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Wednesday wondering…

I wonder what Jack and Teddy are talking about? Usually they ignore each other or chase and wrestle each other. But yesterday they spent a good bit of time communicating in their feline way. Seemed to be an interesting conversation for awhile then they settled down for naps.

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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…

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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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