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Being Content With What I Have

Published May 31, 2015 by lynn k scott

My life has not been a smooth journey.  I believe it’s true, as you get older, you start reflecting on your life.  You look back and see decisions you have made, where those decisions have taken you and what you have done, up to this moment in time.

Tomorrow is June 1st.  I tend to reflect more in June than any other month.  I have vowed to myself, to work with being content with what I have and not what I want.  It’s not always an easy goal to attain.

As I type from my kitchen table, I look up and see my onion/potato bin.  (I’ll have to add the picture later; my daughter has hijacked my phone – again.)  the onion/potato bin was given to me by a friend about a year or so ago.  She was originally trying to sell it, as she repurposes furniture, but gave it to me instead.

I fell in love with it as soon I saw it for sale.  Sadly, $80 wasn’t in the budget, but I admired it through her pictures. Something about it reminded me of my childhood.  I honestly am not sure why, as we didn’t have one growing up, but it still captured a warm feeling every time I look upon it.

The bin sits in the corner of the dining room.  The top holding the onions and the bottom holding the potatoes.  The wire mesh on the front of the bin, gives a sneak peak as to the contents.  I suppose the bin resonates “simplicity”.  It’s a piece of wood, a couple latches and knobs and keeps the onions and potatoes off the ground and separated from one another.

Why am I carrying on about a onion/potato bin?  Not quite sure, really.  With being content with what I have, that simple bin tells me I have friends who care.  I take food from the bin to prepare for my family.  It’s not high-tech, it’s not fancy, but it’s enough.

I work hard to apply this concept to other areas of my life.  It’s difficult.  I stumble often in this pursuit.  My house is smaller than I like, but it’s mine.  My kitchen could be bigger, but it has what I need to feed us.  The bedrooms could be larger and there could be more of them, but we have a comfortable place to sleep.  For this, I appreciate my home.

I hope the trials that I will soon be facing, will allow me to continue to be content with what I have.  I am grateful for what I have and will take life as it comes and with what it brings.

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“A Soldier Is Worth It To Me”

Published May 8, 2015 by lynn k scott

Several years ago, I had the privilege of “meeting” singer, Jimmy Parker.  I first “met” Jimmy in a military radio station chat room. It was there that I first heard the song, “A Soldier Is Worth It To Me“.

It conveys the simple message of how easy it is to be appreciative to our military and their families for the sacrifices they make in order to keep us free.

It’s a simple song but the message has always stayed with me, because it’s an important one.  I have thanked many military personnel, with gift boxes, coffee, letters, standing in a flag line with the Patriot Guard Riders, a handshake and/or a hug.

Take a moment to extend thanks to our service personnel the next time you see them.  They really do appreciate it.

QOTD by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Published January 6, 2015 by lynn k scott

I became “acquainted” with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross last semester in my Human Development class.  She at the end of our book, as she discussed death and dying.  She was a remarkable woman with such insight.  Our last class before the final, we passed around a sheet of paper and picked one her quotes to read aloud to the class.  Today’s quote is not the one I chose, but it’s very true and you’ll be seeing more quotes from her on this page.

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”  (Elizabeth Kubler-Ross)

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