All the little things about you...your thoughts, your actions, your style...ALL those little things and many more...make up the patchwork quilt of your life that makes you...you.
A floor manager at Hobby Lobby asked me one day..."What makes you so different?" I said, "Well to tell you the truth...all those years as a stay at home wife/mom and homemaker I had no idea I WAS different. But coming out into the real world after our youngest married, to work until the geezer retired...I found a world I didn't even know existed and I was SHOCKED." Some of those so called "ladies" that worked with me would talk so nasty at lunch and on breaks I'd often take my lunch and go to the car...or just go for a walk on my break. I just didn't even want to hear that language....it gave me the heebie jeebies. hahahahaha
I've talked about JANE being a sweet little eccentric lady before she got sick...I guess I'm kind of eccentric myself in todays world. But now if I had been a wife/mom in the 1950's...I'd have fit perfect there. But with me...what you see is what I am...and I'm not saying that's necessarily a good thing...because I'm pretty sure I'm in trouble a lot more....than most wives. Leave it to meeeeeee....
For twenty years, I've collected a series of little books called Elf Help books. I used to them from One Caring Place in St. Meinrad, Indiana. And for years, I was able to buy them by the hundreds...now they've gone to a thicker little book...raised the price quite a bit...and I do still buy them to give away...but now instead of ordering 100 at a time...I only order a few to a dozen at a time...
I used to have a big desk in the collectibles bedroom upstairs that I named "My Giving Station" just for fun, because I just like to name stuff...you know, like my Uncle Remus tree and my squad car and my geezer :-)...and I tried to keep that desk filled with all kinds of little goodies, so if someone droped by unexpectedly and I felt like I wanted to send something home with them...I could run upstairs and put together a really neat little gift bag in mere seconds. And these little books were one of the things I liked to stock.
I just got a new batch of the little books a while back and there was a new one in the bunch called, "Living From Your Soul". The name intrigued me instantly and I just couldn't wait to sit down and devour the book. And I was SO SO SO glad I did.
My goodness, the profound/simple things in that little book just made me want to melt.
These little books just have a serene/peaceful look in themselves. They're dark ivory...with black print and little elves on the front of each book. Each elf has a cute little hat on and the hat come to a curly point on top and in that curl, stands a little lit candle. Each one is doing some fun/simple task...like fishing with a cane pole...or gardening with a 'rake and a hoe'...or just laying on a pallet beside a beautiful colorless lake.
The no color..colors and the simplicity of the pictures on these little books just
give me an indescribable peace just looking at them. And I absolutely love having them to put in gift bags. And I've had so many people call me, after giving them a gift bag...and their main gift wasn't even mentioned...they wanted to know where I get the little 'elf books'. :-)
But anyway...this new book was called "Living From Your Soul". And you turn to page one and there's a peaceful scene with a young elf girl sitting on a big rock in the edge of the water and her eyes are closed and she seems at such peace...and the caption says, "Your soul is your deepest, complete essence. It's where God dwells and where you are really 'you'. Always be aware of God's presence within you and live out of this awareness." Ooooooooooooooook...WOW!
Page 2 shows the same elf girl still sitting on the big rock, but now 'thinking'...and that caption says, "Once you're aware of the amazing reality that God exists at your core, you realize that here within lies your grounding, your foundation and your compass. You're never alone and love envelops your heart".
I just absolutely love these little books. And I just lean towards books 'and things' that give me a sense of 'peace'.
Let me tell you one of my deepest little secrets. I have this 'feeling' ALL THE TIME...of the strongest sense of 'love'. I just feel 'all the time' like I love everything and everybody....now don't laugh...I'm not trying to sound corny or holier than thou...."I" don't know why I feel this way...and I don't mean to sound braggy about it...because to be perfectly honest..."I" don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing, to feel such a strong love towards almost everything. Being so lovey and givey certainly gets me in some mega messes...I can tell you that for a fact! So if being that way was a good thing...would it get me in messes? I just don't know.
So what about you guys? Do you all feel a strong sense of love all the time? Do you always feel like dancing around all the time because you feel like you're living in LaLa Land? I mean, I have a hard time even getting aggrevated about stuff...because I find myself making excuses for everything and everybody...because I feel so much 'love'.
And I've even tried to figure myself out...sometimes, when things are really quiet, I'll wonder to myself..."Ok, do I feel this way because I'm a christian...OR because I have such a ridiculously deep love for Billy and am so happy with him?" I know other people that are supposed to be really good Christians...but they don't seem to have this 'let's all look at everything through rose colored glasses, attitude'. AND I've been like this for as long as I can remember...waaaay before I became a Christian. I can remember when daddy took the family to New York City and I was about 8 years old and I saw this really dirty man and I asked daddy if he'd give me $5 to give the man to buy a bar of soap. hahahaha
Other phrases in this little book says, "Within your soul, you connect with all that has lasting value. Determine what matters, what has real meaning for you and live out of that meaning."
"When you live from your soul, you are the hero of your own life. Put your energy and intensity into being 'you'. No one else can do that as perfectly as you can."
"Some people will criticize you because of their own perceptions and experiences.
(NO WAY! You mean somebody would criticize ME? What earth shattering NEWS! :-0
"They will smash down your spirit because their own spirits have been shattered. You can waste energy resenting them or trying to win them over. Or you can pour out tolerance and let them be. Remember, they need to follow their own souls journey."
"Trying to meet the world's measures of success is a hollow quest. Be in touch with your own desires and live from your authentic self." And THAT is the very thing that gets me in trouble...living from my authentic self....geeeeeeezzzzz
"When you live from your soul, you experience living as learning. From the inside out. Just stay aware and keep growing."
"When you live from your soul, personal connections matter profoundly. You need supportive relationships where you and someone dear can reveal your private selves, where you can weather uncertainties and tragedies of life. Be for one another..occasions of grace, of transformation, of redemption."
"Let love be your driving force. A love that accepts people as flawed. But love in a way that you want them to be the best they can be. Love deeply and without conditions. When you extend your hands, when you open your arms, you free your spirit."
"Let your soul be stirred by the everyday wonders of living: nature's beauty, a child's smile, the wisdom of your family's oldest member."
A great paradox of living: We are, each of us...utterly alone! And we are all 'alone' in this life together. We're interdependent; we're made for communion. Each of us is like an angel with one wing. We can fly only by embracing each other."
"Approach each day as a celebration of living. Joy and inner peace come from entering wholly into the experiences of love and live."
Well...I just love these little books. They're all just filled with such profound thoughts and at least for me...I can get a sense of peace just walking into our pool room where I keep a stack of my own set...and just seeing them on the bookshelf. These little books are just priceless to me. And when I saw the title to this one...I just had to share some of what was on the inside.
There are others..."Slowing Down To Find Your Way"..."Keep Life Simple"..."One Day At A Time..."Getting Older-Growing Wiser"..."Be Good To Your Marriage"..so SO many great little books...I guess there are probably 35 to 50 titles...I don't even know how many.
I guess what their messages all boil down to...is that life IS a journey and we'd better enjoy this ride. We'd better love like there is no tomorrow...'dance like no one is looking'...savor moments...and live as if this is our last day...because as sad as that thought is...one day it 'will' be our last day...and there will be no turning back to do it better 'tomorrow'.
So let's all go out today and make this one of the best days we've ever had...and then let's get up tomorrow and do that very same thing...and the next day and the next...and on and on...because we just have no days...to waste!
This has been a bird's eye view of the Katydid...until next time...you are loved!