The Pleasures of Eavesdropping

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I am, admittedly, the absolute nosiest person you could ever met. I’m so interested in anything and everything, it’s almost impossible for me to ever be bored. When I’m in public, say at the grocery store, or the mall, my ears are always flapping. Seriously. I want to know what that person over there is talking about. Or, why that other person is walking along talking to themselves. I have the overwhelming need to know everything, right now!

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Luckily I am also very easy to overlook. I can fade into the background, get just close enough to listen, and usually no one notices me. I’m the person you need to be re-introduced to every time we meet. Seriously, no one remembers me. While that can be an annoyance, there are definitely times when it can be a blessing. Like when you want to eavesdrop. If I used my knowledge attained by my eavesdropping for evil, it would be a problem, and I’d probably be a sociopath. However, since I usually don’t know the people, and I pretty much keep everything to myself, I see no reason to stop. Also, I use everything in my writing – either as ideas or characters. Everything is fodder for the cannon of creating.

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Have I “gotten in trouble” due to my eavesdropping? Actually, the answer would have to be a resounding no. See, I really am a nondescript person. Do you eavesdrop? If so, has it lead to any negative consequences? Let me know, since I can’t be the only one with this habit.

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Giving Thanks

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Too often we don’t give thanks on a routine basis. I think that at least once a week, we should think about all the things that we have to be thankful for, and most importantly, acknowledge them.

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It’s so much easier to focus on the negatives, but maybe we’d be happier people if we fixed our gazes upon all the positives. Even if you’re in the midst of negative circumstances, there must be something to be thankful for.

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My list of thankfulness includes: my family, my pets, and my home. There are others that may sound mundane, but I’m glad for my eyes, my hands, my ears…I could continue indefinitely, but I’m sure you know where I’m going. The list is endless, and I’m sure that you can find endless things to be thankful for.  Please take time out from your busy Thanksgivings to give thanks. You’ll be happy you did.

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Dealing with Despair

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The dictionary defines despair as “to no longer have any hope or belief that a situation will improve or change”. I don’t know about you, but I feel this way quite often. There a “things” going on in the world, and right at home that make me question my belief in hope. With all the evil out there, and believe me, not only is it there on a global scale, but also on a personal scale as well; I find my hope draining away. Is this just me, or what?

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For every hopeful story, there are twenty filled with evil and hopelessness. How do we continue on? What do we do when our reserves of hope are empty?

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I guess the only thing that I can do, even though I feel like I’ve lost hope for us, the world and the future, is to carry on. Really, I don’t believe that it’s time for me to lay down and die yet. While there is life, isn’t there still hope?

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Contemplation

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In many ways our lives don’t really allow any kind of contemplation. Too often we operate on “top speed”. I find myself so engrossed in crossing off my “to do” list that I miss any opportunity to simply contemplate what is going on around me; or even my own life.

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This can be such a detriment to our own mental health. We really need to take a step back and breathe. If we don’t know our own minds, how can we function in a meaningful way in society?

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Living a life that reflects how you believe requires contemplation. We need to understand that our actions are what reflects who we are. We should try to make our actions become more meaningful and reflective of who we want to be. I know that when I’m so busy crossing off my list of “things” I’m not showing the world who I really want to be. Take the weekend to contemplate who you really want to be, and how you can reflect it into the world. Let’s make the world better simply by being in it.

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My Gratitude

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I wanted to take this opportunity to write a post about the things that I’m grateful for.
My body. Really and truly, even though I’ve got some health issues, I am really grateful for my body. My eyes can see the wonders of the world; my legs and feet can take me to the places that I want to go; and my arms and hands can hug and hold the people and animals that I hold dear.

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My family and animals. First of all, I don’t know how I would survive without my children and pets. My children are the first thing I think about when I wake up, and the last thing I think of when I go to sleep. They are the best things about my life.

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My home life. We have no drama; no screaming and yelling; no fighting and upset. Okay, sometimes there is a little, but nothing that lasts. People living together don’t always get along; however, when we have spats they last maybe half-an-hour. That’s it. Like I said, no drama.

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Nature. I am lucky enough that even though I live in a pretty populated state, I live in “the quiet corner”. I can see the stars at night. Often it’s so quiet where I live that you can hear yourself breathe. I can see woods from all sides of my house. There are deer and turkeys aplenty. We have a horse farm up the street. The beauty of nature is right outside my door.

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These are just a few of the things that I’m grateful for. I’ll keep listing them on and off on this blog when I need to remind myself of how unbelievably lucky I am. What are you grateful for?

We’re all the Same

What happened in Paris was horrible and my heart bleeds for all those who were impacted.  But I feel that I must ask the question, “Why do we allow ourselves to be brain-washed that we are all different?”  Why do so many religions, and political groups dwell on the differences between us, and not on the massive amounts of how we are the same?  The amazing thing is that we’re all much more alike than we are different.  We all need love, understanding and compassion.  We do not need to be considered as “different” or “separate” from each other.  To separate means to have power over us, as a nation divided will fall, so too will a world.

The devils are of our own making.  Every difference we claim to see is really a devil in disguise.  When you only see others through the lens of different, you are making a devil of another.  And, they do the same to you.  Love is love; and it is the strongest force in the world.  Nurture it within yourself and sprinkle it on others.  It will grow.

What would we all be like if we could surprise ourselves with compassion and understanding?  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to find out?

I’m going to try in just my everyday life to show others compassion and love.  Will it help?  I hope so, but I do know that it will help me, and in the end, we can only start with ourselves and those around us.