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Happy Notes

It’s Martin Luther King, Jr Day. We were blessed to have the day off. This day is one where we should think about how we can serve others. MLK’s life was all about that and in order to honor his memory, I encouraged all my students to do something on their day off that served someone else.  

I thought all day about what I could do.   

I decided on HAPPY NOTES. I love sending notes and why not use that love to serve others. 

I wrote each of my coworkers a hand written happy note that I hope helps start their second semester off right.  I congratulated them on having an awesome first semester and am looking forward to having a great second half of the school year with them!!! I also attached a little chocolate to help with the smiley happy wish. 

What did you do on this MLK, Jr Day of Service?  I can’t wait to hear about all the things my students did! 

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TRENDING

Trending…there is  A TON of things trending right now.

Donald Trump is apparently dumb, Hillary should be in jail, Obama says he would have won the election if he could have run again.  OK.

VIRAL VIDEOS… videos that show violence and insanity, regular people doing stupid stuff, animals with voice overlays. (the last one’s my fave)

Someone changed the HOLLYWOOD to HOLLYWEED, guns kill people and Alabama lost. (the last one’s my fave)

The Superbowl will be here before we know it so, there are a ton of people talking about the playoffs which means that is trending.  Ok.

Find out who is in your family tree, where you came from or what your poop says about you by just sending in a little sample.  (gag)

Geico commercials, movies trailers and yesterday, one of the top Googled person was Selena Gomez.

One of the top YouTube videos of today with over 8,962,496 global views (!!!) is this:

So trending can be so many different things.

Some are bad, some are good…some are like ….what the whhhaaaaaaaat?

I wish that one day, the top trending item would be KINDNESS.  Just kindness.  Could we just have at the top of every list–KINDNESS???  Like, there’s so much kindness being spread, that we all think we are in some alter-universe.  Kindness is being thrown around like confetti and everyone is so happy, it’s like their birthday (or whatever day makes them really happy).

confetti

On the day KINDNESS takes top seat…

There’s no sadistic movie getting it or a violent attack on police.  There’s not a bank robbed, a frozen to death homeless man and no one gets stabbed.  There’s no traffic jams, explosions or junk mail!

On the day KINDNESS takes that top spot…

Everyone smells like cookies, looks you in the eye and smiles!  There is no jealousy, no envy, no hate.  There are no long lines, no mean muggin and NO one gets mad about people being nice.

TRENDING

If you’re happy and you know it…

You know that song… sing it with me:


If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)
Just thinking about that song makes me think of younger years when we liked to act a whole lot more silly than we do now.  I still like to act silly, but it’s frowned upon by my age peers.  I guess that is why I teach, but even some of the high schoolers I teach are “too old” to have fun anymore.  Some think I’m just the crazy art teacher.  I’m good with that.  It’s guaranteed that they will remember me!
Are you needing some fun today?
Don’t you remember finger painting, playing in the mud and riding a bike?  What are the things you thought of when you jumped out of the bed in the summer time –usually way passed 10 or even passed noon?
I always thought of who I was going to play with that day.  What friend could I coax out of the a/c to run the roads with?  What kind of fort could we build that day out of sticks or pine straw or just piles of dirt.  Could we create the perfect floor plan for my future mansion?  Would my dad let us ride in the back of the truck later (when he got home from work) to the local store to get a coke and some peanuts or even some chocolate?
I never ever worried about unloading the dishwasher, making my bed or paying bills.  I never thought of the vitamins I needed to take or what shoes would be comfortable to wear today.  I never concerned myself with dusting (gag!), what I was going to cook for dinner or any type of national news.
I know times change and you are like, what is the point?  I’m not sure what the point is really.  Maybe I will get to it in a minute.
I know as adults we have different responsibilities and different mindsets.  We have deadlines and “bigger fish to fry” as they say.  (yes, some say that)  We are concerned with things that we never even knew about as a kid.  
I’m not saying all this so we can neglect our important obligations and go ride a bike or make a mud pie.  I don’t really like to touch mud anymore (that’s another story).
I am just saying…
Sometimes we need to dress up like a cow on COW APPRECIATION DAY @Chick-fil-a and eat some free nuggets!  Don’t be scared to have some crazy-people are 
going to look at you like you have lost all your marbles-kind of fun.   Maybe this doesn’t include face paint,  a white shirt with big black spots, floppy ears or singing IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT to a restaurant full of people…
Maybe you just need to de-stress by worrying less.
Perhaps you need to ride a bike.  I’d say borrow the neighbor kid’s bike, but a lot of kids don’t have bikes these days.  I hate that for them, because riding down a hill with the wind in your face is a very awesome experience.  I know why dogs like to stick their heads out of the window going down the road!
Get up where you are now and do some jumping jacks like you did in elementary PE class.  If that don’t make you laugh …or even pee a little… you need more drastic measures.
Or maybe you just need to sing the song…
but make sure you tell your face to show it!  Smiling alone can turn not only a frown upside down, but a day away from “Ug” to “WooooHoooo!”

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)

cows

TIME SLIPS BY!

It’s almost been a month since I’ve posted anything on this awesome blog.  That is crazy!

It’s just another example of how time slips by!  The last almost month has been full of so many things I can reflect upon.

The close of the school year always has me thinking about the great positives that this year brought.  I know some negative things happened, but as usual, I choose to focus on the positives.  I understand the negatives help us learn too, but the positives are the things we want to repeat or build on the most.

Positives…

Well, first we made it to today!  DUHHHHH!  Some people never ever never look at it like that, but really, think about it. YOU MADE IT! Yay!

Successes:  There were so many at OCHS!  We had teams win district, go to playoffs and succeed like never before.  We had our academics soar like eagles, art works bring medals home, ag kids go to state and smiles on faces that some thought would never appear!  We had teachers do great things through lessons, extra curricular and life-long learning experiences.  We had successful pep-rallies, 5ks and one of the best field days we call “COLOR WARS” we’ve ever had.  Our principals are amazing.  Our teachers are super awesome.  Our students…THE REASON we do what we do!

Personally, I’ve felt pride and honor in teaching students, joy in working with co-workers and happiness in living the life of a Clawson.

My own children have grown another year and they don’t cease to amaze me in the things they can do. God blesses me with more POSITIVES than I could have ever imagined!

Looking at memories of the year, of the last decade of just yesterday, I can say I KNOW time does slip by, but I say that in a positive light.  I do not mourn for yesterday.  I rejoice in the fact that yesterday happened and that today is happening and that tomorrow is gonna bring wonderful new things to add to my TIME here.

While traveling through, this world of sorrow,  I’m on my way to Gloryland.  I’ll not turn back for some tomorrow, my trails here–I’LL UNDERSTAND.

That is from the I WANT TO KNOW MORE song.  I see trials as just what we go through.  They may be positive or negative.  Either way, we will understand one day why it all happened and until then I will be in constant THANKSGIVING for it all!

Time does slip by!  …but oh what a wonderful ride it is!

 

WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT?!?

Lose up to 10 pounds in your first month. 

Walk away that belly. 

Take that first step.  Start your journey today!

Walk. Stair step. 

Drink these shakes. 

Take these pills. 

Start now. 

It’s easy!

Translations:

Your fat. 

Your ugly. 

You’re disgusting even. 

You shouldn’t show your face in public. 

People look at the size of your waist. 

Your smile and awesome hair means nothing. 

The way you look is the only thing that matters. 

Our society is obsessed with weight loss and you should be too!

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I’m all for feeling better about yourself. I’m in favor of being healthier.  It has been personally proven that exercising and eating right (or better) definitely helps the attitude. With this first day of the New Year though… WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT!?! 

Is it how much weight you can lose by January 7th?  

Is it how many steps you can put in before lunch? 

Is it the way your jeans fit or how people look at you?

I don’t believe it is. 

I know EVERYONE has that THING that they obsess over and for a lot of us, it’s the way we look. For others it’s organization or exercise or keeping the house clean (gag!).  But are any of those things what’s REALLY IMPORTANT?!? 

I don’t believe it is. 

I had a friend die of brain cancer just this morning.  Yes, first day of the year.  She is in heaven with Jesus!  No cancer, NO PAIN!  So, tell me, was losing weight, looking like society says we should, being organized or “perfect” important to her?

What’s really important? 

GOD, a personal relationship with Jesus, family, friends and knowing that this world is not our home!

I’m not trying to knock losing weight or feeling better about yourself.  I’m only saying…

WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT?!?

I hope you find the true answer to that question this new year.  

Happy New Year!

I’m just TOO happy.

I heard from a little birdie today that a student said they just didn’t like me.  (gasp!)  Their reason: she’s just too happy.

((INSERT BIG OLE BELLY-ROLLIN LAUGH, Holding my side, Slapping my knee kind of laugh RIGHT HERE))

This is not a mischievous or “bwahahaha” kind of laugh.  This is one from absolute JOY!  I’m even MORE happy that someone thinks I’m TOO HAPPY!  It actually gives me GREAT JOY!

How about that!?  I bet they would have never guessed that.  Well, maybe they would since I’m just TOO happy. Haha!

After I got through laughing, I started thinking.

Someone dislikes me for my attitude…really?

I wonder if they like sad people or those who spew hate?  I wonder if they just don’t like my enthusiasm, because I know that annoys a lot of people.  I’m just curious.  It has nothing to do with me worrying at all about whether they like me or not. GOD likes me, I like me most of the time so, I’m good.  What concerns me is that what if they don’t like happy, because they themselves can’t see happy.  What if they can’t find happy?  What if they don’t feel happy, because they don’t have Jesus?  What if!?!

And then I thought about this…  Do they think I’m happy every second of every day?  I get sad, I get down on myself, things happen in my life that aren’t perfect.  I have my storms like everyone else, but I choose to ride the waves with a positive attitude.  AND I always choose not to ooze my sadness or concern on other people.  Of course I have people I talk to about things like that, I don’t just bottle up my sad feelings… but I don’t hurt other people because I’m hurt.

Ok, enough thinking.  Let’s get back to the main point…

I’m just TOO happy.

Hold on, this is better:

I love being TOO happy!  

 

TOO

Are you too much of something?  We think of ourselves as too fat, too ugly.  Too tired to do something.  Too much work to do.  Too much time or is it tooooo LITTLE time?  Too short, to tall, too hairy, too loud…
They say too much of anything is bad, right?

I wouldn’t say that about ALL THINGS.  Somethings can’t be measured on the TOO MUCH scale.  I can never get too much love, smiles, inspiration, joy or JESUS.

I’ve been called TOO HAPPY.  You know what that makes me?  EVEN HAPPIER!  I do not take offense to that even when the person saying it may mean it to be offensive.  I do admit my happiness may be annoying to others at times, but to tell someone they are TOO happy implies that there is such a thing.  I believe that is false.  How can you be TOO HAPPY?  I understand there are drugs out there that can induce happiness and maybe that is getting a little TOO HAPPY.  I’ve heard people refer to drunk people as TOO HAPPY.  To me, those state of minds are not really HAPPY…those things are just masking sad or angry or… whatever.

I promise you, I am not partaking of anything that is messing with the chemical make-up of my brain.

I AM HAPPY.  Yes, I try my absolute hardest to look at the good in every situation.  I AM HAPPY.  Too happy?  Absolutely not ..and how do I know?  Because MY HAPPY comes from knowing that JESUS went to the cross for me and because of Him, I can have hope for every day. (#thankfulEVERYday)  I know without a doubt that I always have a friend with me, beside me and in me.  I know that WHATEVER happens…I WIN IN THE END.  I know that I am a victor over anything, because HE has given me that victory already–IT’S DONE!  Yes, I struggle with issues.  I am hard on myself and others at times.  I said I was HAPPY, not perfect!  I go through the trials, tribulations and hard times of this world, but my outlook on the good or bad of this life is HAPPY, because JESUS LIVES!

I pray that you too can be TOO HAPPY because of the exact same reason!

Amen!

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