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March 2012

Did you Laugh Today? Did you Smile?

Hi, this is Dorothy. We'll be seeing a lot of green this month as it brings St. Patrick's Day on March 17th. Certainly here on the coast the spring flowers are well above ground. Spring is such an uplifting time of the year, and is my favourite.

Let me ask you: "Did you laugh today? Did you smile?" How would you respond if I asked you to outline your ideal day? Would you include laughter, and smiles? This question was asked in a recent email I received, and I totally agreed with the response, which was: "To laugh a lot and have special connections with people important in my life". We read about the healing benefit of laughter, but sometimes, especially if we get bogged down with work projects, or if we live alone, we can go too long without laughter, or even smiles. So, what can we do? Let me share a few ideas that I consciously apply, especially if realizing that I've been too serious for too long.

As I enjoy movies, a few of my 'tried and true favourite oldies' that always bring laughter are: The Odd Couple with Walter Mattheau and Jack Lemmon; What's Up, Doc? with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal; Pillow Talk with Doris Day and Rock Hudson. More recently is The Proposal with Sandra Bulloch and Ryan Reynolds - Ryan's expressions are priceless. Another one is Turner & Hooch with compulsively neat Tom Hanks, who is forced to share his home with a large dog that drools. Now, admittedly, I'm drawn to this one as I did have a lovable English Bulldog named 'Paddy', and she did drool a lot. What are your favourites? Do you have something on your computer screen that brings a smile? I have a picture of Cadi, my calico cat, which always gives me a warm feeling. Do you have music that speaks to your heart? I certainly do, and play it a lot.

We have heard the saying that the most important thing is to remember the most important thing. How we start our day is very important, and can set the tone for the entire day. We can inject our thoughts with a positive message, perhaps saying, "Good Morning, World" with enthusiasm. Are we faking? Sometimes, yes, especially on a day when we want to pull the covers back over our head. However, choosing to start the day with faith and optimism on an upward spiral creates a much better feeling than going into a downward one. With the springtime, we hear birds singing, even while it's still dark. One of my favourite quotes and examples is included in my Stepping Stones booklet. It is by Tagore, and is: "Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings while the dawn is still dark." Isn't that beautiful?

So whether you watch a favourite movie, laugh with friends, listen to the birds singing, it's important to take care of yourself and do this for you. We'll be hearing peppy and uplifting Irish music, so I hope as you tune in, it will bring a smile. Maybe you'll even feel like dancing a jig! I wish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day, and a very special month.

Thank you for joining me.

Until next time... This is Dorothy... Namasté.

Dorothy B.
Dorothy B.

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