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commitment

How to commit to anything

I came across a couple of quotes I want to share with you.

Some of us make big commitments in word only. We’re going to do “this”, we’re going to do “that”.

Except we never do it.

I even know people who think about something so much, they even convince themselves they have done it.

So I want to share these quotes with you.

I don’t recognize the authors and it does ‘t matter anyway. These are basic truths but said in a different way.

You have to pay a price. You will find that everything in life exacts a price, and you will have to decide whether the price is worth the prize. Sally Nunn

One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it. Sidney Howard

 

commitmentThen there is this list from John Maxwell, who has written many books and given many seminars on management and motivation.

SEVEN ENEMIES OF COMMITMENT

  1. A lifestyle of giving up.
  2. A wrong belief that life should be easy.
  3. A wrong belief that success is is a destination.
  4. Negative thinking.
  5. Acceptance of other people’s fences.
  6. An irrational fear of failure.
  7. A lack of vision.

I would add:

8. Not knowing what you are called to do.

9. Never taking stock of your life.

10. Plain ole’ laziness.

The first step to commitment is to simply make it. Many of us think but never do. We know what that’s called, don’t we?

Procrastination.

So which will it be for you this weekend? Will it be commitment or procrastination?  The choice is yours.

God bless and have a great day.

 

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Nothing takes the place of perisistence

(I wrote this post about four years ago.)

I want to share with you a quote from Calvin Coolidge, 3oth president of the United States.

“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more commonplace than unsuccessful men with talent.Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and Determination alone are omnipotent.”

Flashback to yesterday. I tried to install a “Follow Me” Twitter Button on this blog.  Oh, my gosh!  It seemed so easy at first but I kept having all the html code show up in addition to the button.  I know absolutely nothing about programming. But I started playing around and after many hours I finally got it working.

My brain was fried.

Then I thought about the quote by Calvin Coolidge.

How cool is that? Here I was using that very persistence to accomplish what I needed. It wasn’t talent. It wasn’t genius. It wasn’t education. It was plain ole’ persistence and determination. I am going to make this blog good if it kills me. And after today, it just might!

Then I thought about the work we’re doing in our living room. No amount of talent, genius, or education could have pried up that tile. It took persistence for me to continue ripping up all this tile in our living room. I was determined to get ‘er done. No amount of talent, genius, or education enabled me to rip up the tile. Some things are accomplished by sheer effort only.

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I hope if you’re frustrated by something today you’ll find this post helpful. Persistence applies to all parts of our life, persistence in prayer, persistence in doing the right thing and thinking the right thoughts, using the right words, etc.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

Oh, no.  I just checked my home page and the “twitter icon” isn’t there.  I’ll figure it out, right? 

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Why you SHOULD “sing” even if you CAN’T sing

My husband and I saw a great movie last week starring our favorite actress, Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”.

It’s a true story about a woman who always wanted to be a singer even though she couldn’t carry a tune. Meryl Streep does a great job of bad singing, especially when one considers she really can sing.

Without giving away the whole thing, let’s just say that her “partner” played by one of my other all-time favorites, Hugh Grant, supports her in her endeavor. She ends up singing at Carnegie Hall no less.

But one line in the movie really hit home with me. It’s this”

“People may say I can’t sing, “but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.” 

I love that! It’s so true, too.

I love what are called “Sunday paintings” which I always look for at thrift shops and garage sales. “Sunday paintings are paintings by amateur painters. They’re usually pretty bad. But every once in a while, I come across one that is pretty good.

But after seeing this movie, I doubt I will ever again judge some of them as “bad”. Because it isn’t the product that is important (unless one is trying to sell them, of course) it’s that the painter enjoyed the process of painting. Or as Florence Foster Jenkins would say, “People may say I can’t paint, but no one can ever say I didn’t paint”.

How many things have you not attempted because the outcome might be terrible? How many have I?

When I look back at some of my oldest posts, I cringe. What was I thinking? And yet, with practice and hard work, I’m much better. (It’s for you to judge how much better.)

As far as painting goes, it comes naturally to me. I call the green pears my “green” stage and the

orangish pears, my “organish” stage. 🙂 The first three are watercolors. The last one is a collage along with acrylic paint.

 

 

 

But working with wood, for example, not so much. And yet this year for Christmas I’ve made some projects using this underdeveloped skill and they’ve turned out pretty good but they’re definitely not master quality. “People may say I can’t hammer a nail straight, but they can’t say I haven’t”.

So in light of the above, don’t be afraid to fail. I had never drawn a picture before and yet I was able to paint somewhat proficiently from the beginning. Who knew?

God has a storehouse of talents and abilities for each of us. They may not be as “visible” as painting for example, but show me a good cook and I’m in awe. I have a cousin who is an amazing cook. I can only dream. And yet I cook, and bake, and try my best.

Be willing to take that first step. You never know how far you might go.

God bless and have a good day.

 

How to keep dissatisfaction at bay

THE DILEMMA

My husband and I love our little teeny-tiny-red-cabin. It’s adorable. But it is only about five hundred square feet, so a few years ago we had local Amish people build our even more adorable bunkhouse “LaCabinette”, a twelve by sixteen-foot structure with a porch.

At the time I hadn’t head the phrase “Diva Den”, but I guess that’s what it is because I’m usually the only one who uses it. I read there. Paint. Relax.

We left all the boards exposed, walls and ceilings.  We “whitewashed” the peak in a beautiful pale aqua blue and the walls are whitewashed in white.  Except for the futons in both buildings, everything is from thrift shops. It is our retreat and is the most peaceful place I know

Now that you know how much I love our cabin,  you’ll be surprised at what I’m going to tell you.

My husband and I were taking a walk along the dirt road around the corner from “teeny-tiny red cabin” and we come upon this big, beautiful home under construction. The owner invited us in to look around once he learned we were neighbors. The inside was everything I could imagine, even unfinished. Our teeny-tiny cabin would fit inside the living room alone.

My heart yearned.

I was envious.

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Why is satisfaction so tenuous?  So fleeting?

What makes us perfectly happy with our lives and then whoosh; it’s gone when we see something better?

How do we go from being discontent with what we genuinely love, to wanting something else?

Surely, we realize there’s always something bigger and better. Although why we don’t remember there’s someone with less than what we have, I don’t know.

THE DANGER

Dissatisfaction can lead one down some dangerous paths. It’s easy to go from dissatisfaction in one area in our life and extend it to other areas in our life.  We become dissatisfied with one thing and pretty soon, we’re dissatisfied with everything and everyone in our life. Left unchecked, it can cause our moods to plummet.

For myself, I’m careful to maintain an attitude of gratefulness because down deep I am very grateful for everyone and everything in my life.  My envy of the beautiful house was very short lived.

Do I still love it?

Yes.

Would I love it if it were mine? I think so but that would also mean more time commitment and much of the appeal of  Teeny, Tiny, Red Cabin is that’s it’s super simple to maintain.

But does my teeny-tiny red cabin still bring me more contentment than anywhere else on earth.

Yes.

Am I truly grateful for our little piece of heaven?

Yes.

Was my sudden envy something to be ashamed of?

No.

I’m just human, that’s all.

I once read that one of the ways to avoid purchasing things we don’t need is to look at the things we see in stores as if they were in a museum. Beautiful to look at but not to buy.

That’s what the house around the corner has become for me. Beautiful to look at, but not mine to have.  “Teeny-tiny red cabin” is my piece of heaven and nothing changes that. Should someone buy the lot next to us and build something grand, I’ll go through the usual first pangs of envy and then I’ll come back to “teeny-tiny red cabin” and be glad it’s so small because I can clean it in an hour. So there!

THE “UP” SIDE 

Dissatisfaction can result in good outcomes when our dissatisfaction leads us to make necessary changes. And we probably make few significant and good changes in our lives without some initial dissatisfaction.

Dissatisfaction that leads to constructive change is good; dissatisfaction that leads to envy is not.

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There’s a truism I run across all the time-“There is always something to be grateful for—always.”

Have you found your mood taking a nose dive at times? Could it be you found yourself wanting something you didn’t have and you started to feel envious? With women, it’s often that we envy another woman’s appearance even though we were initially quite happy with our own.

So what can we do to prevent this? Honestly, I’m not sure we can. I think it’s pretty much part of our human condition. So while I don’t think we can always rise above our envy, I think we can practice gratitude more.

Thank God every day for all the good in your life. And remember, there is always some good. And when we do succumb to jealousy, simply confess it. It’s not wrong to want more in our life, to strive for more. But if we forget our blessings along the way, it won’t matter how much we achieve, we will still find more to covet.

God bless and have a good day.

PS: Here’s a link for Bible verses referencing gratitude.

 

 

Hey, I took my first baby CSS step!

I don’t usually post twice in one day but in addition to becoming a “chef” (Remember, this is said tongue-in-cheek.) I’ve decided to learn CSS.

All you bloggers out there know what that means. For the rest of you, let’s just say. WHOA!

Even the guy on the help desk told me it’s really hard to learn. He said no one taught him either. He just read, and read, and read.

Anyway. it’s hot in Michigan, so I decided to change my background to bright red. Now, to tell you the truth, I could’ve done it an easy way but I chose to try the hard way through CSS.

I read two or three pages, and clicked on some buttons, and low and behold there was the red!

I’m sharing this with you tonight to encourage you not to give up if you’re on a steep learning curve for anything.

Just keep reading and keep experimenting.

God bless and have a great day.

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