What I Know About Everything Signifigant

Above all else it is about leaving a mark that I existed. I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a great purpose and that is why I make works of art.”~ Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Today I know now that life itself is a work of art, one in which we all have a great purpose in. We create art in our life on a daily basis. Do you know that You are your own masterpiece?

I have been conscientious of late for the need to try and remain mindful of today, of the “now” in my life. It is not a new belief concept for me, but it requires patience and focus. My patience is being tested lately.This has made me forgetful and has helped me to lose my focus of just the here and now. Staying mindful to enjoy just what I have now.

I am realizing that to also be grateful for the things I don’t think about as often would go a long ways to the gentle reminders I need to be able to remain in the now . Reminders to not to get caught up in the problems of yesterday or the worries of tomorrow. Instead, simply being mindful of all things significant in my life is far better than snapping a rubber band against ones wrist. Don’t ask. Just trust me on this.

I ask myself what about the little things? The things in my life I take for granted, What are those little things that serve to be reminders for me. And why are they significant if they are such little things?

There are things I take for granted that if my life was suddenly was spun to another world and was left without the things I am used to where would I be?

I am a grateful person usually by nature. I believe in gratitude and expressing thanks. I am often aware of feeling grateful for the obvious gifts in life. Gifts like my Faith, my Hopes, my Dreams, on being loving, on being loved, on peacefulness and contentment. These are the things happiness can be built on. I am thankful each morning and night for these gifts. And for those in my life who are my gifts.

Yet there are those small, seemingly unimportant things in my life I would not want to be without. They are significant to my style of home spun happiness.

There are a few others in my life I’d like to be more aware of how significant they are to me in a mindful way. Making a point of being grateful for the “small things” and not taking advantage of or assuming they will always be there.

A few honorable mentions I am grateful for from my world

Cyberspace:

For one immediate stand out I look no further than the very keyboard I type this on. And the magic of the Internet I do not even pretend to understand. Ironically for a lady who is m not a fan of technology it has become important form of communication for me. I know what it is like now to be without again even though even for just a couple of days. I’ll not take it for granted, instead I will be mindful of the gifts it brings to my life each day.

Journaling.

I am grateful I can journal, and feel good about the cathartic expression as well as the personal growth I gain from my introspective reflections. Journal writing started early for me but it was not until my 19th year of living did I take my cues from a philosopher of life.

Seneca, the Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman and dramatist, suggested the idea of “self observation” by making a daily self-inventory of ourselves, by asking as we bring our day and evening to a close the questions of yourself. His suggested questions work for me.

“What bad habit have you cured today?

What fault have you resisted?,

In what respect are you better?”

This ritual of asking and answering for that day’s behavior & actions helps me to be reminded of the times when I am not living as graciously as I could. I am able to sort out the day’s events and process any feelings through my journaling.

Cloth Napkins

I know, threw you for a loop there did I? Cloth napkins are an indulgence I feel good about. I rarely use paper products, specifically paper napkins or paper towells. I have both in my home but prefer cloth napkins and cloth hand towells. It feels like a luxury with every meal to use a cloth napkin that I adore. I’m an extremely texture oriented person and am not a fan of the feel of paper napkins. I am most grateful for being able to use cloth napkins.

My Neighborhood:

One of the things I know I take advantage of and am rarely mindful of is when my neighborhood is quiet. There are times when the I just want the solitude and false misconception that I am all alone in my ‘hood. That the absolute quiet means that everyone has left for the day. (weekends in the Summer) and I have this whole world to myself. This is my favorite time to walk about in the ‘Hood, and meet the neighbors pets, look at the gardens, yes even in winter most have some architectural designs that I admire and are only visable when the foliage has gene into hibernation.

Water & Music

I love a hot bath with music at the same time. Candles are optional.

There is a restorative calm that seeps into every muscles, tendons, and my body’s entire set collection of nerve endings. I am magically transformed from the moment of stepping into the hot & fragranced water and the first few chords of a tune such as  Snowy White singing his blues when both his guitar and his voice starts to fill the room.

I think I am in heaven on earth then, Yet I take it for granted and never give it a second  thought. I have this music that will melt away anything negative that is hanging about. I take for granted having the clean abundant water that can be easily heated, and assume  my stereo that I can move about the house at will is always be there for me. I have this gift of being sent  a new artist’s  name & music from a close friend that can take away the worst kind of day.  The musician is  Snowy White  and his song I speak of is called  “Midnight Blues” I will say you certainly do not only use this song for a bath at midnight. {It works any time of day or tonight I have discovered.} But a word of caution: If you are like me and like to watch the artist play the music, and are wanting to watch Snowy White play the blues,  Do Not Attempt this in your bath. It can be hazardous to you health.

It is a soul grabber, and I am grateful to and for my dearest friend who knows what kind of music it is that moves me.

I know that you can not create happiness out of nothing at all, and that it takes a “Whole Lotta Love” and everyday significance. I know that I have been remiss of being mind-fully appreciative of many of the small things in my world that hold great significance, I hope to now have reminders that will prompt me to stop, take a deep breath and realize where I am at this moment in time.

Lastly,  I know I am able to touch my happiness because of these small things in my life that are very significant to me. They help create my own masterpiece.

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27 thoughts on “What I Know About Everything Signifigant

    • Such a beautiful truism is it not Tee?
      Thank you my dear dear friend, you truly honor me and my post by your reblog of it.
      I so love you as you are one of the most gorgeous people I know. And I do know you, trust me.
      Be well, Be happy & Be grateful… I so know you are ~

      • Thanks much for those words! They give me confidence in the seemingly little things I do. You are so inspiring and your post was worth sharing to as many people as possible.
        You are one unique friend and I am just so glad that someone like you exists and adds unique harmony to life! 🙂

        • Awe Tee you have such a way about you and your words that lift me up and out of any mud puddle I may find myself in. .You give of yourself in ways you cannot possibly see because you are so far elevated to that level where connecting with your fellows and sisters of this world is important to you.It is just who you are that you take no notice what you bring to others.
          You are one of the those most kindred spirits I connect with, just as I am. I feel this bond just from your shared words, thoughts,, and the energy they gift to this community.And to myself.

          I am grateful for this privileged of knowing you, of learning more and more every day about you. Thank you Tee for this.

  1. Lovely, lovely!

    Mindfulness is magic! I used to think it was hooey but it really is the true power we each hold to bring about real change in ourselves and in the world. I guess you could say it was mindfulness which lead me to be brave enough to start my blog. If I had held onto my own “strange” thoughts, I would have felt isolated and alone and probably crazy. But, mindfulness taught me that while my feelings are personal it was inconceivable that I was really alone in these THRIVER thoughts of mine. As I writer, I string those thoughts in a wholly unique fashion but those thoughts cannot possibly be solitary. Because I was mindful, I found another T like me.

    It’s probably not at all surprising that I have a passion for tablecloths. Hey, they’re almost cloth napkins, right? But, I do actually have a few mismatched cloth napkins that I hold in some sort of mystic state because I rarely use them and refuse to part with them.

    Thank you for being here dear one! I was just thinking “Only an hour separates us,” but is it even that? I love you, my invisible sister.

    • Oh My Echo,,,, how you bring tears to these eyes that were already full with admiration for you my thriving soul sister.
      I needed this my tonight (2am not sleeping) the gentle reminders that you never fail to bring to me when I am need.

      Oh T* My very own Echo; You remind me I am never alone, even when I am feeling lonesome. You say to me that there is always a reason for not giving in when the fatigue tries to win.
      With you my soul sister I am reminded that today is all I need, to let go of yesterday, and not look for tomorrow, yet all the while never losing sight of my dreams and hopes.

      I love you My Echo Girl~

  2. Love this, BB. I love your list of small things to be grateful for. I too am a cloth napkin convert. I can’t believe we ever did it the other way. Cloth napkins rock! Love the Seneca prompt. Everyday before dinner my family and I say grace which includes the line, “Everyday I’m getting better and better.” {{{Hugs}}} Kozo

    • Dearest Kozo, I so love your family’s grace note. I would love to adopt it as my own also.I will think of you each time the question is expressed, Just so lovely.

      I love to read from you that you also indulge in cloth napkins.Such a treat in my world, one without any guilt.
      Love kindred spirit my friend

      Thanks so such Kozo for stopping by and sharing with me.

  3. My Dear Lady Barefoot Baroness,

    As always, I find you refreshing in thought, and mind, always bringing it forward to share.

    Meticulous groovy management of now is insurance for a groovy, very well crafted future. We can make adjustments to the future, if necessary, when it gets here.

    Mindful of today, is the future. I see we operate precisely on the same page.

    My Dear Lady, be at peace with happiness.

    Morning hugs!

    Cordially, As Always,
    I Remain……

    • My Most Treasured Groovy,

      Thank you so very much my dearest brother & good friend. You bring such lightness & goodness to my heart with your words.
      No matter what the message the significance of why you share touches this heart of mine in ways that I find I am in awe of.
      I want some for my very own groovy insurance
      ” Meticulous groovy management of now is insurance for a groovy, very well crafted future.”

      This is why I look to you My Grooviest; when I am in need of a lift, a reason, a reminder that there is more than I am seeing, a gentle reminder that there is more to life..that it is too soon to be giving in and giving up.You remind me I am more when I forget, you take the time to see me as I hope to be seen, you make the time & effort to tell me that this is so.
      Mindful of living in the now:
      This is my kind of living an abundant life filled with significance, and the wonders of people like you my dear brother.
      Your heart Groovy, and the light that shines from your handsome smile on to my own path brings this loving message my way and to our entire community.
      You are such a happy joy to my life.We are so blessed to have this bond, this connection, this friendship.

      My fondness,and my morning hugs~

  4. Glad Tidings on your Journey of Discovery, Your Ladyship! I sense a time of Creative Growth is on your horizon… nicely done, my Friend! Blessed Be.

    • So love to find your energy and vibes here V. Thank you!! You & Crazy Annie always such a delightful inspiration in my life. I so love your ‘vision” for me. I will keep my head up on the watch for all things wonderfully possible.
      You my dear woman are such a blessing in my small world and when your graciousness lights my doorway I am richer because so. Thank you again ~

  5. lovely piece of writing my lady,,Cyberspace is definitely my numero uno drug.. And nowadays Journaling has become very important part of my life,,but the paper napkins or towels I confess is a lazy option for me,, throw away,, But your writing power really does lift me,, so I look forward to your next post,, my lady 🙂

    • Hello My Partner in Crime, I am delighted in your words bout my writing. Words alone are an interesting and insightful way to learn someone. You bring such sunshine to my world.
      Journaling may be the healthiest thing at our finger tips, yet is so under-used.
      I would not know how to navigate my life without written words. Mine, yours, those who mean the most to me.~

      Thank you My Kindest Sir for your words today. They are the gift of large things. ~

    • Shalom Joss,
      Always such a pleasure to find you happy words of wisdom my dear friend.
      It is so true, today, and tomorrows worries seem insignificant when I am focused on the blessings of my world. Large or small, but it is being mindful of the small things that serve as such great prompts for gratitude.
      Thanks again for your visit. ~

    • My Jules, you really do say the nicest things to me. Thank you!
      You know sweetie if there was just one little significant thing I could do for you I would in a heart beat.

      You are always MY “amaXing” hero in life.
      Much love Jules ~ Your own CC

    • Why Pablo you doubly grace thy blog today. Thank you my friend,
      I am so happy to know two things about you today. That you were able to take something away from this post. And that you certainly know how to blow a lady away. Your thoughtfulness humbles me, and graces who you are. No wonder R loves you so.
      My friend I send honored hugs you way ~

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