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7 Funny Inspirational Quotes And Musings About Life
Mop The Floor And Shut The Lights
3 Ways To Deal With Criticism (The Last One Is The Bomb)
Stupid Is The New Smart When You’re Stuck
FAQs And The Answers
Life Should Be An Adventure
A Reason To Look Up
We’re All A Bunch Of Newbies With A Beginner’s Mind
11 Motivational Quotes That Will Make You Smile On A Monday
Why Happily Ever After Is Irrational

7 Funny Inspirational Quotes And Musings About Life

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We know one thing for sure: The moment we are born the countdown clock to death begins. We must rely on small bits of funny and inspirational wisdom collected along the way to make the journey livable. Or laughable.

1. “Not every day is perfect. Sometimes it needs chocolate and beer.”

Achieving perfection is nearly impossible. That said, if perfectionism is unobtainable, is chasing it a bad thing? Let’s hope our doctors and tax accountants don’t think so.

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert (of Eat, Pray, Love and BIG MAGIC fame) says “perfection is just fear in really good shoes.”

Truthfully, most of us are comfortable going through life barefoot. It’s seem the way nature designed us and besides that, we’re less likely to trip on our way back from the bar.

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Mop The Floor And Shut The Lights

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There comes a point when there’s nothing more you can do to make a situation better other than to shut off the lights and exit the building. moving past failure

Too many of us spend precious days or (gasp) years on the wrong people. At the wrong job. Walking on the wrong path. Wasting daylight hanging on to false promises, believing the same lies over and over.

Are you wishing and hoping that soon, THE day of change will arrive? You know…the one where s/he comes back. The top brass finally fires your baffoon office manager. The kid flies straight?

Are you waiting for the dark clouds following you to break up and shower unicorns from the sky farting strawberry-scented rainbows?


Insanity is doing the same thing expecting different results.

You are not insane.

By now you’re spent and exhausted, depleted and drained.

If the reflection in the mirror is a face you’re tired of greeting every morning, stop. Make this is THE DAY you end the craziness controlling your life.

Ah…yes, you say. I don’t need to put up with this shit any more.

No, you don’t.

But wait, maybe it’s not all that tragic or dramatic.

It might be way more benign, but just as exasperating.

Like the lemon of a car you bought. The stupid thing went back and forth to the dealership like a teeter totter.

Every mechanic looked under the hood. Every possible part was checked, rechecked, refurnished or replaced. Meanwhile the warranty expired. And still the piece of crap didn’t work as promised.

What did you do?

You ended it. Replaced it with something that didn’t make you want to rip the hairs out of your head every single day.

You’ve tried YOUR BEST. There’s nothing left in your bag of tricks. What do you do now?

Mop the floor of your blood, sweat and tears. Shut the lights. And move the frig on.


Other posts you might like:

When It’s Time To Move On

Make Your Own Freaking Lemonade

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3 Ways To Deal With Criticism (The Last One Is The Bomb)

“Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” ~Aristotle

You’ve been on the receiving end of a critical attack, how many times?

You know what I mean.

Those unwarranted, unwelcome, perhaps unprovoked sharp little darts that sting like hell. You suffer silently, or worse, the attack plays out on social media. You scream inwardly or from the rooftops or volley back online in a virtual pissing contest. “It’s not true!” “It’s not fair!” “You suck!”

It doesn’t matter if you’re famous, infamous or neither. Sooner or later everyone ends up on the losing end of a smear campaign. Your face might not grace The National Enquirer cover (thank God for small favors) but in your immediate world, private or public exposure hurts just the same.

The problem is that you don’t have a high-priced P.R. team to launch a counter-attack. No press conferences in your defense to set the record straight.

Nope. You must go this alone.

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Stupid Is The New Smart When You’re Stuck

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Being stupid is the lowest point on the learning curve to becoming smart. The line begins to move up when you decide to embrace T.I.M.E.* and do something ‘stupid’ — despite your situation, the naysayers, and a host of other roadblocks.

Not knowing how to do something is often the first obstacle keeping you stuck in neutral.  Seems logical. How do you move ahead when you haven’t got a freakin’ clue which direction to turn?

Answer: You step out in ANY DIRECTION and try.

Of course it’s hard. And scary. And because it’s foreign and goes against your hunky dory lifestyle, it feels “stupid”.

Maybe everything you’ve done up to this point in life worked fine. Then something happened that rocked your world in a not-so-nice way making you question everything you believed in. Sucked your worth and value, reducing your previous accomplishments and contributions to a footnote.

You say some version of:

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FAQs And The Answers

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Over the years I’ve received lots of questions about me and my blog writings. I get some nice, and some weird ones. Some I really had to think about and others left me scratching my head.

Since you asked, here goes:

Is this blog your personal journey to enlightenment?

Truthfully, somedays I’m okay with finding a matching pair of socks.

I don’t get the blog name BeFAT. I’m insulted.

It’s a simple acronym that packs a wallop. It means to seize the heck out of THIS DAY, in spite of all the crap you’ve been through. One life. One time to do this. Don’t waste it. (Please read how BeFAT got its start)

I’ve had people of all shapes and sizes fight me on this…to NOT change the name of this blog, and trust me I have a long list of better names.

Here’s a little bit of tough love…

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Life Should Be An Adventure

Helen Keller quote life adventure.jpg Life is an adventure, if you treat it that way.

Christopher Columbus,  Ferdinand Magellan, Neil Armstrong — we think of these men in history as the ultimate explorers and conquerors of oceans, new worlds, space. But do we really need to set sail across an unknown ocean in a rickety boat or thrust into space on (the equivalent of) a bomb to be adventurers?

I think not.

Adventures and new discoveries are all around. And much safer if you’d take the time to look around.

You can play one of two parts: Participant or mere observer. Participants get to tell great tales of their travels, discoveries and gained knowledge. Observers sit on the sidelines and watch the true adventurers pass by. Content to hear second hand what they were too lazy, unwilling or afraid of to try for themselves.

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A Reason To Look Up

Ralph Waldo Emerson quote sorrow fear faith.jpg Of the three feelings — sorrow, fear and faith — only one, faith, takes you in a positive direction.

“Open your eyes, look up to the sky and see…”from Bohemian Rhapsody by QUEEN

Sorrow weighs you down. sorrow fear faith

With sorrow, it’s best to keep the good memories and carry on. Looking back keeps you stuck. Also it will kink your neck and cause you to wander aimlessly into lightposts and such.

Fear paralyzes you and makes you paranoid. sorrow fear faith

There’s the old joke about a woman who feared her house would be broken into at night while she slept. What did she do? She didn’t sleep. For like twenty years. Then one night her husband heard noise downstairs and confronted a burglar. “Thank you,” the husband said. “I’m so glad you’ve finally come. My wife has been waiting for you for twenty years. Maybe now I can get some sleep.”

What you fear will eventually find you.

Faith provides hope and inspiration. sorrow fear faith

We say “keep the faith” and “have faith” when no other option seems worthy. But it’s having faith — in a higher power, your family, your friends, a chance meeting, a new opportunity — which gives us the light to look past sorrow and fear.

Just watch we’re you’re going.


Other posts you might like:

10 Famous Inspirational Quotes On Fear

From This Day Forward

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We’re All A Bunch Of Newbies With A Beginner’s Mind

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NOTE: This is the beginning of a new series I’m calling…WHINE WITH BUDDHA: Searching for the twisted path to enlightenment without a map. beginners mind life

Okay, I’m working on the tag line. Leave your suggestions in the comments. beginners mind life

But you get the idea. We’re all a bunch of screw-ups just trying to get by, to find some meaning in day to day life, and make it to the end before we begin again.

Whenever it appears that the sky is falling down my husband and I say to each other: “This, or something better.” It’s a small statement that goes beyond this too shall pass.

When we learned of his late stage cancer those words became our ‘put up or shut up’ bumper sticker. Our corner of the Earth shook and it sure felt like the world would collapse under our feet. We knew what “this” felt like. And we didn’t like it. “Something better” offered strength and hope. A new beginning.

Life is a funny experiment.

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11 Motivational Quotes That Will Make You Smile On A Monday


Maybe it starts for you Sunday night. The beginning of a new week is coming and you’re not quite ready for the circus to begin again. That’s cool.

Here are a few motivational and funny quotes that will get your Monday started off with a smile. Enjoy.

1. Be Brave motivational funny quotes

It’s the old fake it to you make it. Even of you’re a vulnerable and small fish, keep your fear below the surface and put on a good show. Be the shark.

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Why Happily Ever After Is Irrational

happiness-ever-after-quote.jpg Happily ever after is overrated and irrational. Happiness doesn’t come AFTER anything. It’s in the moment of this day. By any measure it’s the only thing you can count on for sure. And it’s all within your reach.

Often happiness is felt at the end of an achievement, say, accepting a diploma, award, climbing a mountain. Or a relationship (hello, Prince Charming.) Sometimes it’s the acquisition of “things” that make us happy — red Ferrari anyone?

These are real moments of happiness, certainly, but the less flashy moments are often the most pure.

A colorful sunset with or without Cabernet. (with)

A summer’s eve breeze against the back of your legs as you walk along the beach.

The small hand of a child enveloped in yours skipping and humming along through freshly mowed grass.

Joy, contentment, a sense of peace and well-being. Happiness.

For you, perhaps happiness is an elusive fantasy. Seemingly the birth right of others but just not you. At least not right now. Maybe you had it once but somewhere it got lost.

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