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Monday, April 22, 2013

Save Yourself First !!! (Updated: Oops I had forgotten to add the pics...they're there now)

Save Yourself First !!!

Ok...we're going over the top today...to the regions beyond...we're going to try to save the world and since most everybody else has gone right off the deep end....we're going to need to start with you...and me....

I have a plan...AND I think this plan will work.  The problem is going to be...getting people to DO it, because everybody's going to be thinking "Oh I'm just ONE...what can "I" do?"  And everybody's going to be thinking "Oh THAT sounds good...but it will never work...because no one will DO it" Well let's FORGET everybody else...and let's start with US...Just YOU and ME!  Ok?  We're starting out today to save the world and if no one joins us...we'll at least know we have tried.  We are not responsible for John Smith or Jane Doe...we are responsible for US and OUR actions...and that's it. We're going to acquire an inner peace within ourselves and as the love and peace builds inside of US...it's going to spread first to those who live with us in each of our own homes and then to our neighbors or anyone we're in contact with a lot and then on and on and on until it reaches around the world.  

I've never been on a plane and it would take a dire emergency involving one of our kids or Billy to get me ON a plane.  But I'm told that they tell you before takeoff, that if anything should go wrong while in flight..."Save Yourself  First" because we are no good to anyone else...unless WE are ok.

So I've just been thinking so much about the horrific havoc these Boston brothers wrecked and what a loud message they sent round the world in just one single day and I just got to thinking....You know...if 2 young boys can make such a horrible impact that changes the world in just one day....why can't millions of US...make a GOOD impact that does the same only in a good way.   And do you know what...WE CAN!!!  But we have to feel we can and then we have to WANT to...and then we have to just DO it....

So today I thought we'd try to get that ball a rollin' and to do that...we need to start with us and peace within us and peace in each of our individual homes and then just let that peace and love spread like a big cloud uncovering the sun after a stormy afternoon...and as that sunshine spreads...peace and love just spreads further and further...until the good...far outweighs the bad..across neighborhoods and communities, and cities and counties and states and countries and beyond.
 
YOU DO KNOW that there will never be....peace on earth...right?   People can write all the songs about peace on earth they want...and countries can hold all the conferences they want...it just isn't going to happen...we're spinning our wheels with that one. There are countries that came into being...fighting...and they're going to go out...fighting  :-)  And we can't do anything about that.  But this business of being in danger just going to the corner grocery store, for goodness sakes is just absolutely ridiculous...and it needs to stop and it needs to stop NOW!

Now this is just MY way of thinking.  And I'm going right down to the bare bones here.  If we're wanting to climb a big tall ladder with 27 rungs on it...we can't start on rung number 5...because 5 is just way too high...it isn't going to work...At best a tall man could start with rung number 2..but even that's pushing it...so forget trying to get ahead of everybody else and instead let's be thinking about doing this right and to do it right we have to start with rung number one...because that's a tall old ladder and we have to start at the very bare bottom and work up....What's that little song..."Start at the very beginning...a very good place to start...when you start you begin with abc.............."

Now....we cannot have peace in our homes if our homes are filled with chaos. THAT isn't going to happen either...so we need to stop making excuses and we need to tidy and spiffy and each of us make our own little individual worlds a place of peace and comfort and each of our homes needs to radiate peace and love...We are setting a standard here for our spouse and kids if we still have kids at home...

Sooooooo this is really a very simple plan that will take more work for some than others...because some of you already ARE fairly organized...but we need peace in our own individual homes if we are going to spread peace out into the world around us. 

So today and in the days to come....for how ever long it takes...we just make our homes comfy and cozy and get in the practice of spreading peace and love....FIRST in our own homes, as Mother Teresa said...then to our neighbors and anyone else we come into contact with....Mother Teresa said to "always leave everything and everybody a little better and a little happier than we find them"  Now isn't that a GREAT idea?  WHAT a PLAN!!!

Summer is knocking at our doors...so how many of you have a setting area outdoors...where you can sit with your spouse or your family and just savor the wonders of nature at the end of most days for a bit....where you can sit evenings and hear the birds and the crickets chirping and watch the butterflies flitting about..and then as darkness moves in you'll see the little fireflies or lightning bugs come out...How long has it been since any of you did that?  We are losing touch...with the real wonders of life! And THAT...is the greatest loss of mankind....

Sooooooooooo after we've got our homes tidy and filled with peace and love....we're moving outdoors and making us a little area to 'savor those wonders of nature' each day or as often as we can.  And you don't need money to make a cozy porch or garden room. 
For the last 3 years ... after my old swing and chair cushions just wore completely out...I went to the shabby chic look.  The good thing about the shabby chic look IS...that it's virtually free...You can cut a sheet in half and toss it over your chairs if your chairs look rough and plop a pillow in that chair...you can do the same thing for your porch swings...I've used quilts AND big table cloths as swing throws and then put pillows in the swings....and "I" didn't run to Target and buy a $300 set of cushions....I used old bed pillows...and frilly pillow covers and I found them all at yard sales for pennies...most were 50 cents and 25 cents each and just came home and laundered them.  
For some reason...I didn't really get our porch completely done last year...but usually when someone walks up on our porch...they just gasp....and there's nothing there that cost any money...except the ferns and a few things like that....
Sooooooooooo .. if you don't have a warm and cozy sitting area outdoors...as soon as you finish the blog..just go outside and look around....if you don't have a shady porch or patio...find a shady spot in the yard under a tree or something close to your house....and start dreaming....message me if you run into a brick wall...I'll help you....and THEN just put it together with what you have in your attic or stuck back in a closet or go to yard sales this weekend and find what you need...
You need a fairly organized home....that's warm and cozy and filled with peace and love and lots of laughter....and you need an outdoor sitting area for this summer because we're going to be getting back to savoring some of the simpler things in life...like the natural wonders of this awesome world around us....And once we get our own homes in order...we move outward..But we need to work and move quickly...because I don't know if you've noticed...but things are BAD, folks...

It's getting to be a wild and crazy world out there....and we have to stop waiting on somebody else to do something....WE ARE SOMEBODY ELSE.....and we're going to have to do it ourselves...and if we try....we WILL succeed....

We're moving on with this idea tomorrow with a blog about paying it forward....I hope you can check back...because this week we really ARE spreading peace and love and laughter around the world...one person...one day at a time....and I really need your help...

Peace and love from the Canyon....I love you all gobs and thanks so much for stopping by ...this has been a bird's eye view of the katydid and until next time...you are loved.....

I'm going to try to get our porch done this week and Kim's showed me how to put pics on the internet now from my camera....to I'll try to post pics of our porch the end of the week and tell you just how I did this or that and where I got each thing and how much it cost.....


See how cozy and inviting this spot is....just this photo should start the creative juices flowing inside of all of us.  And remember those little $5 tables with 3 legs at the Dollar Store?  You can still  get them...and if you put one on your porch and throw an old table cloth over it...who's going to know?  And then you pick up a couple of little cheap wooden chairs at a junk store or yard sale...paint them different colors or both white and stick a fruit jar in the middle of the table with some weeds in it...and walla....and then you have your little whatever that you picked up at that yard sale for $1 and you didn't know what you were going to do with it but it was too good a deal to pass up...so paint IT white and throw a doilie across the top and lay an old book on it...add that small lamp you've had stuck in the closet for 10 years or pick one up for $1 at a yard sale....and add your old lawn chairs and some make shift pillows and before you know it....you're gasping at your own porch and you've either done it for under $20 or you got it ALL out of your attic and closets.......seeeeeeeeee how easy this is....and once you feel better about your own home and life...it's sooooooooooo easy to want to spread that sunshine to your own friends and neighbors and beyond...


And here's another idea.....this is just a bunch of nothing painted white...And look how good and inviting it looks...   You can easily find an old coffee table for $5 at a yard sale and paint it white....tear a sheet with a pretty print design and throw down the middle of the table...the ideas are endless and virtually free...

Shabby Chic Porch with Swing

 
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