A noisy world

Too much.

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It has been a busy, noisy world lately.  Everything is vying for attention. My iPhone buzzes me with breaking news, texts and messages are constantly pinging. Social media is beginning to be a battle field of opinions, mean-spirited posts, and derogatory comments and not enough kindness.  However, I can control that with a flip of the switch.

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Don’t get my wrong, I love my Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest  and twitter.  I love to see what my friends and family are doing.  Events that are coming up, new babies, pets and achievements. Videos of homeruns, slow motion dogs running and art classes.   I love that I have best friends that I have never met,  to feel so connected through conversations and photos we share on social media.  My Fat Cow Studio business counts on this viaduct. One of my favorite things to do, is grab an cup of coffee and flip through instagram, facebook and pinterest.

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But what I want to do is be centered.  To take all that is thrown at me and create my own opinion, my own priority list.  Enough of this rushing through the day not creating, enjoying the beauty around us, hugging a child, petting a beloved animal, talking to a good friend. Flipping the noisy, buzzing, pinging iphone off.  Sit on the porch just listening to the owls and crickets and kissing my husband good night.

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I know what is important, I know my own beliefs and my religion. To take everything into consideration, be fair and equal.  To let my conscience decide which way to go, weighing the good and bad, without judgement,  but at the end, listen to my heart.  I have made many serious and life changing decision with this theory.  It has not led me wrong yet.

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I can honestly say that my belief and opinion has never been changed by a post on facebook.  I have learned that people are just people and they want to be heard.  And that is ok.  I still have my same ol’ friends that I have connected with way back when on blogs, etc and make new ones almost daily.   We have different religions, political views, lifestyles, race and even languages.  I treasure their friendship and want the best for them, as they do for me.

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I guess what I am trying to convey and even convience myself is to live my life within my convictions.  I have made myself a little nutty watching the news, getting caught up in all the viewpoints, controversy and contentions.  It is good to be aware and involved, but we all need a little quiet every now and then.

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For myself, sometimes I need to step back, be still and go gently into the day with a heart full of gratefulness and self-reliance.

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You be you, get your voice heard, stay strong, never back down and keep reaching higher.  Stay true to yourself. I would never take that away from anyone, and would not want to.  That is what makes us great, that is what America was founded on.

That is how God made us, to be free thinkers, if we weren’t, we would just be jelly molds.

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I will be over here.  I will be here for my family, friends and those who depend on me.

Until next time,

xoxo

Cindy

Psalm 27:13-14

My nephew is going to Quantico, Thursday, Sept. 28 as a 2nd LT with the Marines, then on to Pensacola.  Sam is a true American young man.  I am so very proud of him.   Always faithful, always loyal.  Semper Fi and God bless Sam!

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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

 

These times

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“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light” Steve Kloves

 

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I am not really sure what this blog is going to be about.  I have ideas and thoughts running through my mind.  I am not sure how I am supposed to behave and think right now.

I was raised to be kind to everyone and everything.  To not be racist, judgmental or bias. I truly believe that is the only way to live.  I can not judge anyone, it isn’t my job.

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My job is to see everyone as an equal.

But sometimes it is hard.  It doesn’t help that we have 24/7 media coverage of every little thing that is drummed into our head and tries to make it into our hearts.  People from all sides yelling.   I get it, with all the social media, one has to yell to be heard over all the other clammer.

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There are bad people and I know there is evil in the world.   I am fully aware of it.  I have gotten upset with horrible events in the world. It is enough to set me into a tailspin.

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Who is right and who is wrong?  I think we all like being a part of a group that have our thoughts and beliefs.  It is comforting to be with peers that get your ideas. We feel safe. But happens with you are not in 100% agreement? Do we just go along to get along?  Do we stuff our own feelings just to fit in? Do we take a chance and offend someone? We have to dare to stand on our own two feet and face the fear of being a little alone in our beliefs, whether you are left, right, democrats, republican, gay, straight, black or white.

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These times are trying, they are hard.  It can be unnerving to keep an open heart.   I worry sometimes that I am the one that doesn’t get it.  That I should be outraged, that I live in a bubble and not caring what is happening.  But then I think back about what my Mom would have said.  “Take your blinders off and see the good in the world”.

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There is a deafening strife and struggle right now.  It can’t be ignored and it may get loud and unsettling.  But as history as played out, good usually wins, love always wins.

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What I believe in is loving and taking care of our families, friends, neighbors and even strangers.  I believe that kindness starts with a ripple.  Just holding the door for someone, a hello as you pass someone in the hallway, a small conversation with someone standing beside you.  A compliment, a smile, a handshake. An acknowledgment of someone goes along way.

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As Maya Angelou stated “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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This is something that I have to remind myself of daily.

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It is like the old saying, is your cup half full or half empty? Do you just see the evil or do you see any of the good?

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Today, as in the past, I choose to see my cup as half full.  The mass majority of people are good and want what is best for their family, friends and country.  They work hard to do the right thing, are law-abiding, follow the golden rule and just get on with doing the best they can. Living their lives to the fullest, grabbing all the happiness they can and just plain  loving life.

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Agree or disagree, this is my belief.  Everyone is entitle to their own way of thinking and behaving.  That is what our great nation was founded on. For me, I will continue to strive to be happy and fulfilled.   To love my family, friends, neighbor, our country and the animals that are entrusted to me.   To trust that God will bless us and keep us.

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I am so very blessed with friends and family who see me as an equal,  just as I see them.

If you are still with me and understand my rambling, thank you. I am not a writer, just a girl with a heavy heart who does have an opinion.

Take good care,

xoxox

Cindy

John 13:34

 

 

 

New thought process

Life gets busy, one day turns into the next, our to-do lists gets longer and longer, obligations and appointments sneak up on you.  It seems from the minute I open my eyes until I close them late at night, I am going 90 to nothing, with very little sleep in between.

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My mind gets so jumbled up with what I am suppose to do everyday, It makes me crazy somedays.

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I don’t know about you, but I get so anxious and hurried, that I feel guilty for having a little time for myself to create and do what is necessary.
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I finally took some time this last Sunday to just walk our fence line and see what this scorched, Texas weather has done to our land.  At first glance, it looks dried up and parched.  But when I looked closer, beauty made herself visible.

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My to-do list took a backseat to my calmness of walking in nature. It gave me pause, a new clarity, a balance of gratefulness and joy.

 

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Nature has a funny way of showing up with exactly what I need to know.  I felt that I was fried, withered and just plain old tired from the “heat” of everyday challenges.

 

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But finding, instead of just giving up, letting the anxiety and feeling doubt take over, nature turns herself into beautiful vignettes.

 

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Subtle little things catch my eyes, opens them up to see the big picture.  A full illustration of what life is about. ” The flowers do not compete with other flowers, they just bloom to their full potential”.  Bees and birds do their very best to take care of their own without complaining.

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The spider has a lot of time just hanging around on her web, lots of time to ponder what needs to be done.  She is rested when it is time to get to work and can do her very best with clarity, definition and skill.

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There are always going to be days when a wrench is thrown into the best laid plans.  My decision is to not be so hurried and anxious about things out of my control or how people expect me to be.   To be rested and calm when a wrench is thrown into my day.

 

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Another lesson in nature…the thistle has beauty and blooms on her own time, but has a defense against what she does not want near her.

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God gave us Grace to be able to handle any tough decision, strength to get through each day and a brain to think for ourself.  We are all individuals with different priorities.  That does not make me wrong and you right or visa versa.

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Having spent a few hours in the fields and woods, I came out with a better understanding of where and what I should be doing.  I am basically a calm, quiet person who really doesn’t get upset.  So it goes against my nature when my mind and heart go into turmoil over things that are out of my control or what people want or expect of me.  We all have to set boundaries to protect ourself and our hearts, just like the thistle.

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Just like the dried up flowers that should be long gone, with just a little gumption, determination and hope, she blooms in the most difficult situation. This will be my new thought process:  I will stay true to myself, do what I know is right in my heart, be kind and grateful.   To bloom in my own time, and not someone else’s schedule.

 

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I will follow natures and God’s lead to be my authentic self.  As I get older, it is harder to set boundaries, but I am going to give it a whirl!  I suggest everyone mind their own, set boundaries, be grateful and just like in nature, we will all have beautiful vignettes to share with others.

xoxo

Cindy

1 Peter 5:7

 

p.s.  I will have my kitty mugs on my website shop very shortly..purrfect for the cat lover!

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