09/11/17

Always look for the JOY

Remember August 21, 2017? 

It was just a few weeks ago when  we were excited about the total solar eclipse within a band across the United States.

Remember the joy surrounding this rare event? Not only were scientists overjoyed, but businesses and schools announced closings and provided  special glasses for safe viewing. People gathered in large stadiums for eclipse parties to view this spectacular rare occurrence.  All eyes were on the sky and there was no mistaking, this was a joyous occasion.

Since then, there have been several major disasters and the joy has been obscured. We are in the middle of hurricane season and it has been a very active season. Such destruction like we’ve never seen. Along with hurricanes, have been earthquakes, fires and tornados. All uncontrollable happenings that have us scratching our heads to wonder, what’s next. 

 

We are just a week away from fall and it already has been a time when looking for the joy has been an almost impossible task. 

Finding joy doesn’t minimize the sadness and the devastation that is left behind after tragic situations.. 

We feel guilty for even thinking of continuing to find enjoyment in our lives when others are suffering.

Tragedy can tear us down or build  us up. We can dwell on it and keep living it day after day. But that activity keeps us from moving forward.

Through and after a tragedy, we can grow, learn, be compassionate, love and be loved. 

The joy is in finding the love and kindness that can always be found during the devastation.

Life’s challenges are not suppose to paralyze us. Joy is a healer and pushes us forward.

 

There are simple ways to bring back the joy that has seeped out through personal and/or other tragedies.

Enjoy your children or grandchildren. Children have periods of sadness and then just as quickly they can laugh and move on. Adults…..listen up.

It’s hard to be sad around a giggling child. 

A change of scenery is a way of putting the joy back in life. I don’t know about you, but a trip to the mountains does it for me. Just a few hours of breathing the air and gazing on the magnificence  makes me smile.

 

And always there is joy in helping someone else.  As we’ve heard countless times, its more blessed to give than receive.

Whatever you give, you will receive more in return. May sound like a cliché, but is so true.

Learn and study something new.

A few years ago, after a personal tragedy, I enrolled in a line dance class. Now that’s something  that requires focus  and concentration.

I didn’t want to be the one in the line that stood out because of all the mistakes my feet might be making. Line dancing became one of the ways  to help me find the joy in moving forward. 

 

I can’t leave this out. I find joy in decorating and redecorating. If you look at how many times I do this, you would think I am the most joyful person on earth. 

Find that activity that allows you to open up and find a renewed passion for life.

 When sadness comes, allow your tears to flow. And then your smile to shine.

When you have a choice…………always choose JOY.

 

 

06/1/17

Summer Games

June has arrived…….the month that officially ushers in the beginning of summer.

Yay for Summer……….. the favorite season for  kids for the obvious reason. No School!!

 

For you grown up kids, don’t let the heat and humidity of summer keep you indoors under the comforts of air conditioning.

Get out and enjoy the beauties of summer and always have a camera handy..

 

Some of my  best memories, of the long days of summer,  are the games I played with my siblings and neighborhood kids..

Hide and seek, we played for hours, until it was too dark to see.

 

During the day, it was never too  hot for a game of baseball with the neighborhood kids.

And as it was just starting to get dark, we brought out the old mason jars to catch fire flies.

Back then we called them lightening bugs.

 We spent many morning or afternoon hours playing Red Rover or Simon Said.

 

With 5 siblings and neighborhood kids, we could team up for a game of Dodge Ball.

Tag, you’re it,  kept us occupied for hours. And sometimes we varied the tag game to freeze tag.

 

All summer we were never bored as we kept ourselves occupied without any of today’s modern technologies.

 

My games of summer have changed over the years, but one thing hasn’t change.

My need to be outdoors. I have  to get outside and spend time with nature.

The healing power of the sun can make you feel like a new person.

 

I don’t  “lay out” to get a tan anymore. but I ” get out” to get a good dosage of Vitamin D before the hottest part of the day.

 

Starting the day walking an hour and half around the neighborhood

is my physical and mental fitness program for the summer. 

What I see on the way to the library for my next favorite thing……..

Summer Reading………… Love, Mystery, Adventure, Drama, Comedy

 

05/28/17

A quietly observed Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day observances come in many different packages. There are parades with bands playing patriotic songs. Some will visit cemeteries and place flags on the graves of veterans.

 There are swimming pool parties and backyard BBQ’s as Memorial day usually marks the beginning of summer.. Any holiday comes with  traditional  food.

 In the south, hash seems to be the choice for all patriotic holidays; Around Memorial Day and Fourth of July, it’s not uncommon for lodges, churches etc. to prepare hash and sell it as a fundraiser. You know you’re patriotic when hash eating is part of the holiday festivities.

 

It is a quiet observation for us this year. We solemnly say thank you to those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. We will be travelling on Memorial  day, back to the cottage, after an appreciated extra day at the main house.

 

The mister got in a few hours of golfing and I got to do some shopping. We both enjoyed our Saturday. And later on in the evening, we had a relaxing dinner with friends.

Its was a wonderful home cooked meal of Pot Roast, potatoes, and carrots. Desert was Chocolate cake. And I wasn’t doing the cooking. Thanks, Linda! 

Sunday while the hubby was watching the little race  ( Indy 500) I caught up on a few chores.

 

Every day we enjoy the blessings of living in

our great country. Those blessings came to us at a high cost.

Today we stop and spend some quality time in solemn remembrance

for the men and women who gave everything so that we could be free.

 

Amen