As we all know the last few years have at best interrupted our lives. Thinking back before that though life was very hectic. People were racing to work, trying to squeeze in just one more activity and the end results being a catastrophic health event.
The mass confusion and insanity of Covid had its own casualties. One thing it did do was bring families together and for a moment in time the speedway of life slowed to a crawl.
Now that mandates have been lifted most people have gone back to work and some are working harder than ever because of the people who have chosen not to work.
What has changed? The way we look at lifestyle. Oh there will always be those who seem to enjoy a wreckless lifestyle but for most of us we have found greater value in living.
It’s important to do the things that must be done but it is also important to dance. I’m not necessarily talking about the physical dance. It’s about maintaining balance. If you are so stuck in a routine that there is no adventure in your life then you haven’t gotten it right yet.
What is the one thing you enjoy but have put on the back burner. What is that one place you always wanted to visit but you just couldn’t squeeze it into your schedule? Don’t use money as an excuse or the kids or the job….work it into your schedule now! It’s time to dance!
There is an old country song that says it best “I Hope You Dance”. Leeann Womack got it right when she sings this song as she explains why dancing is so important. I hope the rest of your life will be filled with adventure and not just the complexities of life.
Lately I have had the urge to purge unnecessary things from my life. While by no means am I a hoarder, without even thinking I tend to hold onto things longer than I should.
From old greeting cards to clothes that are older than I care to admit, its got to go. I am now choosing to keep only what I really need.
I have a thing about organization! It is not enough just to clean a room but it has to be organized or it just doesn’t make sense. If it is something I haven’t worn in the last year…it’s going out. I am an artist and crafter which also means I have a lot of supplies related to my hobbies. Even these may need to be purged to eliminate outdated or unusable items to make room for new ones.
Even my dog has a special area for his grooming supplies, toys, medical supplies and food. He has a toy box but like kids he just can’t seem to put his toys away!
With more renovations in my house that need to be done purging is not an option but a necessity. Every day it gets easier. After all, it’s just stuff!
If cleanliness is next to Godliness, I should be in line for sainthood soon. All kidding aside, it is not what you keep but what you get rid of that matters!
Listening to someone new on my Amazon Music app, Iron And Wine, I couldn’t help but be transported back to a different time.
The song had a catchy title….something about being naked but don’t let that deter you from listening. Instrumentality it was mello and the lyrics made sense. The sound was soothing not unlike something I might would have listened to during the Woodstock era.
It made me appreciate once more the music of the past. You just don’t find artists or music like this anymore. This was refreshing. It took me back to my teenage years when unlike today there were moral boundaries. Life was simpler and people were actually happy. Yes, we loved to cruise around the hottest drive-ins and I even got caught coming home late on occasion but life had meaning.
It’s reflection on better times that will strengthen our desire to not just settle but to strive to get back some of the values we had back then.
Do I want to give up my new car or Wi Fi? Probably not but if it would mean we could live in a less violent world and a world that has a strong value system, then yes I would. Progress is not always in our best interest.
The last few years have more than ever shown that it’s not the wealth of this world that matters. We need to get back to the basics. It’s really simple, put God first. Next to God is family. God from the very beginning laid out a value system that works. LOVE
In the last few months I have expanded my artistic journey to include jewelry making. Admittedly I have made some pieces that would not meet my level of perfection… but then I had to stop myself.
I had been throwing out everything that was imperfect and this morning it hit me. If God judged me like that I would have been tossed out a long time ago. The Imperfect Knot might not be pretty but was created from bits and pieces of metals from completed projects. While a recycled project, it can still serve a purpose. Like this bit of imperfection none of us are perfect but we all have a purpose.
While this ring may look more complete it too was a recycled project. One of my biggest frustrations in using soft metals is the unwanted scratches and dents. To make them a little less noticeable I added a few dents of my own.
Working with metal is definitely giving me a lesson in patience. Continue to follow me on my artistic journey.
For those of you who were not raised in the 70’s you are probably asking “What the heck is a weeble”?
I remember fondly playing with these things as a child. They were almost hypnotizing as they rocked back and forth with the slightest nudge.
Sometime in previous years I acquired the 1974 Indian Weeble from the western collection. I have shuffled him around my house over the years because I just couldn’t seem to part with him. Currently he has a home in my office. Here he has a purpose. After paying bills or some other frustrating task I give him a nudge and he just makes me laugh. I watch him rock until he finally stops upright again.
It is funny how something so simple at least for a moment calms my world. The point is you can benefit from just taking a moment to be distracted from life’s stressor.
Here’s my Weeble:
Find the simple pleasures in life. Have a wonderful day.
Those that know me know I never stop looking for that next adventure in crafting. The past few weeks I have been tampering with metal in particular wire. While I have had experience beading I have not designed with wire itself.
While I love designing anything this is one art that has really tested my patience. I typically like things that I can complete pretty quickly with the exception of painting. I can do a painting in a few hours and sometimes it may take a week or longer.
I think some days there must be a little angel perched on my shoulder to keep me focused. Otherwise, I would surely wreak havoc with some of my projects.
Wire wrapping is not difficult but is time consuming. Here are some of my completed projects to date:
If you are interested in learning this craft there are great videos on both YouTube and Rumble.
Expand your horizon and learn a craft. May God richly bless you.
While this little guy may not seem relevent to you there is a story here. Early in the year I began to see slow subtle changes in the environment. Prior to this time even the air smelled bad. Blame it on jet fuel, industrial waste, whatever you want to but you could tell something was toxic. Anyway, in early march we started to see these little rabbits. While you may say that is not a red flag for me it was. You see we have lived on the same property for 36 years and have rarely seen a rabbit until now.
Then with Spring came new grass. Maybe it was just my old eyes deceiving me but it seemed greener than usual. I don’t have a lot of flowers so I take heed of small environmental changes.
We see the rabbits daily now, morning and night. While the news media paints a dillusional picture of what is happening in the world, I choose to ignore them and see what picture God paints. Lily’s in my garden container will soon be blooming. Last year they only had one bloom on each plant. This year there are four blooms on each of the two plants. Like the rabbits, they are voluntarily multiplying.
You may be laughing this off right now but what is a matter of fact is that God sends of signs of things to come. I believe these few signs along with the increase in birds points to the fact that better days WILL COME!
Don’t get caught up in daily drama and the lies of the main stream media. Trust God, trust that he has a plan for Heaven On Earth. It will come but only in His time.
When I stepped outside on my deck this morning, I thought I must have stepped into Heaven. The grass was greener than normal, the sun brighter and the clouds just plain Heavenly.
After a brief morning shower it could not have been a better scene. Just when you think this world has “snapped”, something reels you back in. With the state this country is in and the recent shooting in Texas, it is easy to question “why continue”. It is not for us to question why life continues but it is for us to manage what God has created! So far we have done a poor job.
We have got to get back to the basics people. We have allowed evil people and politicians to dictate how we live our lives. NO MORE! It is not just about politics. It is about life, love, faith. These are the principles we grew up on that have quickly faded away.
You know the old saying “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” There is so much truth in that statement. While there is little to no fix for our government, there is hope for life itself. It begins with me, you, your neighbor, your community, the world! We have to change our attitude and our vision for what we want out of life and what God has envisioned for us.
This world and the universe was not built in a day and only by God’s hand will it be cleaned up in a day. We have to start with cleaning up our environment and getting rid of the evil in it. God did NOT create this beautiful world for us to trash it like a kid with a new toy.
If you want to be “knocking on Heaven’s Door”, you might want to think about what you have done to even be standing at Heaven’s Door. As we draw closer to a time when judgement will surely come, don’t you want to be looking at a field of clouds instead of the Lake of Fire?
It is possible to have a Heaven on Earth but a lot has to change. It begins with waking up to reality and creating GOOD in this world. God wants us to Love and Love unconditionally. Does everyone deserve to enjoy a perfect world? Probably not but we are not judge and jury, we are the caretakers.
It begins with positive motivation. Regardless of how things are in your life find something positive to focus on even if it is only one moment. Share your smile with someone who can’t. Give to those who have nothing…and I am not talking about money. Those moments can and should change your life.