Friday, December 21, 2012

Restored Faith in Humanity

It's been a rough week in retail land.  Maybe you've noticed people have been on edge?  I don't know whether it's the awful tragedy in the news, the upcoming fiscal cliff, the "end of the world", or a combination of them all.  It feels different than the normal Christmas rush.

Yesterday, an elderly lady with an accent, possibly German, came down my register with an order totaling over $100.  The lady behind her in line, paid for her entire order!  Just like that.  The elderly lady was flabbergasted.  Her jaw about hit the floor and she couldn't believe it.  She thought there must be a catch.  She had tears in her eyes as she expressed her thanks and holiday well wishes.  Even thinking about it now, I tear up.  It was a beautiful expression of charity.

I love to pass this story on.  The lady who gave wished to remain anonymous and isn't that true giving?  Giving with no expectation in return.  Maybe we all can't afford to give someone $100, but we can all give something.

What are some ways to give which do not have a high monetary value?

*I do not own the above image, it is from a collection I bought the right's use.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Choppin' Down a Tree

My parents have needed a tree taken down for a while now.  It was too close to the house and was dying.  Knowing we had a fire place, they offered it to us for firewood.  Joe has experience taking down trees, but this one had obstacles on all sides.  He had to avoid the house, the fence, my mom's bushes, and the lamp post.  We have 1080p HD video footage below!

We were not going to have a 'dead' Christmas tree (we have the live one in the planter), but this tree has been at my parents' since before they bought the house.  I thought it would be nice to have it on our porch and decorate it for the little creatures outside.  I'll string cranberries and popcorn.  My sister will help me decorate pine cones with peanut butter and bird seed.  Maybe I'll hang some suet on it.

What else do you think I can hang on the tree for the birds, chipmunks, and squirrels?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

December Resolutions

It is officially December.  Snow greeted me this morning when I woke up.  Winter is on it's way.

It's also the first of the month, time to list my resolutions and be part of Kelli's Link Up. Kelli keeps a blog called, She Learns As She Goes.  Check it out!

Spiritual Resolution:

Focus on the Fruit of the Spirit, Longsuffering (Patience).

*Deep breath*

Patience is a virtue.  It's just not mine.

According to the dictionary patience means, "bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint, manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain, not hasty or impetuous" (Source).

It's just so much easier to complain while waiting.  This is something specific I would like to work on for my emotional health as well.

Emotional Goal:

Stop complaining!  Replace negative thoughts with positive reinforcements.  There is a great book called, Switch:  How to Change Things When Things are Hard by Chip and Dan Heath.  In it they mention finding the bright spots, what is going right, not what is going wrong.

Mental Goal:

Mail letters offering my consultation services using the MBTI instrument.

Physical Goal:

Keep the momentum going.  Just Dance 3 is in my future.

Extra Goals for December:

Christmas Party with my little sister.

What are you most looking forward to this month?

*The above photo is not my own.  It is part of a collection I bought the rights to use.
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