trying to look on the sunny side

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

There is always someone somewhere with worse problems than your own. Always someone struggling much worse than yourself.

I'm just having a down day, feeling bogged down by things I need to do and want to do and feeling like things are un-achievable.

I'm tired of being patient with myself. I need to see some results, but of course results don't come with no effort on my part.


Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The NY Sheep & Wool Festival is coming up on Oct. 17 & 18th. I'm so very excited! I can't wait to immerse myself in my craft and enjoy the fall colors up in Rhinebeck, NY. Hopefully I'll come home with a few treasures as well.

10 days to go and I can barely contain myself!


Saturday, September 26, 2009

I love this time of year. The changing leaves, the cooler weather. Change fills me with hope and possibility. I feel the need for change in my life right now.

Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations. All this is put in your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it on to your children.

-Albert Einstein

Live purely. Be quiet.
Do your work with mastery.
Like the moon, come out
from behind the clouds!

"I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time."
-Jack London, American Author
Every day, passion speaks to us through our feelings. that's why when you allow yourself to become anesthetized by what others think, you literally block yourself from living the life you were called to live. I promise you that if you make a choice that doesn't please your mate, your friends, your mother, or whoever, the world will not fall apart -- the people who truly love you want you to love yourself. and as you become clearer about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you -- the first time around.
-Oprah Winfrey

The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It's overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.
-Leo Buscaglia

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
-Rainer Maria Rilke

Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
-Og Mandino

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.
-Ayn Rand

And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
-Anais Nin

Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
-Lao Tzu
If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony.
-Mitsugi Saotome
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Steve Jobs


Monday, April 21, 2008

Sometimes it's easier to say you are sorry, than to ask for permission.
~ Mark Grimmette

quote of the day

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

"Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them."

-- Orison Swett Marden


Sunday, February 24, 2008

Today I am grateful for

  • pleasant weekends at home to relax
  • a nice new warm and snuggly comforter (the old one exploded!... yes feathers EVERYWHERE!)
  • lots of snuggling time
  • talking about future family trips.
  • family planning :)
  • spending time with friends.


Monday, February 18, 2008

I need to be more thankful for my life, so hopefully you'll be seeing more lists like this:

Today I am grateful for...

  • taking the day off to relax before my dr. appt.
  • having someone wonderful to hold my hand when I'm scared
  • again, that same wonderful someone to walk this journey with.
  • quiet moments
  • finishing a knitting project, and thinking about the recipients... hoping they like them.