Staying in the Moment

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A dear friend and I were sharing thoughts recently, as we see ourselves as under-achievers.
Days of productivity are lost on us, when we allow ourselves to slip into a rut, thinking it is the right place to be, and suddenly we realize we feel un-necessary.  We have a sense of not being able to find the right road for our talents.  The busy world keeps on being busy.  People are living their lives – with or without us and they all seem so purposeful: so successful.
I read a blog this morning where the writer encourages us to ‘stay in the moment’ and make it count.  I find that hard, but understand what she means.  Another friend has suggested, in the past, that I procrastinate – I denied that.  In fact, I was a little offended by the comment.  I always thought I was a ‘get-it-done-now person; but the more I understand myself, the more I recognize it is a trait I am guilty of.  Often, it is because I don’t know what the right next step is – so I stop doing everything.  Naturally, it means I do not accomplish anything in my undisciplined little world.  At least, when you have work outside of the home – you are accountable to others for how you spend your time, and at the end your day, even though exhausted you do have a sense of having achieved something tangible, due to all your hard efforts.
All we can do is keep on doing what we’re doing and praying for God’s guidance and hope our time will be well spent.  If we use our gifts and strengths for ourselves and then for others, I think that’s the best we can do.
I write and create (with cooking) but I am technically challenged.  I would love to change my blog website, but all my efforts only frustrate me, as I seem unable to make it look the way I want it.    Perhaps, it is because I give up too easily.  I cannot agree with that sentiment, because I really try hard to follow the instructions.
My husband, says, I am not technically minded.  Give me something to assemble and the instructions might just as well be in Chinese.  He does, however, call me his Betty Crocker.  So I have acclaim in one area.  YEAH!
So, I’ll keep on trying to stay in the moment: after all, this blog posting is the result of comments made to yesterday’s A Serious Senior’s Moment.
Patricia

Down But Not Beaten

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I am certain there are many of us, that can relate to the sense of feeling overwhelmed by daily circumstances. You know the things: Job loss. Broken relationships. Financial needs. Illness. Each one of these can throw your daily routine into anything but……routine.

You lose focus. Feel hopeless and helpless. Don’t know what to do next; in fact, you wonder what will ‘hit’ you next, when so many things in your life keep zapping you – and they’re not good things.

For any unbelievers, trials can be daunting. However, followers of Jesus, can take comfort in knowing that He will guide and encourage, as needs arise. He helps us to  overcome.  Often we cry out to God to tell Him, “Hey – I’ve had enough. When is this going to end?”

The answer to that is ‘when it is time for the end’……….not much help while you’re going through ‘stuff’. The trick is to persevere. To not give up. Resist the temptation to try an easier route and let God work His wonders according to His timing.

Take a break, by putting on music you love. Read a good book. Spend time in your garden, or take a walk. Anything to keep your mind on positives. Even though, you might not be feeling thankful, look back on your life and count the blessings you have experienced. Be thankful for each one. You will find that, little by little, the despondency will lift as you dwell on good things.

I recently heard this. When trouble besets you and disaster strikes, plan to be thankful and positive. When you do this you will find <em>that is something the darkness cannot take from you.</em>

Be blessed and be comforted in knowing that God loves you, and always will. He is with you, even in the worst times. Believe this and hang on to it – always.

<em>Patricia
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No Pity-Party Today

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A major storm is barreling through Ontario, causing havoc with strong winds and rain.  It is a blah start to the week with grey clouds filling the sky.  Sigh.

I am suffering a really bad cold and bronchitis.  Sleep has been fitful of recent days, due to uncontrollable coughing fits.  Sigh.

I could wallow in self-pity as I deal with this temporary affliction, but I don’t.  Instead, I treat myself with the appropriate medication; drink lots of fluids; rest and recuperate, being thankful that I will recover.

My day began, receiving news of a sweet neighbor, who is not so fortunate.  She is suffering rapid dementia and we (neighbors and I) have discovered that she has not been eating, and has fallen indoors.  Thankfully, she was not injured.  Family has been advised, and we are watching and caring for her until a solution can be determined.  Sadly, for my dear friend, her disability is not temporary.

So, on this dark, dismal, damp morning, and through my coughing, sneezing, head-achy start to the week, I count my blessings – and choose to get on with my day and help my neighbor however I can.

How did your week begin?  How are you dealing with it?

Patricia

My revised ebook, A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story is now available at:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CHQI39U   or from

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/308936 – Free download until November 23, 2013.

Girl Bullies Boy

Social media often exposes bullying, and reminds each of us to be aware of this abusive tactic; asking the abused party and the abusers to seek professional help.

Girls can be more aggressive, when they are directing their cowardly actions toward boys – especially, if the boy in question is not inclined to ‘hit back.’  The attacks can be brutal and unrelenting.  The boy, feeling unable to protect himself NEEDS SOMEONE TO SPEAK UP on his behalf.  The situation has to be dealt with quickly otherwise, dire consequences can result.

This blog is excellent and I share it willingly.

Thanks, Lisa, for an excellent article.

STOP YOUR BULLYING – WHOEVER YOU ARE!

http://deepandwonderfulthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/stopping-girls-who-bully-boys-part-2/

White Blanket

Looking out of my window all I can see is a white blanket of snow.  The temperature is frigid.  Minus 8 degrees, first thing this morning.  Yes, I hear you.  Brr.rr.r!

Yesterday, was a dreadful day of snow squalls, icy roads, zero visibility and brutal cold.

Three friends plus me, had planned a day out, and actually began the journey into the city – only to be convicted of how unwise the journey was – on such a day.  So, we turned back and returned home after a crawl in slow traffic, amid numerous accidents.  Ugh!

Yes, you guessed it, this is not my favorite time of year.  I prefer the stirrings of spring: when the garden comes alive; birds return from their travels and the air warms enough, that heavy winter wear can be discarded.

Winter – in this northern clime – pardon the pun – leaves me cold!

I yearn to be one of those fortunate folk, who can migrate south.  My choice would be beautiful Arizona, actually.

Each year, I ask friends or neighbors packing up for their southerly journey if they need help with luggage, so they can take me with them…………..I’m waiting for a “yes” – meantime, I’ll continue to bundle-up in warm winter clothing, crank up the heat, shop as frugally as I can – to minimize grocery trips, and write and dream of the time when the white blanket will be green, again.

Patricia

My revised e-book, A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story is a free download until November 23, 2013

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/308936

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SEEKING CHRISTMAS, Finding the True Meaning Through Family Traditions, by Renee Robinson – Book Review

SEEKING CHRISTMAS, Finding the True Meaning Through Family Traditions, by Renee Robinson, with illustrations by Veronica Hallum, is a beautifully presented and illustrated book, that will certainly help equip you to make your Christmas the best that it can be.  Not only, is the nativity story told in easy form, but it is also charmingly displayed by Ms. Hallum’s artwork.

In this materialistic world, it can be easy to lose sight of the real meaning of Christmas, amid the chaos of shopping, planning and parcel wrapping.  Families, more than ever before, need the foundation of tradition to make this very special holiday celebration meaningful.

The Seeking Christmas book, covers a seven day period.  You are encouraged to remember, and read, reflect and research, and then finally rejoice.  There are no rigid rules; just ideas to make this holy time, a precious family time.

No matter, the ages or the demographics of your family, you will find fun segments for all, as the true story and magic of Christmas is revealed.

If your family is devoid of family tradition, or needs guidance as to what makes Christmas special, or memorable – and why it should be, this book could provide the answers you seek.

http://www.amazon.com/Seeking-Christmas-Renee-Robinson/dp/1936746573/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Patricia E Day, Author of A STOLEN CHILDHOOD, Eleanor’s Story

The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.  I receive a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.