I’ve been reading lately about how to make this blog a better place to visit.
My first thought, long ago, was to tell my personal story, then use it to help some to crawl out of the pit that they, or someone else, dug for them.
I have for many years, off and on, written random and not so random things in journals. I’ve kept them all, even shared bits and pieces of them, in an attempt to help others.
From there I went on to showing people the value of some quiet in their life, and hopefully, helping them to create some for their own.
Next came the photographs that I so love to take.
Some have been made into my little films, calendars, puzzles and coffee table books.
Now I’m even thinking of, gulp, my religious and political leanings.
I must say, I hate confrontation of any kind. (Confrontation there would most likely be!)
The prolonged temper tantrum I see all around makes me angry, and quite frankly, sick to my stomach. This is not to mention that it intimidates me a lot.
What do I do?
What would You do?
What would you like to see here?
What would make you want to come back?
I’ve been a blogger off and on since 2008. I’m still not happy with where I am, but I am also not compelled to quit.
All the years of processing cannot be for nothing. Can I ask? Where have your processes taken you? Would you care to share in the comments?
There. It’s out there. My fears. My questions.
Do I pick just one topic, hope for the best, and stay comfy and safe?
Can comfy and safe really change the world?
Here it is. Changing it’s mind yet again.
Then today. Oh what a beautiful morning!
More snow later in the week.
Spring is out there somewhere. Waiting. I am certain.
Until then – a mix and match is what we get.
My Grand son told someone the other day that ever since he’s been on social media, that I, his Grandma, have been taking photos every day of the same thing.
Well yes. I have. Mostly. But here’s the thing;
Here in the Mid-west, in the Mississippi River Valley, it may BE the same thing, but it never really LOOKS like the same thing.
For example; lately we have been in a polar vortex that has given us many days in a row of well, meh. But you can even see some beauty in the meh, if you look for it.
Then after days and days of this meh, you may wake up to find more of the same, or you make wake up to find something quite glorious;
Something so cold, and beautiful that if makes you happy for the glass between it and you. But I must say that even though it IS freezing, the beauty of it all does warm my heart, if not my hands and feet.
So you see, the same thing, is not really the same thing.
And you know what? In one months time, the same thing, will not be the same thing all over again.
Have you heard the saying “Red sky at morning is a sailors warning?”
Beautiful, right? But what it does, at least for me, is to make me check the weather forecast. Today, unfortunately, it means we’ll have ice. Lots of ice. Making travel quite treacherous, and cancelling a lot of well laid plans.
So what’s next? We check our resources, and make sure that we have what it takes to be inside our homes for the next little while. Food, toiletries, books, movies. All set.
But what of those who do not have the resources we have? What we prepare for, for our comfort, they must prepare for, for survival. No doubt, the shelters are preparing as well, in mass.
Fortunately, the town that we live near, has well planned out spaces for just such circumstances. Not only paid staff, but volunteers that give of their time and talents and hearts to make sure that these folks are safe throughout these times.
What do you do when stormy times are approaching?
Now to switch it up just a bit – What about “Reg flags” in the morning?
When you wake up in the morning on “The wrong side of the bed”, when you are getting out of bed and just want to crawl back in? When you still feel tired, or when your mind will not focus. When the noises your body make sounds like bubble wrap?
What are the resources you use to get your day into order? Can you do it?
For me, coffee is always the first place I go. That first cup of coffee is like starter fluid. But even with starter fluid, the day can be rough. So what’s next? I have a couple of ideas that help, when I do them!
Both have to do with “Quietude”. A cup of coffee and a peaceful place to sit. (I do have a chair for that.) No words. Quiet music, but no words. If there are words, my brain latches on to them, and away I go. Not quiet.
Now, this quiet time might be ten minutes, or it could be an hour. That all depends. When I’m ready for words, I’ll take out my Bible, and read a chapter, or two. More than that, and too many thoughts start going around in my mind. Not quiet. But out of that chapter or two, I’ll have a sense of something to focus on for the day. Many times that will get written down in my journal.
Daily devotionals, journaling, morning pages; seem to have a calming effect, and are often very helpful.
Let’s face it though, sometimes that “Red sky” or those “Red flags” are pesky and want to stick around. And you know what I’ve found? That is OK. Sometimes we just have to lay low, and care for ourselves in a different way.
For example, yesterday, I did all the things. The starter fluid. The “Quietude”, the Bible reading, the journaling. I ended up having to just do my list of work around the house, and not turn on any (Well not much) media at all. A little book reading and a really good nap in the afternoon. A much needed disconnect.
Today seems much better. What about your “Red skies” or “Red flags”? Share with us – what resources can you volunteer?
I was spending a few moments of “Quietude” near my window this morning.
I’m always seeking places of “Quietude” and looking out windows wherever I am.
The light coming in was so intense, it almost hurt my eyes.
It made me want to take the time to find out what God says about brightness.
I’m sharing here just a snippet of what I found.
Daniel 12:3 says – And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
Isaiah 60:3 And the nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
These verses beg the question; Am I wise? Am I righteous? Will I let Him light my path?
I will rise to the King of Glory.
Will it hurt my eyes?
What are your thoughts and ideas on wisdom, and righteousness, and brightness?
Are there any special verse or quotes you would like to share?
Feel free. I’d love to know.
I’ve been playing around with some night time photography lately, so imagine my surprise when the topic of Sunday Stills this week was “Night”.
Sometimes all I need to do is show up, and the camera on my phone manages to make me look pretty good.
Sometimes I can play with a filter or two, and come up with something I enjoy.
Sometimes things appear a bit ethereal and dreamy.
Sometimes it’s a chance look out the window.
Then the sun begins to rise.
And just like that, the night is over.