Playing the ‘What if’ Game

Playing the ‘What if’ Game

Do you ever wonder ‘what if’? I think we all do from time to time. Watching my grandson go off to college and my stepson leave to spend his senior year studying in Paris got me to thinking. What if I’d finished college? What if I had studied abroad? Would my life gone in another direction? Of course it would have. But what would I have missed in the wonderful life that I’ve been living? What if I’d had developed a relationship with that rich old guy I had a date with 40 years ago instead of moving to the north woods to manage an inn and be a hippy?  It’s fun to speculate on these ‘could have beens’.  But would I really change anything? Maybe. Maybe not.

 

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Embracing Simplicity

Embracing Simplicity

"Tis a gift to be simple, Tis a gift to be free. ‘Tis a gift to come down where we ought to be. And when we find ourselves In the place that’s right, twill be in a valley of love and delight."  19th Century Shaker Hymn

Reading this little poem gives me immeasurable pleasure. I reread it often; each time, feeling my body de-stress and unwind. I am embracing simplicity.

 It would be dream- like to believe we can always ‘simple be.’ Nevertheless, this poem empowered me to reexamine my life style, a mix of utter razzle and dazzle that often puts me into a state of utter frazzle.

I wanted to keep the razzle-dazzle and minimized the frazzle in my life style.  And, being of a certain mindset I have succeeded somewhat in doing just that.

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