Share Your World | Butterfly Hide And Seek

Nothing to see here. No butterfly hiding behind purple salvia. Nope, that’s not what’s going on here. Move along, move along.

 Would you want $200,000 right now or $250,000 in a year? It’s safe to assume all money is tax free.

Considering our recent remodeling wild ride, if it’s all the same to you, I’d like the $200,000 now, please.

 Is it more important to love or be loved?

Off the top of my head I’d say that it’s more important to love than to be loved.  Love, an action verb about giving, resonates with me more than the idea of just receiving love, that to me suggests a passive approach to life.

[Good question. This answer subject to change upon further reflection.]

But wait, it is a butterfly doing its butterfly thing, seeking nectar from the flower, and looking good while doing it.

 List things that represent abundance to you.

  1. flowers in crystal vases surrounded by lighted beeswax candles
  2. rag wool scarves and mittens
  3. a fully stocked refrigerator filled with fruits, vegetables, cheese, and wine
  4. a three-car garage
  5. ingredients on hand to make cookies
  6. diamonds, rubies, sapphires– and garnets, even if they’re only semi-precious
  7. comfortable furniture that coordinates nicely, but doesn’t look all matchy-matchy
  8. lazy Sunday afternoons

 What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

I find everyday observational humor inspiring because it makes me laugh, not cry, at reality.  So when I stumbled upon the following Shopping Cart Alignment Chart by Rob Beschizza at boingboing, and couldn’t stop laughing, I was inspired.

And because I’m a forthright blogger, I will freely tell you who I am according to this chart.  I’m never LAWFUL GOOD, but instead vacillate between CHAOTIC GOOD [which gives me more joy than it should] and CHAOTIC NEUTRAL.

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Catch up with everyone else who is answering Cee’s Share Your World Questions this week by clicking HERE.

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Ally Bean

Observant. Creative. Humorous. Adaptable. Happy enough. Looking for the crumb of truth in the cookie of life.

40 thoughts on “Share Your World | Butterfly Hide And Seek”

  1. I am definitely a neutral good when it comes to shopping carts. I never understood those corrals that are just one big open enclosure, especially when you get different cart sizes all jammed in there. You have no choice but to be chaotic if you’re forced to use one of those!
    BTW, I’ll be expecting my 250K next year, thanks very much 😉

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  2. Haha! I am mostly chaotic good, but always good. Well, once, in a snowstorm I was chaotic neutral. I had babies in the van, more important than cart-return diligence.
    I’d take the $200k now as well.
    Number seven cracked me up, as my husband is afflicted of matchy-matchy. I think he inherited that.

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    1. joey, there’s just too much fun to be had in launching a cart into the corral. I can’t stop myself from doing it. I think that you may be right about how some people inherited the matchy-matchy gene. There’s always one in every crowd.

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  3. Ally, I agree with #3, except I have to nix the cheese and exchange the wine with beer. I also agree with #5, because cookies always mean abundance.

    In all seriousness, I feel my abundance comes from friends and family. I love the people who are in my life and can’t imagine it without them! 🙂

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    1. bikerchick57, I like beer, too. It was a toss-up about which beverage meant abundance: wine or beer. Went with wine because I like the classy glasses!

      Funny I didn’t think of this question in the context of people [just stuff], but now that you mention it… GOOD POINT.

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  4. Neutral Good here. To a fault. I don’t take it back to the store–that is someone’s job. Heaven forbid I STEAL SOMEONE’S JOB!

    When the boys were babies, abundance meant a cupboard full of the little jars of baby food. Towers of it. Now, abundance means a full pantry–fully stocked fridge, cupboards, freezer, and extra pantry shelves. That’s rather rare now, however; I don’t stock up like I used to with just the two of us in the house now.

    Except for the wine cellar.

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    1. nance, I admire you Neutral Good people. So helpful, and all. 🙄

      I think that everyone’s idea of abundance changes as you progress through life. We don’t keep as much food & drink around like we once did, figuring that it’s just the two of us and we can subsist on much less.

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  5. Neutral Good – definitely. My OCD wouldn’t have it any other way. Even when confronted with Chaotic Good, I’m compelled to make mine as neutral as I can before I leave.

    Abundance? … a fridge full of homemade cupcakes. I can hear them calling …
    The abundance might not last very long.

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    1. Joanne, the world needs lots of Neutral Good people in it to offset we chaotic ones. Maybe you are the cart whisperer? 😉 I like the idea of cupcakes = abundance. But I see your point about how your abundance might be short-lived. Cupcakes are my kryptonite!

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  6. I was trying to imagine a butterfly hiding behind purple saliva, and then I read the caption again…..

    Don’t get me started on shopping cart courtesy! I’d just as soon customers dump our carts into the culvert than leaving them in parking spaces. That should be sufficient grounds for arrest….

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    1. evil, I just double-checked what I wrote! Between my distracted mind and spellcheck I’m never entirely sure I write what I think I’m writing.

      Yes, I bet you could write a dissertation on shopping carts and the people who use them. Then you could turn your dissertation into a book… then a TED lecture… I see your future and it’s attached to shopping carts. 🛒

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  7. I hate to admit but I’m a happy Chaotic Good person. My goal is always to launch it so it lands in a neat Neutral Good position, but if it ends up Chaotic, I’m OK with that. See, it’s all about the launch for me. It looks a lot like my bowling leg position, with my leg up and slightly behind me once I’m done launching. I figure as long as I’m not the Neutral Evil ass, then all is well. 🙂

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    1. Tara, I understand completely, considering I, too, am a Chaotic Good person. Although I have to admit that your “bowling” approach to cart propulsion inspires me to try harder to perfect my technique. I’m a bit more laissez-faire about how I get that cart launched into the corral.

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  8. I’m chaotic with the carts as well. I TRY to bring it back to the corral, especially since I am attempting to get exercise in wherever I can and usually the corral is farther down the aisle (I don’t like to park near the corral because the chaotic good sometimes miss – not me of course) but I have been known to be chaotic neutral at times. We could use the money now too, thanks. Love or be loved? I think if you love, you will be loved so it goes hand in hand. Abundance? Not looking at price tags when you go shopping, 10 or more concerts a year, a craft room filled with supplies. Thanks for sharing your answers, Ally. Happy Tuesday.

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    1. Janet, I don’t like to park near the cart corrals, either. I do like you do, in that I want a bit of a walk so why not park far away from the front door? That being said there are times after shopping when I don’t want to walk all the way back to the corral, so I become unabashedly Chaotic Neutral.

      I like your take on the love question. Your thinking makes sense to me. Hand-in-hand, indeed.

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  9. ‘Neutral Good’ every single time (okay, maybe ‘Chaotic Good’ once or twice…was someone watching?). 250K next year would be fabulous. Certified cheque is fine!

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    1. Donna, not being among your ranks, I’m impressed by the do-good-i-ness that inspires you Neutral Good shopping cart returners to do that which you do. I’m sure all the stores thank you for your tidiness. As for your money, these are Cee’s questions so I’ll let her know when and how you want your money. 🙂

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    1. Janis, so many of my readers are Neutral Good-ers! I’m in awe of all of you, being of a more chaotic nature. That being said, I’d never leave a cart in a parking space because that’s just plain wrong. I want my [pretend] money now, too. 😉

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  10. I agree with the loving thing. Loving others makes you happy (unless you’re dealing with an unrequited situation). By the same token, being loved by someone super annoying who won’t leave you alone, would be bad. Another vote for loving.

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    1. Betsy, good point. I hadn’t thought of the unwanted love angle of this question. I think of love as action, a process– I may receive love back, but that’s not my motivator. I like to do, so I love, actively.

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  11. I guess I’m chaotic neutral since I’ve never understood why they give me a parking spot, designated just for me, right up next to the store then put the cart corral half way down another aisle. I mean, they recognize I can’t walk that far from the car to the door but apparently think I can merrily run around the parking lot trying to find a cart corral. I like the stores that send a little helper with me who takes the cart back to where it belongs.

    I like your list of abundance. I think for me it comes down to having some of the things I want but don’t really need.

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    1. Zazzy, I’ve wondered the same thing about the logic of having special parking close to the store, then the cart corral about a million miles away. It makes no sense, and I think that being Chaotic Neutral is a perfectly good way of returning carts when the walk to the corral is too much. I do it, too, sometimes.

      I agree with your abundance idea. I don’t have some of the things on my list, but they do represent abundance to me, and I want them– but truly don’t need them [except the fruits and vegetables].

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  12. I’d take out a $200K loan now at 10% . . . and repay the loan with interest next year from the $250K.

    Neutral good . . . unless it’s RAINING! Then, it’s each cart for itself. 😀

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    1. Very clever, nancy. Planning ahead, like someone who knows what she’s doing. Too bad it’s all theoretical.

      So many Neutral Good people read this blog. Almost makes me want to change my shopping cart ways, says little Miss Chaotic Good.

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