A fresh taste

My mood a few days back.

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I was getting bombarded with all kinds of things.  Things that may seem small to some, more than they could have handled to others.  I could not get my bearings set, a good nights sleep or keep my heart from racing.  We all get bad news, sad news or even news that can make us mad.

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I just wished to lie down and do nothing.  Just step away from what was constantly circling my head.

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But, I couldn’t and didn’t want to do that.  That is not in my nature.  I am a figure it out, make a plan and get on with it kind of person.

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One of the ways that I can calm myself is to be outside. I look to nature for signs that give tenderness, understanding and joy.  Listening to the silence, the birds, my grandkids laughter, my husband calling the cows in.

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You know the old cliche..”It is the simple things”.  Well, that is my mantra.

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Little things add up to big things.  A day full of little, wonderful surprises add up to a great day.  Even in the midst of this season of unwanted turmoil or situations, if I find the tiniest thing to smile about, my day instantly gets brighter.

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We only get one chance to get it right while we are here on earth.  I can’t change what life hands me sometimes, as much as I want to, I can’t.

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But what I can change, is my attitude and my manner in how I handle the circumstances.

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I believe in faith, hope, everlasting love.   I believe we can handle what is handed to us with the grace of God, a higher power and miracles.

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We are all on a journey.  Sometimes it is rocky, slow going and what seems like never-ending.  Sometimes it is smooth sailing, free-flowing and beautiful.

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The beauty provided to me doesn’t change whether I am melancholic or broody, the stars are always there, the sun will shine again and I will see a rainbow, the blue birds and a newborn calf.  Life and her unwavering abundance doesn’t stop showing up because I don’t.  It is up to me to fall back into the rhythm of an ongoing existence.

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Another quote that I like is “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day”.   That is what I strive for.  I do my best to see the bright side of life.  I may be the foolish one, the dreamer, whatever.  But I choose to see that good things are coming.  Maybe not in my life here on earth, but there will be a day when everyday is joyous.

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Until that day,  I will drink my coffee with our cows,

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set aside a few moments to relax and regroup,

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Eat good food, have a fresh taste,

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watch the blue birds and love unconditionally.

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“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” Marcus Aurelius

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Until next time, much love and smooth sailing!

xoxo

Cindy

John 14:18

 

It is in the details.

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It is easier to see the big picture.  Only glancing momentarily, letting it skim your thoughts and moving on.  It is like looking out an airplane window.  You can see the patchwork fields, big cities and flowing rivers.  But, as you get closer to landing, you can focus on people, cars, cows, boats, etc.  Everything starts to breathe and come alive.

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Life is kind of like that.  We can choose to skim on by.  See everything and everyone as a whole.  To be disconnected, a little self-centered and oblivious.  Creating a wall around us, even if unintentional.   Life can be hard, heart breaking and even unfair. We may not even care about the details of our lives, just living for the whole picture.

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We wonder if our hearts have turned to stone.  Why even try to sort out details, just live on the edge in a fuzzy haze and misguided understanding.   But do you really think we are supposed to live like that? I don’t think so..

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I think we are born to thrive!  To pay attention to the details, work on the details and even fix broken details.   Like the old windmill on our place, until the details of the gears are worked out, it will not turn, will not produce and not bring joy to those around.  Much like ourselves..we may get messy, dirty, even angry and worn out.  But keeping up and tending to the details, we will turn, we will produce and we will bring joy to those around.

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Sometimes, we have to retreat to find the details that need working on, being less exposed to the particulars and technicalities.  It is a good thing to pay attention to what needs fixing.  Tinkering with the gears,  asking for help, researching, meditating, praying, trying new things, new routines and opening closed doors.

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When we start paying attention to the details, they become more focused upon, more meaningful.  We see the handiwork that is hidden.  We become less obsessed with the dull and meaningless.  We start to take joy in the inner workings, the fine lines and delicate balances. Big stuff loses its shine and glory.  Small victories and accomplishments are thrilling and significant.

 

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The more attention we pay to details, gears, life, family, loved ones, friends, the more we get out of life.  It is easy to paint the world with one big paint brush and call it good. To think we owe no one nothing, being calloused and unsparing only hurts ourselves in the long run.  Hunting out details, glimmers of hope, feelings of grace, investing in relationships, long friendships, partnerships and most importantly, love…is all worth the journey.

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It is a big world out there.  It can be hurtful, prideful and hateful, but need each other.  Whether we all agree or not.  We are God’s handiwork, the details and the gears.  We can’t thrive without each other support and connections.  We don’t have to go it alone on one big playing field.  Listen closely to what your details are telling you.  It is the small things that make up the big things. It is the small moments, the shared loved, the tender mercies and grace that contributes to our short time on earth.  I know that I want to love and be loved, enjoy the small wonders and overlooked sentiments that are offered to us daily.

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Life is in the details.  Go find it.

Much love to all!

Until next time, xoxo

Cindy

Matthew 13:32

 

 

 

 

Pondering and reflections

Happy New Year everyone!

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I took the past holiday season to think about what I wanted my life to look like. Where I wanted to go, what I wanted to create and how I wanted to lead my life.

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I have to do my own soul searching, I have to make myself become quiet, I have to ask questions and seek inspiration.

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I am older and wiser.  I want the rest of my life to be lived with intentions and grace.

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First and foremost, I am more connected to God.  I have been a firm believer in God most of my life and have depended on Him on so many levels. I have seen miracles, had promises delivered, prayers answered and some not answered.  The ones that were not answered, lessons were learned.  I am being more grateful and thankful for all the blessing that I do have.  I do not take one thing or one person in my life for granted.

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Secondly, I am being myself.  I do not require fancy, fictitious or ungenuine.  I love the simple life.  I love to cook dinner, sit on the porch at sunset, take a walk in the woods or watch a good movie on TV. I need my family, their laughter, jokes and love. I need my friends.  I would not be where I am without them. I need my dog, Tess and her ever present ball.

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Third, I am excited about my pottery business.  I am getting lots of sales, orders and great reviews. This makes me tremendously happy.  It is something that I have always wanted to do, and now I have the space and time I need to make this dream come true.

I am not professionally trained, nor do I have all the equipment of a big studio. Some may see it as a hobby or something to occupy my time, but it is not.  It is my profession.  I can look people in the eye and say that I am an artist and be proud of that fact.  My creations are wonky, imperfect and whimsical. Just the way I like it.

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I have also come to realize that this city born and raised girl is a rancher. I love raising cattle!  I love the fact that they all have names and their own personalities. I love that we take such good care of them and provide the best.  Never in my wildest dreams as a child, did I think I would be knee deep in muck, or freezing rain or 100 plus degree heat, feeding huge animals that depend on us daily.  It is truly the best job ever.  (Not many vacations, but just look at this face!)

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I have concluded that people need each other.  That we should be kind to each other and not take others for granted.  To do our best, think before we speak, to respect each other’s opinions and beliefs. But to also fight for our convictions with honor and dignity.

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During the last few weeks of my pondering and reflection,  I have learned that if I discussed my fears and concerns, that does not make me weak.  I have learned that if I am quiet, I am not being withdrawn.  I have learned that the people who truly love you, will always love you.

I am not the same this year as I was last year.  I am a better version of me.  I am trusting in God to lead the way.  I am the salt and the light of the world.

I have this quote written down forever and  I still refer to it often.  At this new year, it is so fitting:

“Don’t ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance and my kindness for weakness.”

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“Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” Oscar Wilde

xoxo,

Cindy

Isaiah 40:31

 

As the year closes…

 

 

I want to introduce you to our first grand daughter, Caroline Elizabeth!

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Caroline was born November, 16th.  She is the sweetest little thing.  All cuddly and warm! She is going to rule the roost and make her brother and boy cousins bow down to her!  I can’t wait to see what wonderful things she does.

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Other great news, my dad finished his chemo and is on the mend.  He has battled cancer before and beat it.  I am confident that he will do so again.

Dad came down and participated with me in the Harvest Festival of Arts in October.  He made and sold most of his very unique lamps and clocks!  It was very special to me to have him here.

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As this year comes to an end, I am grateful for all the lessons, blessings, hard knocks, love, jubilations and tribulations that came my way.

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I have learned that it is best, for me, to stay on an even keel.  To be in the present and see things through other eyes every once in awhile.

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I (try) to practice self control and awareness.  I (try) to be patient and kind to everyone.  I (try) to give the benefit of the doubt, and I (try) to love without haste or judgement.

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But what it all boils down to, is LOVE, without haste or judgement.  We are all capable of it.  Even if you have had hard knocks, resentment or mistreatment. I have, and I still love.  It is just part of my fabric, roots that go way back has taught me to believe the good in people.  Even the ones that are bad, there is good in them somewhere!

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My grand kids have taught me a lot about love, fun and being excited about life.  They see things without animosity and judgement.  They see a stick and get excited. It becomes a sword, a digging tool, a toy for my dog to fetch.  So many things are imaginable to them.

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They live for their goals and work hard to achieve them.  Not for adding to their 401K or climbing the corporate ladder, (that will come later) but it is what they love.  Willing to work hard because it is fun and enjoyable.  The fight for their team and shake hands with their opponents, win or lose.

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I know I have learned from this simple attitude.  I have become more excited by life.  If there is an obstacle or unexpected detour, I make it my sword, I battle on with an open mind and heart.  It is tough sometimes, but when I see things though different eyes, it is all good.  Win or lose.

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So swing high! Become excited about the little things in life that we take for granted.  See others at their best, be good to yourself, rest, play, imagine, talk, be quiet and still or run as fast as you can.

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Life is short and we only get one shot.  Do whatever brings you joy!  Even if it is for a moment.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you all!

Much love,

Cindy

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable…think about such things.  Philippians 4:8