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Monday musings…

Attitude is a little thing that
makes a big difference.
Winston Churchill

Yesterday was not great.
It was a sort of nothing day.
Everything was just blah.
Nothing made happy.
Netflix was not interesting.
The book I was reading was sad.
I didn’t go for a walk.
I didn’t talk to anyone.
I took a long nap.
Woke up with a headache.
Not my usual positive self.
My attitude was ugly.

Today all is back to normal.
The sunshine is bright.
The clouds are white and wispy.
Walking was a delight.
Looking forward to starting a new book.
Netflix has a new season of a series I like.
Making brownies to share.
No need for a nap.
Back to my normal self.
My attitude is as usual.
Happy!

Have no idea what brought on the ugly blahs yesterday.
Just very glad they are gone!
I don’t know how always negative people survive.
I would not want to live in a constant negative state.
Very thankful that I don’t!

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Monday musings…

Bad habits are like a comfortable bed,
easy to get into, but hard to get out of.
A Proverb

Ain’t that the truth! And I would add that
good habits are often hard to get into
and easy to get out of.

In September of 2019 I started the habit of going for a walk every day. Three miles was my goal and I usually accomplished it. Sometimes surpassing it by a mile. It was a bit of a push to get in the habit but I persevered and within a month I actually looked forward to the walk enjoying the scenery and the fresh air and sunshine and even the rain. Well, I didn’t walk if it was raining hard but if it was just drizzling I did.

Then summer 2020 showed up in all its glory. In South Carolina that glory is filled with sun and upper 90 degree temps…sometimes into the low 100’s. Add to those temperatures the 95% or higher humidity and it is difficult to walk several blocks let alone three miles. Even at 7:00 in the morning…or evening. So, in June I started walking a few days a week. Then in July a short, very short walk, a couple of times a week. In August I gave up and stayed home with the air conditioner on proving that good habits are easy to give up.

Then in mid-September I told myself I would get back to my daily walk of three miles. I sometimes did the three miles but most often it was more like two. October, November, and December were hit or miss. More days missed than hit.

Now we are in 2021 and I told myself it was time to get serious about walking again. Well, in the month of January I did a not so great 17 days of three mile walks. I tell myself that it rained a lot, but really no more than usual for January and rarely for the whole day. Yes, good habits once broken are hard to fix. Now it’s February. It’s a short month. If I walk just 17 days it will look better statistically than January.

Developing good habits and sticking to them is a pain in the butt!

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Monday musings…

“A man is happy so long as
he chooses to be happy.”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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I agree with Alexander! Life has its ups and downs. Sometimes we soar high and sometimes we are in a deep pit. If we are in a pit just wallowing there and don’t do what we can to climb up and out we will remain miserable. I know I spend time in the pit on occasion. One thing I know for sure is that I really don’t like being there. And I know that it takes hard work to get back on firm ground, often really hard work.

The thing about hard work is that it develops muscle and agility and fortitude. That’s good because we all have problems and troubles. It takes courage and strength to face those things and and to not allow them to be the deciding factor of our attitude and how we live our lives.

Maybe the best thing that we get from the hard work
is that we can soar even higher!

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Monday musings…

The most important decision you will ever make
is to be in a good mood.
Voltaire

I have to agree with with Voltaire. We have a choice. We can be in a good mood or a bad mood. Oh, I know sometimes things get us down or don’t go our way. Happens to me more than I like and when the mood is bad I sometimes dwell in it for awhile. But I don’t like being miserable! So, I make the decision to shake off that ugliness and get on with my good old ditzy life.

I am talking about everyday bad moods not the moods that happen when there is loss, sorrow, grief, heartache…those things need to be felt and acknowledged…they are not bad moods they are major life happenings. Major life happenings need time and care to come to terms with over time.

But bad moods…just a waste of time!

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Monday, musings…

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What we think, we become.
All we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
The Buddha

Last year I did some decluttering of my home.  It was past time to do it and took some thought and work to accomplish it.  It feels good to have it done and now I have some other decluttering to do.

Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. For the past 20 years or so I have observed the days before Easter with some sort of discipline. I do something new or don’t do something I usually do. This year I am going to continue with the decluttering I started last January.

This decluttering will be of my mind and heart. I will be thinking and praying about who I was yesterday, who I am today, and who I will be tomorrow. To do this, I will concentrate less on the physical and more on the spiritual aspect of this life of mine. I hope to learn what to let go of, what to keep, and what new things to add to my life.

So, to do this I will be limiting my time on the computer, I will not be writing or reading blogs, and I will limit the time I spend on my tablet and Netflix.  I know this will not be easily done because these are things I enjoy and do most days. I will miss writing my blog and reading yours but will be journaling about what I learn as the Spirit leads.

This is the last of my blogging until Monday after Easter.
Blessings, my friends.

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Monday, musings…

“Never let the things you want
make you forget the things you have.”
Sanchita Pandey

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I know at times I am guilty of being so hung up on what I want that I don’t see what I have.  And I have a lot. Much more than I need!  Last year I did some decluttering that resulted in three trips to Goodwill. In a pickup truck!

There are things I kept. Some are family things that are important to me. They don’t have great monetary value but the memories attached to them are priceless. Then there are the things I think I might need.  The fact that I haven’t used them or even looked at them for ages doesn’t seem to matter.

I am planning on doing another declutter this Spring or Summer. My office closet is ridiculous! Overflowing with pens and markers and pencils. There is also a pile of journal-type books that will never be used. It just needs to be decluttered! Last year when I went through my files I threw away papers that were useless.  Warranties and receipts and user manuals of things that I no longer have. I had tax returns going back to 1965! Now I only have the last five years.  The mass of shredding I did ended the life of my shredder and it got tossed.

Speaking of old tax returns…as I was going through them to take the staples and paper clips off them it was fun to look at them. Surprising how little money I made and I never went without anything I needed. Which brings us back to the quote. There were always things I wanted (and a lot of them I got) but didn’t need them.  There are still things I think about having but they are not true wants just stuff to daydream about.

I am happier with less stuff.
Of course, I will never ever get rid of the
teddy bear Pa gave me the day I was born.
He’s my Guy!

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