attitude · complaining · procrastination

Tuesday talk…

It’s a job that’s never started
that takes the longest to finish.
J.R.R. Tolkien

It is true if you don’t start something you will never finish it. I can prove it. Yesterday, I kept reminding myself that Monday musings needed to be written. It was Monday after all. But I never did start writing. Here it is Tuesday, too late for Monday musings, so I will just talk. Not that I have anything much to say today.

The weather has been great for walking the last few days. Not too hot and little humidity. That makes me happy. It’s supposed to rain the next few days, which we need, but I will complain if I have to walk in the rain. In fact, I probably won’t take a walk if it rains and I will complain about that.

Here’s something else I have been complaining about lately, movies. Why do they have to be over two hours long? Whatever happened to ninety minute movies? I don’t go out to movies, I get them from Netflix and watch them at home, so I could pause them, do something else then go back and watch the rest later. But, for some reason I always mess up the pause thing and have to go back to the beginning and fast forward to where I left off…if I remember where I left off and if I remembered to pause before turning the TV off. See, another complaint.

I am in dire need of an attitude adjustment. If only there was an app for it. But there isn’t! Is that a complaint or just a comment? I could go on and on like this, but I will spare you, and stop here.

I will be in better spirits Thursday when I share my thoughts.
At least, I hope so.
I’m driving myself crazy with all this complaining nonsense.

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attitude · life · weather · whatever!

Thursday thoughts…

The weather is the weather.
You have to deal with whatever is out there.
Matt Cassel

Yesterday it rained all day. Not a nasty kind of rain, a nice rain. It was cool, but with no wind, just lots of low grey clouds and rain. It was a good day for looking out the window and daydreaming. I didn’t complain about the weather. Really, what good would that do other than to make me cranky?

And for some unknown reason it made me want to get something off my to-do list. So, that’s what I did. I went through piles of papers that needed to be sorted. Some papers were trash and to the trash they went. But there were a lot of papers that need to be kept and they got filed. I really don’t know why most of them must be kept, but I have been told to keep them and so I do. Anyway, that meant the files needed to be sorted through. And I did it! The “clean up papers and files” on the to-do list is done and scratched off. You know that feels good!

But back to the weather. Weather is what it is. No point in complaining about it. Last summer I complained everyday about the heat and humidity. Did it change anything? No. Well, it did change my usual easy going happy self into someone I didn’t like. Most of the summer was miserable, not because of the weather but because of my attitude. So, I have decided that like my files, my attitude will be clean and neat, with the worthless thrown out and the needed stuff kept. I may need a reminder of this in July and August.

If I write negatively,
someone should send a comment reminding me
of what I have written today.

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attitude · life · treasure · whatever!

Monday musings…

Your living is determined not so much by
what life brings to you as by
the attitude you bring to life;
Not so much by what happens to you as by
the way your mind looks at what happens.
Khalil Gibran

Sometimes life is good and sometimes it’s bad. Sometimes it is beautiful and sometimes it’s ugly. Whatever our lives are like at any given time is pretty much up to us. How we act, or react, to the happenings in life makes a difference.

In bad and ugly times we can yell and scream, we can hide and cry, feel sorry for ourselves and be miserable. Or we can call and ask for help, get up and work on solutions to the problems and be productive. Most importantly, we must remember that we made it through tough times before, and not only survived but are stronger and smarter than we were. The good and beautiful life will return with all its happiness and joy.

The good and beautiful life is a treasure. Granted, sometimes that treasure gets hidden under a lot of trash and it takes determination to find it again. And when we find it again we may have to do some work to get it back to what it was. In truth, difficult times help us understand the worth of the treasure.

Bottom line:
It’s all about attitude.

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attitude · observations

Thursday thoughts…

Change the way you look at things,
and the things you look at will change.
Wayne Dyer

When I look at something and accept it without thought then it is just what it is. Nothing more, nothing less, it just is. Most of the time that is how I go about my days not really seeing what is front of me. But sometimes I will stop and look at something and give it some thought. When this happens I am often surprised.

I am surprised because what I see becomes more than just an object. It becomes more interesting. I want to look deeper and learn about it. This is true of not just objects, but also about people and other living things, about ideas and opinions, about dreams and even nightmares.

When I look closer and see more than the surface of what’s in front of me, I begin to notice details and nuances that I missed with just a glance. Often what was common and ordinary, becomes different, interesting, more valuable. My world opens up to new thoughts and perspectives, new vistas and possibilities.

It takes some effort to change how we look at things but it is worth the effort.

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attitude · life · reflections

Monday musings…

You can’t help getting older,
but you don’t have to get old.
George Burns

I agree with George. The only way to prevent getting older is to die. I also agree you don’t have to get old. I think to prevent getting old is just to take life one day at a time. Spending too much time in the past is not healthy. It is fine to remember and reflect but if the past is the only place you visit you are wasting today. Go ahead and think about the past, learn what it has to teach you and then leave it there, in the past, and live today. The same goes for thinking about and planning for the future. Yes, some thought and planning needs to be given to the future but if it is all consuming or brings worry it is wasting the life of today.

I am healthy with just a few minor bothersome things that occasionally pop up. Those bothers can put a damper on things but on the whole not a big problem. Then there is the fact of living on an income that is not going to change even though the economy can and often does change. There all kinds of things that are not the best of circumstances and situations that can happen at any time but worrying about them only takes away the good of today. Not that I never worry. Yes, I do worry. But not often or for long, just enough to make me stop and look around with truly open eyes to see my reality for this day. I can only live one day at a time, and that day is today, not yesterday or tomorrow, just today.

The truth is I find being where I am in life is a wonder and I am quite enjoying it. Being the age I am today, for me, is better than being young was. When I was young, I put a lot of effort into trying to be the person that the people I was with thought I was or who they wanted me to be. It was exhausting and I was pretty miserable and unhappy most of the time. When I finally came to realize that was no way to live and decided to just be me, the real me, there were people who I thought were friends who simply disappeared. I guess they didn’t like the real me. It hurt, but I let them go and started my journey, my wonderful journey to where I am now, no longer young …just older.

attitude · life · Thursday thoughts · whatever!

Thursday thoughts…

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems,
But it will annoy enough people
to make it worth the effort.
Jim Hayes

I pretty much have a positive attitude. There are times when it sort of sits in the background when I am “in a mood”. But overall I’m positive and it does annoy some people. One person in particular thinks I am unrealistic in the way I look at life and it does annoy her. I think it’s because she has such a negative attitude. She isn’t negative just some of the time about some things but all of the the time about everything. And it annoys me! Who knows maybe that makes being negative worth the effort for her.

Still I like her and consider her a friend.
Is that crazy or just being normal?
I’m okay with crazy.
I think normal is over-rated.

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