Sunday, April 5, 2020

"Living Positively in an Uncertain World"



(From the Abingdon, Virginia Food City)

What a beautiful time of year!

You can enjoy the beauty of nature wherever you are, your own yard, a neighbor's, on the way to town. "And heaven and nature sing."-From "Joy to the World"-Jennifer Karen Watts/Simon Elliott Varga

Something unexpectedly wonderful might happen, like a neighbor's duck running through your front yard.

Being at home can be a real blessing. Greg and I love our home. We are currently enjoying fixing up our old house. We've done a lot already, but there's still more to do to keep us busy. I learned from  Mama that keeping busy was important for your mental, physical, and emotional well being. (Rest is important, too, however. Moderation in all things!)

Having or developing a hobby is a good thing.

I started art as a hobby, and now I sell my work. I enjoy photography and writing as well as art.

Greg is happiest when he is gardening. Spring and summer are his favorite times of the year.

"I am in charge of how I feel, and today I choose happiness."

Living positively in an uncertain world can be a challenge, but it's not impossible.

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference."
-"Serenity Prayer"-Reinhold Niebuhr

Although some churches are not having services as usual, some churches are being very innovative, like having drive-in services with the church-goers in their vehicles and the minister using a microphone. Also, some local ministers are connecting to their congregations by having virtual church online. Plus, there are some really great ministers on television like Joel Osteen. There might even be some other creative ways to connect with each other and God. And, of course, we can all pray wherever we are.

Remember, light always overcomes the darkness.

Besides staying busy, especially doing things I love to do, and faith, I have other ways to help me feel good every day.

These include:
-Exercise (Remember to check with your doctor before starting exercise.) I enjoy walking, using the trampoline, and dancing. Even just one minute of dancing can raise your spirits!
-Funny DVD's
-I enjoy emailing with people when I can't be with them.
-There are certain websites I like that have positive messages:

Having a sense of humor helps. Just yesterday, I told Greg during lunch that I hadn't seen our cat, Kallie, all morning, and I wondered where she was, and without hesitation, Greg said, "I think she's upstairs practicing social distancing." Also, I love receiving funny forwarded emails.

My personal motto is, "Be positive, but be prepared." Greg and I have had for several years a survival area in each of the houses in which we've lived. This special area has come in handy lately, due to the current shortage of supplies. However, it wasn't perfect, and we're working to correct its flaws.

Especially during this time in all of our lives, we need to support small businesses, at home and online, including those on Etsy.

Also, if you enjoy the paranormal, please check out my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind." (See "Have you read Becky's book?" above.) Thank you!

A Message from One Homeowner to the World

Even with an impending storm, these sheep are calm and serene, and in the distance, birds are singing their sweet spring songs.

"The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it."-C. C. Scott

My brother, Nick, recently sent me an email with a pretty photograph of a bird's nest with blue bird's eggs that he and his wife had found in their yard. He said that "It's a good reminder that life goes on." Amen, Brother!

    (At Food City)

Positive thought: "Life is short. Make it sweet."-From a banner at the bakery at Food City, Abingdon, Virginia
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, May 3, 2020, Becky