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Day 154: Change

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Day 154: Change, it can be a very good thing! Maya Angelou said,”If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

I think all of us knows someone who always complains. This person is a “buzz kill,” never having anything good to say. It gets tiring for those who have to spend time with people like this and it has got to be tiring for the complainer as well!

Why not change your circumstances? It is a win-win for all concerned! Life is too short to be and feel miserable. Happiness is a choice! It is a false assumption that others can make you happy. Only YOU can make YOU happy! Life is full of unfairness and disappointment, but why wallow in your woes, when you can try a smile and see where it leads. It can’t hurt, but it could certainly help. If you wear a smile, you are sure to get positive feedback from others.

I urge you curmudgeons out there to turn that frown into a smile! If you know a curmudgeon, take them out and “kill them with kindness!”

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Day 151: Beauty

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Day 151: Beauty. I love this time of year! Beauty is all around us. Just look at all the signs of life around us. The grass is greener than green. The birds are all singing. The flowers and the tree’s blooms are in their glory. Noticing new birth all around, calves, colts, fillies, fawns. We have been given a great gift this spring after a “longer than normal” winter!

I am finding beauty everywhere! Confucius once said, “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” For me, it is hard NOT to see the beauty that is around me!

Hoping that all of you can make it outside today to find the beauty that is so abundant in our environment this time of year. As a photographer I am giddy with all the awesome photo “opps” around me!

Have a beautiful day!

 

 

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Day 150: Family

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Day 150: Family. Sharing an awesome quote about family from Michael J. Fox, “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”

If you don’t have family, what do you have? Friends and coworkers can come and go, but you have your family forever. Your family knows you more than any other group does. They love you for who you are, faults and all. Thank goodness!

It is disheartening to know that there are some families out there who have members that have been alienated or disowned for various reasons. What a very sad commentary. Just remember the Hatfields and McCoys, whose families were intertwined through marriage. Instead of finding ways to mend their broken families, they CHOSE to kill each other generation after generation.

I have always had a very hard time understanding this horrible story! To me this situation boiled down to hurt feelings and pride. If they would have been able to see the whole picture and how destructive and silly and sad they had been, maybe this horrible story might have ended decades before. I am sure there were some on each side that could not come up with a good reason for the killings, they did it just because it has “always been this way.”

In the scheme of things, we are on this earth for a very short time. Why not “let bygones be bygones,” “bury the hatchet,” swallow your pride and apologize. Profess your love for one another and go on with a renewed sense of humility and kindness for one another. Besides, living with love in your heart instead of hate, is better for your health and longevity.

Living with love in your heart, instead of hate, is a message that we should all take to heart.

May you all have families that love and cherish you!

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Day 149: Motivate Monday

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Day 149: Motivate Monday. Here is a motivational quote from pastor Joel Osteen to get your Monday going in an inspirational way, “I believe if you keep your faith, you keep your trust, you keep the right attitude, if you’re grateful, you’ll see God open up new doors.”

Faith, trust, attitude, gratefulness are the positive qualities that give you “a leg up” on your colleagues and peers. They are the qualities that are the ingredients for a successful life.

If we could all have these qualities, the world would be a much better place. These attributes have a way of rubbing off on others. Positivity is infectious! All of us knows a person who is a “curmudgeon.” Just being around someone like this brings us down and we want to get away from him or her. I know I do!

I challenge you to go out there and be that “positive” person and spread your happiness around to as many people as you can! As they say, “kill them with kindness.”

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Day 148: Happy Mother’s Day

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Day 148: Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and mothers-to-be! Here is an Irish prayer for mothers:

“God bless your kindly soul and bless your caring heart with all the grace and goodness His providence imparts. God keep our family safe and keep us close together, and hold us in the hollow of His loving hand forever.”

Hope all of you mothers have a great weekend! All of you sons and daughters, remember to call your Mom today!!!

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Day 146: Hypocrisy

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Day 146: Hypocrisy. I believe there has been a lot of hypocrisy lately when it comes to sexual abuse. Whether this happens to a man or a woman, it is wrong and deplorable! Whether it happens to a liberal or a conservative, it is wrong and deplorable!

It is odd and disturbing when one sees instances of sexual abuse, that are supposed to be viewed as WRONG (no matter who it happens to or who is the perpetrator) that are buried and suppressed from the news. I believe it has been buried because it puts one of those “supposed champions of the #metoo movement” in a very BAD light as it should be! How can someone live with oneself when they are thought of as an advocate for women and have committed such atrocities towards women?

I have been very disappointed and ashamed of our current state of journalism. Wrong is wrong and there should be no conditions! Today’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. If we are to be outraged over sexual abuse it should be with just as much fervor no matter who it happens to and no matter who the guilty person is! I think this should go without saying, but in this day and age, there are no “givens.” Unfortunately.

Let me know your thoughts on this controversial matter.

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Day 145 of 365: Friendship

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Day 145: Friendship! We are all so very blessed to have friends to share our lives with. I ran across this quote that really sums up what friendship is all about. This photo is from the free photo library.

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood,” by Lucius Annaeus Seneca.

After all, isn’t that what we all need? To have someone that “gets you,” someone who you can be yourself around and someone that knows where you are coming from. It is so freeing to be able to “just be” with someone and let everything else go. No pretenses, no explaining, no questions, no conditions.

There are some people in my own family that don’t really get me, so thank goodness for my friends. You know who you are. I view my husband as my friend, but I can’t always talk about the same things that I would talk about with my girlfriends. I thing guys would say the same about their wives versus their guy friends.

Lastly, I consider Jesus my friend. He is always there to listen to me. He understands what is going on with me even if I don’t say anything. I know He “gets me.” I can confide in Him and he accepts what I have to say and is ready to forgive me, if I ask. What better friend could someone have? His love is unconditional, no questions asked! I know He is always with me, even though I may not be thinking of Him. This fact gives me comfort. He loves me in spite of all my faults and shortcomings, which I am thankful for and not worthy of.

Who are the friends you are thankful for and who “get you?”

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Day 143: The Lemming Effect

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Day 143: The Lemming Effect. This photo was not taken by me, just to let you know. I don’t even know if this rodent is a lemming or not, so forgive me. For those of you that don’t know what the lemming effect is, I will tell you.

It is a phenomenon where these small rodents have been observed to follow each other as they jump off a cliff or run into raging rivers to their deaths. This has been said to be a myth however. Whether it is a myth of not, I see this type of behavior in people, metaphorically speaking. It is a sad commentary in our world today!

I have been noticing that there is a lot of groupthink going on. Certain news outlets continue to spew the same tired talking points. I have also noticed there is not a lot of independent thinking going on. We are being told what to think and no one seems to question it. No facts to back them up whatsoever. I wonder how many people out there realize that this is going on besides me?

Have you noticed, like I have, that there are some activist groups out there that mindlessly chant and march down our streets for various causes and when asked why they are marching they have NO answer. Crickets!!!! Lemming effect anyone??? It is frightening and disturbing, to say the least! Have we all lost our minds? Our ability to think for ourselves?

I see it as the “dumbing down of our society.” You see it in our colleges and universities, our young adults are being told what to think. If they have a thought that does not comport with the professor’s they are shut down. They are rewarded when they mimick the thoughts of their professors.

I FULLY believe in the 1st amendment. Our freedom to say what we think is what makes this country so great! It is fine to say what you think, but is there any THOUGHT involved in what you are saying? In most cases, I say not. Also, if you have an opinion that differs from the mainstream media, you are labeled a “hater” and a “rascist.” Instead of an honest discussion or debate of the matter, those with dissenting opinions are totally shut down.

This groupthink mentality is a dangerous thing. Total conformity can lead to the downfall of society and the death of human expression and independent thought. Remember the book written by George Orwell entitled, “1984?” Are we headed down this HORRID rabbit hole? Take a look at some of the totalitarian regimes in history and how things worked out for them. Cautionary tales to be sure!

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Day 142 of 365: Guard Against It

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Day 142: Guard against it! There is one thing that you should guard yourself against in all your relationships as well as your marriage. That one thing is PRIDE.

Pride builds up walls that prevent open, intimate and loving relationships. Pride can cause a person to have an unhealthy sense of self-importance over others. Remember the Bible story of the Tower of Babel and what happened to those prideful people?

Instead, we should be a people of humility. Humility deflates our unhealthy sense of self, puts the focus on the other person and removes the tension and competitiveness in our relationships.

In our marriages, if we have humility we have an open and unselfish heart, free to love our mate unconditionally. That is what true love is after all.

One of my favorite songs is “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw. It reminds us to do all those things we were taught to do in kindergarten. I think our world needs to take a lesson in humility!

Some wise words from the Bible, “Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love,” Ephesians 4:2.

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