A Gem State Of Mind
"The good things in life cost what they cost. The unnecessary things are not worth it at any price. The key is being aware of the difference."
It's easy to be busy, it's harder to grasp the finitude of this gnat's wing flicker of our existence. I've been thinking a lot about our brief stay here and how we think we have control over our time. We don't have any control over how this all unfolds. What we do have control over is how we think about the whole of it (our attitude).
When it comes to time management, my attitude has been one of thinking if I could just pack enough to-dos in, I might actually get to the point that I could relax, that it would all be done. What a pathetic illusion. There will always be something to be done, but if I am always focusing on the next thing, I never get to enjoy what I'm doing in the moment.
Come on KAT!!"
Anyway, with that existential time theme floating around in my conscious and subconscious soup these days, when I read the above quote this morning it struck me that value regarding time is one of those things you need to be aware of. With our time being so precious, fleeting, and finite, even going through the most annoying, inconvenient, and or horrid things doesn't have to be so devastating to our overall state if we just acknowledge the value of them and reframe them as such.
Awareness requires examining everything and knowing what is good and bad about our perceptions, and I don't know about you all, but looking and truly examining what's faulty in my views is not always something that I want to engage in.
But then again, how much is it costing me to hold onto the unnecessary views, the mindsets that are costing me in ways both inconceivable and not?
And on that self-examination note of depthness, I am now going to do something that is hard for me to do usually, I am going to go rest, because humans need idle times too, and what could possibly make a Sunday more sublime than a restful day of enjoying the fleeting beauty of blooming crocus and playing with lazy cats. The price may be a few fewer things done, but as I said earlier, they will be waiting there for me when I get back...
Attitude is everything. I was going to say don't ever make we wait three days for a post ever again bit it sounds like you just might need some down time.
I don't believe in time. It is a human construct in my belief. Trying to do to much in one revolution of our planet though...
I hope you have a great Sunday.
Take care of yourself.
Ahh, I always love it when you drop by. It's been a bit extra the last 48 hours. I had to drive to a neighboring state to put my daughter on an airplane for her very first solo trip ever, and then the following morning I had to drive a hundred miles the other direction, almost to Canada, to spend all day at a track meet with my son. This Kat's tail is dragging a bit, lol!
That said, I plan on posting tomorrow, so you get a two days in a row posting spree to make it up to ya😁
Happy Sunday my friend, hope it is going beyond splendidly!
And I just read about a Dutch philosopher who posited the idea that we are time so our attempts to act like we have ownership over how it unfolds is a bit comical. Or at the very least, a very human thing.
And my brain is broken, gonna go rest now....
Busy busy. But is is family. Fantastic stuff. 😀
Your poor brain. Lol.
Enjoy your rest.
Looking forward to tomorrow 😀
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Sometimes people find rest when they do their best, discovering new ideas and have more life experience 👍
How I love this post!! The cats, the purple spring ephemerals - you really capture Living in the Now. Not just in photos. In words too. This:
And then, the cat naps, totally justifiable, esp. on a Sunday. Love it!
I was stressing out over some stupid, annoying complications and challenges (how hard could it be to mail a new ATM card to our son in Mexico? Not gonna go there, not gonna revisit that!) - and just when I was ready to scream, I'd remind myself: my sister is battling cancer. Doctors tell her only 2-3 months left. She is fighting that. How bad is the Fed Ex screw-up, when our son is alive and well, and not starving to death after the ATM machine ate his card, and his bank couldn't mail the replacement to him, so we..... (NOT gonna go there... $75 to send it and even then.... no no no).
Do not sweat the small stuff. It's pretty much all small stuff.
Thank you for this post @generikat, and I hope you got to enjoy a nap like the cat's!
Awww, good morning @carolkean, your comment made me smile😊
I'm so sorry to hear about your sister, and at the same time I totally identify with getting wrapped up in and annoyed by life's logistical hiccups. Especially as a parent, it always seems like we are taking care of something, and most of the time a supposedly simple task spirals into a much bigger mud bog to struggle through.
I'm really working hard at reframing my thoughts when such things come up, instead of I have to do this I am telling myself I get to do this. It's helping! But I still want to grumble at the ATM kerfluffle in sympathetic unison with you!
Hope all is splendid for you this morning, the cat's are still napping lol!
Excellent way to look at things: instead of I have to do this I am telling myself I get to do this.
[[Except in exercise videos. I wanted to slap Jane Fonda for saying, "We get to do this again!"]]
(Yes. Jane Fonda VHS tapes. This ages me, I know...)
This week has been rough for me. I feel as if I have hit a wall. My endocrine system is apparently in a state of revolt in solidarity with my immune system.I need to rest, but there are things I need to do during the weekend so I can go to work. It's hard to cope.
Dangit JT! I hope you just yeeted responsibility to the wind for just one day and rested. Thanks to the ol immune/endocrine circus I spent too many years forcing myself to perform/cope and then spectacularly crashing, rinse and repeat. I'm so sorry you are going through that, I hope you are feeling a bit better today! And resting!
Oh, your crocus are beautiful! I just found one of the ones I planted last year is blooming. It will be in tomorrow's post. Glad you had time to rest and enjoy kitties.
OOH! I am heading over to behold your crocus now, they are so pretty! And as much as I love all flowers, I get so excited when they bloom because it's that whole heralding of spring thing lol!
Every hard worker so to say at some point in time deserves adequate rest . Having a gem state of mind really is such an amazing gift if you ask me . As regards the quote, knowing the thin line between what is really what and what’s not really it is really a skill worth learning .
You said it perfectly! I am terrible about giving myself permission to rest, but it's an important and necessary thing. Guess I will just have to keep practicing til I get better at it lol! Hope you are having a fantastic day!
Yeah ! I’m having a fantastic day , trust you’re doing good as well 😊
Great combo, cats and crocus ..😺🌹
Thank ya! Flowers and kitties are the bestest, at least that's the impression I am getting from the purring beast sitting next to me lol!
I'm gonna let you in on a little secret
Everyday, once a day
Give yourself a present
Don't plan it
Don't wait for it
Just let it happen
This little secret has changed my life lol. It is a quote from Twin Peaks but first heard in this chillhop tune by Mtbrd called Damn Fine Coffee.
Ahhhh, OGP, that song and sentiment made my whole morning just a bit extra awesome sauce.
Gonna go, let it happen😊
Aw, who can resist sitting with a lapful of cat in the sunshine?