankind can live longer than we ever have. I was on the threshold of death a few times, but was kept alive; I had to keep going. If the doctors had “pulled the plug,” I may not be here today.

    I was told that if my first accident had happened five years prior to when it did, I would not have made it. When someone is in an irreversible coma, should the plug be pulled?

    DEATH IS THE ONE THING THAT SCARES MOST PEOPLE ON EARTH.

    In Western society, which is materialistic and progress-oriented, death is often ignored, not talked about, evaded, and denied.
    WE CAN’T COUNT ON ANYTHING IN LIFE —EXCEPT DEATH.

    Yet, wouldn’t it be a hard life if you went on living forever? It would also get quite boring, too, don’t you think?

    During my recoveries, I decided I wanted to do something to help people on this earth we live on. I once read a fabulous quote by Horace Mann: “Until you have done something to advance human life, you should be ashamed to die.”

    LIFE IS HAPPENING ALL THE TIME – ARE YOU KEEPING UP?

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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.

    Remember, 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 – Even if you start late, are uncertain, and/or different.
    YOU CAN STILL FIND SUCCESS!
    VERY LITTLE IS NEEDED TO MAKE A GREAT LIFE.
    ********************

    I HOPE THE FOLLOWING WORDS ABOUT DEATH INSPIRE YOU >>

    “Death may be the greatest of all human blessings” – Socrates

    “How people die remains in the memory of those who live on” – Dame Cicely Saunders

    “Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them” – George Eliot

    “It is natural to die as to be born” – Francis Bacon

    “Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

    “No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow” – Euripides

    “Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations” – Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

    “The goal of all life is death” – Sigmund Freud

    “After your death, you will be what you were before your birth” – Arthur Schopenhauer

    “No one here gets out alive” – Jim Morrison

    “Nothing in life is promised except death” – Kanye West

    “I want to be all used up when I die” – George Bernard Shaw

    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 >>
    9/3—Another week is here. Time seems to go so quickly; although time does not change, always the same, it is.

    9/4—Jemma and the cats are connecting better, she does not quickly chase after them anymore. I think I trained in that way; good to know.

     

     

     

     

    9/5—Jemma Saves the Day
    (Beth wrote these words.) We put our yellow-belly turtle, Tallulah, outside in the kiddie pool so she could sunbathe and swim the backstroke and have more room to exercise. Her 55-gallon aquarium is quickly getting too small for her. Or, she is getting too large for it.

    She’s going to need a pond, and that is on Kit’s “to-do” list. Normally we can leave her alone in the yard, as I have put a section of fencing over the top to contain her and provide shade. When I went out to check on her about an hour later, she was gone!

    I screamed for Kit.

    He came out, and we started looking over the yard. No signs of her dragging her body through the grass. No sign of her going under the fence; she is really too large to fit through any of the fences. We could be out here for hours looking for a turtle who blends in with the woods.

    I figured she was gone.

    But, Jemma could find her! Jemma can find anything.
    Kit called Jemma to come out and showed Jemma that we were looking for something and she needed to help us. (Kit speaks “Jemma).

    She went all over the yard, sniffing different places. She went outside of the fence and sniffed all along the bottom. When she got to the other side of the yard she stopped and concentrated on one area.

    No way Tallulah could have gotten over there. She must have crawled under another fence and through both dog yards to get to the other side. Kit said Jemma found something, and we needed to check it out. Jemma put her nose on Tallulah.

    Yep, she was exactly where she could not have gone.

    We came upon a delicate display of some glorious mushrooms.
    These come i
    n so many styles and tastes.

    Also, in the photo, you can find two small snails.
    Who will be the one to find them?


    9/7—Today, we went again to the morning meeting of the local group that gets together each week to talk and connect. I thought, since there was a kitchen there, we should all make a nice breakfast for everyone.

    Today was the day. Everyone brought something, I had made biscuits and gravy, which seemed to be a hit. Things went well as people consumed their morning meal. Looks like it will be an ongoing thing.

    9/8—Today, I finished building the two other above-ground gardens. Next year we are already looking forward to growing a lot of food. Did you ever build your vegetable garden area?

    Once again, here is how I build the above-ground gardens >>

    I make my gardens with free pallets I can get. I make these at a height so you can sit on them when they are built. So much fun to watch plants grow—yes?

    The process is to cut each pallet at 22 inches longways. Then I use 3-inch drywall screws to secure the pallets to each other – two on each side and one on each end. I use a staple gun to put plastic on all the insides of the pallets to hold the dirt in.

    Then, leave the bottom open for worms to enter your garden. Put cardboard down, in that it attracts worms.

    Then, green paint is applied to all sides. To finish them, I put on 2”x6” wood on top, which I stained beforehand.

    Start adding organic material – leaves, branches, old tree branches, tree trucks cut down, and materials like this. Later you add garden soil, and the stuff below will eventually break down and turn into compost.

    If you have any questions, let me know, and I will help >>
    kitsummers@gmail.com

    9/9—Cutting more bamboo today, I use this unique material for building and such. And, I cut up an old tree at Nancy’s to use for firewood this winter.

    You see, we are not going to depend on electric, water, or other services provided by the government.

    Things are getting shut down all over the earth.
    We will depend on ourselves and help you how we can.
    You may also
    want to plan and prepare in this way.
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    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK >>
    This week, look at your own life and upcoming death.
    Are you accomplishing what you want before your
    end?
    Look toward the future and make plans for your joyful approaching life.

    *******************
    NEXT BLOG >>
    Hmm—will we ever get out to the wilderness again?
    Stay tuned; it will be reve
    aled.
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    THIS WEEK,
    MAKE YOUR LIFE
    SOMETHING
    THAT YOU CAN
    WRITE ABOUT!


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