Now that my honey has been released from tax season - he is an E. A. (Enrolled Agent with the Fed's), I can breathe a sigh of relief.  Check out this infographic, and at the bottom, make yourself feel better that you don't owe the taxes of Nicolas Cage...
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Have you ever seen a friend after they had drifted out of your life years ago, and were surprised how much their life had changed, but they actually stayed the same and had not grown?  Our lives change all the time, how we adapt, and change ourselves to dance to the new rhythm matters.  Don't sweat it, just close your eyes, listen and teach yourself the new dance steps.  Some of us change our rhythm monthly, seasonally, yearly or only once a decade (God Forbid!), but until my drum is lying in a heap of ashes in a box, I will continue to listen to my own rhythm and dance.  Here are some of my favorite quotes that help me stop and listen.  Join me?!
  1. "If you're in a bad situation, don't worry it'll change.  If you're in a good situation, don't worry it'll change." — John A. Simone, Sr.
  2. "Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail." — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. “When there is nothing left to lose, we find the true self-the self that is whole, the self that is enough, the self that no longer looks to others for definition, or completion, or anything but companionship on the journey. — Elizabeth Lesser
  4. "Courage doesn't always roar.  Sometimes courage is the quite voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'" — Mary Anne Radmacher
  5. “At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” — Lao Tzu
  6. "Let him who would move the world, first move himself." Socrates
  7. "Life is not measured by the number of breathes we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." — Maya Angelou
  8. "Turn your wounds into wisdom." — Oprah Winfrey
  9. "Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness." — Napoleon Hill
  10. "I can be changed by what happens to me.  But I refuse to be reduced by it." — Maya Angelou
  11. "If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere."  — Frank A. Clark
  12. "Pain is inevitable.  Suffering is optional." — M. Kathleen Casey
  13. “I shut my eyes in order to see.” –  Paul Gauguin
  14. "The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism." — Norman Vincent Peale
  15. "If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." — Wayne Dyer
  16. "There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them." — Denis Waitley
  17. "Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves." — Mason Cooley
  18. "The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them." — Maya Angelou
  19. "The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost." — G.K. Chesterton
  20. "All the advice in the world will never help you until you help yourself." — Fred Van Amburgh

What rhythm makes you dance right now?  I'm dancing to "Rumor has it"  by Adele right after I hit 'publish'!  I can't help it - that beat gets me every time.

Mary Kathryn Johnson
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My 10 year old Riley, like all kids, takes injustice very seriously.  I was talking to him about a recent injustice he observed (okay, I had contradicted myself, and he caught me...what of it?!) and I brought in the "Babies don't come with an owner's manual" quote.  The puzzled expression on his face prompted the following discussion:

Mom - "Well, babies don't come with instructions as to how to raise them. Parents can only draw on their own childhood and the way they were raised, and read books by other parents who have raised their children, but even that isn't perfect, because every new baby is unique."

Riley - "Huh?"

Mom - Raising children isn't like building legos - at least you have an instruction booklet that tells you how to build your legos.  I don't have anything like that!  And, even having big brother first doesn't make me a parent who automatically knows how to raise you - you are different from Evan."

Riley - "So, it's like when I go to the lego box, and just build something from my imagination without any instructions?"

Mom - "Yes! Don't you start building sometimes, and attach a piece that just doesn't feel right, then take it off and try another piece that fits better?"

Riley - "Yeah, lots of times! And, most of the time I don't know what I'm building except that it is something that flies or is a creature, so I just make it up as I go along and see what it becomes."

Mom - "That's exactly like being a parent, only with living things that have their own ideas of what they want to become, and say 'I don't want that piece there, I want it here!'"

Riley - "Oh, that must be hard."

Mom - (Sigh...I feel better now)

As a consequence of this conversation, I have a new motto for parenting:

Having a child automatically makes one a good parent just as having Legos automatically makes one an Engineer!

Or...having a stove automatically makes one a Chef!
Or...having a keyboard automatically makes one a Writer!
Or...having a piano automatically makes one a Virtuoso!

Take your pick...

Mary Kathryn Johnson
Author ~ Entrepreneur ~ Mom

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