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When we need Encouragement

I don’t know about you but I get weary. When I get weary the negativity creeps in, which should not be the case. Nothing has changed except my energy level and attitude. The situation has not changed, God has not changed, and my attitude changes nothing … at least not in a good way.

Negative begets negative. 

When I get home from my week at my dad’s I just can’t face doing an effective job of my own housework. (Sad admission there.) But … this past week I was blessed to receive help from my youngest daughter who has time off work. She spent a few hours each day helping me clean my house, because it had become overwhelming for me. We went room by room, even decluttering a few things, and still have much to do. I knew it had become a weight on me, but after just the first room was done … I felt lighter! Really! I am excited to see how good it feels being in my house once it is all done. Most of my houseplants even got repotted and freshened up, but what do I do with the plants I no longer want?

Encouragement.

There are a few quotes I like that are encouraging with regard to what I said above.

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris   (That one helps with decluttering.)

“The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.” – Yutang Lin  (It seems this is basically saying to live within one’s means, and don’t accumulate things just for the sake of having them. As Paul of the Bible says: “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content.” – Philippians 4:11 (KJV)  This is something I am still working on.)

“The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.” – Samuel Butler  (We really do take ourselves too seriously. I need to allow myself to laugh more and relax about things. When feeling it all is too much, be honest and admit it’s never as bad as it seems, so just wait a little longer; it will get better. These words, “Don’t give up on the brink of a miracle,” have helped me more than once. )

And if all else fails, lose yourself in a good book (or THE Good Book, The Bible) for awhile. Your life will still be there when you get back, but dealing with it just may be easier.

Yesterday I finished reading another novel which I will be reviewing soon. I hope you enjoy reading reviews. Eventually, my list will have dwindled down so that I might be able to get back into my own writing.

Also, I hope you sometimes check the menu at the top of the page. When I add things I don’t always make mention, so look particularly under Book reviews, Books I read this year, quotes for writers, writers’ helps

Today was a gorgeous day – hot, sunny, with a bit of a breeze. The blackflies loved me. (Tiny pesky little flies with big teeth, I think!) The good thing – it’s Spring! and … I must be sweet; I have lots of bite marks to prove it.   :/

Here is a clip of one of the best Spring sounds – peepers! You know, those tiny frogs that are a sign of Spring. I love to listen to them at home, their delightful peeping relaxes my soul. Interesting facts: The peepers that sing are the males enticing females; peepers live three years in the wild and grow to only 2.5 cm (1 inch).

Now I must stop scratching those bites I mentioned and start writing a review. Blessings to you and have a great week!

What have you found to be of encouragement to you?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

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Does fear control your life?

FEAR.

What do you think of when you hear that word?

From the time I was a small child fear was my constant companion. It hindered me in every way. Sometimes it got pushed aside but rarely did it let go. It has taken years for me to begin living without it taking over, and even yet I struggle against its seemed power in my life. I have come to believe that when fear is not of value it is a choice to be made.

FEAR IS A CHOICE.

Without going into a lot of personal grief about things not necessary to mention at this time, I want to direct you instead to an excellent post I found. Titled “Is Fear Driving You Forward or Dragging You Under?” it was written by Kristen Lamb  <—- so please take a few minutes to go there (just click on her name) and read it. She says it so well.

E. E. Cummings said, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”

I’m still working on that. How about you?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

“The cut worm forgives the plow”

This morning I read a quote which was taken from one of the works of William Blake, an English poet and printmaker.

“The cut worm forgives the plow.”

I read that and thought … what a great analogy. (Please note: I am not calling you or us worms, so please bear with my rough analogy here.)

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If you are freaked out even seeing an image of a worm, sorry! Please read on, there are no more pictures.

It’s not that a worm has a mind to forgive anything or even think about anything. It simply does what a worm is made to do. But, in considering an earthworm, for example, which is what I immediately thought of and am most familiar with as having the misfortune of being cut by a plow *, this is a very interesting statement.

The cut worm forgives the plow.

An earthworm that gets cut in half still lives, but as two earthworms. Did you know that? It’s an amazing feat of nature. Each then regenerates the parts lost, then continues on with life. If you are really interested, there is a great article here that you can read later. If you are not interested, then please excuse my fascination of such things.

The cut worm forgives the plow.

  • Have you ever felt that life circumstances are cutting you in half?
  • Do you feel you just don’t know how you are going to handle the stress in your life?
  • Do you feel cut off from what used to be normal for you?
  • Has something happened that has changed your path and redirected you?

The cut worm forgives the plow.

Think about that a minute. What if things have to change – you have no say in it or your better choice is to go with the flow? Suppose what lies ahead is even better than what you have to leave?

We don’t know what is coming ‘down the pipe,’ so to speak. We don’t have the ability to foresee how things are going to be years or even days from now. But, what we do know is that we can survive if we simply keep taking each moment as it comes. Never mind the days or hours, or even minutes … take each breath, each moment, one at a time … and keep on keeping on.

The cut worm forgives the plow.

That plow in your life is making a difference. It is up to you what you do with that change. Are you going to bemoan what happened to affect change in your life, thereby not allowing yourself to move forward? (I am well aware that some things are tragic losses that seem insurmountable, but I can assure you there is life – however altered – waiting to be lived. I just hope you will remind me of that should the time come again in my life.)

We have a choice to make when faced with change – when the plow again passes through our well-ordered, predictable lives. (As much as we may think life is chaotic and scrambled, there is a certain routine we have developed, however varied it may seem.)

  1. Do we emotionally fall apart and refuse to move on, clinging to memories and what remains of the life we knew? Or,
  2. Do we take a brave breath and step forward into the unknown (which describes every day, anyway), being thankful for the growth that lies ahead for us?

I know it’s not easy to do the latter. Moving ahead when we are uncertain and wobbly can be frightening. But, have you ever watched a young child learning to walk? Usually the baby will eagerly try and try until gaining the strength and balance to move ahead on his/her own. Even with help at first, it’s exciting and rewarding to accomplish those steps. We can do it beyond babyhood, too, although in a different way – one day at a time, one step at a time.

What was, good or bad, is something that is part of the whole of who we have become and can be used in either a positive or negative way. If it was bad, we learn to not go there again, to not be that person anymore, to not continue to live life that way; if it was good, we take the best of it and let it contribute in our future in a positive way.

So, has the plow cut through who you know yourself to be? You can start again, renew yourself, continue on. There is always someone who has been there before you, who has made it, and from whom you can learn.

When I write things like this, I usually don’t know for whom it is intended – myself at some future date, or for someone else – which is the usual case. If this speaks to your heart, Bless you! Take courage and make that step. Look ahead with eagerness of what wonders lie ahead for you.

Have you an experience you’d like to share about here as encouragement? Are you in a situation now that is challenging you to let go and move on?

*Plow is another spelling for plough but they have the same meaning.

So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble. – Matthew 6:34 (Amplified version)

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

 

Baby elephant rescue!

I love elephants.

Elephants are magnificent, intelligent, amazing animals.

For a very long time I have thought I would love to have my own elephant, but alas! the darling creature would eat us into poverty, I’m afraid.

Yesterday I came across this YouTube video that I know will help you see more of how wonderful and intelligent they really are.  Enjoy.

http://youtu.be/ITcTcpOv92I

After watching this I got thinking about the parallel of family and fellowships and writing. If we are fortunate, we can find ourselves surrounded by those who care about us, who love us and watch out for us, encouraging us when we need it. And if we are very fortunate, some of those will be of “like-mind”, enjoying and participating in the same things that interest us.

That, for me now, is writing. If you are a writer and have friends and acquaintances who also are writers, who understand your highs and lows in the process, who are willing to stand by you when you get mired in life stuff or writing woes of anxiety or the agony of writer’s block, then you are truly blessed. If you have someone who is stalwart in seeing you get out of that hard place, then you .. my friend .. have a rich and beautiful gift. Appreciate it.

What does this video speak to you? Does it parallel anything in your life?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂