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To Thine Own Self Be TrueBachan's Cup of Tea for today is "to thine own self be true."On these long summer days with so much time on my hands, I start reminiscing about times, incidents/memories that I haven't thought about in a long timeOne that pops up from time to time throughout my 85 years is the following phrase ...HabitsBachan's Cup of Tea topic, "habits."During the pandemic, I have had an abundance of "thinking" time! It occurred to me that we all would do much better and be happier if we corrected certain habits!Young or old, we all are victims of bad habits that repeatedly lead to misunderstandings! One hab...If Wishes Were HorsesToday's Cup of Tea topic will be "If Wishes Were Horses."When I was little, I remember an old Scottish proverb and nursery rhyme , "if wishes were horses, beggars would ride them." At that time, I understood it to mean, only beggars would be making wishes!When I thought about it as I got older...Happiness MomentsIn our world today, our survival depends on all the happiness moments we can collect! I want to share all the moments of happiness I experience and hope you will reflect on yours.On a personal level, happiness revolves around my family and friends. My happiness cup overflows with each event and ...Oldies are GoodiesWe always hear about the "good old days." Over time, we remember the good things and the not-so-good fades through the years. I think it is wonderful that we learn from early challenges, and what floats to the top are the happy memories!Growing up, our family of eight had to struggle to keep afl...GraciousnessThe importance of being a gracious person is Bachan’s Cup of Tea today.Growing up, we were always taught by our parents to say, please and thank you. They would always say, "What's the magic word." We always were respectful to these little teachings passed on from one generation to the next. I t...CommunicationMy Cup of Tea today is the importance of communication.My goal in these "Cups of Tea" is to bring my thoughts and stories to you and hope they will bring remembrances and similar experiences that we can share over a Cup of Tea.Communication is vital individually and globally. My communications ...BachanismsThe topic to discuss over our Cup of Tea today is "isms"—as in Bachanisms."Isms" are suffixes that are positive and negative. My Bachanisms are positive thoughts that convey my own feelings only. The Ten Commandments, the Bill of Rights, Buddhism’s Eight-fold Noble Path and even Leroy Jethro Gib...IntroductionThe other day, my grandson Justin said, “Bachan, you should write stories, your thoughts for my blog.” I heard of blogs but didn’t know anything about them! I said, “OK, it would be fun!”As I thought about it, it gave me a lift, an activity that would fill my days! Since sheltering in place, I h...
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