I've been thinking...you have been warned...today's blog is brought to you by the letter P. P is for pondering, which is the mode I am in today.
1. Did I miss the memo that the U.S. is in need of many men and women across the pond to fill positions in the US because the US unemployment rate has been zeroed out and everyone in the US who wants/needs a job has one? I've dealt with Sprint, Dell and our local ca: ble customer service in the past week and everyone I've talked to is in the Far East. I have no problem with that IF I could understand the person I'm dealing with and vice versa.
2. I'm a big quote person. Next to music, quotes can calm me when medicine can't. I recently came across the following:
A Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime
People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person.
When someone is in your life for a REASON . . . It is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically,emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are! They are there for the reason you need them to be.Then, without any wrong doing on your part, or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realise is that our need has been met, ourdesire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered. And now it is time to move on.
When people come into your life for a SEASON . . .Because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn.They bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh.They may teach you something you have never done.They usually give you an unbelievable amountof joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in allother relationships and areas of your life. "
Agree? Disagree? Couldn't care less?
3. Does everyone have a line and when they reach it, will they step up to the plate and do what's needed in order to save themselves? I'm thinking about my best friend this morning and the latest cross she has to bear. I'd like to have a magic wand and zap her into happiness, security and peace. But if I could, would she accept it?
4. What will 2008 bring? Do I have any personal causes I need to address? Do I hop on the 2008 train and ride for all its worth and let 2008 unfold as it may? Will I be in a better place in life or a worse place this time next year? Stay tuned.
5. Why can't we all just get along? I'm watching CNN and the latest violence of the assasination of the former prime minister of Pakistan. I think Robert Fulghum said it best and I leave you with his wise words today:
All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school. These are the things I learned:
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.
Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.
Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.
And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.
Make an appointment with yourself today and take your emotional temperature. If you're stressed, scared, lonely or out of sorts, find out why and love yourself enough to do something about it. Tell someone. Reach out. If you don't take care of yourself, no one else will. And I love you too much to let you slip/slide away. Do.It.Now.
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