STUMBLING BLOCKS OR STEPPING STONES?

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I’ve been thinking about this phrase for a couple of days ever since I saw it on my mother’s Methodist calendar. It does seem to apply to all that is going on in our lives right now, doesn’t it? Whenever I look at my Twitter feed or read about friends on Facebook, it is pretty hard to be sure just which one of them applies to the mixture that is facing us each day. Of course I can say that my friends and my family are immersed in whatever they are involved in at the present and the rest of it has nothing to do with me. Of course I can say that, but of course it isn’t exactly true. We are all connected one with each other, and what affects one will eventually affect us all.

So what I have decided is that it isn’t so much what is actually happening as it is how I decide to face up to any conflicts.  What I want to do is use the happenings as a stepping stone to a learning experience that will improve my life no matter what is going on elsewhere. Surely there are lessons to be learned by all of us no matter what. I can remember that my glass is more than half full just because we are connected in some mystical way that we can’t always understand.

Which one, the blocks or the stepping stones, is holding sway in your life right now? A good question for us to ponder as we go about our daily lives.

Verlie   August 25, 2018

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AUGUST 19th.

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img_0080A very special day for me to remember my past. August 19th.    My mother left this world on this day, and my mother in law and also a daughter in law claimed it as their birthdays. Each year I count my blessings that I was able to share their lives for a little while. ❤️

PROVERBS 3:3

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IMG_0185.jpgNever forget to be truthful and kind.

Hold these virtues tightly.

Write them deeply within your heart.

Proverbs  3:3

Found this on my mother’s Methodist calendar today, and it felt like she was speaking directly to me. A good reminder for us all.

We love and miss you, Mother!

THIS IS A PICKME UP.

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NicholasSome weeks it seems like everything I touch just becomes a terrific hassle.  Know what I mean? No matter what good intentions I have when I start, things just don’t seem to go well.  On my IPad I lose websites, passwords don’t seem to work like they are supposed to, that darned split screen shows up and I can’t figure out how to fix it.   After a while it becomes more effort than its worth to cope with it all.

So I say enough, enough, I’m done with it, for now at least, and I go and look for a good book.  That solves that problem.  Time goes on and we have some company show up unexpectedly and we all sit and eat some watermelon. My spirits begin to rise.

And I hear about something new, new to me that is. My friend has just bought some new Copper Chef cooking pans. She is raving about how great they are, and all of a sudden I remember all of my old pans, accumulated over the years, some of them are dilapidated, to say the least.    This is it.   It hits me that it is Amazon Prime Day this week, and what could be more in line with my thinking?

Needlesstosay, this triggered my finger on my IPad, and in no time at all I had placed my order for some beautiful shiny new Copper Chef pans.    That was Tuesday.  I had to wait for two days so I started going thru my old pans, packing them away in the garage.   Yesterday the frying pans came and this morning a Dutch oven type showed up.  They gleam with the color of a setting sun.

My gloom has disappeared. The house smells like pork thick ribs with barbecue sauce, and my world has become a wonderful place to be.  I continue to enjoy all of the hours I can spend with my friends on Messenger on my IPad.  It is amazing how bright my day has become.  Thank you my special friend for  inspiring me to write again today.

The sun is trying to shine again, but it makes no difference to me. I feel the warmth of my friends and family all around me.

 

THE CIRCLE OF REMEMBERING

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hearts_sRemembering the way you looked at me when I said “I love you.”

Remembering the way you looked at me when I said “I hate you.”

Remembering the way you looked away when I said, “I don’t understand you.”

Remembering the way you looked when I looked away from you.

Remembering the way you looked when I looked on beyond you.

Remembering the way you began to look when I avoided you.

Remembering the way I began to change when you began to look for me first.

Remembering the way you began to change when you remembered me each day.

Remembering the way you finally said, “I love you.”

Remembering the way you looked when I finally repeated back, “I love you.”

The circle goes round and round.

 

 

 

 

TO WRITE OR NOT TO WRITE

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To write or not to write, now that is the question. It being Saturday afternoon and Monday morning writing class looming on the horizon, little bits and pieces of quotations are floating thru my mind. It also being the last time we meet until the fall months, there are two ways of looking at writing. Either I can work hard, write splendidly, and go out with a bang, or I can sigh, think, everyone is leaving and so it really doesn’t matter anyhow. I can just look thru my old inventory, so to speak, and skim by with no problem. It wouldn’t be the first time, or the last either, so what’s the big deal?
Actually, this seems to be a pretty good synopsis of our lives, I think. Most of us seem to be a combination of these two pathways in life. Sometime we are going forth gung ho, looking forward on a trail towards success and happiness no matter what we must do to achieve it. And at other times we seem to cross over to the easier trail, taking each day as it comes, accepting whatever comes our way, and thinking, No big deal, anyhow. And there are a lot of reasons for our uncertainty because success and happiness usually takes a lot longer to accomplish than we want it to. Particularly since patience is a quality that I myself find hard to find all too often.
At some time in our lives most of us learn the word acceptance for ourselves at least, and forget that once we were the younger go getters, intent on making our way in the world. We marvel at the younger generations and how busy they are, how intent upon making their path successfully and forget our own past efforts. Each group has to learn their own way, and we can watch them doing it, and remember what it was like to feel pushed.
And we can help them in the small everyday ways by showing our encouragement and love for them and their efforts. For me, writing seems to be the way for me to remind them that we all are on the path, in different positions to be sure, but with the same goals of happiness and success for them and their families.

TURMOIL

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Definition: a state of great commotion, disturbance, confusion or uncertainty.
also: tumult, agitation, disquiet, mental turmoil caused by difficult decisions.
I have found that each week as I prepare myself to start thinking about what I will write for my class and my blog, it has become increasingly difficult to concentrate upon the subjects we are given. There is nothing wrong with the subjects, which are felt to be of general interest to everyone in the group.
No, it is me, and the constant awareness of the turmoil going on all about us, in our homes, our schools, the constant communication we bombard ourselves with wherever we go.
The turmoil that we feel in our lives when we are faced with the decision of accepting the new way of looking at the world when inside myself I still remember how I was brought up to think about the other persons feelings as well as my own. I was taught to show respect for my elders, and for people of authority. If I didn’t agree with them and often I didn’t, I avoided or ignored the situation as best I could.
I would never use the word “turmoil” as a constant in that long ago world because I was taught and shown that there could be a better way of accomplishing our goals. Now I look back in praise at my parents who never let me feel the turmoil that did exist in the world at that time. Because of course, there was turmoil, plenty of it. But the heros and heroines that I admired were the people that could talk eloquently about problems and inspire us to try to fix them.
Familiarity breeds contempt. With the advent of constant communication we now know way too much about the people who we used to admire from afar. We are left with the constant feeling that there is no one left that is truly honest, or careful or compassionate.
The Golden Rule, which is the ultimate law of decency, has been left by the wayside. No one has ever been able to live only by its law of love, but at least it was a goal.
According to the dictionary there are different kinds of turmoil: emotional, economic, and physical. Right now our country seems to be going thru them all at one time. Turmoil is not good for us, and not good for our children either.
And it is not good for me. I feel like I am writing of a long ago time thru the lens of today. And ignoring todays turmoil becomes extremely difficult. You probably wonder why I don’t just ignore it all at my advanced age. I can go on writing about peace and love and sunshine, and nothing is going to change anyhow.
That is the turmoil, the longing for our children to have heroes and heroines to look up to and admire for their stalwart character. I can’t change my life or my misdeeds such as they may have been, but I can tell the children “there has to be a better way than this.”
“Turmoil” is a word that describes our world right now. So what do I do about it? Retreat from the world? Ignore the commotion? Hide my head in the sand? I don’t know. I only know that the Golden Rule still works. My problem seems to be that it is difficult to find enough people who are willing to follow it. And it is still harder to write about olden times when today we are all being besieged by “turmoil”.