Mondays

The first work-day of the week, for most folks…Monday!

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The subject of many songs and memes on the Internet…

Monday, Monday (Mommas and Poppas), Rainy Days and Mondays (The Carpenters), Monday Morning (Fleetwood Mac), Manic Monday (The Bangles), Blue Monday (Fats Domino), It Sure is Monday (Mark Chestnutt)

Whatever genre you like, you can probably find a song about Monday…usually about how bad it is. They are just a fact of life though! Your Monday could be any day of the week, depending on your job, but the concept is the same. We are never ready for its arrival, it seems.

Do you get the “Sunday night blues”? Not sure why I am contemplating Monday today. Most every day has the same potential for me, as I am MOSTLY retired. That is a blessing in many ways, but does take some getting used to. It requires self-motivation, determination and an adventure spirit to decide of what from all the many options available you are going to partake. At our house, we have also figured out that it is nice not to have to do anything at any time, for the most part. Life has a tendency to make you live by a clock…until you don’t have to any more.

So, whatever your time in life, I hope you get off your duff and find something you like today…if not your job, how about your home (decorate a wall), your kids/spouse/family (love them), your hobbies (paint, read, sing), your friends (share a cup of coffee or soup), your neighborhood (check our the flowers that are starting to come up), your town (check out a landmark), your body (paint your toenails or just wash your face), your music (dance a little), your sports (move a little), your spirit (meditate a while)…there are so many things you can do. I just encourage you to see what is around you and enjoy it!

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Have a happy Monday and remember that the weekend isn’t that far off, but each day of the week will have something special…if you watch, look, and listen for it! That is what I am going to try to do.

What are you doing today?

Thursday Doors – March 10, 2016

IMG_4762©Valorie Webster

In Palermo, Sicily…this little door and contents speak for themselves. I am not Catholic, but I believe this is a little shrine to memorialize people who have passed. It was on the side of a large Catholic church that also served to house the homeless and provide other services to the community.

I found Palermo to be very interesting on many levels. It is in a beautiful location, but sadly there is still very much devastation remaining from WWII. In spite of this fact and the location of this church, it was well-maintained and a benefit to many.

Happy Thursday…off to look at some other doors via Norm’s hosted blog.

 

Plateaus

plateau (Image of Colorado Plateau from the Internet)

I have believed for a long time now that we develop and grow at our own pace. I know that the first 5 years of life are when we learn the most…or so they say. I am still learning and happy about that, but it is different kinds of things. Yes, I may learn new words in a word game or new techniques for cooking or crafting and these are good. However, what I am finding over the last many years is that personal growth is important to me.

What does that mean? Well, for me, it is partly emotional and a lot spiritual. That doesn’t have to mean religious…and for me, it does not. I have a strong faith. I also have a strong belief in things spiritual…what some would call woo-woo things. This has helped me draw inside and learn about myself, seek out what speaks to me and be much less judgemental of others.

The word that has worked for me over the years to describe this growth is plateau. It seems I grow and reach a plateau and then live there for whatever time it takes to gain understanding. At some point I must either grow to the next plateau or slide down to a lower level. It doesn’t seem workable to live on one plateau forever.

Right now, I realize that the time is approaching for a movement off the plateau I have been living on. My choice is not to slide down, so it must be growing time. I have been wondering what is bugging me lately…trying to think it might be the hint of spring we got and then the grey weather. This morning, I know it is just a signal that it is time to grow.

I am going to take the road of enthusiasm about this. Not being sure what this will mean, I will watch for signs, words and wonders of what will come my way. I am grateful that my husband understands this, though it may not make total sense to him, he supports my growth spurts with interest and shared enthusiasm.

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As the spring flowers are showing their freshness, it is time for me to shoot up too! How are you growing lately?

Thursday Doors – March 3, 2016

Thanks, Norm, for hosting Thursday Doors!

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Flat Stanley went to Barcelona with us. In this upscale area he couldn’t get an answer at the front door to say hello, so he tried the side door (probably for servants). No answer there, so he posed for this picture anyway. Maybe there was a message about knocking at the top there, but we couldn’t understand! Poor guy!

Have you ever traveled with Flat Stanley? He is easy to have along, never complains, takes up little room and doesn’t carry any luggage or eat much!

Happy Travels!