Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your consent.
Something to think about....
If "ifs" and "ands" were pots and pans there'd be no work for tinkers.
Recently I saw a MetLife commercial that reminded me that there is a big "if" smack dab in the middle of "life." I'm sure I've thought of this before, and I'm sure all of you have, too, but for some reason the significance of this hit home to me after seeing the ad.
I've spent some time thinking about this. Not the "what if I'd done so-and-so, my life would be different" kind of thinking, but deeper thinking on the subject.
Is it really a coincidence that there is this "if" in the middle of the word that means so much to us? Life.
By the time we've become adults, most of us are well aware that there are no guarantees in life. As John Lennon said, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." And for most of us, this turns out to be the case.
Now before everyone falls into the depths of despair, I want to put a positive curve on this. Yes, we can plan our futures, and we should. Yes, we can and should plan the futures, to a certain extent, of our children―make plans for college, etc.
But the bottom line is, things happen. Things like Katrina. Things like sicknesses and unexpected trips to the ER. Things change.
So, in order to deal with the "ifs" in life, I'm trying to learn to enjoy one day at a time. Today, I will take time to smell the roses. Today, I will take time to hug my spouse and my children. Today, I will take time to be nice to my neighbor or the stranger on the street.
When we live each day to the fullest, the "ifs" in life don't seem so seem so big.
A Word From Pat
Wow! October has been a
very full month for me. Two weeks ago my husband, Joe, and I went to
Ashville, NC and toured the Biltmore Estates. It's the largest privately
owned home in the U.S. It is mindboggling to think about individuals
living in a house that size, especially in the late 1800s. Even back then,
it was wired for electricity and had a heated swimming pool in the
basement! Most of the bedrooms had bathrooms with running water. I'm
talking a sink, tub and commode.
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But when I told her what I was doing, Sandy mentioned that the website her articles are on has gone through some editing and there are now some inaccuracies in the articles. So for that reason, I'm not going to use the articles in this section. But I still highly recommend that you read them.
Each day when you look in the mirror don't say, "I'm too tall, too short,
too thin or too fat." Or any of the other many things that we love to say
about and against ourselves. Just say, "Body, I love you because you're
the vehicle that carries ME through each day. Thank you for that, and I
love you just the way you are."
Reader Review of the
Editor's Note: We're now featuring reader reviews of Pat's books in The Queen's Proclamation. Post a review at an online bookstore, magazine, or public website and email us at proclamation @ pearlsong.com to let us know, and we'll consider yours for inclusion in The QP.
This month's Reader Review of A Worthy Heir was posted at Amazon.com & Barnesandnoble.com by C.L. Yanda.
This book is about self-love for every woman out there, no matter what
size clothes she wears. When self-confident, beautiful Pamela Spencer
makes up her mind to do something ―or in this case to not only do
something but to win someone's heart―she does it. After all, Pamela [as
well as] Reese's grandmother, Fiona, definitely know what kind of woman
Reese needs and is really attracted to. And it's not skinny little Sharon!
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