Holidays, 2015

Holidays, 2015
A Winter Scene - red door, a dusting of snow, and a vintage bicycle

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Accepting What IS joyfully

These pretty much froze up last night....but they were awesome all summer long!
I'm out of room for pictures right now, so this blog entry will have nothing to do with my New England trip.  But, I have recognized that many of the people in my life are going through things right now that are sometimes difficult to accept.  I have subscribed to a daily OM where I get inspirational messages sent to me.  Sometimes I think to myself that someone is peeking in my windows and that they KNOW I needed to hear that! This is one of them.....I need to understand that I am what I am and what is IS.  I can't make a b&b drop out of the sky and I can't make someone buy our home right now---I need to be open to other ideas and move in some direction that I love, even if it isn't a b&b- I do LOVE other things! On a really positive note, my box arrived from the Beach House on Martha's Vineyard - and I'm so excited!!  When I can post pics, I'll let you know what I bought!! 

Anyway, here's the post---I didn't write the following- it's from daily OM and you can subscribe, too!
Love you all!!


October 27, 2010
Life As It Is
Making Life Work for You
At the end of the day, we must come to terms with changing what we can and accepting what we cannot change.

Sometimes we have so many varying responsibilities in our lives, ranging from work obligations to caring for children to running a household, we feel we cannot possibly make it all work. We may feel overwhelmed in the face of it all, ending each day feeling hopelessly behind schedule. However, regardless of how frustrating this can be, these are the parameters that make up our lives, and we owe it to ourselves to find a way to make it work. Rather than buckling under the pressure of an impossible to-do list, we might take a moment to view the larger perspective. 

Like the president of a large organization, we must first realize that we cannot do every job ourselves. The first step to sanity is learning how to delegate some of the responsibility to other people, whether by paying someone to clean our house or trading childcare duties with another parent. In addition, we might find places where we can shift our expectations in ways that make our lives easier. For example, expecting ourselves to create a healthy home-cooked meal every night after a full day of work, errands, or caring for an infant or toddler may be a bit excessive. We might allow ourselves to order in food once in a while without any guilt. Accepting the adjustments needed to make our lives work is an essential ingredient to being at peace with our situation. 

At the end of the day, we must come to terms with changing what we can and accepting what we cannot change. Sometimes the laundry piles up, a sick child demands more of our attention than usual, and we temporarily get behind with our schedule. Accepting this momentary state of affairs and trusting in our ability to get back on track when the time is right, we gracefully accept our life as it is, letting go of perfectionism and embracing life as it stands. 

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