Go ahead ... be yourself!
Welcome to How to Improve Your Life. This is a blog I’ve put together to document the many hints, tips, and suggestions that I have proved beneficial for improving one’s life.
My own life hasn’t been ideal. Like many others, things have happened that has caused darkened spirits, stress, and negative feelings. My brother and I fought about stupid things every day of my childhood. I grew up around a dad who grumbled and a mom who contradicted almost everything I said because I was that way myself, so I sort of picked up my dad’s grumbling and became defensive as a result of Mom’s opposition.
I went to junior high and had one whole friend whom I complained to about almost everything. She finally had enough of my poor attitude and told me, “If you want to have friends and succeed in life, you’d better learn to develop a positive attitude.” Well, that didn’t set well with me; I was who I was, and if she didn’t like it, I’d be better off without her; except, I found out how lonely and disheartening it was being alone at junior high.
Still, I went on with my lousy, negative attitude until the Internet arrived, and I started reading about ways to improve your life. I compiled all sorts of methods to try out, like developing a positive attitude, how to get along with people you’d rather not have anything to do with, and serving others as a way to feel better about yourself. I tried it all and found it worked for me.
Yes, my brother and I started getting along better when I discovered for myself that it really does take two to argue. My mom stopped being contradictory when I developed a better attitude and started listening to what she had to say instead of taking everything as a personal assault, and my dad … well, he was born a complainer, but when I started laughing and telling him how funny he was, he’d laugh, too, and that helped me to stop taking everything so seriously.
It’s a fact that we need a little humor in our lives.
The Results are In:
I was so encouraged when people started telling me that I’ve changed for the better that I decided to write: Life is Making the Pieces Fit: how to be who you want to be. It’s a book that covers many of life’s aspects to help your world become a better place to live in. The methods I wrote about in my book have worked for me, and I’ve seen them work for others; therefore, I’ll be posting articles as well as quotes and other things from my book in this blog that I hope you will find helpful.
Thanks for dropping by,
Why? And, since when is logic funny?
I tried the same thing with other people, who also laughed and told me how funny I was. So, I decided to start writing all the assumed funny stuff down. I always heard that one-liners were supposed to be funny so I formatted it as a joke book of one-liners. I also drew an illustration for each category, spent about eight months putting it all together and then real life interrupted my progress. I put the unfinished manuscript in a dresser drawer while I dealt with the life event and then forgot all about the book.
For awhile anyway. My book, then uncleverly titled: Life Is a Bunch of One-liners, did pop up in my mind every now and then, and I always did mean to finish it. In February, 2014, I got it out, reread it and discovered it was pretty bare-bones. I then wrote (what I hope is) meaningful text to fill the skinny thing out, make it meaty. So, no longer is it just an emancipated joke book; it's a joke book intermixed with plenty of serious stuff to round it out because that's exactly how life is. However, I realize not everyone will find the humorous parts all that amusing; that depends on what everyone's individual definition of humor is.
Life Is: Making the Pieces Fit is about how to deal with the negatives while finding hope and humor among all the bad stuff that happens in our lives. It's about us and other people, too. Yes, relationships and coping, loving, and trying not to hate. Life really is like a puzzle that we put together piece by piece as we grow and mature until we complete the picture of who we really are. Some of the pieces are good and some are bad, but they're ours.
I have self-published it because there's too much competition in the publisher's and agent's world to even consider they would take me under their wing. I'm just hoping people will stumble on it, somehow, and maybe actually like it, or have it brighten somebody's day, or help them out of a doldrum, and have a positive experience come from my little book.
So, if you've seen my old blog, I'm sure you'll like this new look, and thanks for visiting!
For anyone interested, here is a peek at the table of contents for LIFE IS MAKING THE PIECES FIT: how to be who you were meant to be
Puzzle Piece 1 A BUNCH OF COLLECTIONS, Page 1
Puzzle Piece 2 CONTROLLED BY MACHINES, part 1, Page 17
Puzzle Piece 3 QUICKSAND … AND A ROPE, Page 27
Puzzle Piece 4 DRIVEN BY, Page 35
Puzzle Piece 5 AVOIDING UNADULTHOOD, Page 43
Puzzle Piece 6 CONTROLLED BY MACHINES, part 2, Page 51
Puzzle Piece 7 A PEARL NECKLACE, Page 61
Puzzle Piece 8 THE POINTS SYSTEM, Page 69
Puzzle Piece 9 CHARACTER FLAWS, Page 81
Puzzle Piece 10 ONE QUESTION AFTER ANOTHER, Page 91
Puzzle Piece 11 CONTROLLED BY MACHINES, part 3, Page 97
Puzzle Piece 12 FORMULA FOR PONDERING, Page 105
Puzzle Piece 13 FINDING REFRESHING THINGS, Page 111
Puzzle Piece 14 GOOD THINGS TO SAY, Page 117
Puzzle Piece 15 CONTROLLED BY MACHINES, part 4, Page 129
Puzzle Piece 16 DOING THINGS THAT COUNT, Page 137
Puzzle Piece 17 THINGS THAT COUNT IN REVERSE, Page 143
Puzzle Piece 18 QUESTIONING RELIGION, Page 149
Puzzle Piece 19 MACHINES UNDER CONSTRUCTION, Page 157