Some Saturday Quotes


It’s fun when something comes my way totally unexpectedly like the following quotes from Pinterest when I was contemplating a Saturday blog…..

Expecting things to change without putting in any effort is like waiting for a ship at the airport.

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. C.S.Lewis

You don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Martin Luther King Jr.

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. Francis of Assisi

17 Quotes For The Women Who Are Young At Heart -- womendotcom

Happy Saturday.

 

It’s Virtual Coffee Time Again


Hi! We haven’t met for coffee since July 2017 and we need to catch up.

As always, my opening question is, “What’s new and interesting in your life since we last had a coffee date?”

Ah, you’re recovering from that nasty divorce that set you on your derriere shortly after our last get-together. I’m so sorry you had to go through that but, as you say, it was a learning experience and life goes on. I know there is a great new life for you just around the bend.

Oh no! You’re usually trustworthy old car has let you down for the last time and the mechanic said don’t spend any more money on it and you said, “Now what? I’m 86 years old and not about to buy a new car.” Then the mechanic tells you about a ride program for seniors and there you are…on the road again. There’s an answer to every problem and you not only solved your own but offered the information to other seniors whose transportation problems were solved as well. Good for you!

Hey! You’re back in the music business after a few years out in the work world. I’ve seen some of your gigs online and they are pretty awesome. What a wonderful way to spend your retirement years. Congratulations!

You’re working on publishing your second book? Fantastic! I can’t wait to read it.

What? You’re granddaughter-in-law is expecting a baby after being told she probably never would? That’s a God-send! It’s your eleventh great-grandchild?! Congratulations! Let me know when that baby gets here so I can rejoice with you.

You saw the movie, Book Club, starring four famous divas and laughed so hard you nearly …. …. …..? That’s almost as funny as the movie. Yes, I saw it too with the same reaction. I now have new respect for my aging self, don’t you?

Have you read any good books lately? I just re-read Jonathon Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. It has been on my book shelf for years and it’s time to let it go. Good old Jonathon..he’s still out there soaring the skies and teaching that there is more to life than the habitual daily grind.

Gee, it’s fun being with all of you again. Let’s not let so much time go by before our next virtual coffee date. I love being in your company and catching up on your lives. Oh, yes, and tea is good too. Until next time…..

 

 

On Lowering Expectations


These two words have preyed upon my thoughts lately and I’ve been weighing the pros and cons.

It is said that lowering one’s expectations leads to more happiness and compassion. But for whom? For the one whose expectations are lowered or the one who does not live up to someone’s expectations…or even their own? One online expert said, “We’re happier to accept other people’s difficult behaviors when we expect less from them.” Hmmm, I’m not so sure.

What actually is an expectation? One dictionary’s interpretation is a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future. For me it was adding the word wonderful to that something.

I have lived my life with this premise and nearly always had my expectations met, making it difficult to lower my expectations of anything or anyone. It would be like giving up hope.

The pros for lessening expectations seem to dictate that if you don’t expect the best from people or life you won’t be disappointed when the best fails to materialize.

On the other hand, the cons, at least for me, would be giving in to the feeling of apathy that accompanies losing hope and I can’t do that.

In many cases in my life, it was someone else’s high expectation of me that brought me through eighty-one years of fairly successful living.

When we were children, we expected our parents would always be there for us; we expected hugs when we needed them and scoldings when they were needed as well. We expected to be fed, clothed, counseled, nurtured, and sent out into the world to in turn, one day expect to do these things for others. As life goes on expectations change…not because they are lowered, but perhaps because we fail to see what is expected of us.

So, I think instead of lowering my expectations I will instead extend the time frame of what I expect to when I expect it.

That way I still have hope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planning Ahead


Oh, my goodness! I have heard of organized people but there is one who tops them all in my books.

This young lady is expecting her second son in November. She is a model wife and mother, but also a model career woman.

When she was three months into her pregnancy she approached the day care center where her soon-to-be two-year-old attends and asked about future availability for son number two.

Upon hearing that the facility was booked up until September, 2018, Laura immediately responded, “I’ll take the first opening in October.” We’re talking October 2018 here!

This coming babe is a no-name so far, with several names in the offing, so when asked for a deposit and the name of the child to attend, Mommy put up her money and said, just save the spot with the name, Shaw’s baby brother.

That’s what I call powerful positive thinking and really planning ahead.