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or, Life As We Understand It, as told from dad's shop.

 Posted July 28, 2016


Full and Filled!

By Gall


Dad left the laptop out the other evening … well, it might have been in the middle of the night, and … yeah, I might have wandered back to the office (I mean ... Merritt gets in the bed and Bubba sleeps next to it ... why shouldn't I be allowed in the office?); but, anyway, the laptop was powered on … well, plugged in anyway --- anyhow, he had this site pulled up and I was curious as to what the latest reading material was and I started browsing it.  I had just started to get the gist of the article when I was startled by a frightening noise, so I quickly shut the laptop back down and skedaddled back to the living room (but, in retrospect, I think that noise that I heard was just mom-D snoring!)


In any event, I reckon that I read enough of the article to figure out the topic and am just going to fill in the rest of it through reductive reasoning (you can look it up ... I'm too tired from all of my midnight escapades to do all your research for you.  Sorry!)!  Hope you enjoy the article!!



Five things about folks who are Full Of "It"!


Yeah … you’ve seen ‘em … you know ‘em … some may even be your friends … you know ‘em when you see ‘em!  Things about people that are full of it!!!


Those are the folks who are generally happy and smiling.  They don’t gripe much and it seems like things pretty much go their way.  They have some other characteristics too – you know ‘em!  Usually what you see is what you get.


Some of the bigger, common stuff among them is:

  1. They’re always planning and scheming … about everything!

  2. They celebrate their accomplishments in the here and now.  But, they don’t always have the best of everything!

  3. Money is important to them and they like to drive!

  4. Again the money deal – something about worshiping money!  Oh yeah, they also like to play baseball.

  5. They’ll “give it to you” if you aren’t careful!

Well – this is the article to the best of my ability considering the short time that I had to read and study it (dad still makes fun of me when I move my lips when I read the really big words!  But, I'd like to see him use the mouse without his dewclaw[i] (yeah, I'll footnote that one ... it's important!!!!)).


Hope it made more sense to you in reading it, than it did to me as I was writing it!  But, I was "pressured" by a deadline!!


Wishing you a WONDERMOUS week!






Editor’s Note:  Gallsophine the Great really missed it on this one!  She’s usually much more astute than this – and she KNOWS this subject material … heck, she can probably even teach it.  I think that if she would have noticed who wrote the original article, that she would have had it all figured out - maybe she was just too tired?!  Following is the original article.




5 Traits of Fulfilled People

from on 18 Aug 2015


You know them when you see them.


They’re those people who are always cheerful and smiling.  They’re the ones who rarely complain, and everything they touch seems to turn to gold.  They’re successful yet humble, influential yet compassionate.  And the thing is, that’s who they really are!  What you see is what you get, in public or behind closed doors.


What makes them that way, and how can we all start living our lives a little more like they do?


These people are fulfilled, and it’s a way of life that we can all adopt for ourselves.  It just requires taking on some of the traits of fulfilled people and living our lives intentionally.  Here are five of their not-so-secret secrets.

  1. They Have a Plan:  Fulfilled people know where they want to go in life, and they know how to get there. Not only that, but they’re not bogged down in hopelessness that it’ll never happen. They’re full of hope for the future and optimistic that with hard work and prayer, they’ll see their plans become reality.

Related: 7 Types of Life Goals

  1. They’re Full of Gratitude:  Whether they’re making a salary of $30,000 or $300,000, fulfilled people are grateful for their lives and see them as a blessing from God.  They don’t always long for the next, bigger, better thing.  Instead, they celebrate their accomplishments and who they are now rather than comparing themselves and their circumstances to others.  They may not have the best of everything, but they make the best of everything.  In short, their hearts are content.

  2. They Don’t Let Money Control Their Lives:  Sure, we all need money to survive.  But here’s where fulfilled people differ from a lot of the rest of us: money doesn’t rule their lives.  They take control of their finances rather than letting their finances control them.  It’s an attitude shift that plays a huge role in our happiness!  When we tell our money what to do, we put ourselves in the driver’s seat.

  3. They’re Debt Free:  Not only do fulfilled people take control of their money, but they take it one step further:  They get debt-free.  What’s the difference?  People who choose not to worship money may still have debt, even though they’re probably on their way out.  But those who have become completely debt-free reach a whole new level of fulfillment.

Not only is their attitude toward money different, but they’re actually able to live free of the bondage of bills, payments, interest and collectors.  They can direct money toward other, bigger goals: emergency savings, retirement, a house, college, and generous giving.  And when life throws them a curve ball, they’re ready because they have the money to hit back.  Want to learn how to become debt free?  Sign up for Financial Peace University now!

  1. They're Givers:  Speaking of giving, the most fulfilled people are the most generous.  After all, giving is the most fun you can have with money!  They feel so blessed that they’re compelled to give to others.

Broke people can’t be generous, though, because they have no margin in their finances.  The road to generosity starts when you begin to make a plan for your life and take control of your money.


And when you do all those things, feeling fulfilled in your life isn’t far off.




Hope this article helps to ‘splain Gall’s!



Some Additional Thoughts …


Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail.

Josh Billings



Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.

Woody Allen



A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money.

Senator Everett Dirksen



My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can.  That's almost $7.00 in dog money.

Joe Weinstein



Whenever it is in any way possible, every boy and girl should choose as his life work some occupation which he should like to do anyhow, even if he did not need the money.

William Lyon Phelps



Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.

Henry David Thoreau



The art of living easily as to money is to pitch your scale of living one degree below your means.

Sir Henry Taylor



The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor find much fun in life.

Charles M. Schwab



[i] A digit–vestigial in some animals – on the foot of many mammals, birds, and reptiles.  It commonly grows high on the leg such that in digitigrade species, when the animal is standing, it does not make contact with the ground.  On dogs a dewclaw is on the inside of the leg, positioned analogously to a human thumb.  DAMN THAT DARWIN FELLA!! - I think that it MUST BE his fault!  (i.e. - opposable thumb issue, don't 'cha know!!)




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