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Ahhhhhh…..winter.

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Winter would not feel so cold if our yards could look like this….

even with the snow all around..

.this sure would be nice to see in the morning.

Here are some other beautiful flowers to cheer you up during this long cold winter some of us have been going through.

Look very carefully at them and you will find they are made up f painted bodies.  How cool is that???

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Stay warm.

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heartbeat

How many heartbeats does one person have in a lifetime??

An old friend from years past got me thinking about this…heartbeats…how many have I used and how many do I have left…and how exactly will I spend them?

So…let’s say I live to be 75 (average life expectancy) …that gives me 15 more years of heartbeats at a rate 72  of beats a minute…to use…I am not going to bore you with the math.

Hmmm….it seems I have used up a good percentage of MY available heartbeats…so I had better not waste what may be remaining.

I also got wondering…how did  I spent all those past heartbeats ?

AND  SO….

Some years ago I spend numerous heartbeats … writing children’s stories/poems.  Last week when cleaning out a space in my home, I found a binder with all the creations I had long since forgotten about. In thinking about heartbeats…I thought I would share some of them here on this blog …I suppose in doing this…

 This is a way of sharing my present and past heartbeats with all of you.??

Sam…Don’t

My mom will always tell me

“No, no, you shouldn’t, don’t

I find that quite confusing

Cause normally I won’t

But when she says “don’t do that !!!”

Whatever that might be

She makes me think about it

I get confused…you see???

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When mom says please don’t do that

the first thing that I think

I really want to try that

Before I can even blink

Like when she says “don’t eat that”

before she has a clue

that thing if right inside my mouth

And I begin to chew

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When in the tub… mom always says

“Don’t splash and please no bubbles”

But splashing makes the bath such fun

Which always causes trouble

Why does mom say “Don’t touch that” ??

Cause it makes me want to try

And so I touch it quickly

And then she wonders why??

On days when it is rainy

with big  puddles on my street

Why does she yell  “No splashing Sam”

Then… I can’t control my feet

And when I crawl in bed at night

Mom says  ” Don’t suck your thumb”

But that just makes me want to

Isn’t that just  dumb?

Mom gives me straws to drink my milk

Then says “No blowing bubbles”

If she would just not say such things

I’d cause her fewer troubles

My mother always tells me

She wants me to be good

If she didn’t give such fun ideas

I’d behave…I know I could.

Written by…ME…

Sally Unrau … May 23, 2006

Thanks for sharing my heartbeats today….I hope you enjoyed the first of many kids stories.

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Life…it can get busy and there are times when we can no longer see the forest for the trees…..

here is a thought..

.I heard this many years ago and always thought it was good to remember every once in a while…so I will share it with you.

Rocks in the Jar

A Philosophy professor one day he picked up a large empty jar and proceeded to fill it with small rocks. He then asked his students if the jar was full? They unanimously agreed that the jar was full.

So professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked his students again if the jar was full. Again, they unanimously agreed that the jar was full.

Then the professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

“Now,” the professor said, “I want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important things: your family, your partner, your friends, your health, your children, and things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else. If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.”

Origin Unknown

How are your rocks keeping these days???

 

You have probably heard the phrase..Seize the day….however…Can you think of a moment of happiness …that took you by surprise???….A  moment of surprise that you can actually say…seized you???

Tonight I had exactly a moment like that…I was surprised…over come….seized by the moment!!!  Our book club meeting was at my home this evening…The Happiness Project was the book we talked about…and in that chat I had mentioned that…something I would love to do is… to fly a kite!…The evening carried on…good wine…great food..and a few hours later…once the evening was just about over… and everyone began  packing up…one friend said she had a little something for me…Hmm…this was strange…and very interesting…why only for me I wondered…what ever could it be???

She ran out to her car….and…a few minutes later she returned to the  house with a bag in hand….She told us said she had done some house cleaning…and…had a few items in her car to bring to the thrift shop…however…she decided  this one item would be best if  given to me…We were all still wondering…what might it be…and then she told us…

A kite….It was a kite…she was giving me a KITE!!!

Now…is that synchronicity…serendipity…coincidence…karma…or what????…

I think we all were in awe of the event for a moment…and  I…I was so thrilled that …without even thinking …I gave her a big hug…and then we all laughed…Yes I was seized by that moment…how could I not have been????…Here we were …talking about happiness…and my evening ended with me surprised and thoroughly taken/seized by an unexpected  moment of happiness!!

So what about you???…any such moments of late??…Have you ever been the person to give  such a moment to someone else???… …Have you been the receiver of such a moment of surprise???

That has me wondering if…Is it possible for each and every one of us ….to make such moments occur…or…are such moments completely out of our hands???…Do we each have the capacity to be able to make happy moments for others???

Once the weather cooperates…you will find me out in a field….flying my newly acquired, gently used, kite!!!

Thanks to (V)…for providing us all with a moment of happiness.

I found this quote and it made me smile…

mostly because…

even in it’s shortness… it says so much.

be kind whenever possible…it is always possible

This simple little statement made me wonder … it sounds so simple…BE KIND…yet in practice…it is not…However…for  us to be kind…it does not cost us anything…it does not hurt us…it doesn’t take much of our time…and….we all know how to do it…so why then… is it so difficult???

I would guess that we can all very easily…think of a time  when someone …was  NOT kind to us…when someone said or did something that hurt…that made us feel bad…or….how about the times when…we have done that to others…when we have not been kind.

Why if being kind… is such an easy thing to do….do people choose NOT TO  BE..?

I would like to believe that …we all want to be kindwe all do our best to be …as kind as we can be…so why are there times we are not??… Could it be that we don’t really think about it?? …Could it be that we don’t realize our unkindness??…Could  it be that we are in such a rush to get on with our lives….that we sometimes…forget about those around us??…Maybe it is that we are just too tired to even consider it some days…being kind.

I think you would agree that. ..people love it when  someone is kind to them…..and that…it sure make us feel good when we are kind to someone… so why then… why wouldn’t we all want to be kinder to each other …more often???…Do we not like feeling good???….Is it that other things and emotions ….get in our way and make being kind … more difficult than it should be?

Sure we all partake in those special little acts of kindness…those good Samaritan acts… But what about our everyday actions??…How kind conscious are we with them???…How kind conscious are we to our kids…our husbands….the people we see everyday??…How kind are we from minute to minute???…Is it possible to be kinder…or not???…If there were a seminar on learning to be kind….how many of us would consider taking part?.

How kind do you want to be???… Think about it.

Be kind whenever possible…it is always possible

isn’t it???




My book Sam’s Weird Afternoon is presently in …

The New Covey Book Cover Award….contest.

Kurt Jones  of  Tate Publishing…was the brilliant illustrator  I worked with ..to develop Sam and the cover of Sam’s Weird Afternoon….. I was so very happy when we finalized what Sam would look like…and the cover came out better than I expected…I think it is very colorful and  eye catching…I hope you do too!

My  hope is that with enough votes from all of you ….my book cover might just be a winner for April !!!

Just click on the link below …go to entry # 14…and vote.

http://thenewcoveycoverawards.blogspot.com/

Voting will take place from April 1- 15th.

Sam…Kurt and I….thank you all in advance for your support and I will let you know what the results are after the 15th.

Thanks to all of you who voted …Sally and I are very excited about this…..Sam

I have been reading a book about happiness which got me thinking about…what is it that makes me happy?…What are the things I like  or would like to do that bring a smile to my face??…What is it that I consider to be fun??…The more I thought about it the more it made me wonder about fun…How often do we find ourselves  doing  something  with another person…something that is fun for them…but really not at all for us?…How often do we tell ourselves we are  having fun… but not really??…How often do we do something that is fun for us…How true are we to ourselves about fun and happiness??

Now I realize that there will always be things we do along with  others that may not be fun to us…and sometimes we should… because we want to spend time with them and so we share in their fun times…The problem comes when we allow someone else’s fun times to override ours .

For me???…I am happy…I am having fun… when I am spending hours in my sewing/craft room…and when I am reading my book to a group of children…doing a crossword puzzle with my husband…Fun for me is having an afternoon coffee with a friend….a long walk with my husband or… looking for that heart-shaped rock to add to my collection…just to name a few.

However…I  also think it could  be fun  to go fly a kite with my husband!!! …Yes a kite!…We have acres of open land around us..perfect for kite flying…I remember how much fun flying a kite was years ago…. Now how strange a thought is that?…I haven’t flown a kite since I was young …but for some reason…I think if I were to go and do that…it would make me happy…it would be such a fun time…So what am I waiting for???…I suppose I should work on it..I think I will plan to do just that in spring…I will just go and buy two kites and make a plan…Maybe I can even get a bunch of friends to join us…that could be even more fun.

So now I wonder about all of you…did something  fun immediately came to mind for you???….What is it that does.. or would …make you happy??…What  is that for you…  that is or would be  fun and make you smile???….How often do any of us pay attention to our fun factor??…How often do we actually think about …FUN???

I suppose if we wanted to be a bit happier…if we wanted to have more fun…it might be a good idea to develop a FUN list and add to it each time we become aware of another thing that makes us happy….then ….just like our task to do lists…we will have a happiness to do list …however instead of crossing them off as we do with our tasks…we can mark them with a star each time we do one…each time we have one of those fun times…and watch our stars add us and our list get longer and longer as we find new fun things to do. …It can be our very own FUN scale!!!

So……what is it that makes you happy and brings a smile to your face…what kinds of things are your fun???

Let me know at 3rdwave@mts.net….I think it could be fun to share our fun with each other.


When I first read this quote……it reminded me of the old song….Love the one you’re with….then…without warning… all of a sudden the quote….necessity is the mother of invention…popped into my my head.

Do what you can …with what you have... .has long been my mantra…even my husband will attest to that…It drives him crazy when he sees me doing just that!!! ..Who needs to go find the  jar opener when you have a spoon right in front of you?…or… How about the  lowly little butter knife… that can be easily transformed into a screw driver when required…I remember how my mom would transform a simple white tissue and a hair pin…into a hat for me to wear in church… on days that I forgot my Sunday bonnet…

For centuries …mankind has been doing what they can with what they have …If you don’t own a jar opener …and you need to get it opened…you will find a way….you will figure it out…Isn’t that kind of thinking….that  separates us from the other species???

I thought about this as I watched the news today…as I looked at the footage of the thousands of Japanese who have lost their homes…and everything they owned…people who are most likely…finding out how inventive they really can be….at a time when they have no choice but …to do what they can…with what they have…where they now are.

I think back to the years when I didn’t own a screw driver…and then I think about now…Today …I have access to a multitude of them…red, yellow and black handled…straight,phillips and square headed ones…Is my life better or is it just different?…All I can say is that…now…I spend more time in trying to find…the correct  screwdriver for the job…I will admit that my butter knives are in much better shape these days… and that screw heads no longer get chewed up…which seems to make my husband much happier.

It seems the less a person owns…the more creative they must be…with what they have...out of necessity most likely…So that makes me wonder about people who have lots?…The people with the jar openers and the multiple head screw drivers??…How creative do they have to be?…I wonder about me…am I less creative now…or just ….creative in different ways?..hmmm…something to ponder???

So yes… I will continue to….do what I can with what I have...The only difference is that…these days…I happen to …have more .

And now….here are a few pics of … doing what you can, with what you have..where you are…..

Sometimes you just have to do…what you have to do !!!

As I was reading the weekend paper this morning…and after I finished it…there were two things that …for some reason…remained in my thoughts.

Number One..There were  many articles about Charlie Sheen and his antics…his being fired from Two and a half Men…and yammerings about his lifestyle… I must admit…I love Two and a Half Men…and part of the reason it that it always makes me laugh…and…because I like the idea of a character playing himself…which I believe Charlie does…and that I find…so refreshing in some strange way.

Number Two…Luck…I noticed and remembered someone saying  something about luck in an article…it read…

“You have to go out and make your own luck.”

Now that got me thinking all about luck…the dictionary states it like this…. The chance happening of fortunate or adverse events; fortune.. Good fortune or prosperity; success… one’s personal fate or lot.

    So now I am wondering about luck…Can a person make their own luck??…or is a person destined …to have …or… not have…luck!!!…If it is possible to make our own luck….and if we only knew how…we could all be lucky…right???…Or…are we all… lucky at times in our lives…however…we just don’t see it…Could it be …if we looked at life differently…we would realize…we ALL have luck in our lives??

    It seems that we all know people who are luckier than others…and then there are…the others who never seem to get a brake…Are their lives really much different…or…could it be …they deal with  their lives differently???

    For instance…two different people… fall down a staircase…As they both lay at the bottom of the stairs with a broken leg…one person looks up and thinks …how lucky that only one leg hurts…it could have been worse…the second person looks up and thinks…#$#%##$#…why do these things happen to me !!!#$#$#…Same event…different ways to look at it…one feels lucky..the other not!!!…could that be the difference between being lucky and unlucky??… Does a person’s reaction to their life…cause them to not only feel lucky or not…but also to look lucky or unlucky to outsiders???

    Doesn’t that make you wonder …how do people see you???….Are you lucky…or not???…

    How much does ….fate and chance….really have to do with the luck in your life??

    If the human brain were so simple that we could understand…we would be so simple that we couldn’t.

    Emerson M. Pugh

    Some days I think about how nice it would be ….if our lives could be simpler…not our minds…but our lives….however…Could it be that…we would need to have a simpler brain…to live a simpler life???….Could it be that… our lives are so busy and complex …because our brains are so complex??…Maybe it’s not the brain…but instead…how full it is …Can it be…the more filled  our brains …the more complex our  lives???…Can it be that simple???

    When I first developed this site….I thought I would keep it simple…..mostly ..because I didn’t have much knowledge about sites…blogs …etc….My brain was not so full of such info …and so my site…was simple as well…however….it has been over a year now…and in the process of it all…I have learned so much about site building….and with all that information embedded in my little brain….life here…writing on my site…what was… a simple little site..is beginning to be….more complex…You see…..I feel the need to change up the header photo on a regular basis….and ….changing the content ….I now know how to add widgets…other sites and more…which is just the tip of the …blog  iceberg…I wonder how much more info there is …. to learn….how much more complex can one little blog/site get?…. My life…writing on line …has become …less and less simple!

    And so… simple or complex…is one better than the other?…

    OH NO !!

    I think I must have accidentally hit a wrong key….I can`t get a question mark/””$/$!!!!

    Like it or not…it is time to learn more…till next time.

     

    Can you imagine

    what you would do…

    if you could

    do all you can??

     

    Now that is an interesting thought…What can you do???…Do you really KNOW…what you CAN do??…We all know what we  have done…what we would like to do…and…just as clearly…what we can’t and don’t want to do…but how many of us really know what our capabilities really are???…How many of us really know what we CAN DO???

    We all know what we have tried to do…and we know what out of those we are actually able to do…but…the possibilities are endless for what we CAN do…what we are able to do…don’t you think???…If you haven’t tried to do something…you will never know if you CAN do it…Imagine having the opportunity of trying EVERYTHING !!!…Hmmm….that makes me wonder…what have I not tried to do in my life???…

    I think a list is in order….scuba diving… compete in a 10 k run…grow a bonsai tree… make 10 queen sized quilts…drive a combine…fly a plane…hit a target with a rifle….write a novel…walk 5 dogs together…learn to plan the violin…ride a horse….knit a sweater…or maybe…be an entertainer…invent something…and the list could go on and on….

    What CAN we do???…We may never know… however…the more things we try to do… the better we might know what we are ABLE to do.

    Can you imagine

    what you would do…

    if you could

    do all you can??

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I wonder exactly what Tennyson meant when he said…the shell must break before the bird can fly???…Is he saying that events occur only after others do???….or might he mean…that nothing good comes without effort???…or that …if you want to soar you must break through your shell?…I am sure that…if I wanted to look it up…someone has analyzed and interpreted the meaning of this…however…I don’t care to find out.

    This all brings me back to my school years and english classes…which I never did really like….It was not the reading that was my dislike…but rather…the interpretation of what I read…well.. not exactly…I had no problem interpreting…It was that I often did not come up with the same one as the teacher’s…which meant that…I was wrong…I had not understood…and so my grades reflected just that….To this day I don’t understand why I had to think like the teacher.

    To this day…I think about that…and how great it is… to now…be in a place where I can interpret a story/book..anything for that matter…anyway I want…or…not !!!!…Does that all really matter???….Isn’t a good book …much like a great painting…to be enjoyed …from your mind’s eye???…It all makes me wonder about… how we see and enjoy things…like a good book..Might it  be the symbolism that jumps out at you..or the poetic tone ….or maybe the character development…or possibly even the visual picture it paints in your mind….You might focus on the vocabulary…or…the structure of the story  ….that helps you find enjoyment in it…or maybe it bring back memories….Why do we HAVE TO interpret it at all…but rather…enjoy it!!!!

    “Chicks in the Sticks”…a book club I belong to…has caused me to think about all of this…We discuss each book… I suppose we interpret it to some degree…and often there are multiple perceptions …and I find that so very refreshing….many different ways a story is perceived…understood…and enjoyed…I am not really a “group” person…but in this case…it is freeing in a way…and the “group” is what makes it so…and the group…is often attended by a different complement of readers…which again makes it very interesting…hearing a variety of takes on the same book…without getting bad grades!!!

    So I ask you…is understanding …simply someone’s perception???…It is said that a person’s perception …is…their reality…and if that is so…is it possible to ever change that reality???….Would a person’s perception have to be altered???…and if so…is that ever a possibility???…Think about it.

    When you look at the pics below….what do you perceive??????

    Is this a horse in the water…or…a seahorse ???

    Are these shoes made of loaves of bread…or…loafers???

    A chair covered with grass…or…a lawn chair???

    A snail pulling envelopes…or…snail mail????

    I went to a birthday party the other night…did not know what to bring…

    my friend …Vicki …was turning 5o..

    and so…I bought 50 beautiful rocks…put them in a fancy bag …yes…it was a bit heavy…with a note..

    You should know that….5o ROCKS !!!

    Then … strangely… I found these on the web….

    and thought to myself…synchronicity or serendipity??…

    and I just had to share the photos with you….

    you can see more on the link below…

     

    http://www.justabovesunset.com/200902/html/stone_clouds.html

    Copyright © 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 – Alan M. Pavlik …rock art photos site

    By the way…60 rocks also!!!

    Last night…I was given the gift of laughter…over and over an over again…as wonderful friends…entertained me with photos…stories…gifts…cards…writings..books…and songs…that I will never forget..!!  What a night!!!!…I was encouraged to wear…  a plastic , glittery tierra…a shiny beaded necklace…a mask …. as I blew out candles …did  blowing of soap bubbles in the frozen outside with friends…Lots of clowning around all night…made me feel…Forever Young.

    So…Why did they do that you might ask???…Why give me the gift of laughter???….Well…Maybe because they just wanted to …or…maybe because it has been a long winter and we all needed a laugh…or…could it be because I sent out invites to all of them…and asked for it…a night of laughter????…Yes…I did ask for laughter….and why not???…Remember the old song…It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to???….Well….I thought it was time to change that to…It’s my party and I’ll laugh if I want to…and so…being my party… I laughed…and laughed and laughed…I laughed so hard..for so long …that my cheeks actually ached  !…I must say..it is all … “Thanks to a bunch of wonderful friends !!..the why is not important.  

    So that got me to wondering about…asking  for and receiving something…versus… hoping/wishing  and waiting for…something to appear or occur in our lives….But how many of us…who really want something  from someone..do nothing to get it ???…How many of us… would rather wait and wish and hope???…and …how many of us find…we  are only  disappointed time after time???…How often do we NOT get what we would like???….How often do we keep waiting…keep not acting or asking???

    Is it possible that if we don’t ask or act…we could be waiting forever???….Is it possible that  we could be constantly dissapointed…over and over again???…Does all the wishing and hoping… give us what we would like..???…Have you ever really thought about that???…Now I am the first to say that wishing and hoping are great attributes..in some situations…and definitely have their place… in the bigger scheme of things.

    However…Many years ago…when my mortality was staring me in the eyes…I began to think about all the little things I had always hoped to get…the little things I had always wished would happen ..the little things that had now… become big things …Those  very little things that…the  longer they never occurred …the bigger they became… in my mind…It is not a bucket list but rather….my little plastic pail  list…..I began to look at that list and decided it was time to take action…Just like the other night…for my birthday asking  for a night of laughter…and…laughter I got!~!!..How simple was that????….All I had to do was …ASK ..!!

    How did I feel about that???…Asking for something???….Would it have been better to get it without asking???…Might I have gotten it if I didn’t ask???? …well…I will never know….but with my cheeks still aching from the laughter I received…it couldn’t have been …any better !!!

    “Stop the mindless wishing that things would be different. Rather than wasting time and emotional and spiritual energy in explaining why we don’t have what we want, we can start to pursue other ways to get it.”

    Greg Anderson

    So..my question is….what are we all waiting for.???…If there is something you would like.. !!! …It doesn’t matter if it is a laugh from your friends…roses from your husband….a wonderful gift for your birthday….it might even be a night out at a restaurant for dinner….or…a little hug…or maybe…that simple little swivel disc for exercising…(that is a story for a later day)…If you want it ….act/ask…why have we been waiting ????….

    Do all  good things come to those who wait????…..or rather…is it…Ask and you shall receive…!!!

    Hmmm….something to ponder….


    Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what  happened.

    As another decade passes for me…in my mind…I do wonder…What the hell happened…for sure…However…I am..for sure… a young person…at least that is my perception of me…How about you???…Young…old…in between…not sure??…Well as each year passes…I tend to check my inner age…and funny thing…it never seems to change much…but why is it then…that the mirror reflects ..Grey hair??? Wrinkles???…Who the heck is that person in the mirror????….Hmmm…Maybe we shouldn’t have all those mirrors… might we be more content without them???

    So…It is because of the passing of another birthday for me…that…Today I want to say a word or two about Face Book…Yes..I said Face Book…What might a birthday have to do with Face Book?????…What does the passing of another year have to do with…that social network you either love or hate…that network that they even made a movie about…the movie that I watched while flying over the Pacific ocean last week….Face Book… Well…I am one of those people who love this social network… it keeps me in touch with friends and family who live far away…it allows me to see photos of them and what they are up to….it connects me to people I might never have the chance to see…However…I must admit… at times I can hate it…like when I read  that someone baked a cake …or that someone did not get any sleep last night…or that someone is having a tough day at work…etc…???…What is that all about???…

    However…yesterday was one of those days I loved it….Why???….well…I received over 40 emails…over 40 birthday wishes…from family…friends…acquaintances…and even people I have never met… saying Happy Birthday…through Face Book….You may say…ahh…but it only took them a minute to do so…Yes…I will agree with that….the messages  were simple and short…and probably took less than 60 seconds to send…but you know what???…all of those people could have spent that minute …that moment in time….doing something else…but they chose to think of me  …and without Face Book…that moment in time would have been missed…a moment when we were on each others minds….and how cool is that!!!!

    So I would say to all of you who use Face Book …Every once in a while…take just a minute…take a minute and connect with someone…Give them a minute of your time …just 60 seconds….and know that when you do so… not only will you be thinking about that person…but they will be thinking about you…as well.

    Isn’t it those moments …those moments when we think of someone else…or some one else thinks of us…that bring a smile to our face???…Are not those moments …sometimes…just as important…just as welcomed…as any bigger ones???…Think of all the moments/minutes…are lives are made up of…all the minutes/moments that we remember…all the moments that we shared…or still can share…how precious a moment can actually be !!  So…instead of wondering …”what the hell happened”…instead of wondering where the time went…maybe we should all …instead…think about…were we want our time to go???…How we want to spend our future moments???

    Do you have any idea …. how you will spend the next… moments …in your life????

    To all of you who have a birthday in February like me….I wish you a HAPPY ONE !!

    Is there anyone out there whose birthday falls on Feb. 16th too????

    So far…me…Cindy…and Neil…any others?????

     

    The true test of character is not how much we know how to do,but how we behave when we don’t know what to do.
    John Holt

    Character…let’s first be clear on what character …in this sense …really is….The combination of qualities or features that distinguishes one person, group, or thing from another…..A distinguishing feature or attribute, as of an individual, group, or category. …Moral or ethical strength….A description of a person’s attributes, traits, or abilities reputation.

    How much do you … really…know how to do…and how  much do you not???…When  moments occur…the moments when you don’t know what to do…the moments that are difficult/new/stressful/emotional….how do you behave???…When all that knowledge and ability you have learned…is of no help …how do you handle yourself ???….Are these the moments we are given..the small opportunities that appear when we can...rise to the occasion…to step up to the plate…to do the right thing…and is it at those moments that…. we  show our  true character???…Do you know how much  character/moral and ethical strength you display????..

    There are always moments in everyone’s life when…we find ourselves in “new territory”…in a place we have never been before…and although we may have years of experience and oodles of wisdom…we find ourselves lost!!…Sometimes we muddle through…other  times… we discover something new in ourselves…or…at still other times….we find that  we fail miserably….How about the times when you can’t think of the right thing to say at that moment…but…realizing after the fact…what you should have said????…How often have you fumbled??

    Take for example …….pregnancy…death…sickness…divorce…of  someone we know…How do we handle those MOMENTS???…What do we do and say when we next see that person????…and…do we go and see them…or do our best to avoid it all????….I remember after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer…I was very fortunate ….to have the opportunity to observe…how family/friends/acquaintances…and even strangers… handled the news and how they behaved …It all made  me wonder …what have I done to others in the past…how have I behaved???…have I risen to the occasions???…or…Have I failed miserably …in their eyes???…What kind of character have I displayed in my life???

    Life is quite interesting in that…we remember how others have behaved toward us…at those difficult moments…but…do we have any idea of how we behaved toward others???…Will we ever know what effect our behavior has had on others????….What kind of character have we displayed through the years???…

    I wonder…if  we had the ability to get feedback …at times  when… we don’t know what to do…how would we fare???…How about you…how would you fare???….Maybe we do get feedback….but just choose not to see it….Could it be that ‘those moments” are so very difficult…very emotional…very stressful…that we are not able to read the other person…and the  feedback they are giving ….the feedback that although we don’t hear them say it in words…if we look…we can see it in their eyes??

    Do you think it is true…. that a person’s heart is in the right place…most of the time…and…that everyone’s aim it to develop a strong …good character???…Is it possible that when a person appears to have a flaw in their character…they just …Don’t know what to do???…and fumbling…they truly do the very best that they know how…at that moment in time???

    So…what do you do when you don’t know what to do???

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    Another most expensive item…a gold plated coffin…now…who said “You can’t take it with you???”

    In what concerns you much, do not think that you have companions: know that you are alone in the world.

    Henry David Thoreau

    We all have things that concern us much…things that are important… or dear to our hearts…things that we fight for …or fight against…things that can be controversial…or maybe even outrageous…and some may not make any sense at all!!…We all have things that concern us…however…do they concern others as well???..Does anyone else  …REALLY ….share our concerns…does anyone else REALLY care???…..Can any two people ever really be on the same page at the same moment in time???…Are we really alone with our concerns???
    Think about it for a minute…have you ever found yourself in the company of people…  part of a group…and  yet…still feel alone???…Even if we are part of a group…a member of a club/family/tribe…do we really all have the same concerns???…Can it be that the group is like a book  …heading toward the same ending…but…on different pages???
    So…I got to thinking…If we are all alone in the world with our concerns…are there ways to be…not so alone???…Is being alone with our concerns… a reality or just a state of mind…and if it is a state of mind…are we able to change and adjust that state to help us  feel less alone???…or…Can the  knowing that we are alone in our concerns…bring a bit more reality to them???? …Can that knowledge help us to view our concerns differently???

    So…are our concerns exactly that…OUR CONCERNS…and no one else????…
    Is it possible that the more concerns we have…the more alone we will find ourselves???…
    Now …there is some food for thought…and…changing the subject….another piece of my present collection…The most expensive________________.
    Oh no !!!  For some reason I am not able to insert a photo today…I will try again later…..I got it!!  I got it…here it is…


    “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak.

    Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” 

    — Sir Winston Churchill

    Courage….ever think about it….you and courage???….Is it having the strength to stand up and speak???…or…Is it being strong enough to sit down and listen???…..Or…is courage having the knowledge….to know WHEN to stand or  when to sit???…Is such courage something that we learn or something we are born with???…Is courage something we can all aspire to…or…is it something alludes us???

    It all makes me wonder …if there was some kind of meter…a meter that could measure….this courage…A meter that  could measure…not how often you speak up or sit and listen…but rather…the success of those moments you do so…the appropriateness of them…A meter that could measure the times you …courageously fought your impulses…and instead…showed  your courage…showed your ability to control   actions and not let them control you….If we had such a meter…10 being the most courageous…1 being the least….how would you fare???…a 3… 5…or are you a  9???….Is it possible for anyone to be a 10??

    There are times when our emotions cause us to be impulsive…to make wrong decisions…to make situations worse and more difficult…They are the times when we act before we think….when we don’t have all the information…when courage is the very last thing in our minds….when our focus is off…our perspective is all wrong…It is at those times that our meter…if we had one…would register much closer to zero!!

    So next time you go to say something in a moment of  emotion…consider… should you  STAND/SPEAK…or…. SIT/LISTEN…and think about that meter and where you would like it to read….zero or ten????  …How courageous can  you be????

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    Another most expensive_______________________-

    A golden Monopoly board…

    Are you wondering …who are those little men in the picture??? … Look at them closely and you will see…they are all made out of ice…in the process of melting a bit…I loved them and so wanted to share.

    I am waiting for some items from my publisher this week…a week of extremely cold days and nights…but I am having some fun with the temps…If the cold weather is getting you down…try one  of these …

    1. Boil some water…put some in a mug…go outside and toss the water in the air and watch…
    2. Try taking a rag…dipping it in boiling water…laying it as flat on the ground as possible…leave it for an hour…later go out and peel it off the ground….hold it in your hands and hit it against something hard…a number of times and see what happens…
    3. Needing a hammer????….put a banana outside on the ground for a few hours….when solid…have a piece of wood and nail ready…take the banana and hammer…voila!!!
    4. This is my favorite…got some bubble blowing stuff laying around from the summer…take it outside…and blow …it must be on a day when it is not windy and the temps are – 20 Celsius or colder

    OK now…for those of you who hate this bitter cold…I hope I have given you some fun…easy things to try…Get the  gang outside at your next dinner party…or …when the kids get bored and you want them to have some fresh air…pull out one of these ideas!!!….They are actually so simple but quite amazing…and I am sorry if your live where it is warm…you will have to find your own fun.

    I have decided to polish a few of my other Sam stories… I have been invited to read at local schools and I thought it might be fun to have some others to read as well….So…after I read my book for bookclub…Secret Sister…I will pull out my Sam stories.

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    Another most expensive item….a  Gold Ferrari.

    Today I was thinking about my blog…about writing…and about writing about writing….If I remember correctly…I began this site because I was in the midst of having a book published….and…with all that I had researched…I felt obligated to have a site and blog…I will admit…I was a bit lost in the beginning…but after a few weeks…I realized I wanted to share my publishing experiences with you…and I did….but somewhere along the line I got lost…maybe it was once I had the book in my hands…or could it have been once the decision-making had stopped..Doesn’t really matter…but what does matter is I lost my direction.

    I now wonder….Did anyone really notice???…Did it really matter….as you keep coming back…for whatever the reason…and so now I am in a dilema…Do I get back on my original road???…or do I keep following the one I am now on???…I once wrote about having a personal Legend…and at that time…I seemed to be a bit more clear than I am now….So…I ask myself…Self???…where do you want  to go???…What will be …. your Personal Legend????

    And so …to find out…you will start reading  a bit more…writing about writing for a while …so I can see where it takes me…And speaking of that…I have just received a final layout for Sam’s Weird Afternoon T-shirts…That’s right…T-shirts…My publisher is supplying me…with a few… along with the book order I just made a few weeks ago !!!…Just one more little item for me to use to market my book….and now I have to decide how and where I will use them….For 2011…I have another idea up my sleeve…ahhh…but one thing at a time…it is so easy to get ahead of myself.

    The snow is falling ever so gently as the sun is going down..Oh…who am I kidding…I can’t even see the sun for all the clouds in the sky!!!…I just thought it was a nice sentence to end on….

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