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You may agree that, in these times, a person could easily slip into a helpless state of mind. Or, we could retrain ourselves to interact with others actively, positively, and empathetically…stop-breathe-listen-respond-repeat.

Most of October drew me in this direction.  It was a relief to break from working on deadline to join in the process of mindful calming-down in a few forms.

First, I send out thanks to my long-distance friend Roxanne for posting the link for THE MINDFULNESS SUMMIT,    The summit was sponsored by Melli O’Brien, a soft-spoken, Australian woman who thought, as a child, “ ‘I wonder if there are people living in the world that are in harmony with the planet, each other and themselves?’ So I started looking for the answer to that question.”  Melli organized and shared an international collection of teachers to help viewers like me to become more “mindful.”  Melli prefers Jon Kabat Zinn’s definition of mindfulness as:  “Paying attention; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”

Second, my oldest kids are allowing me to relive the joy of planning a kids’ birthday party, for grown-ups.  Better known as a baby shower. As part of the party favors to be given out,  I researched silly, semi-serious, and surprising sayings by famous people.  Here, I will give you a taste:

**Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I am with you kid. Let’s go.” ~Maya Angelou

**To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone. ~Reba McEntire

**Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. — Dr. Seuss

**My life has a superb cast but i can’t figure out the plot.  –Ashleigh Brilliant

**Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. —Will Rogers

Third, perhaps the most important thing I learned is that all of these kind thoughts and actions apply to ourselves first. Well, now I have to admit that remembering all of this at once makes my brain sigh.  I better go read a cartoon.