ONE GLASS OF WATER

When I woke up this morning , I decided to drink one glass of water. That should remind me of GRATITUDE. Lying there in ICU unable to drink or eat. Watching the  water on the bedside table opposite. Not understanding why I couldn’t have one sip. Today I can drink a whole glass of water. And very soon I might be able to swim in it as well. Who knows ? I might even get a house with the perfect bathtub.

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The Pope’s 10 Tips for a Happier Life

1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, “Move forward and let others do the same.”

2. “Be giving of yourself to others.” People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because “if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid.”

3. “Proceed calmly” in life. The pope, who used to teach high school literature, used an image from an Argentine novel by Ricardo Guiraldes, in which the protagonist — gaucho Don Segundo Sombra — looks back on how he lived his life.

4. A healthy sense of leisure. The Pope said “consumerism has brought us anxiety”, and told parents to set aside time to play with their children and turn of the TV when they sit down to eat.

5. Sundays should be holidays. Workers should have Sundays off because “Sunday is for family,” he said.

6. Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people. “We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs” and be more vulnerable to suicide, he said.

7. Respect and take care of nature. Environmental degradation “is one of the biggest challenges we have,” he said. “I think a question that we’re not asking ourselves is: ‘Isn’t humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?’”

8. Stop being negative. “Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, ‘I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down,’” the Pope said. “Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.”

9. Don’t proselytise; respect others’ beliefs. “We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyses: ‘I am talking with you in order to persuade you,’ No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytising,” the Pope said.

10. Work for peace. “We are living in a time of many wars,” he said, and “the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive” and dynamic.

Courtesy of the Catholic News Service.

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1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, “Move forward and let others do the same.”

NANA BIRTHDAY 2014

Right then. Today that means that I keep cleaning house. I have hosed the verandahs , attempted to call the Real Estate, eaten curry from IGA Bellingen. Chatted with Kate. I am mentally moving my attention away from all the non-existent support services. Coming back into myself. Today – a cleaner comes at 2.30 pm. The young lass who came for 6 weeks has vanished after disclosing her enormous drinking story to me. I may well drive the car today. I shall aim for one new thing a day. Today I shall resume the exercises that faded due to illness last week. I might contact Repton Caravan Park or Raleigh re swimming.  And I might drive the car. I am charging the Kindle.

So the new thing today – Hmm – What would be one good forwards move ?

Hmmmmm. Drive the car down and check the Mail.  Just do it !

2. “Be giving of yourself to others.” People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because “if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid.”

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Thank God for the Internet and Facebook which prevent that happening when I can’t get myself out and about. I am slightly agrophobic ( as usual plus some ) . Meetings also help. Now the rain is coming and I have driven to the letterboxes and back. Getting there, eh ? Maybe I shall also call Hesta and maybe not. Maybe I shall take John up on his offer to do some tip loads with his trailer. And I can take the garbage to the Tip. I really need nit treatment.

GIVING OF MYSELF TO OTHERS. Think of one little one for today, Luce. Make some memes for Facebook.

3. “Proceed calmly” in life. The pope, who used to teach high school literature, used an image from an Argentine novel by Ricardo Guiraldes, in which the protagonist — gaucho Don Segundo Sombra — looks back on how he lived his life

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When my nose started to bleed in Medical Ward in Coffs, the Panic came upon me. DO NOT PANIC said the Nurse and calmly dealt with it. Must remember that – said I to myself.

CALM is not necessarily how I live life, particularly in this Time. Panic is my companion and Fretful Worry.

Calmly Lynne . Proceed Calmly.

4. A healthy sense of leisure.The Pope said “consumerism has brought us anxiety”, and told parents to set aside time to play with their children and turn of the TV when they sit down to eat.

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I have assumed a mantle of burdensome fretfulness again and lost the simple joy I had in the first 2 weeks after I came home from Hospital. For that time , I could lie on the lounge on the verandah and watch the children play. Now I am wearing Worry Clothes again. Now I am again Anxious – forgetting that I am in the hands of something greater. So – today – cold winds and rain despite the BOM’s confident prediction of greta heat ! Leisure – kindle with Steampunk methinks. Might even take myself up to Izzy’s Place and have a wee word with him.

5. Sundays should be holidays. Workers should have Sundays off because “Sunday is for family,” he said.

SHABBOS – says I. SHABBOS.

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When I lived on the Hill in Bilambil, I took one day each week OFF. Did not leave the property. Might choose a day here that is day off from all business like activities. Sunday is probably pretty good for that. No meetings I specially like. Kids usually busy with IMM at home. Facetime with Eden. OK Shabbos – Sunday it is.

6. Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people.We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs” and be more vulnerable to suicide, he said.

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7. Respect and take care of nature. Environmental degradation “is one of the biggest challenges we have,” he said. “I think a question that we’re not asking ourselves is: ‘Isn’t humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?’”

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Where I live is still very much untouched. Rivers, beaches, mountains and sea.  I cancelled my Meals on Wheels because they freight it all over the country to get here. I don’t recycle because I know they do the same thing. My Izzy ended his life by a roadside in the Forest up behind here. Its a lovely place. I am hoping to get a cottage by the lagoon in Urunga. I want to be away from chemicals. They make me very ill. Then more attention to my food as I emerge from the depths of horror and loss.

8. Stop being negative. “Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, ‘I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down,’” the Pope said. “Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.”

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And here is where I have been stuck. Unwilling and/or unable to come past it. Try it for one day, Luce. Not one more negative thing. For just one day. Enjoy the day ! Cool and clean and much more well than last week.

Titus 3:10

As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him,

Proverbs 17:14 ESV

The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.

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9. Don’t proselytise; respect others’ beliefs.We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyses: ‘I am talking with you in order to persuade you,’ No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytising,” the Pope said.

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Applies to recovery as well. Poor wee lass who cleans.

Don’t try to convince anyone of anything, Lynne.

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10. Work for peace. “We are living in a time of many wars,” he said, and “the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive” and dynamic.

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