Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Goodness is a Sweater


Warning: Random Flower Picture!!!!

You probably know by now that when I bust out an RFP it can't mean anything good.

I default to random flowers.

It could be worse.

I'm sitting in the near-dark with a pink nose, looking out at a peach-streaked sky. I'm caught in between today and the end of today, with my yoga pants on while my earrings are still in.

Here's something that I've decided about myself in recent days: Life is just so much better since I learned to hunt down goodness and put the dang thing on. It's not something inborn. I don't think I always had the good sense to reach out and take it. I may have been born glass half-full, but life is more than half-better when you go on ahead and pour in an extra glug or two.

For all of you who have to be reminded to relax those little lines pulling your eyebrows together, isn't it time you cut them a break? I mean, they're exhausted! It's hard work, looking at life through a cynical squint.

So try it. Just decide to see the goodness. Shake out the wrinkles and button yourself up in it then tell me if I'm wrong.

It may take a little practice, but one day, you'll be twisting your hair into an oddball ponytail and it will hit you: I love this life.

And like that, you'll know that it's true.

You'll officially believe me.

At least about this one little thing.

36 comments:

  1. I just started reading One Thousand Gifts..... This reminds me of that. Trying on goodness and graciousness today..... And maybe the next day, too.

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  2. You say things that grasp my heart and shake it until it molts.

    That's a good thing.

    You're a good girl.

    xxoo,

    Partly Reformed Nasty Mouth

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  3. I do believe you. I could have written this post. I think I did write it in my heart. Also? I love you. Fo reals.

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  4. it is so good to grasp the goodness around us...
    this is why I love to capture pictures....whether I take them or others do, I love to look at images that inspire me....maybe that's why I enjoy blogging and scrapbooking and PINTEREST. :)))))

    I'm a half glass full girl, too! I kind of go between realist and dreamer....does that make me weird?

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  5. Thanks for your encouragment... I love how you "put it out there" and it just makes all kinds of sense.

    You know?

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  6. : )
    I always try to stay positive. Life is too short.

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  7. this is exactly how I try to live each and every day, cherishing each and every moment... oh yes, life is GRAND and beautiful if we just choose to look!

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  8. You are so sweet!!! What a lovely post:)

    ps...i'm having a little give-away on my blog! Stop on over if you have a chance:)

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  9. You always say it so well. You're such a happy gal.

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  10. That's why I have a wrinkle there! I need to relax that cynical muscle.
    Thanks for the reminder :)

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  11. Glug glug glug.

    This is goodness right here. I like it!

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  12. I'm trying! Thanks for your sweet words.

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  13. ok. not half an hour ago, i had a near melt down. i was wallowing in discouragement and despair. i actually said-i am just gonna feel this way for awhile, i am sick of working so hard to see the bright side. i ought to know better than to open up your blog if i wanna be ignorant like i was. goodness. here it is. holy spirit knocked me in the teeth.

    so thanks. love you.
    also, you are a champion.

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  14. Love this! Just spent today lecturing on positive states of mind and going about my day trying to keep in mind my gratitudes. Way to spread the goodness girl! ;)

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  15. This was/is a wonderful, happy, uplifting post, doing lots of hearts much good.

    Thank you ~ FlowerLady

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  16. Well said, FPFG! And I cannot pass wildflowers without thinking of you ;-)

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  17. Just posting to say I LOVE YOU!! Great Allegan post. It was awesome to see you; thanks for the lemon bars. And for coming to see us. Did you get my e-mail? We need to pick a time to get together. Let me know. Any chance Cory could make me a copy of our photo? Ask him to airbrush, though, so I don't look like your MOM. (: Love you again. xo

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  18. This is exactly what as been on my mind the last couple of days! And I love the metaphor of the sweater...so true.

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  19. I love this. I think it is so important to focus on the positive in life. Especially with marriage and child rearing. Although I'm definitely a glass is half full kind of girl, I'm certainly still learning as I go...

    The kids have been working on a Fruits of the Spirit chart this summer. For Goodness we are focusing on good choices, happy attitude and thinking about good things. I think it's important to teach them that it's a choice. You can choose to sulk because things aren't going your way or you can make the best of it and move on. I hope they get it...I think it's a great thing for them to learn while they are young!

    Great, great post!! Thank you for the reminder!

    XOXO,
    Angie

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  20. You hit it outta the park again...we can't always choose what we're gonna deal with each day, but we DO always choose how to respond.
    Hugs to you for saying it so well!

    Jan

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  21. You know how sometimes you on your own Merry little way, and BANG, something hits you over the head? This post sums up what I'm supposed to do, I know it, sometimes it just doesn't come easily. That wrinkle needs to be smoothed. I'm in....off to go find the Goodness!

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  22. I am a hall full kind of girl but taking an extra glug is always a good thing. Love the way you put it. xo

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  23. Thank you for these simple, impactful words. I am, in many small ways, fighting to love the life I'm wading through at the moment, and at least half the problem is my own unwillingness to fall in love with something that doesn't look the way I wanted it to. Reading this kicked my butt a little (in all good ways, of course) while I realized how much of my own joy is being eaten up by choosing the alternative. I love these words you shared and appreciate the kick in the pants!

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  24. What a sweet reminder of something that I've wanted to do more of for far too long! Making pancakes with my 11 year old was so much more fun because of it. Love your blog. Our youngest was born in China and came home 21/2 years ago. Your adoption posts are a blessing to me. Thanks!

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  25. I'm putting it on, Shan. :) Have fun at the beach. (They have beaches in Indiana?)

    It's gonna be a GREAT day!!!

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  26. LOVE this: "Life is just so much better since I learned to hunt down goodness and put the dang thing on." You rock!

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  27. Ain't it the truth!

    Wise words AND the title with the random flower pic made me LOL. I scrolled down and asked "What does a photo of a flower have to do with a sweater?"

    And I realized..

    Nothing. Cause that's how she rolls.

    Love it!

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  28. You DO say it so well! God is good and life is great with Him, and the wonderful people He put in my life(not to mention the 5 cats and one pup). So I will laugh today and I will pray, and I will give thanks for an awesome daughter, who reminds me of the important things about life. Love, you!

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  29. Life is always good, even when it is bad!

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  30. Oh, your timing is perfect. Kids and I were on the way to some fun time at the pool, and thanks to excessive bickering on the way there, we have returned home for a 10 minute timeout in the van, in the garage. Don't worry, he's old enough to be alone. So anyways, I have a free 10 minutes on my hands, and I read your chipper little post and smile. THEN, to really make me smile, the phone rings and I HAVE to be home for the next 10 minutes so that I can sign an important adoption document. How clever God is.

    I'm seeing the goodness--even through endless bickering and tragic time-outs! :)

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  31. Seriously. Just see the goodness.

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  32. I loved reading this post. Growing up, I went through a handful of very traumatic events and, for the most part, had to find my way out of them on my own. I made a choice in my mid-twenties to stop carrying the aftermath of those events along with me, to move forward in gratitude and the many, many blessings that surround me daily. I could not have given myself a better gift. So, I couldn't agree more with the sage advice you've given here.

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  33. ooohhhhh i looooove you!!

    a virtual hug is all i can send...when i look at my 3 kiddos with my wonky ponytail knotted on my head...and my husband making us all pizza...i have those little *holy cow* moments....brilliant!!

    have a lovely weekend with your little mob....Melissa x

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  34. i'm a firm believer in happiness/goodness being something you have to make/find for yourself. this is the biggest thing i hate about tv & movies & today's society; the idea that others/things will make you happy/unhappy or that with/out something life is/n't good. of course this doesn't mean that we aren't, at times, clouded with feelings otherwise; we just have to remember it's our job to look for goodness & find it - it's there!

    *i know i overdid the "/", once i started i couldn't stop:)

    let's talk soon chica!

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