What we think, we become.
All we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
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.
“Never let the things you want
make you forget the things you have.”
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!
“No matter what accomplishments you make
somebody helps you.”
How true. Think about it. Of the things you have accomplished how many did you do without any help? Probably not a one. There were helpers whether or not you acknowledged them or even knew them.
In your life, there are family members, teachers, coaches, friends, acquaintances, neighbors, students, clergy,…the list is endless. You probably know most of those who helped you achieve the things you wanted to do, be, have, make, or happen. But there are many who are in the background. People who wrote or did something that inspired you and gave you the tools and courage to try something new and different. They may be close or distant or even no longer in this world but they were there for you on your journey.
Maybe it’s time to acknowledge your helpers.
Say thank you to those you know…and don’t know.
Look for where you can be of help to others.
Share your blessings.
“It’s not reality that makes us feel stuck;
it’s the lens we use to view the world.”
Often we look out the window and the reality we see is discouraging. The world is filled with crime and war, poverty and homeless people, a natural environment that is deteriorating, and the eradication of people groups and wildlife. It can be so depressing that we just want to give up and abandon hope for a better world.
But there is another reality. One where there is a world of people working to prevent crime and stop wars, helping others overcome obstacles to a good life, working to save the natural world, teaching tolerance and understanding of those who are different than us, protecting animals from the threat of extinction.
There is more than one way to experience life.
More than one way to see the world.
There is more than one reality.
There is hope.
Whose lens do you want to share when you look at the world?
“What is day is it?” asked Pooh
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet
“My favorite day,” said Pooh
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
“Good manners sometimes means
simply putting up with other people’s bad manners.”
H.Jackson Brown, Jr
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.