“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.”
― Meister Eckhart
― Meister Eckhart
Busy, busy today! So here's a re-run post from many years ago, one which still tickles my head each week...
Years ago I read that a woman made one new improvement to her home each day. I was inspired! I mean, just think--if you changed just one thing about your home or about your life each day, by the year's end, you'd have made 365 changes.
And the kinds of changes I'm speaking of are simple:
Rearrange the furniture in one room.
Wash one shelf of knick-knacks.
Clean-out one closet, one drawer, or one cupboard.
Paint one chair or one wall or one table.
Place pretty contact paper in one drawer.
Visit one coffee shop for the first time.
Take one photo from your home on a gorgeous day.
Create one quiet reading corner just for you.
Rearrange the items on one table.
Deep clean one room.
Gather one bag of cast-offs for a thrift shop.
Sew one decorative pillow.
Hang one lovely picture.
...and I'm sure you can think of a hundred more 'one things,' non-oh-so-daily things which make a pleasant difference in your day, your outlook. Tasks which whisk you away from deep, dull ruts. (The stuff we 'should' do each day doesn't count).
Sometimes we just get stuck in an overwhelmed frame of mind, dreading the one-hundred things we believe need to be done. Yet just by doing that one simple thing, we are often inspired, freed to do yet another thing and then another...
It's the pushing past that awful weight of lethargy or a same ol,' same ol' frame of mind that can release creativity and a smiling sense of accomplishment.
One thing--one new thing each day. I love that.
It also works for relationships: one new thing to resuscitate that friendship I've let slide. One thing to show my husband he's still my favorite friend. One thing to show Naomi she's always in my thoughts even though she's no longer living in our house...
... and so on until one thing has become thousands of delightful things over the years and feeling overwhelmed or bored has become just a vague memory.
(Photo by Scott Garlock.)
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." ... 2 Corinthians 5:17
“I want every day to be a fresh start on expanding what is possible.”
― Oprah Winfrey
Did you pick up a free copy of Let Them Eat Cake for your Kindle when I listed it? My friend, Kristi, highly recommended it, I'm reading it now and oh! Totally enjoyable, just as she said.
It's $3.99 now (unless you have kindle unlimited) , but I thought I'd mention it in case it's already sitting in your Kindle waiting for you...
Free Kindle books:
Sara in Montana
The Charms of Miss O'Hara
I truly enjoy my 'Baker Boys.' They make me smile even on bleary-eyed mornings.