“I think the world today is upside-down, and is suffering so much, because there is so very little love in the homes and in family life. We have no time for our children, we have not time for each other; there is no time to enjoy each other. If we could only bring back into our lives the life that Jesus, Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth, if we could make our homes another Nazareth, I think that peace and joy would reign in the word.“
Mother Teresa of Calcutta,
Quoted in the book titled, “A Gift for God: Prayers and Meditations“
I had to sit down and share that quote. That is exactly what I am trying to do – live my life for family and home. Not live my life for running around, chasing money and fancy items. I did that the first 40 years of my life. It’s time to try something new. Life should be lived for family not for chasing what the Jones’ have. That leads us to where most of society is, today. We are all so busy trying to get the money to pay the bills for things we have that we don’t need or just have to “show off.” I am guilty of the same! That’s why I gave my Barnes & Noble Nook back to the one that bought it for me as a present and the Motorola Xoom I got for Christmas went back to the one who bought it. I’m done chasing the “biggest and baddest.”
Thinking back, that’s exactly what I said, years ago, about being a computer technician. I hated the rat-race of the typical computer geeks that had to have the biggest and baddest computer. I wanted a computer that worked, did what I want it to and that’s it. Yes, I can fix damn near anything you put in front of me! That’s a knack given to me by my father. He’s a genius at all of that – I’m merely “really good.” But, I used to say that I hated being a computer technician because everyone expected me to have the biggest and baddest of all computers simply because of my profession.
Now, I’m saying I am tired of that in my life. Throughout late 2010 and early 2011, I saved and watched the clearance sales at Sams Club. I love Vizio televisions and had to have one of the big and pretty ones. They are awesome televisions and I wanted a shiny one. I got one just after Christmas of 2010 and it proudly sat in my living room until a week ago. I have relegated it to the basement. Eventually I will set up a family room downstairs for the occasional movie watching. Otherwise, I don’t miss it and don’t care. All that time and money wasted on a T.V. that wasn’t as important as I thought. And don’t doubt that I have a big one.
This past year, 2011, I had a lot of fun and did a lot of cool things. Spent a bit of money. Most of it on quilting supplies. I figured, since I had a good paying job at the time, I could open my own quilting store. Because of circumstances beyond my control, I had to shut down my quilting store. It’s all sitting in my basement. I let things take precedence over what was right and proper. I should have the bills from that fiasco paid off by the end of the year. That’s not the issue. The point is, now all that stuff I bought and thought I had to have is sitting in my basement. Eventually (when my sewing machine gets fixed), I’ll make stuff out of it. Quilts and whatnot. However, did I really need to do something so big and bold? Nah. I should have used the money to buy good stuff for me to make and saved the rest. Lesson learned.
And now, those lessons are being applied to my life. First step —> Get rid of all that is unnecessary. Second step —> Live with what I have, not what I think I need or want.
How many of you are tired of the “rat race” and the constant need to “keep up with the Jones?” How many are ready to get back to what Mother Teresa herself tried to point out? My book is dated 1975. Wouldn’t she be sad if she could see and understand how bad things really have gotten?
On a side note, ex #1 took some pictures of my tomato plant for me. My camera doesn’t do it justice. His is great at close ups like this:
Yep. That’s me, checking out the buds popping up. No, I’m not dressing like a 1950s wife/mother. I am a product of my era. It’s hot, so t-shirt and shorts!
This morning, I tried to cook eggs in a skillet. Epic fail. They cooked but the bottom of the skillet was a difficult cleaning task. I added butter to keep it from sticking! The pans I have are not non-stick. I don’t buy those. I have just stainless steel. Does anyone have any tricks for cooking with those? I don’t use the spray PAM because it destroys kitchen cabinets. Gets in the air and the cabinets get really disgusting fast. There’s another kitchen secret for ya!
Thank you for listening,