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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Walking the fence line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are chores that I like to do, like walking the fence line.


 

We walk the fence line looking for broken fences, fallen trees that may have snapped the wires,  posts that have been pushed over…just general upkeep.

 

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But there is so much more to find than broken fences, it is a time to slow down a little bit and just walk the perimeter of the place.  Get reacquainted with the boundaries.

 

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Walking the fence line can be associated with everyday life.  We all have our boundaries, sometimes they need to be taken down,  sometimes they need to be reinforced.  Maybe just a little adjusting will do.

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If we put up too many boundaries we miss the beauty that lies outside our perimeter.  We might miss an extraordinary event or places that we only dream of.

We might miss meeting new friends, neighbors and others with similar interests and loves.

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If we don’t tend to our boundaries and let them all fall to the ground, we run the risk of letting in things and people that can ruin our well tended intentions.  One that might turn our lives upside down and give us angst.

 

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I have found while walking the fence line, that if a little patching is done to give our boundaries strength, yet can yield, it can stop the unwanted intruder, but give a right-a-way to beautiful creatures that may want to stop by.

 

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It is always a good idea to check the fence line, to keep it in good repair.  Strengthen where needed, patch if necessary and even put in a gate that opens both ways.

 

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So, I like to walk the fence line.  It gives me a good lesson on my own boundaries.

 

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Hopefully my boundaries are strong enough to weather the storms and yielding enough to let the beautiful in…..

 

 

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So walk your fence line and keep it in good repair.

XO

Cindy

Psalms 23:3

 

 

I don’t want to miss…

I am sitting at my laptop, looking out my barn/home window watching it snow.  This is the second day in a row that is has snowed in central Texas.

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I was asked the question the other day – What don’t you want to miss…

I came up with lots of answers.  I didn’t want to miss my plane to Asheville last Tuesday due to inclement weather (I missed it!), my deadline for taxes, my doctors appointment, hairdresser…  I have a to-do list a mile long.

 

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I realized that everyday is full of moments I do not want to miss, to be fully present in that moment.

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I get to live in a place where there is so much joy all around.  Every where I turn, I see and feel moments that make me smile..

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They may be small, fleeting moments but they make me happy…

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I don’t want to miss the most important parts of my life….

 

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Seeing the sweetest smile in the world on my grandson Colt’s face as he turns 3..

 

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The love my husband has for me, our children and grandchildren.IMG_5716

Listening to Tess practice her solo singing  🙂

 

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Having calves follow you on your afternoon walk..

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Explaining to their mom that I checked them for ticks..

 

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Listening to the birds every morning as they praise the coming day..

 

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A quiet you can only hear if you are still and have an open heart.

 

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There are many moments that I would not have missed… Whispering into my mother’s ear as she passed on to heaven, holding my grandsons moments after they were born, rescuing a helpless weeks old kitten (who is now a holy terror! ha), bottle feeding newborn calves when their mothers can’t,  being completely centered when throwing clay, laughing so hard I snort, sitting on the porch with a cup of hot coffee watching the sunrise…

Knowing that I have a God that protects me, gives me a new strength and renewal everyday.

 

Don’t miss these moments, enjoy each one!

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xo,

Cindy

Psalm 32:8

 

 

Life is simple

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“Be serene in the oneness of things and erroneous views will disappear by themselves” -Seng-ts’an

 

 

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Sometimes I get so wrapped up in “life” and what I am suppose to be doing.

 

 

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Whizzing right by all the things I love without a second glance.

 

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Life is going on all around, a beautiful life..

 

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Moments, people, loved ones…they do not stand still and wait to be noticed.

 

 

 

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It is time to slow down.   Not get so caught up in the vacuum of our demise.

 

 

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We all have responsibilities, places to go, things to do.  That is just life,  but the in-between-times…that is the time to dream and create.  To see and listen to what is going on around us.

 

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Just take a little time to be..

 

xoxo

Cindy