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Think On These Things #5

Another belated post. And, again, that turns out to be a good thing.

A good friend forwarded an email that I have previously read and it was a timely reminder about making choices. Here is the story without the “forward to your friends” bit – although you are welcome to share my post with your friends. 🙂

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home  today. His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was  ready. 
As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.
“I love it,” he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.
“Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room; just wait.”
  
‘That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” he replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged. It’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice: I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away just for this time in my life. Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in.”
Happy memories. Choices. Perspective. These are all related and sometimes it’s good to get a reminder from a caring friend. Who knows if Mr. Jones from the story above is real. It doesn’t matter. The moral of the story is that we all have choices. And better yet, every day is a chance to start living the life of our choice. Or to keep living the life of our choice. Or to keep putting off living the life of our choice. The point being that WE get to choose. Maybe things aren’t going exactly as we want. We still get to choose the way we face each day. And we’re the only ones responsible for that choice.
I am sharing a few images with this post. The first one is one I have been hanging on to for a while. For today, I guess. It reminds me that I can choose to be however I want. And it gives me with some quick tips and suggestions of the choices I can make for the person I am when I face the world each day. It’s a good reminder since tonight I feel like sometimes I let those parts get away from me a little bit. And really, that’s a choice I make. So by posting that quoto now it reminds me that not only is everything a choice but also that choosing to be authentic is when I let the best parts of me shine. And shine is sparkle and sparkle is good. 🙂
And the next image is also about choice in that every new day provides a new chance to go ahead and make a different choice. I can truly say that I am fortunate in that when I count my blessings the list far outweighs those things that I list under “needs improvement”. And thus, knowing that every day is a chance to “adjust my course” ever so slightly gives me a great deal of solace and comfort.
And so then, that brings me to the quoto that ties in the above two pictures with the story emailed by my friend.
We can easily replace “If there is light in the soul” with “If there are happy memories in the heart”.
And with that, as I often do with my Think on These Things posts, I now reaffirm my commitment to dwell on the abundance of happy memories in my life and the times I have chosen the light. Because lately, I have let myself dwell a little too much on my “needs improvement” list rather than on my “oh-so-many-blessings-thank-my-lucky-stars” list.
And on that note, I will provide one last picture. My husband brought home these flowers “just because” – something he does semi-regularly and sometimes they are oh-so-timely and make me realize that one of my greatest blessings is to have married a partner who is intuitive, loving, caring, forgiving, spontaneous, and who epitomizes and embodies unconditional love. A fine illustration of just why my “oh-so-many-blessings-thank-my-lucky-stars” list is so long. And why “You are my sunshine…” plays in my head when I think of my husband.
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Words to Live By #12

A very belated post today and it’s one that I have been planning to share for a bit. I’m kinda glad it’s a late post because it’s now almost time for bed and this is a good thought on which to end my night – I feel as though I need to shift my perspective a bit as I have spent part of tonight ruminating on things that get me stuck in my head. I hope this helps you to shift your perspective when you most need it, too.

 

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Think on These Things #4

This week’s installment of Think on These Things isn’t the result of a specific incident and I don’t have a related story to share.

However, two quotos jumped out at me this morning and became the subject of today’s post.

I am opinionated and have a strong moral code. I’ve realized, though, that beliefs and opinions are merely a starting point and that without action, sadly, they are just words. Perhaps even words that make one feel like they’re a “good” person. Nonetheless, actions, in my opinion, are what define a person’s character.

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So, today, I’m going to pay a bit more attention to ensure that what I say is in line with what I do.

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Have a great day, everyone.

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Words to Live By #11

This week’s Words to Live By serves to remind that friendships come in many variations and that change is part of every friendship.

There are those who pass like ships in the night, who meet for a moment, then sail out of sight with never a backward glance of regret, folks we know briefly then quickly forget. Then there are friends who sail together, through quiet waters and stormy weather, helping eachother though joy and through strife. And they are the kind who give meaning to life.
~ Unknown

“After all, seasons change, so do cities; people come into your life and people go. But it’s comforting to know that the ones you love are always in your heart. And if you’re very lucky, a plane ride away.”
~ Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

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A Life That Isn’t Boring

Three of my nephews are participating in the 28th annual World Partnership Walk. One is only six-months-old, and he and the oldest one, who is seven, have reached their fundraising goals. The middle one, six-year-old Nicky, is a mere $15 short of his goal. Please help him make a difference on the other side of the world. Sponsor him at his page.

My two older nephews already understand that we have a responsibility to help the less fortunate. They have been participating in the World Partnership Walk since they were the same age as my baby nephew. I have no doubt all three will grow up to be incredible men who will have a strong social conscience and will have a deep love for the people and places they have helped since their first steps.

And, yeah, I’m proud of these boys already. Every day, in fact.

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Think On These Things #3

A bit late on today’s post and this is actually a story I wanted to share last week. Here it is without further ado.

One thing I know for sure is that I am teaching my nephews a little bit about self-confidence and being assertive.

E no longer bothers to question if he’s going to win when we race to my parents’ house.

N now carefully picks out his reward stickers after spelling homework and lets me know why he picked the one he did (yesterday he picked “keep it up” and he said, that means keep up the good work not goofing around – oh boy, these kids hear and remember everything, eh?), and they both tell me how things are going to be — E said he’s going to wear his new shirt for the Walk this year not last year’s (they get a new Walk shirt every year for reaching the $100 fundraising mark and becoming official ambassadors) and N said I could take his tree sapling to my house and that he wanted Uncle Craig to plant it. Talk about the student becoming the teacher (and vice versa), eh? 🙂

So today’s “Think On These Things” is about self-confidence and empowerment and the impact we can have on each other if we stand in a place of unconditional love.

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Words to Live By #10

This week’s Words to Live By help me get grounded for another busy week. I plan to pause to review them as needed to stay mindful of what’s important and valuable in my life. I hope they are useful for you, too.

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Think On These Things #2

Late out of the gate on this one today. Better late than never, eh?

Today’s post is gratitude for being a “bounce right back” kinda person.

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Words to Live By #9

This week’s installment of Words to Live By helps me to set my intention for the week. I hope it helps you, too. Have a great one!

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Think On These Things #1

I’m planning to establish a Tuesday post called “Think On These Things”. Today’s is a repost of a story fromMarc and Angel’sMakes Me Think” blog. I follow both blogs, in fact, and always learn something or find myself pondering as a result of the two blogs.

Today, after I came back from your wake, I sat alone in our apartment going over our argument from yesterday morning. And all I want to say to you is, “I’m sorry. I love you.” MMT

And to go with this story, I’m sharing a quoto (a quote with a photo) that I’ve had on my phone for a while.

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