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My 20 Favorite Facebook Quotes from 2012

13 Dec

My favorites are not Facebook’s favorites.

Facebook gathers information about all of us as we use it. What we like, comment on and share is all collected in a database and analyzed by advertisers. BOOK Cover Facebook Logo

As this year comes to a close, the collections are being shared. Facebook will share some of what they gathered about you and what their formula has concluded to be your “20 Biggest Moments”. Go to your Facebook home page and check it out. Do you agree with what they came up with?

Yesterday, I watched as Katie Couric hosted an episode of Katie where these “biggest” stories were discussed. The stories that had the most shares, likes and which were mentioned the most. Then today, on Facebook, I read a quote from claypotideas that let me see all this information with a new perspective;

“What people think about you is none of your business.”

So much of our time is wasted worrying about what others think about us. Facebook’s “20 Biggest Moments” feature is reinforcing this destructive behavior by selecting out only the stuff that your friends have liked, shared and commented on.

Define Yourself

Young children, on the other hand, like, share and comment on everything that is emotionally important to them. Kids feel everything and will most likely tell you all about it. “My neck is itchy”, “I have to go pee”, “I have balls in this box” etc. The examples go on and on. In my book Heart of a Toddler: The Zen in Them this is :

Lesson 25: If you see value in it, share it.

The key word above is “you“. If you see value in it. So, I test out this theory of the importance of personal value.

I ask my preschooler, “If you think back about this entire year, what do you remember the most?”

“You!” He says quickly, pointing at me with his entire arm.

I know that’s not an answer that would score high up on the Facebook charts, but it’s one that scores high up on mine. For while it will calm our hearts to free ourselves from what others think, it can also empower and inspire us. Even negative comments have something to teach us, as long as we can manage not to let them hurt us or be roadblocks to our growth. It’s all about our perspective and how we choose to take it.

My Top 20 Favorite Facebook Quotes for 2012

I’ve gained a lot of insight and inspiration from quotes that have come to me through Facebook and which I have shared there. Facebook didn’t however and most aren’t accessible from there anymore.  I see defining value in them however, so I have dug through some of my favorite pages and here I am sharing these quotes with you. Enjoy.

1. “The mind is everything. What you think, you become.” –Life Tastes Well

2. “Don’t explain your philosophy, embody it.” -Epicurious reposted by PositiveAtmosphere.com

3.”If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution. Never whine. Whining lets a brute know that a victim is in the neighborhood.” -Maya Angelou

4. “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” -Abraham Lincoln

5. “An anthropologist proposed a game to children of an African tribe. He put a basket of fruit near a tree and told the children the first one to reach the fruit would win them all. When he told them to run, they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying the fruits. When asked why they ran like that, as one could’ve taken all the fruit for oneself, they said, “Ubuntu, how can one of us be happy if all the others are sad?” ‘UBUNTU’ is a philosophy of African tribes that can be summed up as “I am because we are.” -The Great Spirit

6. “What screws us up in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.” -posted by Zen Parening Radio

7.”Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ~Eckhart Tolle

8. “I Love You. I am your PARENT, you are my CHILD. I am your QUIET PLACE, you are my WILD. I am your CALM FACE, you are my GIGGLE. I am your WAIT, you are my WIGGLE. I am your DINNER, you are my CHOCOLATE CAKE. I am your BEDTIME, you are my WIDE AWAKE. I am your LULLABYE, you are my PEEKABOO. I am your GOOD NIGHT KISS, you are my I LOVE YOU.” – Joy of Mom

9. ‎”It is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.”
~Ann Landers reposted by I Love Being a Mom

10.”The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” ~Peggy O’Mara reposted by I Love Being a Mom

11. “When nothing goes right, go left.” -Daily Dose

12. “Do not educate your child to be rich, educate them to be happy, so when he grows up he’ll know the value of things, not the price.” -Page101

13. “People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used.” -Open Mind

14. “Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.” -Zen Parenting Radio

15. “Read this slowly: LIFEISNOWHERE. What did you read? “life is no where” or “life is now here”? My friends, life is all about how we look at it! -Daily Gratitude Challenge

16. “It doesn’t matter how old or gangster you are- if a toddler hands you a phone, you answer that shit!” -George Takei

17. “Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that people who have the most live the longest.”

18. “Food reform begins in your kitchen, not in Washington.”

19. “Metal bits in your cereal. Yummy!”

and last but certainly not least….

20. “Super-risk-it”: when something is good, super good, super, super, super good, as in terrific. -Adam Potter, 2012

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Natural Easter Egg Dye Results

10 Apr

As this was my first year attempting the natural Easter egg dyes, I decided to let you all know how they turned out.

The first step was to prepare the dyes and boil the eggs. I was so excited about trying out the natural Easter egg food coloring dyes that I forgot to boil the eggs so this step took twice as long as it needed to be, but alas, it all got done in the end.

From left to right: blackberries, paprika, dill weed seed and turmeric. I also used purple cabbage to make blue, which is not pictured here.

The general recipe is 1 cup boiling water, 2 TBSP spice and 2 tsp white vinegar.

As you can see, the dyes look very bright in the cups. I’m lazy so I didn’t actually measure anything and didn’t strain the dyes after letting them soak for a bit.

Next we colored on the cooled eggs with crayon. I made the mistake of  telling Adam about the dyes coming up next, so he rushed through the coloring part so that he could get down to the real fun part; the dye.

The cool thing about artificial Easter egg dye is that you can just touch the egg to the dye and it will immediately saturate it with bright colors. This is not the case with dyes. The eggs really need to sit in the dye for quite a while (except with the turmeric which really gets the egg a nice yellow fairly quickly).

Adam likes to take the eggs in and out over and over so they all got to sit in there for about 20 minutes in between his eager scooping.

The one thing I noticed with the blackberries is how quickly the berries dyed my fingers when I plopped them into the water. The red color did wash off easily, but next year I might try dabbing the newly colored eggs with the solid blackberries to see if I can’t get a couple of bright spots on a few.

The Results

As you can see, the natural Easter egg dyes resulted in a set of pastel colored eggs.

Many sites suggest leaving the eggs in the natural dyes overnight for deeper, richer colors, but Adam wanted to see how they turned out right away.

He was pleased with them, and I was too, especially when I saw him slobber over the entire surface of the egg before it was peeled.

We immediately took turns playing the Easter bunny, hiding the eggs and finding them. I peeled off three-quarters of the shell and we ate them for snack afterwards, using the remaining section as a holder until we had eaten down that far.

A little sad that I had to dump out all the beautiful dyes I had made, I took out some coffee filters and let him soak those in the natural Easter egg dyes as well. They dried very quickly and I smooshed them together with a pipe cleaner in the center and taped them to a bamboo pole.

Adam loved this impromptu flower and immediately went out to plant it in the ground.

Overall, our experiments with natural Easter egg dyes were pretty fun. Because I happened to have all the ingredients on hand already, I couldn’t resist. We had fun doing it and I felt good about the results. You can’t get much more Zen then that.