Advice and Encouragement for the Past, for Today, and for the Future
Nuggets, Concerns, & Inspirations ( Page 3 )
Nuggets, Concerns, & Inspirations ( Page 3 )
June 25, 2022
In this age of technicality, I think I missed the boat when it docked at that class. I understand some terms and some procedures, but talk to me as if you are talking to your grandmother. Basic terms are what I understand and even then, I question some. The young people today are very knowledgeable and I admire that. My eleven-year-old granddaughter has complete control of her I-pad and cell phone. She has been able to answer questions about them for some time. I am still struggling with texting, but I know who to go to if I have a question.
Something that I have really been struggling with is the menu options on every call to a business. What ever happened to talking to a real person? My concern is not listed on the menu. Pressing number one or two doesn't get me to a person, just another option and so on. Does anyone else just give up?
We must try to educate ourselves as this is the future. The technical age is here and will become even more advanced. We can't and shouldn't stop progress. I will try harder and will try to be more patient. God has given many the ability to see the future. We have to do our best to adapt and learn. WE CAN DO THIS!!!!
June 10, 2022
Enjoy your time and make the best use of your time to your ability. When you are young you think of your future and the things you want to accomplish.
When you are older and retired, you think of the things that you didn't accomplish and now may not be able to physically or financially. So much of the time I think of the things "I should of, would of, or could of done." differently if I could do time over. We don't get do overs so I just want to encourage you to not just dream or think of things you would like to do---do them while you can.
Make your dreams a reality the best you can. Don't look back at your life with regret. NEVER STOP DREAMING.
June 7, 2022
Someone said to me the other day, I wouldn't be seen with a cane. I use a cane. It's not because I want to--I need to. The use of a cane assists my mobility and my safety. Of course, I would love to get around like unimpaired people do, but because of accidents, I can't.
Exercise compassion and understanding for the handicap. I don't know a person around who wouldn't prefer to have complete mobility and to not need some assistance. Thank goodness equipment is available for those of us who need some help to get around..
There are people who need the help of assistance, but are too proud to be seen with equipment of some kind. If you can prevent a fall or slip, use what's available to you and do it with your head up and your attitude positive. We are very lucky to be able to get around each day. A lot of people cannot.
REMEMBER, it takes only a second to have an accident that most likely will change the rest of your life.
Check out the Odds and Ends page.
June 4, 2022
IT'S NOT EASY BEING A PARENT
Our children have no concept of our love for them or our worries for them. As they get older, they think that they are making the right decisions, but they haven't developed or matured to the point that they are capable of always making the right decisions. We try to give them warnings without scaring them, BUT do they always listen?
We just have to do our best. We don't have all of the answers. The outside world is making their decisions also and those decisions are not always good.
Just comfort yourself with the fact THAT YOU DO THE BEST YOU KNOW HOW. Trust God to help you with the decisions you make and trust God to watch over your children.
REMEMBER, YOUR CHILDREN WERE NOT BORN WITH A MANUAL.
June 1, 2022
Do you ever feel yourself being pulled in several directions and you can't keep up with the demands of your life? YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!
There is an old saying, "stop and smell the roses," and one that I use often "just breathe." Day to day life can get so busy and so hectic that we forget to do this.
Even if you only have a few minutes a day for yourself, close your eyes, clear your mind (not easy, believe me I know,) and listen to the quiet and just breathe. We need to get in the habit of doing this a few times a day. It just sort of refreshes the mind. If you feel that you don't have time to do this, start out by just doing this once a day and then work up to a few times a day.
We can do this and do whatever we need to do. JUST BREATHE and STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES.
May 15, 2022
Our journey is not clear, but let's keep moving forward to see what the path brings.
Our days bring unexpected adventures. Some adventures we enjoy and some we don't, but a lesson is learned from each one. We wouldn't be where we are today if the lessons hadn't occurred.
Think back to where you were several years ago. Have you learned and grown mentally and emotionally? I think everyone whishes that they would have done some things differently, but we didn't know better. We have become wiser and we have used these building blocks in life to become the person that we are today. Would of, could of, should of, should be left behind. Let's move on. We are still learning and becoming better each day. YOU GOT THIS!!!!
Check out Odds and Ends 2. I have a helpful hint there.
May 6, 2022
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the "Moms" out there. Some gave birth and some didn't, but they have been a big influence in our lives. Let them know how much you appreciate them this Mother's Day. Make it a beautiful day for them.
May 5, 2022
A thought for you to contemplate:
Some people have a key to their heart which they open willingly. Other people have a combination lock on their heart and they never give anyone the combination to come in.
It's sad, but some people never free themselves to welcome others and feelings into their heart. Yes, sometimes it hurts, but sometimes a blessing occurs that a person would never have known.
We have to be willing to experience the hurt and the blessing. Most of the time the blessings outweigh the hurt. Focus your time and attention on the good. Let people into your heart and welcome their thoughts and feelings. You will be the blessed one.
April 22, 2022
Even though you may have doubts at times---YOU ARE A SURVIVOR! Even if you have been through hard times -- you are still here. If there have been stumbling blocks along the way--you are still here.
Life throws us challenges. We pick ourselves up. We don't have a choice. We keep going. Some of us have children or siblings or friends watching us. Show them that you can survive whatever comes your way.
YOU ARE A SURVIVOR. YOU ARE A CHAMPION! Pat yourself on the back and declare to yourself that nothing will destroy your determination.
April 17, 2022
To those who celebrate Easter---HAPPY EASTER. Enjoy time with your family and friends.
April 7, 2022
SMILE-SMILE-SMILE!!!! IT'S CONTAIGIOUS!
This is an inexpensive way to make people happy and to pay it forward. We never know when a smile just might change someone's attitude and make them feel better.
Of course, right now with some wearing masks ,it is not always easy to express oneself. But, even a wave or just lower your mask for a second and smile ,can make someone's day.
We are in a questionable time of history. So many people are feeling the pressure of just surviving. Do what you can to make someone feel better. YOU WILL FEEL BETTER ALSO!
March 24, 2022
Hopefully everyone is well and surviving the times. This is not an easy time for most. Food prices are up. Gas prices are up. The price of buying a house or paying rent is going up. And the situation in Ukraine and other countries is so unsettling. Even though we may get quite discouraged over these matters, we must remember that most of our lives could be much worse, and so many of us are going through the same situations.
Keep praying and believing and hoping for a solution to all of these circumstances. When we look at past history, we see many events that compare to now or have even been worse. We CAN and WILL survive this. We just have to make adjustments to our lives.---AND BELIEVE.
Be sure to check out Odds and Ends 2.
March 8, 2022
Pray for our world, it is in such a mess right now. Leaders of countries are issuing threats and conducting powerplays. So much fighting and loss of life. Innocent people all over the world being affected. We are all being touched in some way.
We have had a very challenging couple of years with the pandemic and now the world is in such disagreement. Where is it going to end?
LOVE your family. PRAY for our leaders. DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU.
February 22, 2022
I am repeating a very early posting, but it's a message that maybe we should hear again.
Life is not always fair. We work and we do our best, but then something takes place and we feel like we are going backwards. We are spinning our wheels and not getting ahead, or accomplishing what we set out to do.
Step back and look at the situation. Maybe we are going in the wrong direction. You know, it's not always easy to admit, but we can't always be right. Sometimes we reach a stalemate. Maybe we are supposed to go in a different direction or maybe we are being protected from a negative event.
We have to trust our instincts, but also be willing to look at all of the possible angles. We just might come up with an even better solution.
February 6, 2022
YOU CAN'T HOLD ON TO WHAT YOU DON'T HAVE. It may be a relationship or your job or a friend.(?) If it is a one-way street, and you are the only one driving, it can be a very lonely journey. You may be the only one who is giving time and energy to the situation.
We do our best to make areas of our life work because we feel responsible or are invested or obligated. Are we doing ourselves a favor by not recognizing the truth?
I am not suggesting that you give up or run away, but maybe stop putting all of you energy into something that has no future. Maybe it is time to try a different approach. Evaluate your life and determine where you need to put your energy. Remember, you can't hang on to what you don't have. (Please read Odds and Ends page 2.)
January 28, 2022
People come and go in our lives. We take it for granted that they will be here tomorrow.. That's not always the case. Some get sick or an accident happens. Life can change in a heartbeat. The older you get, the more this occurs. I have had so many people enter my life only to leave too soon.
My parents and siblings and other close family members and close friends have all died. We don't know how long the plan is for us to be on this earth.
Enjoy your family and friends. If you have disagreements with them, confront it and make it right. Tomorrow is not promised. Today is a gift. Unwrap it and make the best of the time that you have. It just may be cut short.
January 26, 2022
I want to thank everyone for their emails. It is wonderful to hear from each one of you and to know that my messages are getting out there. I will keep posting as long as people are responding with positive acceptance.
Thank you again and God Bless You All. June Elaine
January 25, 2022
Recently I heard a saying that I really like and I think that each of us should read it slowly and over and over again to ourselves.
"Imperfections don't stop diamonds from shinning."
We all have imperfections, but we must shine in our own way. We all have talents and abilities that are ours alone. We are given those so that we can better ourselves and contribute to our family and friends. God doesn't make mistakes. He has given us so many advantages that we don't nourish. We need to cultivate ourselves and bloom. There is so much "good" inside each of us.
Take a good look at yourself. There is so much self-worth there. You ARE a diamond. GO OUT INTO THE WORLD AND SHINE.
January 17, 2022
Relationships can be beautiful and sometimes challenging. We are humans born without instructions on how to nourish and care for another person. Relationships are kind of like playing cards. Sometimes we have a winning hand, but we don't always play it the way we should. If we are lucky we get a chance to be dealt a new hand that we can play.
Be smarter when playing that second hand. Think it through. If you really care, you will play your second hand better than the first. If you really care and you know that there is shared love, you will always try to understand the other person's feelings.
We haven't been given the tools to completely understand another person. God gave us all feelings. Understanding them and dealing with them are not always easy, but can be very rewarding.
January 8, 2022
2022. Is this the new normal? Is COVID going to be part of our life from now on? From what Scientists and Doctors predict, COVID may always be part of our lives. We have to be faithful in our being careful. Too many people are being careless in protecting themselves and others. When I go to the grocery store, maybe 10 per cent of people are wearing their masks. Just because a person has been vaccinated or has had COVID, doesn't mean that they can't get COVID again or carry it to someone else.
I hope travel can survive. Cruise ships and airlines have invested billions of dollars in making our lives more enjoyable and more convenient. They are trying to survive, but because of people's carelessness, they too have suffered.
We are all victims of COVID. We want to resume our family get togethers, shopping trips, travel, sporting events and concerts. If we all work together, this can happen. REMEMBER, GOD IS BIGGER THAN ANY PROBLEM. Trust Him and do your part. Let's get back to "normal."
December 31, 2021
Another year has come to an end. Can you believe how fast the months go by? This has been a challenging year. We wonder if COVID 19 will ever be over. There are still people who refuse to take the pandemic seriously.
Everyone has the right to believe how they want, but do they think of others? There are those of us who have a compromised immune system and could easily be infected with disastrous results. Do some people even care? We all can't stay in a bubble. We still have Doctor appointments and groceries to get.
I am asking those who aren't vaccinated to please consider other people around them. My family and friends are all praying for a young man in the hospital CCU right now. He is only 35 with two young boys and is fighting for his life from COVID.
We can conquer this pandemic if everyone does their part.
December 26, 2021
Be sure to check my 'ABOUT 'page for videos that have been added. A new addition with more to come. Enjoy and have a Great New Year!!!!
December 22, 2021
Quotes from Epictetus
Epictetus was a Greek Stoic Philosopher born 50 AD:
"No man is free who is not master of himself."
"Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it."
"There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will."
'First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak."
"Seek not the good in external things; seek it in yourself."
"Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants."
Great advice for all of us.
Have a Great Holiday Season and remember the reason for the season. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!
December 11, 2021
Do the demands on yourself seem too high at times? We tend to do that. But wait, we can only do and be so much. If we are content with ourselves and our surroundings, other people will see that in us.
We never know what someone is seeing and experiencing from our actions and from the way we live our life. We can't be and never will be the answer to everyone's expectations of us, but we need to be the best example that we can be. Treat yourself with gentleness and kindness and others will see that quality in us and maybe it will change their life.
Gentleness and kindness, especially at this time of year, is welcomed and such a gift to others and to ourselves. Be thoughtful and kind to yourself and those around you.
REMEMBER THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.
November 23, 2021
Be thankful for the blessings in your life. Even in difficult times, we have blessings to be thankful for. At times we might have to search for our blessings, but the blessings are there.
Every morning when I wake up, I thank God for another day to witness the beauty around me. So many people don't take time to look up at the sky or to see the moon at night. Even the rain has beauty and serves much needed nourishment to crops and flowers and grass and animals. The snow is beautiful in its own way. Beauty, in so many ways for us to enjoy and to be thankful for.
We just have so much to be thankful for, but so many people don't take the time to really see what is around them. Find something new today to enjoy and to be thankful for.
WITH GOD, ALL THINGS ARE POSIBLE.
November 6, 2021
Another unusual year, but it's almost Holiday time. Time for family and friends to get together. Maybe this year will be better than last year. We can only hope that our family and friends are healthier and safer this year.
It's also a challenging year as far as supplies and merchandise, but just remember the real reason for the Holiday. We are blessed in so many ways. We can get together and we can worship as we choose. Not everyone in this world can say and do as they please.
Count your blessings and smile and be kind even though it is not always easy. REMEMBER, TOUGH SITUATIONS DON'T LAST, BUT TOUGH PEOPLE DO.
October 23, 2021
What do you do when you don't know what to do? I don't have the answer, but I wish I did. We don't always have past experiences to call on. We ask ourselves "what if" and "maybe if" and "should we."
Life is sometimes a guessing game. We may not have the answers, but trying something new sometimes works and is a lesson for the future. We have to trust our instincts and knowledge. A decision may not work out, but that is a learning experience also. Don't be too hard on yourself. We do our best. Can we ask any more than that from ourselves? Just remember--WE ARE NOT PERFECT.
October 19, 2021
Hopefully everyone is doing okay. Just when we think that the Covid-19 is getting better a new strain is rumored. People are taking more unnecessary chances. Even when a store request masks to be worn, a lot of people don't, as they think that they are immune. Even though you have been vaccinated, you can still catch the virus.
Protect people around you. You could be carrying the virus and some people have immune deficiency and are very susceptible. We still have to go to doctors and buy groceries. Help us stay healthy.
Get your shots and wear your masks. Let's get rid of this pandemic. We want a normal life again, but if people don't do the right thing, this virus could go on for years. DO YOUR PART !!!!
October 10, 2021
Just checking in to see how everyone is doing and hoping that your day is going well. Some days are better than others, but it's what we do with each day that makes it a good day. An easy day can be a great day and at times a very busy day can be a great day.
Enjoy each day. We have been given a gift of another day. Take it and do your best to make it great. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS.
October 5, 2021
Hi everyone. A friend sent me something this morning that I wanted to share with you. This is beautiful.
Charlie Chaplin lived for 88 years. He left us four statements:
(1) Nothing is forever in this world, even our problems.
(2) I love to walk in the rain because no one can see my tears.
(3) The most lost day in life is the day we don't laugh.
(4) Six of the best doctors in the world: 1. Sun 2. Rest 3. Exercise
4. Diet 5. Self-respect 6. Friends .
Keep them in all stages of your life and enjoy a healthy life...If you see the moon, you will see the beauty of God...If you see the sun, you will see the power of God...If you see a mirror, you will see God's best creation. So, believe it. We are all tourists, God is our travel agent who has already defined our routes, bookings and directions...trust Him and enjoy life. Life is just a journey! So, live today. Tomorrow may not be.
Charlie Chaplin - English comic actor, filmmaker and composer
We all need to read this several times and remember these words. To me this is priceless. Have a great day and LAUGH!!!
September 28, 2021
Happy Tuesday!! Some days are happier than others. We get up and start our day. Everything seems fine and then a clumsy moment happens or we get bad news or plans change or we become disappointed by a friend. These unfortunately happen and are out of our control. How we handle these situations are what makes us who we are.
We can get angry and upset, but we are only hurting ourselves. We can withdraw into ourselves, but how does that solve anything? The situation has already happened. It is in the past, leave it there. Look into the future. You want to feel better so find a way to accomplish that. Call a good friend, read a good book, start a new project around the house or--this one can be dangerous--go shopping. Get out and get moving. There are wonderful opportunities to experience. HAVE A HAPPY DAY !!!
September 21, 2021
Do you sometimes feel that joy has left you? Stress and rough patches seem to challenges us on a daily basis. It's hard at times to see the bright side of an event. The challenges are at times outweighing the joy and happiness in our lives.
Believe in joy. It will always return to us in some form. There are times in our lives that we really have to look hard for the joy. The joy may be in a smile or in a butterfly floating across some flowers, or maybe just seeing the flowers will bring us joy.
The old saying "stop and smell the roses" is a good guideline to live by. God gave us beauty all around.. We just need to look for it. THE JOY WILL RETURN.
September 12, 2021
Maybe you have witnessed this or even experienced this, but why do people use the handicap parking spots when they aren't supposed to or even use someone's handicap placard when they are completely capable of walking the distance?
Hopefully you will never half to use handicap parking, but if you ever do, you will have a new respect for the need of convenient parking. Maybe I notice this more because I am somewhat handicapped. I can't walk from the back of a parking lot to a store. Oh, and don't park in the area dividing the handicapped spots. This is marked off so that a wheelchair can be lowered from a van or a person using a wheelchair can get through. They need that added space.
Most places of business don't provide that many spaces for the handicap. PLEASE leave these for the people that really need them.
September 6, 2021
The only thing that holds us back is ourselves. We often think, but don't do. We dream, but don't follow through. We wait for something to happen or for someone else to get us started.
The reason that I know that this is true is because this has happened to me. I waited for years to be motivated by someone else. A lot of my years were wasted. Finally someone saw the potential in me and helped me realize that I had something to offer and that other people might just benefit from my knowledge and experiences.
DON'T WAIT. You may have just what it takes to volunteer or to start a website or to write an article for a magazine that might help someone else. I have submitted several articles, but none have been published --yet. That's not going to stop me. Even the best writers have been turned down several times before a YES occurred. Do some self-examination. Get busy and don't waste any more time.
August 26, 2021
Our world is in so much unrest right now. It is hard to even imagine what some people are going through. With wars and disasters and sickness, we have to be so grateful if we are not experiencing any of these. These times are like we have never seen before and I pray that we never do see.
Hug your family and let them know how much you love them and appreciate them. Life happens and it is not perfect. We just have to concentrate on the good and be thankful for what God has given us.
Do all that you can do to stay healthy and safe. TAKE CARE.
First Corinthians 10: 13 basically says that God will never give you more than what you can handle. Be comforted in this knowledge..
August 14, 2021
There are two words that we should use in our daily life, either mentally or verbally. The two words are YES and NO. Saying YES to more opportunities may just make us more productive and happier. Saying NO may also make us more productive and happier.
We stay on the fence about decisions so much of the time. We contemplate and worry instead of making a decision. Sometimes the more we think about a situation, the more confused we become. Yes, we need to think about the outcome of our decision, but making an early decision saves us stress and worry. Many times I have thought about a topic for days and still came up with the solution that I had initially decided.
YES, let's decide today to make our life less stressful and NO we will not let worry control our life.
August 4, 2021
Hello to everyone. I have been out of town for a few days, but hope to get back on a schedule now. Seeing family and friends is always a cherished and wonderful trip. Because of COVID-19 , I hadn't seen my family for almost three years.
Treasure your family and friends. You never know if you will be able to be together again. Enjoy your time together. With COVID-19 getting bad again, we are all vulnerable. TAKE CARE!
July 16. 2021
Many years ago, a friend shared a life lesson with me that I would like to pass on and I hope it will be helpful to you.
At the time I was working in a flower shop. He came in and ordered three bud vases with two roses and baby's breath in each. I asked what the occasion was and this was his reply. "When I am having a bad day and things aren't going the way I had planned, I do something nice for someone else and it always makes me feel better."
I have never forgotten this. By doing this and brightening up someone else's day, you have taken your mind off of your problems. We often get so caught up in our own life that we forget about others..
We all have difficult days, but so do others. Brighten their day with something special. It will brighten your day also.
July 10, 2021
A personal note----I have just finished writing a children's book. It hasn't been illustrated yet and I don't have the publishing details worked out, so it will be a while yet until it is released. I will be traveling soon to talk to someone about illustrating the book. I am very excited about this adventure. Who would have thought that at this age, (77) I would have the courage to pursue this dream? (It was the encouragement of my friend that gave me the confidence.)
Not every dream can be accomplished at every age. I certainly wouldn't try water skiing now, but I always dreamed of doing that. Standing on my head for some reason, was something that I wanted to accomplish, but was never able to do.
The point of this is to say, FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS. You never know what you can do, UNLESS YOU TRY. And ALWAYS encourage others to pursue their dreams. YOU CAN DO IT !!!
July 4, 2021
This forth of July appears to be more free and healthier than July Fourth of 2020. It seems like years since we were able to travel and get together with friends and family, even though it has only been months.
If you are able to celebrate in some manor, be thankful and safe and enjoy your time together and the freedoms that you do have. We all have blessings in some form. If nothing else, celebrate those blessings, even if you don't celebrate July Forth.
June 26, 2021
Life is an experience and it most defiantly is unpredictable. I was playing a game the other night with some friends. One of them said, I had a plan, but it's not working out. Life is like that. We may have a plan, but we have to be prepared for detours and changes. It's how we handle these changes that set us apart from other people.
It is an easy way out to just give up. It's not always easy to pick ourselves up and find another solution. But finding another solution we must. CAN'T NEVER DID ANYTHING. If we say that we can't do something, we ARE giving up. Plan "B" most likely will be better and more beneficial to you anyway. A solution just might come along that you hadn't even thought of. Grab it and take that chance. GOD HAS A PLAN.
June 16, 2021
We all have dreams. Some dreams come true, but some don't.. Be thankful for the dreams that do come true that make your life happier and more productive. Maybe the dreams that don't come true would have been destructive or harmful in some way. We tend to get impatient in waiting for something that just doesn't happen.
Gods plan for our life is bigger than any dream we may have. He knows the outcome of our dreams and knows what is best for us.
Yes, dream, but be content in the outcome. Be content knowing that everything happens for a reason. Be content in knowing that you are blessed and that you are also someone else's blessing. Let this be a comfort to you.
June 6, 2021
Hopefully this finds everyone doing well. This is a very trying time. Life is certainly not normal as we have known it from the past. COVID 19 has changed so many things in our lives. Beautiful moments happen everyday though. We don't always see these moments. But we also don't always look for them.
Let's concentrate on looking for the positive in our lives and for the beautiful moments. Even in the darkest times, light can shine through. It may only be a quiet moment or a smile or a phone call, but let's just separate these moments from the anguish and enjoy. We owe this to ourselves and we deserve it. ENJOY A MOMENT FOR YOURSELF.
( I want to apologize for the pictures missing on some of my posts. There was a glitch in the system and they may be gone for good. )
May 25, 2021
You never know when an opportunity comes your way to do an act of kindness. You just may be someone's real live angel. Just a smile or holding a door for someone may be what that person needs for them to know that someone cares. Don't ever hesitate to be kind even when you may feel down or depressed.
"Kind" is a four-letter word that is never expressed enough. Not only should we be kind to others, be kind to yourself. We can be our own worst enemy. We can be so hard on ourselves.
Love yourself. We all have wonderful qualities. We just choose not to see them sometimes. By loving yourself, you can more effectively love others. Kindness to others will come automatically. We are all God's children. He loves us so that we can love others and be kind to them.
PAY IT FOWARD!!!
(Be sure to check out ODDS and ENDS page 2.)
May 9, 2021
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL YOU WONDERFUL MOTHERS !!
Whether you gave birth, were a step Mother, foster Mother , or comforting Mother, you have been important in someone's life. Enjoy your Special Day!!!!!