Congratulations on your choice to Marry a person in the faith that you can share your life with forever. Always be kind and considerate to each other. Consideration practiced in daily life is part of the bond of love. You two are loved by many.
There is so much is happening in this world, some things are frightening and depressing. Many are personally touched by tragedy. Yet, we have a life to live. As long as we are alive we have a responsibility to be happy. Some get happiness mixed up with selfishness or me ism. It is not the same.
If we have a roof over our head, a bed to sleep in, and our basic necessities met, we have a lot to appreciate. I am not going to depress you with facts and figures about all those whom do not have their basic needs met. More people than you think have experienced homelessness or other sad situations. What I would like to suggest is that we can afford to feel a measure of contentment and appreciation. Contentment and appreciation are Happiness manufactures. If a person only wants more and they do not see the good in their life with great appreciation, they will never be happy. When our sons were small and life was so difficult and there was no money to pay the power bill, I still told the boys we were richer than most. We were.
Another Happiness factor is quit looking elsewhere for what you may already have. Invest in your mate, children, home, job, and community. Some are not happy with their mate, what happens then. Children grow up emotionally detached if we do not regularly communicate with them. They can become vulnerable because of feeling unloved and lonely. Everyday, our mates and children need us to Stop! Look! and Listen!
What would you like to accomplish in the next quarter, 1/2 year point, third quarter? This first quarter we definitely can start early figuring out our taxes. An exercise routine is good to get busy with. This next quarter I want to get some household decorative issues taken care of, finish painting, get some wood work done.
Having a schedule, and quarterly goals keeps me inspired and optimistic. You cannot be happy if you do not have hope. There is so much in life we have no power to control. It is critical that we have short terms goals and long term goals. Every day consider what step you can take to work toward the accomplishment of your goal. A short term/longterm goal I have is the practice of productivity in my sewing and painting areas. I am eager to get more productivity and results regulary.
Productivity restores a sense of well being to the mind. If a person is layed off, retired, or disabled, productivity is still a necessity. Some suffer with depression, the loss of employment or an ongoing sad situation can get us down. Keeping a domestic schedule with some social activities keeps one from isolating themselves. Productivity causes one to feel accomplished. Even something as simple as cleaning out one drawer in the kitchen and organizing it gives me pleasure. Cleaning and organizing a shelf a night in the pantry or the refrigerator creates good feelings.
Assessing responsibilities, and fulfilling them, benefits all.
Considering the application of some of these behaviors, attitudes and habits can cause you, me, and our loved ones to feel happiness. I desire that as you proceed into this new year that some of your hopes, and goals are fulfilled. Gina
Do you ever feel lonely? Why are you lonely? Are you alone, or are you in a family and lonely? Lonely, when there is so much to consider. Why am I lonely, is it because I am alone? What can I do to enrich this moment so I no longer feel alone? Some people are alone, they live alone, and they may not live in the same community as their family. Families are estranged too often which also contributes to aloneness. For whatever reason, being alone is not healthy if that is a continuous situation.
If your alone because your mate works a lot or is involved in a lot of activities than have you mentioned that you would like to spend more time with them. Mention it briefly without weaponry. The other day, I mentioned to my oldest son whom is married and lives only about 15 minutes away that I am sad we are not able to stop in when we are in the area. They both work full time, and their lives are so busy that they really do not appreciate people dropping by without calling ahead of time. They are right. I think I offended him in the way I commented about it, and he felt I was laying a guilt trip. That was not my intention and it only further served up sad feelings and frustration that it was received that way. Therefore, I have no recommendations on how to communicate your feelings. Just let a person know you would like to spend more time with them and leave it at that. If your mate is very busy, what activities can you do to be more busy? Are you fulfilling all your personal and domestic responsibilities? Join a knitting group or painting group at your local senior citizen center, they would love to have you there even if you are not a senior. Each week have a day to visit local sites such as museums, gardens or parks, the library or bookstore. Invite your mate, they may surprise you and take a vacation day off to join you. The more busy you are, the more accomplished you become, the more you have to talk about, the more interesting you become. Plan out the month ahead for yourself, then do them. Keep your calendar visible so your mate can see what your interested in. This is not to promote independence, it is only living a healthy life.
If you do not have a lot of relationships because you are new to an area then you must understand it takes time to build a relationship. You do not have to sacrifice your morality or defraud your budget to have a relationship. Dutch is best, your only in control of you. Dutch means there are no misconceptions or hidden expectations. You are nice because you go, be your own transportation. You never have to prove how nice you are or how interesting or knowledgeable you are. Yes, whom says you will even like the other party after you get to know them for a while. So, do not put your morality or money on the line. Integrity lost in an thoughtless eve can take years to retrieve.
When I am alone, I love projects. What projects do I have on my agenda right now? If you are my friend and I assume you are, I would tell you…
My dresser top which is about five feet long had everything it shouldn’t have on it for far too long. The mirror fell behind the dresser a couple years ago, and because I am overweight, I did not care to look anyway. Last week, I decided to remedy the mess and took a couple piles of clothes off and put away, then I consolidated the perfumes and lotions. (Far too many) I do not need to buy more perfumes or lotions according to “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” expert Marie Kondo. She advocates tossing most of what you have. I do not agree with that point since I like what I have and I have the room for it. I did access what I have with no pressure and made a mental note to use what I have. There were a few things I chose to toss, and that I had got all the use I wanted from them. Her program is great, I have just finished the second of four cd’s from her series I received a couple weeks ago.
As I continued to group and organize my belongings of what was on my dresser top my husband John came in and looked at me and mentioned that ‘wasn’t it time I think about making dinner’. I agreed that it was a good time to make dinner and that since he could see I was productively busy, couldn’t he make dinner. Really, I did have the rice an vegetables done in the Black an Decker RC436 type 1, that our son Brock gave us for our anniversary last year. John, he looked at me when I suggested he let me continue working. He saw the bed was loaded up with piles of clothes, papers, and junk jewelry. He left and went to the kitchen likely shaking his head wondering if I would get to clearing the bed. When I went and stirred the rice which is periodically needed so as not to stick to bottom of cooker, I was pleased to see him using a cookbook trying to decide how he was going to marinate the wild caught salmon he purchased. As I put away, tossed, or organized I found things I had been missing. Now the dresser was lovely again, I could see the dresser scarf I made a few years ago with a precious piece of jacquard fabric that I surged a nice edge on. So satisfying, and the meal was very satisfying too. He was very pleased. The mirror is up, I feel looking into it is not so offensive. One project done. Is there a project nagging you to get done, make time now.
Another project is that I am trying to make a nice pair of denim sage green pants. A good quality fabric always makes it worth doing. Purchased pants no longer come up to the waist, and that is what I like, a hi-rider. Do you sew? Many men and women sew of all ages. It can be frustrating at times, bobbins pop up, needles break or the fit is not right. Fix it and keep sewing. Finally the pants look like nice pants, just need to hem them. That is not all, the frustrating part is that I have to take the yoke I designed off the back, and decrease a few inches because thankfully, they are too large at where the lower back is. A couple darts and a zipper are required then, incorporating the lovely yoke is a creative challenge I am mentally working out.
A lot of rest I have needed in the last couple weeks due to extremely low blood pressure, fevers, and exhaustion. When your dizzy, you should lay down so you do not fall down. With a cut on the bottom of my left foot, whom wants to walk a lot anyway. The infection in left leg seems to finally be healing. Almost. Sounds so dreary really. Projects keep my mind busy. Do you have projects? Proverbs 31 suggest them greatly.
Loneliness, do you send cards? Snail mail is the best, support our Post Offices and they will not be a thing of the past. I value the sweet cards I receive and letters, and I send a lot of cards and letters every week. I send cards and sometimes gifts to complete strangers. If I hear someone does well at something, or if someone is sick, or suffers a loss, then a card is what I can do to support mankind. Expressing commendation where it is truly due, or compassion, empathy and support, that is something any of us can do. My handwriting suffers due to rheumatoid, so I prayerfully choose my words, and then I write a brief note. The Tuesday Morning stores have beautiful stationary at affordable prices. TJ Maxx, or The Ross are other department stores that also sell cards and or stationary at decent prices. Do not wait for a card or wait for kindness or thoughtfulness. When you send a card or small letter, send with prayers, hopes, but no expectations. Every week cards or letters go out, and usually a few come in. So sweet, the treasure trove of thoughtfulness can be in quiet moments. Being alone enjoying expressions of someone now gone is also a healing. The mother whom raised me, (some day I will explain that) sent me a letter with ten dollars suggesting I go get a dessert for the boys and I that we would ordinarily not do because of cost. She lived far away. We did as she suggested and that was so very sweet. She has been gone for possibly twelve years now. I have that little letter which I kept in a little box that I recently discarded, now it is put in a little book of knitting socks, and periodically a couple times a year I pull the letter out , read and weep. Yes, she has no idea how meaningful the gift was then and how it still affects me now.
When the boys were toddlers, there I was now a single mother with three. With no family to turn to, no child support, loneliness was a common occurrence. Being overwhelmed with financial responsibilities, working contract work in the field of architecture and construction, life was feast or famine. From mid November until about February, there were little opportunities to work, so I became an expert at stretching the dough. One time, I earned three dollars too much to qualify for any assistance. Others seemed to be doing so well on assistance, and we were getting evicted with no where to go. I always have had my faith and many times my brothers and sisters in our faith were the ones to come to the rescue. For that I am so appreciative. I found it so humiliating to be in need and strived to handle our problems on my own. There were times I was so lonely it was almost crippling. Having projects even then was so helpful. I made the most adorable denim and suede coats for my sons. Proud I wanted them to be, and I wanted them to feel equivalent to those around, and I would tell them although we did not have bucks in the wallet, we were still richer than most. I would take them to the Home Depot classes for children to learn how to make things. They loved it, and it built healthy esteems in them too. As adult men, they design and build whatever they want. Blake designed a wonderful bed, dresser, closet unit, and it even had secret drawers. I was so impressed. He knows he can design and make what he needs when he wants. It saddened me when they disassembled it. Brock designed a treehouse with an elevator that goes up. He lives there. When people stop in, they always want him to take them up in the elevator to see the treehouse. Brent, he is now a plumber, and he buys, fixes, sells, and trades cars. He designed an entertainment center the whole length of the wall in his bedroom 14′ long, that was interlocking with no screws or nails. Now he has designed an L shaped dresser, entertainment center, that also has cubbies for ties, and a shoe organizer. He is striving to finish that. So proud I am that we struggled through the hard times optimistically enduring. They are three adults, sons that have proved to be survivors. Do you have a single parent that you work with or live near? Can you give them a gift card for a tank of gas, or an oil change, or a Walmart gift card for new shoes an socks for all, or haircuts, or coats. With no expectations, a gift lifts both the giver and receiver. Commendation also goes a long way.
So crafts may not be your thing, you do not want a mess. How many people have guest rooms set perfectly up with the hopes of company that never comes. I am a great advocate of the futon because it folds up into a couch and is a comfortable bed when need be. My friend Michelle let me stay at her home unexpectantly for two an a half weeks when my father died. I had just had another surgery and felt incapable of being on my own with a rented car an a place to stay, a short term amnesia besides the sadness of the situation and unnecessary family drama, I was happy to have her generous support and the futon was comfortable too. This was her and her husband’s office which was occasionally used as a guest room when need be. Turning the guest room into a multipurpose room means you can keep your sewing machine set up. Make yourself a blouse, or a pillow for a friend etc. Or set up a small area to make jewelry or some other thing you have been interested in.
These next few days can be rough on some, take advantage of the extra time and learn something new, take a walk, call an old friend, finish something, or clean out your cabinets. Make a list and work it. I am starting to read the Bible book of Acts, I heard it is inspiring. For some of these activities, being alone is a Godsend.
November, so much to consider. Seasons changing, time changing, attire changing, does anything stay the same?
Some things are good to keep the same, it is nice to be able to depend on a few things. Five Sundays and five Mondays, do not be blue about Mondays. We have five Sundays to catch up on rest, or chores, or projects. Mondays are known as the start of things, what can we start?
Before it gets too late into the month we can call family members an see how they are doing. Make time to visit long distant family members or send a card. Has there been an estrangement? Forget the issue, there are many reasons why, and they are not important as the years fly by. Things can be misrepresented, misunderstood, misadvised, and just totally misdone. Likely all feel sorry. Yet, all miss out when there is an estrangement. Reach out, remember the good, heal the breach, reconcile. My ex father in law called Sunday and it has been years, I did not even recognize his voice until he laughed. Nice visit on the phone.
Movies at this time of year are all so inspiring regarding spread the love, be kind to strangers, etc. Love your neighbors, love your family and love strangers, put it into action. Yet, be safe, do not be unwise. People experience all sorts of fraud at this time of year because they want to be “good deed doers..” as said on Wizard of Oz. We can be responsible humans, considerate to fellowman, and if we consider ourselves Christian than Be that Christian the scriptures describe regarding the New Personality. My father said, “Be what you say.” His 7th grade education was weightier than an expert in a said field. If you feel you are honest, then be honest, if you feel you are moral, than be moral. If you feel you are loving, be loving.
Think of a goal, such as consider your prime responsibilities in life, are you a Husband, Wife, Father or Mother? Consider how you can be better at that. It is easy to assume we have it down pat and there is no need for improvement, but there is always room for improvement. All can be more loving, more helpful, express love more often and show appreciation. Help out with the expenses by not being so expensive to maintain. Contribute more to the household by doing chores to help your mate with what they would normally do. If there is more than one, than one alone should not be fixing the meals and doing the cleanup. Help, do something, help with the dishes, or sweep or clean the bathroom. Surprise your loved one with an unexpected card or a small gift, or meet them for lunch. I met my son for lunch and we only arranged it an hour before. It was so nice spending time with him at a restaurant close by his work. He will be 23 this month and I cannot believe my middle son has grown to be such a wonderful adult.
My goal for November is to improve my part of all relationships I value. Allot can happen in November, you can warm up your life. “Be what you say!”