Enjoy the Ride


“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he’s been robbed.  The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise.  Life is like an old time rail journey… delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed.  The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.” 

-Gordon B. Hinckley

Yesterday’s Post-Where Was My Head?


Ok, let’s see if I can clear a few things up.  Yesterday’s post got some reactions that were unexpected.  So I think I need to clarify where my head was when I posted those quotes.

So much of our lives is a choice.  Sure there are things that we cannot control in our lives.  The death of a loved one, illness, like cancer, etc., Acts of God, like flood, tornado, etc.  What I was referring to was Our Choices in life and being responsible for those choices.

Often WE CHOOSE to stay in a situation that is not good for us.  You will see people that complain about their life, but it was their CHOICE to be in that situation.

Example: You loan money to a relative or friend that does not pay you back.  You KNOW they will not pay you back.  But you do it anyway.  That was your choice.  If you don’t like the outcome, don’t do it again!

Here’s another example:  You’re in poor health, but your doctor assures you that you can turn it around if you watch this thing or that thing in your diet.  Or he recommends that you lose 10 lbs.  It’s Your Choice to follow that doctor’s advise or not.

Another:  You can’t pay the rent, or buy that next car that you need. Why?  Because of the choices you made with your money.  You spent it, ran up your credit card limits or drank it away.  These were YOUR choices.  But you cry and say “woe is me” if you can’t make your next rent payment.  Your situation is life is terrible because of your choices.

In all three of these examples, WHO was responsible?

Sure we all have our childish phase.  But there comes a point when you have to CHOOSE to grow up.  Or not.

So many times I’ve seen where someone will blame everyone around them for the situation they’ve gotten themselves into.  The sooner you realize that the choices you make in life determine your present and future happiness, well-being, and other things that effect you and your loved ones, the better.

Often, you can choose to be happy.  You can choose to be healthy.  It’s a choice, and that choice leads to consequences that are YOUR responsibility.

*I don’t usually post such opinionated things. So thank you for indulging me. 

(C) Copyright 2019 Penny Wilson

 

 

Responsible


“You are responsible for everything that happens to you.  You either cause it or allow it to happen.”

“It is a painful thing to look at the sorrows in your life and know that you yourself are the one responsible for them.”

“You and only you are responsible for your life choices and decisions.”

This 24


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Valerie Cullers

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I have a friend who went through a pretty rough decade. She lost a son by suicide, her husband after twenty-five years and her godly father passed. I remember calling her when her father was failing and I asked her how she was doing. She said she was hanging on. Then she said two words that have stuck with me…this 24. She explained to me that she only had to live this 24 hours. She held on to her faith through everything she was going through one day at a time. When she was deep in the valleys, she held on to God’s hand moment by moment, hour by hour and day by day.

I took her advice to heart. When I walked through valleys, I reminded myself of her words…this 24. I then tried to push back the angst about tomorrow and…

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Glass House


Looking out through the glass walls, I keep my distance.  You see, the glass lets me observe life without getting my hands dirty.

Become a participant?  Oh, no.  Risk the safety of my glass sanctuary?  I couldn’t possibly!

I’ve built perfection here.  Everything in its place.  Everything as it should be.

Some people say that I must be lonely.  I have no time to be lonely.  Maintaining perfection keeps me busy.  I must tend to the Blue Bells next, for the rows are askew.

Later, I will lounge in my perfect straight-back chair and gaze through the perfect glass walls.  I will watch as you go about the messy business of life.  You love each other and hate each other.  You birth children and neglect them.  You give life and destroy it.

I have no need for such insanity.

I was like you, once.  I loved and had my heart broken.  I worked and toiled.  My children grew and turned away from me.  They have their own glass houses to build.

The stench of your evil does not penetrate my sanctuary.  I can safely observe what most would call life.

*I seem to be ever more aware of the passage of time and life not lived or time wasted.  I feel it slipping by me and I know I cannot slow its progress.  Depression was the thief that stole much of my life from me.  It shakes me to my core to realize that it took me this long to realize the precious jewel that is life. 

*I originally wrote and posted this in 2018.  Although not new, I felt it deserved a 2nd outing.  I hope you enjoyed.

Copyright (C) 2018 Penny Wilson

Regrets


Life’s too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”  –Dr. Seuss

*Dr. Seuss, aside from being a wonderful author of children’s books was also a very wise man.  Many of his quotes are genius.  This is one of my favorites.  How about you?  Do you have a favorite Dr. Seuss quote?  

The Huge Hug Club — A Guy Called Bloke


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Howdy Doody Folks!! Once a month – the Huge Hug Club is active! Today is that day! you know, we may all be on different continents, different countries, different customs and cultures, but whilst we are here – we are the same. I may not be able to get y’all each and every day –…

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