Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wednesday's Wisdom....

"Wouldn't the real Christmas miracle be if we slowed down long enough to remember the reason for the season, so that our holiday celebrations became authentic and meaningful?

So be of good cheer. Be not frazzled, frustrated, nor frantic, for I bring you tidings of comfort and joy. If you do Christmas at your house, you can choose to do it your way. Whatever that way might be. You can consciously decide to be happy, loving, fulfilled, generous, peaceful, contented, spiritual, joyous, calm, festive, and emotionally connected to the important people in your life for the holidays this year.
Or you can, unconsciously, choose to be a wreck."
Sarah Ban Breathnach  -  Simple Abundance - December 8

I've learned that I actually don't have to do it all! 
I can do just enough so that I am are not overwrought and over tired.
I can actually enjoy the holiday season.

The choice is always mine.
(Don't you just hate that! But it's true.)

I intend to choose wisely - for my sake - 
as well as everyone around me.  

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thursday's Thought for the Day....

"The only true moment of Christmas is the one when you hold out your hands-to give. 
It takes so little really, just a little extra time, a little extra effort, almost nothing at all,
when you think about it."

~ Leslie Belleau
"Just a Little Extra"
A Cup of Comfort for Christmas - edited by Colleen Sell

This story recalls the author's experiences of neighbors coming together to help each other, in any way they could.  She reminds me of how many truly good people there are in this world.  I was blessed to grow up in a home where my parents did the same. Our family has always tried to follow their example.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tip for a Tuesday.....

Jigsaw Puzzles

There have been numerous articles posted recently about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness. 

I have been pleasantly surprised to find that while working on a jigsaw puzzle my mind is calm and free of worrisome thoughts -  a feeling similar to those one should feel while meditating.

I highly recommend it!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wednesday's Wisdom...

Found this on Pinterest. Passing it on today, as some of the suggestions may be especially useful when gathering with family and friends this holiday season.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tip for a Tuesday....

"One of the reasons real life is difficult is that we don't ask for assistance-from family, friends, co-workers, strangers. We feel uncomfortable, as if asking for help is confirmation that we're completely inept or spongers.
Stop the rather self-centered assumption that a little help is too much to ask for. Because we become a burden only when we're overwhelmed by our own hubris and have to rely on others to bear our load as well as their own."
Simple Abundance
November 19
Sarah Ban Breathnach

Most especially at this time of year - do not try to do it all - all by yourself.

Ask for - then accept - help!!

Allow others the gift of being of service.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday Morning Musings....

(Photos via @RoyalFamily on Twitter)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary today.
Seventy years of marriage!

“He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years,” Elizabeth said in a speech to mark the couple's 50th wedding anniversary in 1997.

Those who know them well, say that Prince Philip's ability to make the Queen laugh has also been an important component of their enduring marriage.

My Englishman just noted to me that after all our years together, 
he still makes me laugh.
I'll take that as a hopeful sign that we may reach a similar milestone!