May the Budgie of Happiness Sit on Your Head

Written by Maureen Killoran

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And yet: When something knocks on your door and asks, “Can [your name] come out to play?”, remember. You can’t know if this invitation is one of many orrepparttar last one that may come your way. Life is like that.

I have a new bumper sticker that says, “Don’t Postpone Joy.” I think this is what Alice Walker had in mind when she wrote, in The Color Purple, “I think it [irritates] God when you walk byrepparttar 149159 color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it” (Those of you who rememberrepparttar 149160 book will realize I’ve tidied uprepparttar 149161 verb somewhat, although I admitrepparttar 149162 sentiment was more effective written her way!)

Joy, playfulness, doing your version of letting a budgie sit on your head – these are our human way of saying “thank you” torepparttar 149163 Universe forrepparttar 149164 gift of life – long life, short life, whatever weeks and days and years remain.

So, here’s my summer wish for you: Letrepparttar 149165 budgie of happiness sit on your head. Recognize there are consequences, but live with it. Let your motto be, "Don't Postpone Joy." May room for happiness, make time for play. Every day.

(c) Maureen Killoran, 2005

Life Coach Maureen Killoran, MA, DMin, specializes in liberating people's strengths, values & passion. Her e-workbook, "Spirit Tickling: A Workbook for Curious Souls" contains well-written articles with questions to encourage your path of personal & spiritual growth. For monthly inspiration, subscribe to Maureen's free e-zine, Seeds of Change.

Stuttering treatments

Written by Stephen Hill

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I was annoyed mostly byrepparttar comments from Jim, and responded: "So you think to have a stutter is not that bad then Jim? OK, I challenge you to go up torepparttar 149158 bar and order a pint of lager, but when you order it I want you to stutter on some ofrepparttar 149159 words."

I showed him how I wanted him to sayrepparttar 149160 order, when to stutter etc. I then said: "After you have stuttered onrepparttar 149161 words, I want you to see how it feels and to experiencerepparttar 149162 way people look at you. You may then understand a little bit more of what I went through."

Jim declined this challenge, even after a severe amount of prompting and teasing from different members of our group.

Having a stutter is not nice and when someone who has a stutter seeks help, please offer them your full support.

Stephen Hill

Stephen Hill runs a speech centre in Birmingham, England. He has a couple of websites at and at

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