Attitude and the 100th Post!




When does one problem take precedence over another? Whose sorrows or worries are more important than another’s and at what point is okay to just roll over and say you can’t take it anymore? My guess is that is never the answer. Once you roll over there is that daunting task of getting back up again. So, many of us just keep going whether we want to or not.  Quietly, or not, going about the business of life. 

It’s the priorities of the world with which I struggle. I can’t be the only person absolutely appalled by the amount of time and effort put into saving the Twinkie?  I understand that jobs hang in the balance but this is obviously a ploy by management to force a settlement that will insure large salaried corporate jobs with cuts to those that can afford it least. Another thing I’m having trouble listening to is the scandal of some repulsive looking little man and his botoxed, silicone enhanced, gaggle that give intelligent woman a bad name. All this while we all but ignore the people dying in their homes across the world from mine in the Middle East and others who are still homeless due to a hurricane in my own backyard. 

I have been unusually quiet over the last few months due to a combination of alternately mourning (friends, family, my past life…pick one) and trying to make several new ventures come together at once. It’s been one of those times where my life resembles a puzzle for which I’ve lost the box.  There is no picture to work off of and I have no idea what it’s going to look like when I’m done. I work better off the picture, but I have a feeling that life is bigger and better when you stop trying to engineer the outcome.  So instead of whining (in public, anyhow) I’ve gotten very quiet, put my head down and gotten to work. Sometimes I look up and like what I see and other times I want to hide in the corner. 

I suppose the key is to measure the good and the bad and possibly remind yourself that we have the choice to focus on what we choose to give attention and the power to make a difference, whether it is a world issue or a personal one. Of course, there are those times when the only thing we have any control over is our attitude and those are the times that we trudge on, keep our fingers crossed, and try to discern what is important and what is just taking up too much space in out world.   

Have a thoughtful and happy Thanksgiving everyone.  Focus on something positive and thank you for following, caring, and reading this, my 100th post! 

Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

Viktor E. Frankl




About Magnolia Beginnings

Just when you think you have it all down it changes again or... “Reshaping life! People who can say that have never understood a thing about life—they have never felt its breath, its heartbeat—however much they have seen or done. They look on it as a lump of raw material that needs to be processed by them, to be ennobled by their touch. But life is never a material, a substance to be molded. If you want to know, life is the principle of self-renewal, it is constantly renewing and remaking and changing and transfiguring itself, it is infinitely beyond your or my obtuse theories about it.” ― Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago

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  1. congrats on your 100th post and Happy Thanksgiving to you and all my American friends! I really love this line: but I have a feeling that life is bigger and better when you stop trying to engineer the outcome.

    You are on the edge of something great my friend. On this edge it often feels as though we are being tested from every angle…hang on to your dream… it will come.

  2. Hello. I understand exactly where you are coming from. My life has been a roller-coaster this past 15 months and many times I have felt ‘I cannot do this anymore’. In particular, the one thing that I have noticed getting shelved again and again are those ‘larger than life’ projects that you speak of (community, national, and international needs) that I used to always contribute to. I feel guilty that in regard to those aspects of life, I am currently a bystander.
    However, I have come to realise that when you are going through a crisis, a loss, a bereavement, a new beginning, or a major change in life; then it can take all of your focus. If you happen to be going through two or three of these all at once and then have another one or two thrown in you didn’t ask for; then it can become overwhelming. As you say, you either give up and life cascades down on top of you or you prioritize or you keep trudging on. I am so glad for you that you have chosen to keep going and I am inspired by you and know that it will all work out for you in the end. ‘As long as we have hope, we have direction’ (Lao Tze)

    Congratulations on your 100th post. I feel so privileged to have shared part of your journey.

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