UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • March 2020 • Pg 27 Living the Upbeat Life

Sonoma County, CA. ~ Even with the sun shin- ing, it’s a chilly day today. Yet spring is clearly in the air, and the birds and I are singing out about it. There’s some- thing brand new- able, renewing, fresh and inspir- ing about this time of year. It’s as though any- thing my heart most desires can come up like a tough, young, green shoot, even through the hard concrete that may present itself. Springtime is time to ex- pect unexpected good things to be arriving. When you’re all about coming back to life in all your glory, you can adopt a word I made up years ago: “HumANimation.” As you might be able to see right off, it’s really a combo of two words, “hu- man” and “animation.” Human can refer to one human being, several or all humanoids on the planet. I thought it would be fun and spirit raising, with the Spring Equinox due March 19th, to do a word meditation on what it might mean to re-ani- mate, to come to life, to water our souls or those of other humans, to de- velop strong roots in the ground of our being, and let our stems, stalks and branches reach for the warmth of the sun. My dictionary says

that animation means to “impart zest or interest,” to “enliven” or “enthuse.” I add renew, rejuvenate, restore. So I ask, what animates you? Who

by Marcia Singer ~ HumANimation (hue-man-ĭ-may-shun)

the room? Who is en- livened by your hopeful shared conversation? Who have you recently touched with your voice, your loving hands, your acts of gener- osity? In ac- tual physical time? Or in vir- tual reality? Via photographs, text messages, emails or hearts scrawled on a drawing tacked on the refrigera- tor for the whole family to enjoy? HumANimation includes every which way our love and inten- tions to care for ourselves and other humans make the world a


or what perks you up, brightens your day? Is there an activity that you especially enjoy? What do you look at or watch that brings your smile out? Whose humor or laughing eyes make you feel immediate relief? Whose voice is music to your ears? What songs do you especially love to sing along to, that give you pep and en- ergy, or that otherwise put you in a really good frame of mind ? Who’s got the touch that melts you, brings you back to your senses, restores your faith, or quiets and brings you peace? Now, reverse that: Who

do you animate through your contributions? Who smiles when you walk in


for everybody. And of course, the joy and hap- piness, the healing and

New Bigger Location!

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ We've moved and now have a bigger location with a more extensive selection of toys! We are still in Montgom- ery Village, but now across from Sur La Table! 2402 Magowan Dr. in Santa Rosa. Always FREE Gife wrap! (707) 545-8697

• Locally Sourced Foods • Gourmet Cheeses • Wines & Beers • Organic Juices • Health & Wellness

• Dried Fruits & Nuts • Deli & Hot Soups • Bulk Foods & Baking Supplies • Herbs & Spices

OPEN DAILY 8am-7:30pm • 1691 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol

Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once. ~ Lillian Dickson UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • March 2020 • Pg 27

togetherness created as we bring ourselves more fully to life benefits all the other life-forms we share our earth with. Ev- erything thrives through kindness and care. Here’s a few spring-

time ideas about how we can practice hum- ANimation, be a hum- ANimator for our world. LIGHTEN UP --Find more humor in being alive. Clean house (your own, someone else’s), de-clutter, make space for something new. Adopt a lighter, cleans- ing eating regime for a while, drink lots of pure water with fresh lemon

...continued on page 31 JOKES & Humor # 7

“How would you describe yourself?” Asked the interviewer. “Usually with words” I said, “but I’ve also been working on my mime skills if you’d pre- fer.” ~

“This is your great- grandma and great grandpa,” I told my grandson as I handed him a photo of my parents. “Do you think I look like them?”

He shook his head. “Not yet.” ~

Our manager kept reminding us waitresses to encourage customers to order dessert. At the end of an especially exhaust- ing day, I walked over to a couple who had just sat down, gave them each a menu and a glass of water, and asked, “Would you care for anything else?”

Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32