The Daily Cup – Don’t Let It Bug You

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This time of year, six and eight-legged creatures that hide in house plants and corners to stay warm for the winter awaken and come out in search of food, water and freedom. Let’s face it, we do not want bugs in our house; we are bigger and stronger, therefore we win, hands down! The bugs that hide in the house are not typically the ones that destroy forests we hear about on the news. Today, if you see a bug in your house or office, get a drinking glass and a thin piece of cardboard (membership cards from magazines work best). Capture the little guy in the glass. Slide the card onto the opening and escort it outside. In fact, do this often enough and over time you may notice that your dislike for insects has vanished. This does not mean you will invite them in, but at least they won’t seem like monsters anymore. (Image from Walt Disney’s A Bug’s Life).

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The Daily Cup – Choose Your Shoes

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Everybody’s got a variety of shoes. Open your closet and take a look at your own collection. Select one pair, other than the one you wear every day at home, that you usually wear on road trips or while on vacation. Put them on. Sit down with your feet on something so you see your shoes. In your mind, list 5 cool places you’ve been while wearing those shoes. Single one place that stands out. Call one person you have not seen for a while and who was there with you that day. Plan another outing together soon. Make sure to tell him/her how to Choose Your Shoes!

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The Daily Cup – Take a Detour

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Take the long way home today. On your way home from work or from running errands, make a random turn and drive around for a while. If the children are with you, that is even better. If you live in the country, or can do so without making nearby residents feel invaded, stop briefly to snap a few pictures with your phone. Then, upload them to your home or work computer’s desktop so you can see them for a few days and be reminded of that time you spent driving home with a new perspective.

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The Daily Cup – Here Comes The Sun

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Remember a time as a child when you played outside and actually noticed that it was sunny and that the sun somehow made your life itself radiant in that moment. Try to picture the details of that moment. Were you with friends? What toy were you playing with? Where were you? What were the most noticeable features of your surroundings? A tree? A river? Did you have a favorite pet at your side? What were you wearing? What time of day was it? You might get a bit nostalgic, but what you will get most is a sense that life has many ways of being kind to you.

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The Daily Cup – Your Corner

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Today, identify a corner of your home where you enjoy being most. If it is not already set up with a place to sit, rearrange it with a comfortable chair and small side table. Plan on spending 5 minutes there in silence at some point every day, perhaps with your tea or coffee. Plan this so that it fits in your schedule and you can make it a daily ritual. Ritual brings a sense of security and stability. We make a lot of decisions every week. Starting from a sense of stability can help us face the more difficult ones with greater ease.

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The Daily Cup – Laugh Out Loud

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Plan on concluding the day with laughter. You could stop by a bookstore on your way home from work and buy a small joke book, then read a few pages before going to bed. Or spend a few moments on You Tube, watching bloopers from your favorite shows, movies or from the news. Watch an episode of The Golden Girls, Seinfeld or Friends or clips from The Carol Burnett Show. These classics, filmed before a live audience, are sure to give you a hearty dose of humor and to help you relax from the small and big burdens of the day.

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The Daily Cup – Origins

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When you have lunch or dinner today, focus on one item on your plate that comes from a plant or animal. Take a moment to imagine where that food item was just before arriving on your dish. Where was it just before that? And before? It does not matter if you do not know every detail of the actual process. Just imagine the journey, going all the way back in time when that vegetable, fruit, nut or meat was but a seed or cuddly little animal discovering the world for the first time. You don’t have to take a stand about any of it. Just enjoy the journey. The mere thought of it is quite fascinating. How much has this changed in time? How much has basically remained the same?

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The Daily Cup – Silly, Silly You

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You still laugh when the ketchup bottle makes a funny noise, don’t you? Admit it. Today, allow that child-like silliness to come out and play. Better yet, let children be your role models and if you feel compelled to proceed down the hallway to your office by skipping on an imaginary hopscotch print on the floor, so be it. Make a few funny faces in the mirror. Spin on your chair a few times when no one is looking. Find a funny cartoon to post on your fridge through the weekend. Draw a silly picture. We just made a silly face at you… your turn!

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