Saturday, April 23, 2011

My New Theme

It seems like when the season start to change I get the bug to once again clean out and dejunk, and I get braver with each new episode. My new theme is Less is More and so I am going through pictures and partially finished scrapbooks (Okay, I confess they are just pictures stuffed in sleeves in a notebook). As I am scanning them for the final attempt to actually do my scrapbooks now digitally (don't hold your breath because I am queen of good intentions), I am realizing that I just need to save the really good looking pictures. That means some of my children won't be represented in the scrapbooks, darn it. Too bad they weren't better looking kids. KIDDING!! I am, however, serious about this Less is More pursuit. Maybe less sarcasm is more also----Nah!

Monday, April 11, 2011


There something about swimming and just being in water in general that really gets me thinking. Maybe it's because I can't hear anything or even talk for that matter, and for me that's as rare as Haley's comet flying by.

Anyway, I am swimming along and a new female swimmer joins my lane and is swimming much faster than I am. I get a little competitive and start swimming faster to keep up. After a lot of effort and many laps later, I see that she is swimming with some sort of hand paddles; and I realize I am trying to compete with someone with an unfair advantage. (That is when I start to pull her hair and call her a cheat!)

Isn't it that way in life. Sometimes we compare ourselves and thus compete with someone who has an inborn advantage. That is why comparing and certainly competing to find value is so destructive because none of us are on a level playing field with someone else. Although I was grateful that this swimmer's speed inspired me to try and swim faster, I should be content with the fact that I am doing my best and not feel like I have to be faster or even as fast as someone else. Or at the very least, not feel like I have to hurt her to feel better about my weak performance compared to hers.:-)