Happy November! This month is my favorite because it's my birthday month.
I've been reflective this past week on two quotes I ran across while toodling about on the internet. Both have had me coming back to them again and again.
|a dr. who reference|
"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything" -Oprah Winfrey.
Do I do that? Do I make the best of everything? I'd like to think that I do. But I'll be honest, in spite of my 'positivity' on this blog, I do have a dark side where I get jealous or envious of others. My main jealous notion is of people who have family living in the same town. Gah, I want that.
I get pea green with envy, and it can at times consume me if I let it.
Here is the thing, when I'm jealous, I'm miserable and my worst self ever. Being jealous is a choice and not a fact. So I work at my thoughts and feelings. I work to focus on the positive. It's not easy at times.
This past week I've been joyful with my knitting and my reading and my blossoming creativity when I sit and sketch daily. Filling my days with these simple acts yields to moments of reflection when I am thinking good thoughts and thankful for all the bounty in my life.
I am SO lucky and blessed and grateful. This month is a gratitude month and I'm making the most of it to be thankful each and every day.
The second quote:
"The mind is everything. What you think you become." -Buddha
I have no words for that quote, just mulling this snippet of knowledge again and again. I come back to it, think some more and know that I have room to work within myself.
Along with these two quotes I have two podcasts to share with you that have been delightful.
Welcome to the neighborhood: a Mister Rogers tribute podcast is wonderful, I grew up with Mr Rogers and hearing his words of wisdom has been contemplative in my daily movements.
Sketching Stuff podcast is great for creative thinking. Listening to Charlie as he enthusiastically talks about his sketching and what he is sketching motivates me in so many ways. Of course in art but in seeing the world through an artist's eyes. I'm including knitting artists too.
And for gratitude month, lovely Michelle is doing her gratitude week next week for free. Sign up!! (scroll down to the bottom of the post for the link)