Friday, July 30, 2010

2000th blog

Today marks the 2000th time I have sat down to share my thoughts with anyone who will read them.  Back to the main purpose of Musings:  So that my grandchildren will know more about me as they grow up and can assimilate what I have written.

 That first blog on May 27, 2004 concerned a night of good sleep after several nights of not sleeping because of the pain in my leg.    Well, not much has changed--still having trouble sleeping because of the pain in my legs.  Wonder when I am going to do something about those knees?  Although the pain I am now having is from a different cause--it still affords me the opportunity to be up at 11:30, 2:00, 4:00, 5:30, 6:30 and finally out of bed at 7:30.  Who said growing old was fun!!!!

Not to have this blog totally negative, my life in Nashville is wonderful and I love it.  EXCEPT for the heat wave we are suffering now--I might as well be in Texas--my toes are generally in the house these days.

I am trying to read Gone with the Wind again--it is the summer book for our club. I am on chapter 17; maybe if I read three chapters a day, I can finish it next year. Wow is it long!  However, I have not gotten the feeling I often do with long books that it needed lots of editing.  Mitchell tells her story well, keeps the reader moving and inserts pertinent history very well..  I am enjoying it.  I am longing for a REALLY GOOD book to round out the summer.  Haven't found one yet.

Nothing profound today.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Life's Lessons

41.  Don't audit life.  Show up and make the most of it now.

42.  Get rid  of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

43.  All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44.  Envy is a waste of time.  You already have all you need.

45.  The best is yet to come.

46.  No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.

47.  Take a deep breath.  It calms the mind.

48.  If you don't ask, you don't get.

49.  Yield.

50.  Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Still More Life Lessons

31.  However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32.  Your job won't take care of you when you are sick.  Your friends will.  Stay in touch.

33.  Believe in miracles.

34.  God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35.  Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

36.  Growing old beats the alternative--dying young.

37.  Your children only get one childhood.  Make it memorable.

38.  Read the Psalms.  They cover every human emotion.

39.  Get outside every day.  Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40.  If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we would grab ours back.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Life Lessons

More food for thought:

21.  Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie.  Don't save it for a special occasion.  Today is special.

22.  Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23.  Be eccentric now.  Don't wait for old age to wer purple.

24.  The most important sex organ is the brain.

25.  No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26.  Frame every so-called disaster with these words:  "In five years, will this matter?"

27.  Always choose life.

28.  Forgive everyone, everything.

29.  What other people think of you is none of your business.

30.  Time heals almost evrything.  Give time, time.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Life Lessons

More life lessons from Regina Brett:

11.  Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12.  It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13.  Don't compare your life with others'.  You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14.  If a relationship is a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15.  Everything can change in the blink of an eye.  But don't worry, God never blinks.

16.  Life is too short for long pity parties.  Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17.  You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18.  A writer writes.  if you want to be a writer, write.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood.  But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20.  When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Lessons in Life

Regina Brett, a columnist at the Beacon Journal in Akron Ohio wrote these  during a time she was being treated for breast cancer.  We will take them 10 at a time, so my faithful readers can muse on them:

1.  Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2.  When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3.  Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

 4.  Don't take yourself so seriously.  No one else does.

5.  Pay off your credit cards every month.

6.  You don't have to win every argument.  Agree to disagree.

7.  Cry with someone.  It's more healing than crying alone.

8.  It's OK to get angry with God.  He can take it.

9.  Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

I agree with all except # 10.  I can live without chocolate.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

For Your Thoughts

Here are a few quotes for the week:

We catch grace like a man filling up his cup under a waterfall.  Annie Dillard

A critic once asked Eudora Welty to explain the symbolism of a marble cake in one of her stories.  She replied, 'It's a recipe that's been in my family for sometime."

That brought to my mind the one by Robert Frost  when someone asked him about the "miles to go before I sleep" line in Stopping By Woods".  He said, "It just means I want to get the hell home."

No Christian excapes a taste of the wilderness on the way to the promised land.  Evelyn Underhill

My mother always used to say, "The older you get, the better you get.  Unless you're a banana."  Betty White

Television is the only electrical appliance that is most useful when it's turned off.  Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)

When you pray, you walk to God; but when you sing, you run to God.  An anonymous Dominican sister

There is nothing more frightening than an active ignorance.  Goethe

Never mistake endurance for hospitality.  Anon.

If at first you don't succeed, welcome to the group.  Anon.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Zoe Evening

The moon hung in the ebony sky  like a half-eaten sugar cookie last Thursday night.  The temperature was 80 with a slight breeze.  It was a perfect night for the Zoe concert in the Lipscomb Amphitheater.

Listening  to those men and women is a feast for the soul's hunger for God.  They have been together for 13 years and can anticipate  each other's every nuance, tone, and lilt as they sing.  God's praise just pours out so naturally and ebulliently.  Nothing is forced or "performed".

Thank you Zoe!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Slowing in Prayer

Here is a wonderful prayer by Michael Schut that ends the slowing discussion well:

Creator God, you come to us in the stillness of this hour.  Speak to us the words our lives need to hear.  Grant us stillness, turn us from frantic striving, calm our drivenness.  Help us to discern your presence through all of life and in all that you have made.  Give us ears to hear, eyes to see and hearts to know your grace.  Slow us Lord.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Rewards of Slowing

1.  Spiritual strength will come if we wait upon the Lord. (As the song says)

2.  A deeper relationship with God.

3.  Freedom from the responsibility for everything--you don't have to hold things so tightly--God is in charge!

4.  You become more present to the moment and to the people you love.

5.  You have time for reflection, deep thinking.   Richard Foster said, "We don't need more intelligent people in the world; we need more reflective people."

6.  You begin to notice things around you--creation, the smell of spring, bird song, blue sky.  Noticing these gifts engenders gratitiude to God for all He has given.

The process of slowing is not easy or fast.  We are in the words of II Cor. 3:18 being transformed into his likeness--we are people in the making.