life · routine · success · whatever!

Monday musings…

The secret to your success
is found in your daily routine.
John C. Maxwell

If someone took a look at my usual daily routine they wouldn’t think I am a success, but I think I am. My days now are quiet, and for the most part doing only what I want to do. I am retired and that is part of my success. I worked full-time for 50 years and some of those years I also worked part-time. I am by no means wealthy, but I can pay the monthly bills. I may not have everything I want, but I do have everything I need.

The friendships I have are a big part of my success. I have wonderful friends that I love and respect. There are those that I know I can call if I need anything, and they will do whatever they can to help. Truthfully, there have been times that I would have given up the fight without them. And of course, there is family. The family I have left live in a different state and I haven’t seen them in quite a while. But, there is a bond that cannot be broken and I treasure my family. Friends and family are blessings. Precious gifts from God.

I am happy and content.
That is success to me.

What defines success for you?

Monday Musings · quotes

Monday Musings…

“When I started counting my blessings,
my whole life turned around.”
Willie Nelson

Good for Willie! He has found the key to happiness.

Counting your blessings makes everything better. It doesn’t take away the difficult times or make all the wrongs right. There are still tears and hurts and grief that come our way but they don’t drag us down into the bottomless pit of despair when we remember the blessings in life.

There are times when I let myself be dragged down and I sort of wallow in the mess of being miserable for awhile. But those times are fewer and less dramatic than they used to be and the reason is that I have learned to count my blessings.

In the beginning of my blessing counting days it was a bit hard to make a list of the good things in my life. I thought blessings were big things, things that were awesome and made me stop and say WOW! But I have learned a few things since then.

Blessings are big things like not being homeless or hungry, being healthy, having family and friends and pets to share life. Blessings are the wonders of nature; trees and flowers, squirrels and birds, clouds that make temporary paintings on the sky, soft rain, lightening and thunderstorms, the stars and moon that decorate the night.

Blessings are also the small things; waking up and remembering a dream, a morning walk, a warm shower and shampooing your hair, lotion that makes your skin feel soft, laughter, conversation, the feel and smell of freshly washed sheets, an afternoon snack of coffee and cookies, reading a good book, watching a movie, sitting quietly by yourself or with someone you love. The list is endless.

Some situations and circumstances try to hide blessings. Sometimes we have to sort through the messiness of life to see or recognize them and there are some that don’t seem like blessings at all but with time they are revealed as some of the wonders of life. Ya just gotta have faith…and a lot of patience!

gratitude · Ten Things of Thankful · whatever!

TToT, March 26…

Ten Things of Thankful


  1. I am thankful that I have lived another year and look forward to the rest of the time I have here, however long that may be.
  2. For the cards and flowers friends sent celebrating my day.
  3. The friend who treated me to dinner and the friend who took me out to lunch. I had a great time with both of them. Such a blessing to have them in my life.
  4. A call from my friend who lives in West Africa wishing me a happy birthday.
  5. Spending time talking with a neighbor while sitting outside in the beautiful weather.
  6. My friend had her baby, a healthy baby boy. Both are doing well.
  7. Got my taxes done and blessed to have a refund coming my way.
  8. I am thankful for Pandora. I can listen to continuous music without the interruptions of disc jockey’s talking and bothersome advertising. I also like that they have lots of choices of types of music.
  9. I am thankful that my niece survived a usually fatal illness and that she no longer needs dialysis and is back at work.
  10. I am so very thankful that my wants are few and what needs I may have are always met often in remarkable ways. There is always enough to see me through whatever the circumstances may be.

It has been an awesome week!

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A to Z Challenge 2016 · observations · Uncategorized

W = walks and wafflestompers…


Have you ever taken a W2016alk around your neighborhood
and everything seemed new to you?

I have.
Just recently I was W2016alking through my neighborhood
and everything seemed different somehow.
I have lived in this neighborhood for thirty-five years
but it all looked different and new.

Maybe because we have had some rain, cool nights
and warm days that everything looked so full and lush.
The lawns were beautiful thick  green carpets.
Spring flowering trees in full bloom
and flowers everywhere.
Even the houses and apartments look fresh.
Like someone had come along and spring cleaned them.

The W2016alk that day had a surprise for me on every block.
It was a wonderful experience; one that I have never had before.
I hope I have another such W2016alk someday.

Needless to say, my W2016alks are strolls in a city neighborhood
and I have no need of serious W2016alking shoes.
I am almost certain my feet will never
be shod with W2016afflestompers.

That’s my post for the letter

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In Other Words (Quotes) · musings · Tuesday Chatter · Uncategorized

While walking…

Today was gloriously beautiful!  The sun was showing off in blue skies with wispy white clouds and the air was warm but the wind had a bit of cool to it.  So, I did what any intelligent person would do I went for a long walk and let my mind wander here and there.walk
As my mind and I were meandering with no particular destination I got to thinking about the quote for the past week In Other Words challenge.  Good thing because this is the last day to post for this quote:

“Unhappiness is caused by believing that something 
is missing that we need to be happy.”
Gina Lake

Anyway, as I was walking and looking at the wonder of creation and thinking about unhappiness and happiness I realized I am truly happy.  Well, I have known for a long time that I am happy. I wasn’t always but I am now.  The reason I am happy now is unlike my thinking in the past I now know I have all I need to be happy. Nothing is missing.  Oh, there are things I don’t have that I would like to have. But these are things I want not need.  There is a difference that I didn’t always understand and now I do.  I am blessed beyond imagination and  know it.

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Tuesday Chatter and In Other Words.

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musings · Saturday · Uncategorized

Saturday, resolve…

Maksimir Path
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Today is the first day of the New Year, 2011.

As I reflect on last year my first thoughts are that it was just another year.  No mountain tops and no deep pits.  No real forward motion but no slipping back, just holding steady.  The only thing that stands out is the death of my cat.  Other than that there is nothing about 2010 that had any lasting impression on me.

But with further thought I realize I am more content and at peace with the world and myself than ever before.  That alone makes last year one worth keeping in a treasure chest marked “Remember”.

Being content and at peace with the world and self does not come with trumpets and parades and loud hurrahs.  It slips in quietly, unnoticed and unheralded, and takes up residence without a fuss.

How awesome is that?!

I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions but if I did I would resolve to more readily recognize the grace of  contentment and peace that blesses my life.

Who, on earth, knows what 2011 will bring?  What I do know is that I will keep my “Remember”  treasure chest close at hand.  And I will keep my heart open to all the grace and blessings of contentment and peace that is yet to be revealed .

Happy New Year.