Swing by my new Aimless Musings (with purpose) in 2011. A New Beginning!
Category Archives: Daily Living
According to happiness researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, of the University of California, Riverside, life circumstances account for only 10% of happiness. Half depends on our genetic “set point,” which is kind of like the weight our body bounces back to after that crash diet. And about 40% of our happiness is influenced by what we do deliberately to make ourselves happy.
A Short Testament
by Anne Porter
Whatever harm I may have done
In all my life in all your wide creation
If I cannot repair it
I beg you to repair it,
And then there are all the wounded
The poor the deaf the lonely and the old
Whom I have roughly dismissed
As if I were not one of them.
Where I have wronged them by it
And cannot make amends
I ask you
To comfort them to overflowing,
And where there are lives I may have withered around me,
Or lives of strangers far or near
That I’ve destroyed in blind complicity,
And if I cannot find them
Or have no way to serve them,
Remember them. I beg you to remember them
When winter is over
And all your unimaginable promises
Burst into song on death’s bare branches.
Do not forget that the value and interest of life is not so much to do conspicuous things . . . as to do ordinary things with the perception of their enormous value. – Teilhard de Chardin
Richard Foster writes that “prayers arising out of the context of the family are perhaps the most common expression of Praying the Ordinary.”
Almighty, most holy, most high God, thank you for paying attention to small things. Thank you for valuing the insignificant. Thank you for being interested in the lilies of the field and the birds of the air. Thank you for caring about me.
In Jesus- name. — Amen.
My thoughts – as the Year 2010 comes to an end and we enter 2011 – a Blank Sheet – a New Year – a New Beginning – I’m thinking of the many blessings in my life. Most especially I’m thinking of the people I love and who have shown love to me – as I continue on This Journey.
There are countless folks who have influenced my life and have inspired me to want to be a better person: my husband, parents, children, grandparents, neighbors, friends – and sometimes people I met – perhaps only one time and can’t even name – who gave me inspiration and made a difference in my life.
The marvelous folks in our adult Sunday School Class (the Sharers) immediately come to mind as people who truly Live Life and who enrich mine.
My dear dear friends from childhood and school years and young married life – and now – OLD married life . . . God has truly blessed me with Good People throughout the years.
I am very grateful for all.
Whoever I am, whatever I have become (and am becoming) – in any good way – is mostly because of the influence of people who exhibited love and warmth and caring and who live lives of worth. These folks certainly make me want to be better – in every way. Thanks – to the human angels who have crossed my path and those who continue to bless my life.
God bless you.
You are ever in my prayers.
Looking forward to a New Beginning!
The Year of our Lord
Two Thousand Eleven
A Social Drink The proliferation of coffeehouses established a pattern that continues through to this day. First, coffee is a social drink, often enjoyed in public. Second, countries whose climate doesn’t allow them to produce coffee are the greatest consumers of coffee beans (to use botanically incorrect term). Coffee grows at high altitudes within the tropics – think of mountainous countries that hug the equator, like Colombia and Kenya, or India and Indonesia – but coffee culture is strongest in United States, Europe (especially northern countries like Denmark and Sweden) and, in what might come as a surprise to many, Japan, which recently leapfrogged Italy and France to become the world’s third-largest coffee importer. The notable exception is Brazil, which is the world’s largest producer of coffee and the second-greatest consumer.