A Joyful Noise!

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon


Vol. 10 pg 1(01-06-11)


I am thriving – not just surviving – in 2011

Replace Resolutions With Revelations

Look out – we’re turning past 2010 and onto turnpike 2011. For some it’s a white-knuckle ride; they’re hanging onto the door handle like I did several years ago when my kids were learning how to drive! For some of you it’s – Wow! I never thought I would make it.

How much control do we actually have over our vehicle making its turn? Not much. What we do have control over is ourselves. And after experiencing the aftermath of feasting a little too much on holiday fare and over-imbibing on festivities, it’s no wonder millions of people sit down and write a long list of New Year’s resolutions. Of course, only the best intentions are set to steer a better course for the upcoming year. But as we know all too well, there’s a chance it may be just a week or a month before disappointment arrives.

I don’t know about you, but I think there is already enough disappointment in the world, and this year I’m skipping the guilt list and seeking pleasant sources of inspiration.

Here are a few possible ways to enhance inspiration, joy and ultimately, new revelations in the New Year:

1.     Take an adventure: Pick one of your favorite places to visit and do it looking through the eyes of a five year old!

2.     Play: Dust off some of your old board games. Go to the park and swing. Bark like a dog and sing, “How much is that doggie in the window.”

3.     Support the arts: Take a water color or glass blowing class. Go to a play or a concert or join the CCL choir and SING!

4.     Volunteer: Help exercise the animals at an animal shelter, monitor a child, and offer to help with the food bank, senior center or scout organization or ask what is needed at CCL or UCM.

5.     Be grateful: Write a letter of appreciation to a friend, colleague or organization – by hand with pen and ink on nice paper!

6.     Laugh and laugh often: Peruse the bookshelves at the library or local bookstore and head for the comedy section; come watch Swami Beyondananda as he performs at CCL in February. Never hesitate to let that laugh go all the way down to your belly.

7.     Write it down: Jot down a few things you want to do in 2011. Don’t call them resolutions; call them revelations!


A full-time thing

If you quit before the work is completed, the work you’ve done is wasted.  Honor the time and effort you’ve already put into it by finishing what you started.
If you plant a seed, and water it just for a few days, and then stop, you might as well have never planted it.  Remember to direct your focus again and again toward those things you’re committed to completing.
Being inspired for a few minutes or for a day or two feels good.  Being inspired for a lifetime is what actually achieves good and valuable results.
Remind yourself what a truly extraordinary opportunity you have by virtue of being you.  Then remind yourself again, and again, on every day, in each new situation.
Feel the exquisite joy and purposeful power of being alive. Then commit yourself to staying connected to that feeling.
Don’t settle for just a few moments here and there of brilliance and inspiration and true richness.  Make life’s richness a full-time thing.

Written by Ralph Marston. Submitted by Rev. Maria Vera


The 10 Demandments of a Prosperous Life

1. Throw out unessential numbers.
– age,
– weight
– height
2. Keep only cheerful friends.
3. Keep learning.
4. Enjoy the simple things in life.

When you want what you actually have, you’ll have what you actually want.
5. Laugh often, long and loud.  Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen.
– Endure grief and move on.
– The only person with us our entire life is ourselves.
– Be alive while you are alive!
7. Surround yourself with what you love.
Friends, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies; whatever,  your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health.
– If good, preserve it.
– If unstable, improve it.
– If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don’t take guilt trips.
Take trips to the mall, the next county, a foreign country, but not       to where guilt is.  Leave it behind.
10. Tell the people that you love that you love them at every opportunity.

And remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.

Submitted by Elinor King – UCM ministerial student


“Keeping change alive starts with rewarding innovation, risk-taking and creativity.” ~Mac Anderson

Submitted by Jessica May


“When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.”


And now for some New Years humor:

When Janice woke up from an afternoon nap on Dec. 31st she said to her husband Max, ‘I dreamed you gave me a diamond ring for a New Year’s present. What do you think it means?’

‘Aha, you’ll know tonight, at 12 o’clock,’ said Max.

As the New Year was chiming, Max handed Janice a small package. Delighted and excited she opened it quickly. There in her hand rested a book entitled: ‘The meaning of dreams.’


An optimist stays up to see the New Year in.  A pessimist waits to make sure the old one leaves. ~Bill Vaughan


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