Thursday, February 04, 2010
Don't worry when you are doing your best.
Don't hurry when success depends on accuracy.
Don't form conclusions until you have all the facts.
Don't believe a thing to be impossible.
Don't waste time on trivial matters.
Don't think that good intentions are an acceptable excuse for doing nothing.
-- if this sounds like something your parents used to tell you, then it probably was.
-- add a principle that you live by to this list!!!
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
With the job market so competitive and me being in a rut sending out resume after resume with scarcely a response, I am trying to think outside the box. If I were to include activities that I enjoy into a work week, what would they be?
Sometimes the new horizon is right in front of one's nose and can't be seen because we are too close to the situation. Other times, our favourite activities do not make a good foundation to a paying job.
Want to join me in this exercise? (It won't burn calories or strengthen your abs, but here goes.)
being a friendly voice on the phone
carving with a Dremel tool
cross country skiing in hilly territory
designing and sewing aprons and tea cosies
designing and sewing costumes
imagine being an author of a children's book
interacting with people ( face-to-face, over the phone and via the internet)
intrigued by colour and texture
learning to paint
offering a word of encouragement
performing action songs
reading stories aloud for others
sharing a folk story with actions and audience participation
singing at karaoke gatherings
sketching and drawing
tea cups and tea pots
trying international cuisine
walking in the forest with the deep colour and woodsy aroma
Well, that is all well and good, but how does this information distill into my new, great idea? Is there any direction that I lean in?
I guess I'll get back to invoicing some customers for their appliance repairs. Lunch time is over. (Even if I am just volunteering here.)
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Once upon a time, my life seemed like a series of mornings, afternoons and evenings which I could spend accomplishing small tasks/ chores and then fill with activities that interested me.
There were times that were actually boring... because I didn't come up with any fresh ideas to occupy my time.
Do you remember that feeling, way, way, WAY back as a child???
Oh, what we would do to have spare time once again.
Now, let's put on our Imagination Caps (like back in school days) and fantasize about what we would do with the luxury of spare time....
My list has been alphabetized to challenge me to explore joyous ways to fill my days! (Did you notice how that rhymed?)
A- Aerobics to absolutely amazing music, afternoon tea party
B- Bake a nutritious goodie, bead a necklace, bounce on a trampoline
C- Cross stitch, clean out a closet, calligraphy
D- Dance, Devotional time (read or write)
E- Embroider, Email a friend, Exercise
F- Flower arrangement challenge... what is in the garden or in the grocery store?
G- Gardening & pruning, go for a stroll, gather beach stones
H- Hike a hill,
I- Ice skate
J- Jog in place,
K- Knit, kayak (I'd need to take lessons)
L- Letter writting, library, lemonade from scratch
M- Meditate (never been good at it)
N- Nail polish... maybe just the toes
O- Oil pastels (got some; never out of the box yet)
P- Poetry writing and reading, paint like a master, photography
Q- Quilt a 'stained glass' picture
R- Read a joke book, random act of kindness, roller skate
S- Swimming, Sewing & Serging, skip rope
T- Tea, of course... telephone a friend out of the blue
U- learn to unicycle, buy another ukulele
V- Volunteer and Visit
W- Write a thank you note, walk a new path
X- Not into X-treme anything
Y- youtube video for a new skill
Z- Zzzzzzzz (never too old for a nap)
Try your own version of "What You'd Do With Spare Time".
And next time something in your life gets canceled, you will have a ideas to challenge your days in joyous ways!!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls.
Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles;
An angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.
But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.
I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.
My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.
Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise.
My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, and wealth, and false accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.
And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was.
I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light.
An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.
Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, 'Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles.
Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.'
May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through!
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