"One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering."
Just doodle dee doing for some fun using
colored pencils and ink. It's nothing fancy but
doodling sure produces some good therapy!
Don't you agree?
What about your wishes? Are they
just something you dream about
or are you now,
living and working towards them
to make them come true?
For me, I have to be
accountable and check in with
and the goals I've set
every now and then, or
I can get stuck in a rut and
lay dormant instead of continuing to bloom.
Do you have to do that with yourself?
“Arrange whatever pieces come your way” ……Virginia Wooolf
our days can throw curve balls at us
and totally throw us off and
that is when we need to relax
through it and just
arrange whatever pieces come our way.
I've had to learn
and am still learning how
to be more flexible.
Especially when it comes to being more flexible
Being a firstborn, I have
a tendency, like most firstborns do,
to be a little too hard on myself
because of wanting or thinking I must
be perfect at what I do and
even sometimes with who I am.
That is just too much pressure to put on yourself!
Don't you find it so refreshing,
knowing you have the ability to arrange or
rearrange any unexpected pieces
that come your way?
And sometimes those unexpected pieces
turn out to be great blessings in disguise.
I LOVE it when that happens!
“ Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.”
Talk about a huge piece thrown at you
that rearranges life.
I hope you won't mind if I share a personal story
of how my grandparents
arranged the pieces that came their way.
My grandparents raised me and my siblings.
They took us into their home to raise when I was
11 years old and my 3 siblings were
even younger than me.
I will forever be grateful
to them for their sacrifice and great love.
After my grandfather died at age 72,
when I was a young adult,
I remember telling my grandmother
that I was sorry that they
gave up getting together with their friends
because of the time it took to raise us when they
were in their 50's and 60's.
I was sad now that
grandpa was gone and grandma
close girlfriends anymore.
I knew raising us was a piece given to them
that they were not expecting during that
middle age time in their lives.
You know what she said to me? I will never forget
her gracious and loving words.
She said, "Oh honey, don't you think that way at all."
"You kids added so much joy to our lives."
Before you lived with us, we worried all of the time
about you and if you were okay, but when you came to
live with us, we didn't worry anymore!"
My grandparents lived out
"arranging the pieces that come your way."
And the blessings from it
changed my life.
Here is a photo my brother just recently found of my
grandfather and my two daughters and my niece.
I'm not kidding when I say,
"He was the most fun grandpa and great -grandpa ever!"