Those That Shaped Me


I recently saw the movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”.  A lovely movie about Mr. Rogers and a magazine writer.  (if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it) In that movie was a scene where Tom Hanks, who plays Mr. Rogers, is reading a list of names from a book.  At the end of the list he says “thank you, God.”  The movie is wonderful, but this scene really stuck with me.

The culmination of our experiences is what makes us, us.  We’ve all heard this.  I’ve heard it so many times that it didn’t make an impact on me any more.  That is, until I started thinking back to all of the people that shaped me into who I am today.

There are those in the past that have done us wrong, hurt us.  We all have these people in our lives.  It hurt and at the time it was an awful thing to go through.  But that experience, like all the others in our lives, have shaped us to be who we are.

So the next time you look back at the people in your life, those that hurt you, those that did you wrong, thank them.  Thank them and thank God for bringing those people into your life.  Because these people had a hand in shaping you into the incredible human being that you are today.

Just a partial list:

Denise, David D., Bruce, Roy, Mom, Lloyd, Bert, Mrs. Carpenter, Mr. Bruin, Carlos, Teresa, Diana, Nancy, Bobby, Norman, David C., John, Johnny, Cara, Gill, Heather, Chad, Sandy, Dave M., Robert, Ron, Bruce W., Frenchy, Diane, Ruby, Geno, Monk, Barbie, Ron, Bret, Tracy, Chuck, Audrey, Janette, Carlos, Bobby…

Thank you, God, for bringing these people into my life.

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson

Image by Eak K. from Pixabay

Beginning Today…


Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.

Og Mandino

Image by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay

 

Doing Nothing


This past Thanksgiving weekend was a very different one for me as I’m sure it was for most everyone this year.  It’s 2020.  What more needs to be said.  Right?  My weekend was different for me for reasons other than the ongoing awfulness (I don’t know if that’s a word) that is the year 2020.  This was the first weekend since I bought my house 3 years ago that I didn’t plan some major project to do during the 4 days that I had off.  I can’t hardly believe that I’ve been in my house now for 3 years!  It’s gone by so fast!

Rather than painting a room or laying flooring or building shelves, I rested, relaxed and Enjoyed my house and myself.  Other than some laundry, there wasn’t a thing that I HAD to do.  So I didn’t do anything much.  Certainly nothing constructive and I think that just doing almost nothing was good for me!

I puttered in the kitchen and cooked a nice meal for myself for Thursday.  I took my dog to the park for walks.  I watched TV, catching up on some shows and I watched a couple of movies.  I started a new embroidery project.  I called and talked to both of my brothers and my BFF and had nice conversations.  I sat on my swing chair on the back deck and watched my little dog wander the yard and soak up the sun when he could.

I don’t remember the last time that I had a weekend that was as relaxing and peaceful as this past one was.

I think that with the state of the world these days, most of us tend to look at things differently.  We see the value in the little things more.  At least I think that most people do.

I am feeling very Blessed and quite happy and content with life.

Yes, I think that sometimes, doing nothing, is just exactly what we need to do.

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson

I Wish You Beauty, Peace and Happiness


I know I’ve been quiet lately.  Life just seems to get in the way at times.  I’m good!  Things are going well for me.  I’m still going to work.  I’m blessed and grateful that I have a job when so many at this time do not.  I’m behaving myself and staying isolated.  I wear a mask, I social distance, I order my groceries online and have them delivered.

I stayed home on Thanksgiving.  I cooked a full meal; turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, gravy and rolls.  I even had brownies for dessert!  I haven’t cooked this much in ages!  I’ll have leftovers for a long time!  My little dog, Rocket, Loves turkey!  I am truly blessed to have the bounty of food that I have!

I’m an introvert and spend a great deal of time alone.  So I don’t think being isolated during COVID has effected me the way that it might others.  I do think that in some ways, being isolated has been a blessing.

This time has been a time of introspection for me.  It’s been a time to count my blessings.  There are times when we are our own worst enemy.   I don’t know if it’s human nature, but so many of us tend to see the negative during a time like we are going through right now.  I know it’s a hard time.  I really do.

I think that each of us needs to dig down deep within ourselves and see the good around us; to see the positive; to count our blessings.

I’m not saying that I’m immune to a case of the blues, or a case of “poor me”.  I do it too.  But staying in that state of mind does nothing for you except bring you down.  Let’s do our best to lift ourselves up and lift each other up!

Today is a gift!  That’s why it’s call the Present.  Let’s make the most of it!

I wish each and every one of you a day of beauty, peace and happiness.

Penny ❤

Copyright (C) Penny Wilson