10 Things We Can Learn From SpongeBob SquarePants (Part 1)

I heard some women the other day complaining about their kids watching SpongeBob SquarePants. If you’ve never watched it, you should. It’s quite amusing and if you watch real close you just might learn something.

The first time I ever saw SpongeBob I couldn’t understand why he was wearing a fishbowl on his head. My son explained that he’s a sponge, lives under the sea, and the fishbowl is so that he can still breathe while visiting his friend, Sandy Squirrel, on land. Ok, I thought. What will they think of next?

SpongeBob has been a favorite ever since then. Unless I’m trying to take a nap. No one can sleep through SpongeBob’s laugh, can they? Dad loves the show and he tells my granddaughter that I won’t let him watch SpongeBob unless she’s visiting! Totally not true! But I digress.

I got to thinking the other day, there are a lot of things to be learned from good ol’ SpongeBob and company! Let’s take a look!!

1. Be optimistic! Don’t be a sour puss like Squidward.

2. Just Be Yourself!

3. Be kind to others. A little kindness goes a long way.

4. It’s ok to have friends who are different than you.

5. Use your imagination!

6. It’s ok to fail. Keep trying!

7. Do what you love, love what you do.

8. Laugh. Find humor in everything. It makes life a little more interesting!

9. Let your weird shine. It’s ok to be different.

10. Be helpful to others.

Generosity and Kindness

Today, while Dad and I were out picking up a few groceries, we decided to stop at the Dollar Tree. Oh, how I love the Dollar Tree! Some people I know just shiver at the thought of going into a Dollar Tree. I don’t know why! They have some really great finds there! Just make sure your food items are not coming from China and you’ll be ok. Other things like make-up, facial care, and baby items I would be a little careful with as well. All in all, if a person HAD to (which some of us may someday) we could get pretty much everything we need to survive. But I digress. I always do that!

The store was pretty crowded as you can imagine. Most places will be this close to Christmas. We grabbed what we needed pretty quickly and headed to the checkout line. There was one young woman, probably in her early 30’s in front of us in line. She was having a hard time with her debit (or credit) card. It kept being declined and she couldn’t understand why. She ran it 3 or 4 times and still, declined. She didn’t have any cash on her. There was a woman behind us in line (probably in her 50’s) and she quickly asked how much the young woman’s tab was. It was a mere $4.00 and some change. She (the woman behind us) said, “I got it!” She pulled out a $5 and paid for the young woman. It was very nice, and although not very much money, the young woman insisted on a hug and thanked the generous woman for her help. It was heartwarming to see something like this in person.

It has me bothered though. It got me thinking… Those old rickety wheels of mine started turning. I wondered if I had had cash, would I have thought to help the young woman? I’d like to think I would BUT it never occurred to me while standing there like a dunce, if I had cash I would pay her tab. The thought never entered my mind. Does that make me a bad person? It sure made me feel like an asshole, but this isn’t about me.

We are all so wrapped up in our own lives and in a rush, especially this time of year. We need to slow down and be helpful and kind. Everyone is trying so hard to get things done, to be somewhere on time, or trying to take care of their families. We all have “stuff” to do but it won’t hurt us to slow down a little. It won’t kill us to be more helpful, more kind, and perhaps a bit more generous.

Have a wonderful week ahead, my friends. Enjoy family and food… If things get rough please refer to my last post and have a Merry Christmas!

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Just An Illusion

There’s so much negativity in the world today. Humans can be such rude creatures. Social media has created a world of snobs; people who think they’re better for one reason or another. I know they existed before Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., but those platforms have exacerbated the problem.

I’m not impressed with anyone who boasts of the possessions they hold, followers who worship them, or the places they have traveled.

I’m not impressed by social status, job title, or money.

I’m not impressed by the education you’ve received or in what schools your kids are enrolled.

I’m not impressed by the Church you belong to or your religious beliefs.

I’m not impressed by your perfect skin, which has been covered with inches of makeup and/or fixed with photo filters.

I’m not impressed by your wrinkle-free face that has been lifted more times than the weights at the gym.

I’m not impressed by your hair, that you spend so much money, time and effort on to present your “perfect” self.

I’m not impressed with your high-dollar automobile, or your indoor pool in your big fancy house.

Nope. None of those things matter. Your looks will fade and you’ll die someday regardless of your “perfect” image. You can’t take your money or your house with you when you die. Your kids can go to the most prestigious schools and still end up homeless and addicted to drugs. You may not always be healthy, wealthy and if social standing and money are of utmost importance to you, then you are surely not wise.

I’m impressed with people who are real; people who walk tall and proud on their own path. I’m impressed with those who are “transparent” as they like to say these days. No hypocrisy. No greed. No self-absorption. No perfection. Just real. Real people, living real lives.

I’m impressed by your humility, empathy, kindness, integrity, and honesty.

I’m impressed with your attitude, your smile, your laugh, and your sense of humor.

I’m impressed with how your mind works; the ideas you have or dreams that drive you.

I’m impressed by your heart; your willingness to help others when they can offer you nothing in return.

I’m impressed with how you treat other people and animals. Kindness always matters. ALWAYS.

I’m not putting down people who have “things” that I do not. It’s fine to be proud of what you have or of what you have accomplished. It’s great that you can travel or that you’ve earned multiple degrees or that you have a Mazaratti.

Being better off financially than others doesn’t make you better nor do most people think of you that way. It’s not real. It’s just an illusion.

The People of Walmart

No, I’m not going to belittle anyone who shops at Walmart. Why? Because I shop at Walmart. I have no choice. There’s not much to choose from where I live. It really chaps my hide when people put down Walmart and the folks who shop there. #1: Walmart is no better or worse than Target, Kohl’s or any other department store. They all have their positive aspects and negative aspects alike. #2: People are going to shop where it’s convenient for them. If they like a store, they will shop there. End of story.

Do I see people dressed funny when I go to Walmart? Sometimes. Do I see people with funny hairstyles at Walmart? Yep. Do I see ill-behaved children at Walmart? Definitely. Do I see socially awkward and ridiculous people at Walmart? Absolutely. Do I smell funny smells at Walmart? OMG yes.

It’s the same thing anywhere I go. That’s life. Truth be told, weird folks are everywhere.

But this post is about something more. It’s not about strange hairstyles, the clothing, the smells, the noise, weird behavior or anything else that you might find unfavorable. It’s about the genuine warmth of people. It’s about real people. It’s about people who are out there busting their butts working at Walmart (or Target, or any other store) who are really good people. It’s about the customers who are really nice and polite to other people. It’s time we stop focusing on the negative and look at the good right in front of our faces every time we go out.

This is a shout out to:

  • the people who smile as they pass even though they are having the worst day ever but can still be nice to others.
  • the woman who holds the restroom door open for you as she leaves.
  • the young man who asks you if you need help reaching something.
  • the employee who asks if you need help finding something.
  • the employee in electronics who answers every stupid question you throw at him.
  • the checker who works as quickly as she can and actually bags your groceries properly; the eggs are bagged separately and the bananas aren’t bagged with the canned goods.
  • the old man in the scooter who acknowledges he’s a reckless driver with a huge toothless grin on his face.
  • the woman who realizes she’s blocking the entire aisle and apologizes as she moves over.
  • the mothers who keep their children from running amuck and disturbing others.
  • the cart collector who helps you get your groceries in the trunk and then takes your cart back to the store.
  • the stock clerk who picks up the 40 lb. box of kitty litter (without being asked) and puts it in your cart for you.
  • the person who lets you go in front of him/her in the check out line.
  • the employee who goes to look if there’s new stock of something that seems to be unavailable on the shelves.
  • all the folks who say please, thank you, and excuse me.

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Thank you for being the light in someone’s day. Thank you for your hard work. Thanks for your kindness, generosity, and for being the good in this world. We need more people like you!