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FFI week 54…

Friendly Fill-Ins, week 54

  1. I have googled and though I am glad to have it as a resource I spend way too much time googling nonsense stuff.

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2. I have been told I should sell the baby sweaters and blankets I crochet on Ebay. But that seems like a lot of work with a potential for big problems. Work and problems don’t interest me.

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3. I think the earth is a wondrous place but I think the world is a mess.

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4. I know someone who thinks she is always right about everything. But I know that’s not true because my thoughts are often different than hers and I am never wrong. haughty

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Posted in Stories, Three Line Tales, whatever!

Crowds…

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Crowds

For years we were told that if we worked hard and were determined to finish the course set before us we would graduate and stand far above the crowd and ready to shape the new exciting future. We did what we were told and obeyed the rules believing we will be special and unique leaders, people to be noticed, looked up to and followed. Well, here we are graduating and blending in with the crowd like some berserk scientist went mad in his laboratory making Barbie and Ken clones.

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In Other Words, flyaway…

In Other Words
flyaway

adj: fluttering or streaming in the wind; windblown
flighty; frivolous; giddy.
ready for flight

Write a story or poem of 5 Lines or Less using the word flyaway.
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TToT this week…

Ten Things of Thankful

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  1. I am blessed by the people around me.  All I have to do is call or knock on a door and I am welcomed.
  2. I was feeling kind of down and a friend gave me a “talking to”.  He said just what I needed to hear. I left feeling like I have it all together and can do anything.
  3. I am participating in The Kindness Challenge and last week was week one. When I wrote my reflection for the week on Self-Love it was cathartic. Sort of wrote itself. Hopefully, those who read it will be encouraged and see it for what it is, an honest assessment of self-love and living a life of discovery.
  4. A long time ago I learned that sometimes you know Who talks to me through my dreams and I think these dreams are part of a conversation He wants to have with me. I think this happens when I just don’t get the message through regular means. There have been such dreams lately. I see this as a gift but still, I wonder what’s up?
  5. I have the greatest dentist and hygienist. Saw them last week. The whole staff is wonderful.  Of course, I got the talk about sodas and how bad they are for teeth…again. I am not going to stop drinking sodas. Guess I will have start saving my money for dental implants.
  6. It is the middle of May and I have not had my A/C on yet.  So happy! I know the day is coming when it will be turned on and stay on until September. Very happy to have A/C but it is a love/hate thing.
  7. A young woman I know lost her job due to the place closing. She was very upset because she has a brain disorder caused by an illness she had years ago and finds it difficult to learn and remember things. Took her months to get a job when she moved here. Well, her boss from the closed place, got her job where he is now working. Hallelujah!
  8. I washed windows the other day. Not a big deal I only have two windows and a sliding glass door, but I put it off for quite awhile due to laziness. It is lovely looking out and seeing things as they are without streaks, dust, and nose/paw prints.
  9. Aren’t naps wonderful? Yeah, they are!
  10. Finding the world of blogging has been a blessing filled with surprises; to have a place to express my ditzy self and be accepted as I am is truly humbling, to read the blogs of some awesome folks, and form friendships with some of these folks is beyond imagining. Thanks,y’all!
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Posted in Kindness Challenge, reflections, whatever!

Self-Love, reflection…

Kindness Challenge Week 1
Self-Love
Reflection

I think we all struggle to some extent with self-love.  I think we are often taught that loving yourself is not a good thing and that loving yourself is thinking you are better than others.  True self-love is not an ego trip. It is simply allowing yourself to be who you are, accepting all the bits and pieces that make you real.

I did not have much in the way of self-love as a child and young woman. I was raised not to make waves, to be quiet and keep what I thought and my opinions to myself. I really didn’t allow myself to be me. I did whatever I could to be like everyone else, to fit in. When I realized I wasn’t ever going to be like everyone else there was some serious rebellion that happened. That didn’t work either.  I was miserable.

I didn’t like myself. I certainly didn’t love myself. What I did know was that things had to change. It took time, a lot of work and tears…and a good bit of laughter. I learned that I am a little different in some ways and a lot different in others and it’s okay. I am not worthless. I am a good person.

This week while pondering self-love I realized I still have times when I really don’t love myself. Those are the days when I tell myself lies about myself. I tell myself I am stupid, ugly, have no talent, no friends, no one cares about me…all lies! This kind of thinking doesn’t happen often and when it does it is usually when I am not feeling well and dealing with chronic issues that are troublesome and tiring. Of course, this is when self-love is most needed and is most often denied.

I didn’t think I had a mantra but while pondering self-love I realized I do have one. When I start telling myself lies about myself I look in the mirror and say;

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You are who you are and that is something to celebrate.
The little part of the world you inhabit needs you.
Go be who you are and do what only you can do.
That is why You are here.

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