~ Top 10 Ways to Change the World ~

Change the World

Muses Top 10 Ways To Change The World:

(just in time for spring)

  1. smile~! show those pearly whites everywhere, a smile begets a smile. negative emotions are eased when smiles are present. hope exists in a smile. smiles are immediate ice breakers and help put others at ease. studies show individuals who read smile emoticons, subconsciously physically return the smile. proof positive smiles are contagious. :)

  2. share~! use what you have, be it monetary or other, and give selflessly. don’t give with the intention of becoming a “i did that so you owe me” type of giver. let your sharing be an un-tethered gift.  and remember, sharing your time, your heart and even your prayers can be the most important gift of all.

  3. compliment~! who among us doesn’t treasure a compliment? it is the acknowledgment of value – a surefire way to make others understand you are truly looking at them and their accomplishments. this is not say constructive criticism cannot be given when required, but let’s be honest hearing “that really is an awful color on you” … what about, “i have always liked the way you set that (insert color here) dress ablaze, yes i’ll always remember you in that!”*    *truth in a muse’s marriage, “the early years”. compliments are sincere while flattery is the feigning of truth. be sure your compliments are unmarred by fictitious  pampering.

  4. encourage~! lift up those around you who seem disenchanted, depressed or lackluster. encouragement can be made with cards, letters and (cringe) yes, even an email to someone you know who needs to hear a voice of kindness. advise if appropriate, but a resounding “i know you can” or “i have faith in you” works wonders to a discouraged heart.

  5. courteous~! this is ever so easy to do. simple thank yous, yes sir (mam/miss), no sir (mam/miss), pardon me…and a myriad of little actions, such as holding a door or picking up someones dropped property..all take nearly no effort.  people are often amazed when they are treated with good manners. try it, you’ll see.

  6. eliminate~! purge yourself and your belongings. now, i don’t  mean to the extent of a cheapo “hollywood 10 hr cleanse” nor am i suggesting you become devoid of all material objects (your home etc.) – i want to explore ridding oneself of burdens. lets do that together! is there something in our lives that feels weighty? is there a big STOP sign along our life’s path? are we surfing in the negative wake of negative people? if so, we need to break free! stamp out that which has turned us into emotional/physical hoarders. shining the light on whiners and debbie downers has an uncanny way of making the rats run for cover. by using your illuminating lamp of elimination, those around you will feel compelled to become sunbathers of positivism rather than night-crawlers of negativity.

  7. appreciate~! oh goodness, does one ever tire of hearing how much they are appreciated? i really don’t think we can say it enough. too often we get wrapped up in how to say it differently, but there really is no need. imagine yourself being told by someone, “i appreciate you – i appreciate your time, your engagement – i appreciate your presence in my life”.  the sincerity of appreciation goes (imho) deeper than a thank you. appreciation expresses your heart ties to an act or to an individual. voltaire stated this, “appreciation is a wonderful thing: it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”

  8. inspire~ ! this could also be entitled motivate. look around your world, look at family, friends – no doubt there is one or more individuals who are feeling less than enthusiastic about, work, life or their future. being sympathetic  and feeling empathy are key factors in any relationship, but there also comes a time when you need to lift another human being spirit ~ to hoist them onto a level footing (where they catch sight of that brass ring once more). from tangible gifts to words of wisdom, inspirational remedies are as varied as the maladies. inspiring that lost craving of life’s desire will, more often than not require a tactile or sensory input. remember, inspiration comes in the most quiet of whispers to the loudest of marches. whether you choose to be a songbird or a symphony, your one primary goal … light a spark!

  9. ask~ ! don’t expect answers if you never ask the questions. seems divinely simple, but sadly many of us do not follow this very basic premise. we talk, we talk more, we keep on talking ~ never pausing to ask anyone’s opinions, thoughts or feelings. if we are truly wanting to impact the world in a better way, does it not seem plausible that we would want to inquire about the emotional and creative well being of those around us? how does it make you feel when someone you care about asks you “how are you feeling today?” … perhaps someone you admire inquires, “can you give me your thoughts on this?” you feel valuable. your thoughts matter. you have worth. personally, i follow this rule, ‘ask before i tell’.  seeking wise counsel benefits us all.

  10. repeat~ ! ask, inspire, appreciate, eliminate, be courteous, encourage, compliment, share, smile …. over and over ~ again and again. without fail. the world will be touched by you … it will be changed by you … and you shall be all the better for doing just that.

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~ The Many Styles of Marie Antoinette ~

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HAIR: The XVIII century fashion became very sophisticated and voluminous 3D hairstyles were common at Royal Court.   Queen Marie-Antoinette played very important role in development of the new and gregarious hairstyles. Her vision with the aide of hairstylist Leonard Kuaferom, created some amazing masterpieces called “Sensitivity Explosion”, “Voluptuous”, “Secret Passion”. These highly evocative, blatantly romantic and sensual names further pushed the envelope of French court decadence.

Historical records note that making just one single wig for Queen Marie Antoinette took between one to ten hours of constant labor. Upon completion and use, the hair was not washed at all for months and was only combed with specially made tool resembling a metal hand. Why? Because of the sheer intrinsically exhausting time it took to create the coif. And to make matters worse, these behemoth concoctions were regularly greased with raw pork lard. Any woman sporting these oh so trendy “dos” would have had the added height of 3 feet upon their head. The weight varied as well since they selected a menagerie of tangibles to be woven into the deigns. The court often hosted themed galas. No well stationed woman dared not attempt to please and fascinate her peers.

Marie Antoinette Hairstyles

Day to day activities were highly curtailed, movement kept for only the important tasks, receiving other visiting royals or social equals, partaking of tea and dancing. As one can imagine nighttime activities were no less stressful – sleeping normally was out of the question. Specially designed cushions and sleeping chairs were quite common. Armor of sorts was placed on the coiffed heads to protect the hair design’s integrity as well keeping out mice! (perhaps this is where the term “hair looks like a rat’s nest” first originated?)  Due to the unusual shapes being requested (as each woman at court tried desperately to out coif the other), customized haberdashery excelled to a new level of artistry.  These grandiose displays of excess gave birth to countless XVIII century cartoons and mockeries. Sadly Marie Antoinette represents the first victim of a fashion faux pas. Never flaunt all your assets. One never knows the ultimate cost – for poor Marie, it was her head.

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HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE:  Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna von Habsburg-Lothringen (2 November 1755 – 16 October 1793), an Archduchess of Austria, was the fifteenth and penultimate child of Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor and Empress Maria Theresa.  In April 1770, upon her marriage (at the age of 14 years and 5 months) to Louis-Auguste, heir to the throne of France, she became Dauphine of France. On 10 May 1774, when her husband ascended the throne as Louis XVI, upon the death of his grandfather Louis XV, she became Queen of France and Navarre, title she held until September 1791, when, at that time of the French Revolution, she became Queen of the French, a title she held until 21 September 1792.

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During the Revolution, after the government had placed the royal family under house arrest in the Tuileries Palace in October 1789, several events linked to Marie Antoinette, in particular the June 1791 attempt to flee, and her role in the War of the First Coalition, had disastrous effects on French popular opinion. On 10 August 1792, the attack on the Tuileries forced the royal family to take refuge at the Assembly, and on 13 August the family was imprisoned in the Temple. On 21 September 1792, the monarchy was abolished. After a two-day trial begun on 14 October 1793, Marie Antoinette was convicted by the Revolutionary Tribunal of high treason, and executed by guillotine on Place de la Révolution (today place de la Concorde) on 16 October 1793.

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~ Create Your Comfort Zone of Success ~

Comfort is the enemy

I have no clue what some of you are wearing at this very moment. You could be in your pink pajamas and fluffy slippers with head full of hair rollers. It could be that you are dressed to the nines, adorned in stilettos, lace and leather or perhaps you are sporting jeans and a sweatshirt!
Each of us has a comfort zone in life just as we have one in fashion. The question we need to ask ourselves is: How exactly did I determine my comfort zone? The answers could be various forms of “It’s right for me…I know what I like…Been there, done that, chose this” – However, if we give answers like, “I’ve always dressed this way…I don’t own anything else…or I dunno”, then let’s make a push today or tomorrow, to take a little step out beyond the norm. Beyond the comfort we think is our fortress. Not just in the fashion we wear, but in the actions we take to progress our lives forward into a successful one!

(Success is subjective, each of us determining we have obtained that goal, just as we determine comfort. That my dear readers is a blog post for another day. As always, the disclaimer, I am not a soothsayer, physician or theologian. Merely a muse who had a thought, and a quill who refused to be silenced.)

 

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~ Break Free If You Don’t Fit In ~

 

Have you ever felt like this? I know I have. I have the scars to prove it. But that’s just it, they are scars, not open wounds. That makes all the difference. To break free is to take one step, one very important step … the first step. Perhaps that step involves doing an act of kindness – simply and humbly. Or, it could be you decide to forgive a wrong done unto you. The possibilities of what the first step could be are infinite. Within your heart, you know what calls to you the most. A new job? A new relationship? Helping another person have a better life? Volunteering? No other person on earth can tell you more clearly the secret to break those bonds than your inner self. There is no greater determination to your path of escape, than the whispers coming from your heart and soul.

*(this posting in no way represents medical or theological advice per se, they are my thoughts regarding the topic, influenced by past experiences, faith and current joy)

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~ Roses for Readers from Muse ~

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Raquel Amaral

Raquel Amaral Yes add a book shop! One word Masterpieces! Have I commented hmmm let me go see!

Jamie Morris

Jamie Morris i love reading all that you have

Rose Piedad
Rose Piedad i always love your writing Muse and yes add a bookshop here.
your writing is “SUPERB” i should say

Wendy Halford Crowley

Wendy Halford Crowley I think a bookstore here on your page would be perfect – some people would go into a bookstore tab on your page before they would open a new new screen and go to your off-site store or Amazon….. One word that describes Muse’s writing to me is… “personal”

Shelly Nugent Lampshire

Shelly Nugent Lampshire I wrote yesterday and it is now gone that the word that describes your work to me is Empowering. Definitely a bookstore.

Wendy Marie Hall

Wendy Marie Hall Oh a book store would be perfect!!! your writing are beautiful!!

Jasmine Mestas Barrera

Jasmine Mestas Barrera I will comment again…and a bookstore would be nice …& one word that describes your work would be: “eloquent”.

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Shelly Nugent Lampshire

Shelly Nugent Lampshire WHAT!!! hURRAY!!!

Wendy Marie Hall

Wendy Marie Hall Congrats to you Ms Shelly!!!! smile emoticon

Tammy McCain

Tammy McCain Ugh…I’m always late…..lol but better than never! Bookstore……..OF COURSE!! one word that describes your writing……do I really have to pick just one…….ok for now……STIRRING! you always stir some emotion within ……always! I have MANY more…..lol

Tammy McCain

Tammy McCain BTW….love the pink rose! lol xo

~ Your Thoughts and Reviews ~

phshpseemyhdr.optzHave you read a book written by Muse?
Enigmatic Evolution?
Anthesis?
The Little Sprout?

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Raquel Amaral

Raquel Amaral Enigmatic Evolution, “And be most grateful for what your king brings.” Aw yes everyday I say Thank you!

Deb DiSalvo

Deb DiSalvo getting Little Sprout today! smile emoticon

Faye Metcalf

Faye Metcalf Enigmatic Evolution, love it.

Wendy Halford Crowley

Wendy Halford Crowley Having read and loved all three I am working on reviews for Sprout and Enigmatic Evolution. I will leave the one I wrote for Anthesis and left on Amazon at the locations provided! Letting others know about your work is the least I can do, for as much as I love it !! :o)

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Katherine Hanna Ingram Love The Little Sprout! Sweet little Fellow…

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