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Friday Favorites – Quotes

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
― Fred Rogers

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. -Maya Angelou

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – —St. Paul – Philippians 4:6 (ESV)

The Value of Quietude #1 – The Noise That Lies

Have you ever been told that you’re “Too much”?

I’ve been told this one way or another for my entire life.

How about you?

I’m here to tell you –

You are NOT too much –

You are just right!

You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Go out there and be just as crazy, busy, quiet, bold, and heartfelt as you were created to be.

Shine with the things that you created to shine for.

You may never know how much your life will encourage someone.

Your voice may be just the one they need to hear.

Please feel free to comment after you see this video.

Let me know your best area to shine!

Until next time …

Friday Favorites – Day of the Week

My favorite day of the week, is Monday.

Bonus if it’s raining!

Unlike the famous Carpenter’s song “Rainy Days and Mondays”,

Rainy days and Mondays do not “get me down”.

I enjoy both.

Mondays around here are laundry days.

How about those fresh sheets!

Is there anything better than fresh sheets?

(Well besides a fresh start to your week?)

Image from Pinterest

On laundry day the household achievement level is high.

Not only clean laundry, but the kitchen counter gets a fresh start getting rid of all of last weeks debris.

All over general clutter is again under control;

thereby making clear thinking possible.

Between loads of laundry,

Rainy days are a great reason to sit by the window;

A hot cup of coffee and a book in hand.

What do you think?

What is your favorite day of the week, and why?

Until next time …

The Value of Quietude

After my last post regarding seeing silence as a skill, I decided to return to some past work I had done on the topic.

I found some work I had done that was dated 2019.

I had totally forgotten about it.

This work was work that I had done for/with a small group of gals that I had joined for a project.

I had done a series called “The Value of Quietude”

… On YouTube …

Video!

I was compelled to watch it all together in one sitting.

The problem with watching your own work is that you never really know if it’s any good or not.

So; at the risk of it being really good – or really bad, I have decided to place it here for you to peruse.

I needed to hear it all again because of finding myself with a distinct lack of quiet time focus as of late.

I certainly hope you find it helpful too.

Any comments or critique you may have will be most welcome.

I would however, ask you to be gentle, as this is WAY out of my comfort zone.

So here we go;

The Value of Quietude – The Introduction.

Introduction

Until next time …

Silence is a Skill?

There are 144 notes on my phone.

I don’t know exactly how much space they take up, but going through them I found some interesting things.

Little quips of conversations, and sound bites from sermons.

There are names of people so I can learn to remember their names, (this DOES work by the way!) and numbers; because I never remember numbers.

One thing I found that seems to have been lost somewhere in the recent past is this one;

“Get to know silence like any other skill”.

Now I remember silence.

I like it a lot.

But the thing that befuddles me is the fact that although I do insist on much “silence” in my days, the question remains, is it serving a purpose besides quiet.

What am I doing with it?

I think my quiet times have suffered because they have become largely unfocused.

In the not so distant past, focused, daily quiet time was a regular occurrence.

I was looking over some of my “Quietude” posts from the past, and found →this one← from June 24, 2019.

It looks like I need to make the effort to get back to it!

Back to baby steps I reckon;

  • Same time every day
  • “Do Not Disturb” settings on all devices
  • Bible or other devotional type book
  • Quiet music or silence
  • Journal/note pad for catching random thoughts
  • Strict determination to make it work
  • Some days it is just quiet. No music. No book. No paper. Just quiet.

One of the most important things I continue to find out is this;

It IS possible to change our processes and our thinking, but we tend to forget that changing them is not a permanent thing.

We must keep after it.

So.

Back to basics.

My Bible.

My Quietude.

My peace of mind, my joy, my expanded hope – begins again;

Here.

Today.

Will you join me?

Until next time.