(One reason it takes a long while to do barn chores is due to the great help…Mr. Molly climbs on the tractor, burrows into my lap and proceeds to oversee my efforts. The diesel tractor is rattling along and Mr. Molly purrs. When I climb down to pull the Hay Hut over the round bale, Mr. Molly climbs into my seat where he has a cat bird view. Even when he jumps off the tractor, he doesn’t go far and I must go s.l.o.w.l.y to make sure he’s away from the tires. He is a Very Trusting Boy.)
“Embrace and love all of yourself – past, present, and future. Forgive yourself quickly and as often as necessary. Encourage yourself. Tell yourself good things about yourself.” ~ Melody Beattie ~
“To forgive is indeed the best form of self-interest since anger, resentment, and revenge are corrosive of that ‘summum bonum’, the greatest good.” ~ Bishop Desmond Tutu ~
“The more you know yourself, the more you forgive yourself.” ~ Confucius ~
“You cannot travel back in time to fix your mistakes, but you can learn from them and forgive yourself for not knowing better.” ~ Leon Brown ~
“When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.”
~ Bernard Meltzer ~
“Forgiving is rediscovering the shining path of peace that at first you thought others took away when they betrayed you.” ~ Dodinsky ~
Please pray for ~ Alison ~ (If you’ve a name for this list, let me know.)
MAJOR WHINE with run on sentences: This past week, Rebekah told me moving was toward the top of most stressful life events. (Perhaps this is why God didn’t let me move soon after Dave died; He knew I couldn’t handle two such stressful events…wry smile.) Boxes are still 3 deep in the basement (including kitchen goods, bedroom things such as nightgowns, personals….you know…necessities!), the plumbing in the barn still isn’t working because the plumber said he’d be here last week but not only didn’t show, he didn’t call, the studio has no insulation, heat, etc. and I’m waiting on John R. to return my dining room furniture he’s had since May of last year. He’s supposed to be restoring it but, thus far, I’ve only seen the Singer treadle sewing machine (he delivered about ten days ago). I’ll show photos of the Singer this week and he did a wonderful job but he also told me he was bringing else everything last Wednesday. Now, he won’t return phone calls, e-mails or texts and I’m sorely frustrated. Until I get the dining room chest, dish cupboard and 1800’s “tall boy”, all dishes are in boxes, the mantle is deep in candle holders, book cases are loaded with things that need a better home…on and on. Then…
BCBS decided to drop me January 1 and deigned to let me know February 2…how kind. BTW, did you know the CEO of Anthem BCBS makes $17 MILLION a year?! No wonder premiums are +$1000 a month with a $6,000 deductible! Then…
VAFB decided the truck didn’t need to be insured and dropped it plus they STILL haven’t changed my address. The old agent wants the commission so he’s playing fast and loose with my new agent.
So, I’ve forgiven myself for the (many, many) wicked thoughts I’ve had this past week plus. However, I’m still working on forgiving the aforementioned for their misdeeds.
One thing at a time, eh?
P.S. I’m stopping now because it’s getting depressing…all over again.