Actions speak for themselves

Photo on 8-20-14 at 10.22 AM #2

Dear Friends,

The unmistakeable flute-sounding song made by the wood
thrush nearby woke me up this morning. As I look out my
window, I appreciate how Nature’s paintbrush has made use
of the ample rains to transform the landscape into a lush green
paradise. I rise and prepare for the busy Sunday ahead of me,
gratefully mindful that my life is blessed. I urge you to get out
early today and make the best of the new opportunity to live
a good day.

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do!” The words
of Carl Jung have significant meaning for me these days as I
work toward completing (or advancing in) the projects I hold
myself accountable for as we head toward the last part of the
year. I like to keep my goals attainable. This year, however,
I did commit to carrying out some actions (learning guitar,
hiring household help) which I myself was not sure I would
really be able to manage.
The new year usually injects us with energy and optimism but
life’s reality is sometimes at odds with the goals we set up. In
my case, the reluctance of having someone in our home
becoming very familiar with our lifestyle made me hesitate to
hire help for routine cleaning. As I look out my (really clean)
windows today, I can admit that the decision to hire help was
a wise one. The extra time has allowed me to devote myself
to discovering things that I really enjoy doing. I also feel good
knowing that we are helping someone increase their family’s
income and establish an emergency/discretionary fund.

Politicians entertain me when I listen to the outrageous promises
they make on the campaign trail. They know their constituents
will not remember the things they said or hold them accountable!
We should follow the example of politicians by making our goals
known to others. Since we are not politicians, however, we will
feel accountable to someone else, especially if they are in our
family or circle of friends. I am glad I shared my desire to learn
guitar with you, it has helped me remain on track despite sore
fingers and frustrating sessions!

Have a wonderful Sunday and a terrific week, Marietta

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