Thursday, May 31, 2012

"Unbroken"



For Christmas this past year my sister Roberta gave me the book "Unbroken" and at first I could not settle into it.  At a brief glance it appeared so harsh, so terrible I did not have an appetite for that type of story right then.  But she gave this book such a glowing review I knew I would have to get into it.

The book makes you think twice about the life you are leading right now.  I cannot give it a better review than this YouTube video.

The conversion story of Louis will thrill you and inspire.

God bless and be well.



Changes . . .Take Them or Leave Them?

This past weekend I explained a personal philosophy to my dear daughter-in-law about changes in my life.  I told her that I have pretty much had as a life rule:

"Do not be the first person to pick up on a trend or fad but don't be the last one either."

Pretty middle of the road, wouldn't you say?

Then in one of my favourite books given to my husband by our son, many, many years ago, "Time and the Art of Living", by Robert Grudin, I found this very appropriate quote that works for me today.

"Two quick and easy ways of growing old are (1) to resist change obstinately and (2) to worship it (change) abjectly.  In the first case, we are caught like snags in a river, worn down and bleached by the flow of experience.  In the second, we are fatigued and wrinkled by innumerable re-orchestrations to circumstance.  Those who remain fresh and vital, as though they floated in time, are people who understand permanence as a balance of dynamics rather than a constitution of detail, who retain the youthful mechanism of converting change into growth.  These people greet change with a kind of returning wonderment, not only because each change suggests, in one way or another, a renewal of their world, but also because in the very rhythm of change they find something natively familiar, some inexpressible reminder of the deepest attributes of self."


(photo recently snapped while whistling down the road near Dry Falls, WA)

Wishing you all a great week with a peaceful soul towards the changes you are feeling in your life.







Monday, May 21, 2012

A Well Written Letter . . .

Recently I watched the movie, The Jane Austen Book Club, and from it gleaned a quote that twigged my heart and imagination.

"Let us never underestimate the power of a well written letter."  
-Karen Joy Fowler

From there I went hunting for well written love letters.  I know, there are many historical letters of a business nature that would qualify as well written and important but somehow I am more fond of a well written love letter than any other.  The following are portions of three of my favourite of all time:

In this first one, Winston Churchill is writing to his darling Clementine, after twenty-seven years of marriage. . .

"My darling Clemmie, in your letter from Madras you wrote some words very dear to me, about my having enriched your life.  I cannot tell you what pleasure this gave me, because I always feel so overwhelmingly in your debt, if there can be accounts in love. . .What it has been to me to live all these years in your heart and companionship, no phrases can convey."

This next letter is from the movie, "Notebook", between two young lovers. . .

"My Dearest Allie.  I couldn't sleep last night because I know that it's over between us.  I'm not bitter anymore, because I know that what we had was real.  And if in some distant place in the future we see each other in our new lives, I'll smile at you with joy and remember how we spent a summer beneath the trees, learning from each other and growing in love.  The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.  And that's what you've given me.  That's what I'd hoped to give to you forever.  I love you.  I'll be seeing you.  Noah"

And then, from one of my all time favourite movies, "Immortal Beloved", Beethoven writes to his beloved. . .

"Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved.  Be calm - love me -today -yesterday - what tearful longings for you - you - you -my life -my all -farewell.  Oh continue to love me, never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved.  Ever thine,  Ever mine.  Ever ours."

Lovely, well written letters, right?





Thursday, May 17, 2012

Life Lessons . . .

. . . While Playing Mexican Train Dominoes!


Lessons:

1.  Misery and sorrow happen and sometimes they happen in large doses when you play dominoes!!!  Let it wash over you...in time there will be change.

"Pain is inevitable.  Suffering is optional."

2.  There is no wisdom in messing up your enemy just for the sake of messing them up.  If your hand says you are ready to go out, go out gracefully.  In other words, take the high road as often as possible in life.

"He that digs a pit for another may fall into it himself." -Hindustan Proverb

3.  Be happy with the hand you were dealt and do not look constantly for something more perfect to tweek your line-up.  Contentment is a good thing.  Make the most of what you 'got'.

"A harvest of peace is produced from a seed of contentment." -Indian Proverb

4.  In this life, as in dominoes, you win some, you lose some.

"The next best thing to winning is losing.  At least you've been in the race."
-Nettie Hershey Smith

5.  Don't let the bad stuff (like losing a rash of games) define you.  Losing dominoes not make you a loser.  Your value does not lie in a game/job/marriage/house/whatever.

"Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it."
-Colin Powell

6.  Don't fall in love with a domino just because it is a pretty colour.  Use your imagination and make the most of what you have.  (I have been known to lose a game because I did not want to end with a blank!  Go figure!!)

"Live out your imagination, not your history."  -Stephen Covey

7.  No bragging, blaming or whining allowed...in dominoes or in life.

"It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help."
-Judith Martin

8.  It seems to help not to have to win at every hand.  It is evident that if you have to come out on top in every situation in life you will have a miserable time at the game of dominoes when you come up with spare tiles at the end of the game.

"To be tested is good.  The challenged life may be the best therapist."
-Gail Sheehy


Now go play and enjoy!




Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Words For You . . .




As long as this exists...
- Anne Frank
"As long as this exists," I thought, "and I may live to see it, this sunshine, 
the cloudless skies, while this lasts, I cannot be unhappy." The best remedy 
for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, 
somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature, and God. 
Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be 
and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. 
As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that 
then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, 
whatever the circumstances may be. 
And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.









Monday, May 14, 2012

Dream Along With Me . . .


Deep into that darkness peering,
long I stood there, 
wondering, fearing, doubting, 
dreaming dreams no mortal ever 
dared to dream before.
-Edgar Alan Poe