Pro-action vs Re-action

This made me think of my Grandpa Jackson.

He would tell me about his Dog. He always had a dog.

He would say that his Dog was the Best dog.

He would tell me that his Dog was always a Good dog.

I would point out that his Dog was peeing on the floor.

He would just laugh and say, “well maybe right now, but he won’t get better if you focus on what he’s done wrong.”

I think this is a good lesson for today.

We get bombarded by faults. What is: Wrong, Bad, Illegal, and Salacious seems to get all the attention. People seek attention, and behavior is becoming more and more bizarre.

Today I’m grateful for reminders of my Grandfather, and opportunities to treat people as they could be.

Every day Emerson

I adore reading the Essays of Emerson. There is something timeless about his words, and observation on human behavior.

Last April I got to visit Authors Ridge at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, MA.

My cousin Shari and I had a blast wandering up and down the hills of that beautiful property.

Today, I’m grateful for reminders to let the old blunders go, and to focus on the day ahead.

Emerson has quite the Grave Marker. It was the finest on the ridge, rightly so.

Grateful today

Image from Pinterest.

Yesterday was a hectic whirlwind of activity. Vacuum, mop, dust, Grocery store, laundry, and a Pork Shoulder done in the crock pot, with my first attempt at Naan bread. Everything came together like a symphony.

I love a full day, and climbing into bed with freshly washed sheets. There is a definite feeling of well being and sleepiness.

You might be thinking….”Wendy, you worked all day! What are you grateful for?”

I guess I’m grateful that I can. I have the physical, and mental ability to get things done. I’ve always enjoyed that moment, when the house is clean and I sit for a moment in pure satisfaction….even knowing it will soon be dirty again, but for now it is clean.

Tolkien on my mind.

Today the Movie Tolkien is out for streaming. Of course I bought it, and have watched it again.

It got me wondering about his fellowship. And I ordered his friend’s book of poetry, “A Spring Harvest” by Jeffery Bache Smith. It’s actually available on Amazon, probably because JRR Tolkien wrote the forward.

Tolkien was required reading for me in 7th grade…..The Hobbit was my entree into Tolkien’s world.

My family had just moved to Texas, and I didn’t have any friend yet, so I found my friends in books. What a better way to enjoy friends than to disappear into Middle Earth and travel along with Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarves of Erebore.

What I adored the most was the sense of honor, nobility, friendship, good vs evil, the contributions all can make. Oh, plus the language, the poetry, were big attractions for me. It was simple, but really compelling language that still speaks to kids today.

Reading more, and learning more about Tolkien has been fabulous.

I found this quote that I thought was perfect for today.

Quotes about dogs

I found this today in Rob Chrisman’s blog.

It made me smile, and made me miss my Rascal.

I’m grateful to have had dogs in my life.

Here, 14 dog quotes that capture the special bond between a human and their pup. 
“I’m suspicious of people who don’t like dogs, but I trust a dog when it doesn’t like a person.” – Bill Murray
“It’s just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn’t it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal.” – John Grogan
“Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles M. Schulz
“When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.” – Nora Ephron
“I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.” – Doris Day
“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically, dogs think humans are nuts.” – John Steinbeck
“My dogs have taught me to be more loving, more nurturing, and happier.”- Nicollette Sheridan
“When an 85-pound mammal licks your tears away, then tries to sit on your lap, it’s hard to feel sad.” – Kristan Higgins
“I love my pets so if they are happy, I am happy … I have treated all my dogs like my kids. To me, they’re just kids I didn’t birth.” – Kristen Bell
“My fashion philosophy is, if you’re not covered in dog hair, your life is empty.” – Elayne Boosler
“Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.” – Elizabeth Taylor
“Reason No. 106 why dogs are smarter than humans: Once you leave the litter, you sever contact with your mothers.” – Jodi Picoult
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain

Being unique

I called my cousins to wish her happy birthday, and we got to chatting.

She was so encouraging and sweet.

We are all so unique in our own way.

It would be a shame if we couldn’t enjoy our own way of being unique.

Cheers to loving your own unique self.

Gratitude Tuesday

My youngest son is Graduating on the 25th.

He’s put together his first resume, and has completed 3 interviews.

His first big job offer came in yesterday.

Mom is quite beside herself.

Gratitude Wednesday

Last night was one of those restless nights. Awake at 12:30am, 3:01am, 4:29 am. I finally decided to just get up at 5:30, tired of fighting for sleep.

The funny thing is, I don’t feel overly tired….yet.

In light of no sleep, I’m grateful for good coffee, my pup Dolly, and a break in the rain.

My car is really clean for the first time since January, and I’m ready to make my client calls with my boss today.

The rest of the week, I’m going to let go of things that I can’t control and rest in knowing that nothing meant for me will pass me by.

Happy Wednesday.