Weekend Wisdom: Judging

Imagine how much joy you will experience when leaving the judging to God.  He has the right to judge because He created us.

Also imagine the joy you will bring to other people when you just love and accept them as a wonderful person created in God’s image.

Judging another person is judging God.  We do not have the right to judge God. We can ask questions of Him but we have no right to judge Him or anyone He created – which is everybody.

We all judge actions. Leave the people judging to God. 

Jeff Nischwitz

Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others. 

Wayne Dyer

May you experience magic in all your relationships today, tomorrow and always – and leave the judging to God.

Weekend Wisdom: Letters

These quotes are good reasons for continuing to write letters. A handwritten note among the bills and junk mail brings joy to the recipient.

Enjoy these quotes and may at least one, encourage you to write a letter.

May God bless you with many joyful blessings this week.

To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.  

Phyllis Theroux

Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company. 

Lord Byron

What a wonderful thing is the mail, capable of conveying across continents a warm human hand-clasp. 

Author Unknown

And none will hear the postman’s knock
Without a quickening of the heart.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?

W.H. Auden

Or don’t you like to write letters.  I do because it’s such a swell way to keep from working and yet feel you’ve done something. 

Ernest Hemingway

Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.  

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It’s Still A Wonderful Life – My Childhood Vision Of Adult Life

This post is inspired by WordPress’ Daily Post.  The question yesterday was “How does life as an adult compare to what I envisioned as a child?”

My Vision

While growing up, I envisioned life as an adult to be similar to my childhood.  My sister and I would graduate college, find good paying jobs with plenty of opportunity for moving up the ladder, marry the perfect men, and have perfect children (probably 2 each). Even though I did not have a strong desire to become a mother, I figured once I met Mr. Perfect, my desire would change.

I saw the same for my two cousins.  The four of us would get our families together for birthdays, cook-outs, and holiday dinners with the one cousin who lives out-of-state attending when his schedule permitted. When not able to come to Ohio my sister and I would take our families and go visit him and his family.  Our children would grow up together and be like brothers and sisters to each other.

Those of us who live in Ohio would attend church together, the same church 5 of our ancestors founded. We would be active in the community, with possibly one cousin working at the sheet metal shop our great-grandfather founded.

But my vision did not come true.

Pop! Goes The Bubble

Well that bubble burst.

My sister went to college out-of-state, fell in love, got married, had children and still lives out-of-state.

Our cousin, who has always lived in Texas, is married and has a child. He also got laid off after 10 years with a telecommunications company and now stocks shelves. His lovely wife works and they are raising a wonderful daughter.

The other cousin has worked in a factory for 30+ years and married but got divorced.  He also followed his dream to be a rock star.  It did not work out but at least he followed his dream, which is more than what most people do.

As for me, I:

  • graduated from Kent State with a Communications degree.
  • moved to Texas.
  • moved back to Ohio.
  • fell in love.
  • got married.
  • had no human children.
  • became a parent to a golden retriever.
  • had careers in retail, banking and collections.
  • got promoted to Team Leader (Assistant Manger) in a collections call center.
  • got laid off after 13.5 years in a collections call center.
  • became a widow at an age society considers young.
  • started this blog.
  • became a loan officer.
  • had an offer to enter into a relationship with a married man in his late 60’s. (EEEWWW! Gross!)
  • became a freelance writer.
  • took a seasonal job in a high-volume call center.

There are items on this list I never dreamed would happen, including getting married because men my age were never interested in me. That is why I always knew I would go to college and enter the work force as the boys all ran away from me in high school.

I also never envisioned the periods of unemployment I have gone through.  The toughest was the one that started in 2009, just a year after Joe’s passing.

Looking Back

Even though life did not turned out as expected and has been very painful at times, it has been and still is a wonderful life filled with joy.

May you feel the same way about your life, even though it may not have turned out as you envisioned.

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