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Let it Go, Let it Go!


The Brown Thomas Department Store in Dublin - ...

The Brown Thomas Department Store in Dublin – 08/11/2009 – The Brasserie on the third floor! Beautiful service, good value and relaxing athmosphere! All agree, please! Well done! (Photo credit: || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||)

We recently were invited to a friend’s new home for a Holiday Party.  The invitation arrived from dear friends and we looked forward to spending the evening with them as well as the other guests.

As I had expected their new house was fabulous, warm, inviting, as are the couple.  Their new condo was freshly painted, and uncluttered.  Uncluttered being the definitive word.  It was a space you could breath in, stretch out your arms without knocking over a trinket, yet it still had personality and style.  A space that promoted a sense of ease and comfort.

Upon arriving home, to our own abode, I looked around with a critical eye.  Do we ever really see our own surroundings? Do we become too accustomed to the way things are?   Yep my house has plenty of personality, mine.  Perhaps a little too much of it.  What to do about this dilemma?

I always have a box on hand  filling it with my gently used items, clothing and household things that I no longer want.  Seems to me  after living in the same place for over forty years that box  just might not be a fast enough way to eliminate the unwanted or unnecessary.  I added another sweater to the box, stored the holiday decorations, and let the house cleansing notion slip away even though I was still not content.  My home was not where I wanted it to be at this stage in my life.  I was beginning to see why some people get to a time when they just pick up and move leaving their years of collecting behind.  Some move out-of-state, others just downsize to get away from the stuff and relocate onto the next street.

Fast forward two weeks.  My daughter, Crissy, came to visit.  I mentioned my desire to simplify the look of the house, even before painting or upgrading anything, I needed to discard at a quicker pace.  That’s when she told me about a book that someone had mentioned to her.  (Isn’t communication great) . We never got the title right, but the premise was to discard twenty-seven things a day.  Ok, I realize that sounds crazy but not if you think about your junk draws, everyone has them, your pantry, think about the items that haven’t been touched in five years, and the knick knacks you’ve kept just because your favorite aunt gave it to you ten years ago.  Do you really want to keep it on display?

That’s it, I went on a tear. Garbage, donate, give it to the kids.  While I haven’t kept up with the twenty-seven items a day regiment, I now do not pick up anything only to put it back down without thinking, do I really want to keep this, and if so, where?  I am hoping by Spring there will be a noticeable difference in the appearance of my home.  If nothing else my new hobby will benefit the Good Will Shoppers.

My newest Mantra — Let it Go!!

 

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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Do you know who you are?


Cosmopolitan (magazine)

Cosmopolitan (magazine) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I know a lot of people.  That sentence needs clarifying.  I have met a lot of people and know them only by what they tell me about themselves.  After being in their company, often I discover that they are not really who they think they are, or who they try to project.  Living a false image, or lie, is not sustainable. Your true self eventually comes to the fore.  Sometimes that is for the better. Being pretentious never endears one.  Having come to this conclusion I wondered if I know who I am.  I thought I knew, but then again is it like that mirror image that only shows you what you think you look like and not what you really look like.  I’ve found that a photograph does a better job of representing one’s image than the mirror does, but still it isn’t who you are inside.

It is true that we are many things to many people, but does that mean that we are not true to who we want to be?  After so many years of striving to be socially acceptable, making certain we are liked, and reading issues of Cosmo, with all its quizzes and advice, can we truly know for certain this is who I am and what I want in life?  Did all that practicing at life eventually shape us into the person we really are?  If so, have we taken stock of our changing profile so that when we introduce or speak about ourself are we talking about the person we are now, or the person we thought ourselves to be ten years ago?

I’ve recently taken that proverbial stock of myself.  Had I met me ten years ago, I would have met an entirely different person than the person I would meet today.  Without a doubt my desires are different, expectations, and what I deem important have changed.  What I will tolerate from others has certainly been refined.  I definitely like me more now, and that figures into how I treat others, nicer and more sympathetic to their lives.  It seems to me that my basic nature has reverted back to when everything came naturally.  I behave without thought to other people’s expectations of who I should be.

Life’s goals are realistic and all successes, ours and those of other’s are celebrated and recognized.  At this moment  I think I know who I am and that will help me manuever through time with a bit of ease and a hint of grace.  I will have to reevaluate again in the future, but that’s ok.  Perhaps with the passing years I’ll continue to be happy in my own skin.

Can I help introducing you to you?

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Affirmations


Sometimes I think people who are continually sprouting and printing positive affirmations on all their text are sappy. I am just too cool for these honey inspired messages.  Keep your uplifting opinions to yourself.  You don’t know what I’m going through.  Yeah sometimes I think these things, but know what, I am wrong.

With the continuous barrage of negativity daily by television, newspapers, movies, and the net, there needs to be some kind of counter balance, or we would certainly all be on drugs.

There is a friend of mine, Sande, who begins every morning on her face book page with a beautiful picture and an uplifting message.  I’ve been reading them for a couple of years now, even when its a crappy beginning of the day for me.  They always make me smile and dissipate any early day clouds.

Lisa is another one of these people who take the time to paste a beautiful, or cute picture.  I catch these at the end of my day.  Her sugary message always fills me with a happy sign.  Often the real or imagined stress leaves for the rest of the evening.

The cutesy animal and baby pictures remind me what it was to have a baby in my home or a loving pet.  While, at the moment, I have neither, their imprint is refreshed in my heart.

Sure we can be too cool for this stuff and dismiss it as sappy, but once in a while that counter balance to all the harshness of the real world is good for our minds and souls.  If you choose not to note it, then don’t. No one will know one way or another. But as for me, I’ll keep the couple of moments that it takes each day to read and smile.

The Louise Hay quote, pasted on the top of this blog, was copied from the page of my late cousin Johnny’s son, Johnny.  It is a really good one and will surely become a new mantra  of mine.  Come on and admit it.  Doesn’t it give you pause to think?

 

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Mayan Calendar Follow-Up and my Predictions


United States Senate Seal

United States Senate Seal (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Since I am writing this blog on January 5, 2013 we can all safely say that the Mayan calendar was not a prediction for the end of the world, or a quick change for life as we know it.  Prehaps that was not what they were alerting us to.  Rather it may have been the foretelling of a new future for the human race.

In the 70s we sang about the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, a kinder, more spiritual time.  If it dawned in 1970 are we now in that age?

With the recent US shooting tragedies, a number of wars currently being fought in the Middle East, hunger and pestilence in Africa, drug wars South of our Borders, and a record number of Natural Disasters all over the world just to name a few of the world’s trials, can we even make a case for a more enlightened future?  I would like to try.  Maybe give some reasons why a very few of the world’s woes might evaporate.

The most obvious, right here in the United States, is that there are now a record number of women in the US Senate.  I believe they will get more things accomplished.  Women work better together than men do, they discuss openly in order to achieve a goal, and have less testosterone clouding any reasonable compromise to any problem.

This year women were 53 percent of the Presidential vote.  Can a female President be far behind?  How many women willingly would send their sons or daughters to fight a war we have no business being in?  Not for money, that’s for sure.  I predict there will be more negotiations with foreign powers. We might get the point across without shedding a drop of blood.  I also predict the voice of women will rise all over the world shouting out for the end of murder of their own citizens.  This force has been waiting to rise for ages.  Is it possible we are in the age of reason?

Men are also weary of the horrific dictators who care nothing for the people, but rather stuff their own pockets full of gold.  The quest for power for power’s sake is an antiquated one.  I predict honorable men will back the voices of  women ready to start fixing this world.  Time and energy will be spent on agriculture, industrialization of primitive societies, and the greatest engine of them all, education.

Am I looking at life through a beautiful prism?  Maybe.  But I think the signs are here.  The meow is morphing into a roar from women all over the world.  Everyday we should live our lives to making the Mayan Calendar an

List of elected or appointed female heads of g...

List of elected or appointed female heads of government (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

accurate foretelling of the future.  Wouldn’t it be nice, and why not?

 

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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