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Monday musings…

“What is day is it?” asked Pooh
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet
“My favorite day,” said Pooh

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Pooh has a great attitude. We should have the same but we don’t live in Pooh’s world. He lives in a happy and loving world where no matter what today brings it always ends up wonderful and there are sweet dreams. Pooh’s world is fiction where all ends well and everyone lives happily ever after.

Our world is not a place of fiction, though there are those that would like us to believe their fiction is truth, and all does not end well with sweet dreams to follow. Still, we should try to have a good attitude. But there are things that just get in the way. Some of the things that get in the way of my good attitude and don’t make for favorite days in my life;

  • Sometimes I don’t see what others see when looking at the same things
  •  Sometimes I don’t hear what others hear when listening to the same things
  • Some things I think are right others think are wrong
  • Some things I think are wrong others think are right
  • There are people I like that others don’t
  • There are people I don’t like that others do
  • I don’t love or even like some people
  • Some people don’t love or even like me

That’s just the way it is. I am trying to be more understanding. But it is a bumpy road.

This day is the only one we have
It may not be a favorite
Let’s make it the very best we can

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Wednesday, writing whatever…

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Sunday morning when I looked out the door
this is what I saw on my balcony.

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It’s a redtail hawk.
They often perch on the railing.
Usually, as soon as they see me at the door they fly away.
But not this guy.

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He stayed where he was and watched me watching him.hawk3It was quite a surprise to see that he didn’t take off when I got closer.hawk5He seemed to wonder
who I was and what I was doing. hawk6He even stayed around when Teddy and Jack walked up to the door.
It was like he was being entertained by me and the cats here at Patricia’s Place.hawk1Then I guess he got bored with us
and started looking around for something more interesting.
And off he went.

It was a wonderful gift
being visited and inspected
by that beautiful hawk.

I know these aren’t the best pictures but
I wanted to share my gift with you.

 

 

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Monday, musings…

“Good manners sometimes means
simply putting up with other people’s bad manners.”
H.Jackson Brown, Jr

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I always worked with the public.  First, as a hairdresser then managing a card and gift shop and many years in furniture sales. For the most part, people were nice, polite, and pretty easy to get along with.  Of course, there were those few that could ruin a day in a matter of minutes if I let them.

When I was a hairdresser it was easy to weed out the difficult clients who never seemed pleased with my efforts.  If they didn’t move on to another stylist on their own I simply told them I thought that perhaps they would be happier with another stylist. Usually, that did the trick and they would see someone else. But sometimes they would talk with me and we would come to understand each other better and continue our relationship with more patience.

Card and gift shop…most customers were pleasant and easy to get along with.  Every once in a while there would be a problem but nothing big.  After a couple of years, I quit because I was bored with the job and to be honest my good manners were not all that good at the end.

Furniture sales I loved.  I learned a lot and had great clients.  There were those few that were difficult but I understood that furnishing a room or house or office can seem overwhelming to some.  For me, it was a fun challenge for the most part and I enjoyed the interaction with clients.  Of course, there were problems and bad days with dissatisfied customers but rarely were their problems ones that couldn’t be solved. It just took time and patience and a little more work.  It also helped that the management and staff were wonderful to work with.

In my working life, I did learn that sometimes bad manners happen and the best thing to do is not get upset and make the situation worse by responding with bad manners. When I was young, I started working at 17, I wasn’t the best-mannered person and often was offended when someone thought differently than me and bluntly let them know what I thought.

As they say…with age comes wisdom.
I learned to treat others as I would like to be treated
and to meet bad manners with good manners.
Makes the days, and people, nicer and more pleasant.

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Wednesday, writing whatever…

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Every year I have a word of the year. Sometime in November or December I start thinking about what my word will be and by January 1 I know what it will be. There have been years I didn’t like the word but it is always a word I need to know and think about. Eventually, it becomes clear to me why the word was chosen for me. It’s like magic. 

This year the word is
Today

I need to be reminded of this.  Lately, I have been spending a lot of time in the past.  Not just remembering stuff but letting some of it bother me.  Though there is much of it I would like to erase from memory there is more I am happy to remember.

Besides the past, I have been thinking a lot about the future.  It is okay, even wise to consider the future and make some decisions and plans for it but not to be consumed with what might happen and all the what-ifs that come with overthinking the future.

I think this has to do with being old.  When one is young there is little past to think about and the future seems too far away to give it too much thought and life is busy. That changes. In time the past becomes long, the future short, and there is more time to ponder. I must remember; I have been given today and that is enough.

Today is the most important day of my life. 

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I am not so old that I don’t know what day it is.
I know it is Thursday and this is Wednesday’s post.
I had computer issues.
 So, here it is the future and I am posting the past today.

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Monday, musings

“It is wise to accept that (human faults) are inevitable.
Factor that in and keep going.”
Alice Walker

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I think the happy people of the world understand that everyone has faults. They accept that all of us are imperfect beings. But they don’t accept that those things that make us less than perfect keep us from having a good life. What keeps us from good happy lives is the belief that where we are and what we do are permanent with no hope of change.

Yes, there are some things that cannot be changed and we have to accept that, do our best and move on. Without a doubt life is challenging and takes effort and energy to do our best. Sometimes our best is just taking the next step and then to keep on going.

Faults are a fact of life.
But they don’t have to be the main attraction.

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Wednesday, writing whatever…

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Today I am thinking, wondering and writing about habits.

We all have habits, some are good some are bad. It’s a fact that we all have both kinds of habits. I imagine that most of our habits are good. Those things we do all the time because we like doing them, they give pleasure and make us happy, make the people around us happy. There are things we do simply because they need to be done to keep clean and neat and healthy or to help others because we care about them. You know, good things that come from our hearts.

Then there are those bad habits that somehow become a part of life. They may not be things that break laws or hurt people but they can be troublesome. They aren’t necessarily awful things but if we are honest with ourselves we know they aren’t nice or just stuff that wastes time. Things that we tell ourselves are okay because they aren’t hurting anyone except maybe ourself. Although, when they hurt us then the ones who care about us hurt.

What I really want to know is:
Why is it so hard to develop good habits and so easy develop bad habits?
Why is it so easy to break good habits and so hard to break the bad ones?
Why do good habits often seem boring and bad habits seem so fun?

Why am I thinking, wondering and writing about good and bad habits? Because I had a good habit that I started in January. That habit was walking 3-4 miles everyday! Well, except Sundays. That’s a day of rest, you know.

So, I had that good habit until sometime in July. It was near 100* most days with humidity in the 90’s. Even if I tried walking at 7 -7:30 in the morning I was a hot mess after just a few blocks and felt sick. So I didn’t walk most of July and all of August. It was still hot in September and my good habit was broken. Since October I have been walking a couple days a week except when I find an excuse not to.

I need my good habit back!
No one can get it back for me, I have to do it myself.
I will work on it…I’m not sure when but soon, I think.

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