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There is less than an hour left of Mardi Gras.  And then…40 days of abstaining from something or other…usually a food or (alcoholic) beverage item.  At least that’s the tradition that I practiced during my 12 years in Catholic school.

Even as a child, though, I had a problem with the idea of giving up something.  I guess I knew more than a few kids who gave up some sort of candy or dessert, but still acted evil toward others.  One of the things that makes me go “hmmm”.

And then, a few years ago, a priest said something during his Homily that made perfect sense to me…”How is my giving up a Snickers bar going to help me get into Heaven?”

I’m just sayin’.


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Being a grown-up is highly overrated.  Sure, you get to make your own decisions and do what you want to do.  However, all the responsibilities often leave little time to do what we want. 

I remember the days when I was about 14 or 15 years old.  I wasn’t old enough to get the typical mall job, but I had ways to make money…babysitting, tutoring, and helping out at the animal hospital where my grandfather worked.  And I had a lot of free time to watch soap operas, go to the beach, eat, and just be generally lazy.  I miss those carefree days.  Now, life is filled with work, errands, work, trying to fit in exercise, work, physical therapy appointments when the bones start to hurt, work…OMG, there’s a pattern here!  And with the increased workload, are we making any more money?  Is our quality of life getting better?  Or are we just trying to stay gainfully employed?  No, no and yes. 

The stress we are all feel today is huge.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to visit those simple days every now and then?  When the most stressful thing in your life was how to tell your parents you just couldn’t understand calculus, or whether or not that cute boy suspects that you like him…and does he like you back? 

I have made a commitment to incorporate at least one simple pleasure into my day, every day.  Many of my simple pleasures remind me of those childhood days in the 70s.  I share these with you and invite you to share your methods for enjoying one simple thing each day. 

  1. Go barefoot
  2. Watch an 80’s movie, like The Breakfast Club
  3. Watch reruns of The Andy Griffith Show or M*A*S*H
  4. Bake some chocolate chip cookies
  5. Have breakfast for dinner
  6. Eat a grilled cheese sandwich
  7. Turn my cell phone completely off, even if only for an hour when I get home
  8. Eat an ice cream cone
  9. Take a walk or a hike without my iPod and with only my thoughts.
  10. Be grateful for the beautiful view of the Hollywood Hills on a clear day after the rain
  11. Take a warm bath
  12. Pet a dog
  13. Go to bed as soon as I start to feel sleepy
  14. Sing as loudly as I can in the car with the windows rolled up
  15. Call someone I haven’t talked to in a long time 
  16. Close my eyes and just breathe

What do you do when you want to experience a simpler time in your life?

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