Live Life In Your Own Hula Hoop

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Dear Jack ~ mind your Ps and Qs.  I never really understood the meaning of that phrase until I got a litlte older.  I did a little digging and the Oxford English Dictionary devotes a whole entry to Ps and Qs, adding a few more senses to the above-mentioned.  As well as being mindful of them, you can be on your Ps and Qs, meaning be on your best behaviour, or (in the USA) on your toes; something can be P and Q, if it is of the highest quality; and one’s Ps and Qs can be the alphabet.

I’m a simpleton and, as it was once described to me, minding my Ps and Qs means living life within my own hula hoop.  I like that.  In life’s daily drama, there are things in your control and plenty outside of your control; focus on the former and what’s within your circle of influence and you have the antitode to stress.  In all reality the only thing we can control is our reaction to life’s circumstances, situations, and dealings.

Anything outside of your hula hoop is idle time, consumes intellectual horsepower and is just plain usless.  It’s pretty easy to get caught up in other people’s business and their affairs; it’s natural, but just remember that your job is to take care of you, ensure you are on the straight n’ narrow and your compass points north.

 


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