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Sunday, November 23, 2014

JOURNEYING

"Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey to the ocean of meanings."
~Rumi~

I used to be rather an instant gratification junkie. I was all about the quick fix and had little, if any, patience for the journeying process. I wasn't interested in journeys. I wanted to arrive.
     I understand now what I didn't then- that there are markers along the path, and moments of import; crossroads, and overnight stays. But real arrival is the end of it all. So I'm ok today with slow progress, and able to enjoy the whole ride.
 
It's ok with me that things happen in their own sweet time.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

LACK OF LOGIC

"Look both ways before entering the insanity."
~ Terri Guillemets ~

In certain situations that we find ourselves, there is an utter lack of logic. We are presented with terms that are impossible-to-work-with, so there's no compromising or negotiation possible- only stalemate.
     To force logic on such situations is to engage in battle, and to fight with no hope of support or understanding. So in the long run, it may be less costly to simply accept the insanity of what we are facing and let it be what it is. We don't have to insist that it make sense. We can cut bait and walk away.

I let insanity be insanity and stop trying to straighten it out.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

RUDENESS

"Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax."
 ~Arthur Schopenhauer~
 
It never ceases to amaze me that people who work in the service industry think it's ok to be rude to their customers, and sometimes even belligerent. Where is the logic in that? Who hired them and who is over-seeing the situation? There's no percentage in rudeness, not for any of us, and not at any time.
 
I treat everyone I encounter with civility and respect.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

THE MESSES WE MAKE

"Take responsibility for your own progress."
~ I Ching ~

It's not always easy or possible to clean-up life messes that we've made. Sometimes there's a process by which we have to suffer the chaos in order to fully appreciate the error of our ways. We want to get in the clear, and wash our hands of whatever the mess may be. But sometimes, our hands are stained, and it's only time that will clean them fully.

Other people can't clean up my messes for me. I have to do that for myself.

Monday, November 17, 2014

EXCUSES

"We excuse our sloth under pretext of difficulty."
~ Marcus Fabius Quintilian~

Nobody wants to hear our excuses, because they usually have nothing really to do the issue at hand. We need to step up and take honest ownership of our part in the drama of our lives. We need to say, "Here's how I could have handled things differently, and next time, I will."
     We try to wiggle out of responsibility by making excuses for ourselves, but the bottom line is that at least some part of the responsibility  in every situation is ours to own. So let's own it... and move on.

I admit my mistakes, make my apologies, and agree to do better going forth.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

CHOICE FOR LIFE

"Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live."
~Jacqueline Winspear~

It's a state of being to be grateful; an energetic position that acknowledges that we receive all kinds of goodness and blessings from unknown sources. We are gifted with life, for one thing, and the beauty of the natural world in which we live.
     Appreciating is something that we do, but grateful is something that we are- or not. It's a choice. What do you choose?
 
I choose gratitude.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

LOOKING FOR BEAUTY

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
~American Idiom~

We are all hard enough on ourselves. We don't need to pick at our loved ones and point out all of their flaws. Let's look for their glories instead, and their unique beauty, and the special gifts that they bring to our lives.

I focus on what's right and beautiful in others instead of what they need to improve.