I buy a lottery  ticket every week –  have to be in it to win it, and it is fun to dream; but knowing your mission  is how to  win life’s lottery. First some laughs.

Lottery humor


Winning the lottery has made lots of people happy and just as many people not so happy. Money matters and having enough matters even more. Then what?

Not what the admen want you believe. The admen want you to think the things that matter most are the newest gadgets, how you look, what kind of car you drive, or wearing the latest fashions.  Lies, lies, and more lies.

What matters is building your life on a mission that echoes the Golden Rule. All the research agrees: when it comes to living the good life  being kind and caring, treating others as you want to be treated, forgiving others for their flaws, forgiving yourself for not being perfect, and working together to make the world a better place matter most.

Emotional Fitness tip one: Make practicing deliberate kindness your life mission.  This does not mean giving up dreams or passions.  It does mean figuring out how to wed your dreams and passions to practicing kindness.

Practicing kindness every way you can blesses you, no matter who else knows or what you get back from the you bless with your caring

Emotional Fitness tip two: Ignore the small stuff.  What is the small stuff? The things that only heaps of money can buy, the rudeness of strangers; the occasional rudeness of family and friends; and yes, even your occasional lapse of manners.

Emotional Fitness tip three:  Improve your self-soothing skills. Minimally, learn these four Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises.

Emotional Fitness tip four: Expect less, practice imperfection.  Most unhappiness comes from expecting too much.  High expectations are useful when it comes to going for the gold, but expecting too much of others, of you, and of life creates frustration, anger, hurt, and shame.  Moreover, pushing and sales.

Emotional Fitness tip five: Be grateful for all you have been given and look for the lessons.  Not all that you are given feels good, but all is  one lesson or another. Maybe the lesson is to practice acceptance, maybe it is reminding you of old lessons, maybe it is a new lesson, but there is always a lesson.


As always remember age and stage, then work to teach your child what matters. That starts with stopping behaviors that hurt others and teaching good manners. Both teach the broader mission found in the Golden Rule.


Life is rarely easy.  Others do the best they can; you do the best you can. As much as we try often the best any of us can do is disappointing.  The solution? Be gentle on all, yourself included.Keep working to stay strong, I work hard to do the same  and I do not always succeed.

Remember’s sharing is caring and the easiest way to practice kindness is to share this post if you found it helpful.  Thank you.


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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: You get some incredibly, amazingly, wonderfully fantastic news. What’s the first thing you do?

First, recover from the shock. Then, pay my debts, pay my children’s debts, set up a trust fund for my children and grand children, take a cruise to visit and wine and dine all my far flung internet friends, then give the rest away to friends and strangers.



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