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Thursday, March 12, 2009

On Being Right Or Being Happy

Auntie Mom gave Prince and I this beautiful plate that I so love. I have it displayed on an antique dry storage table that I have and it's something that I tried to make a lovely display around. Dorothy is right.......there's no place like home.....

This is an old picture of my family that was made in 1964 that I treasure. We were a nice looking family and we looked so happy. I just don't know what went wrong. My brother's and I barely have a few things that belonged to my Dad and Mom. I don't know what happened to everything they had but I do treasure the few little trinkets that I have that belonged to them. Gold and silver have I none but these few little things that I do have of their's mean everything to me. I have my Dad's Bible and an old watch of his that is worth all of the gold and silver in the world to me. I have a few pieces of costume jewelry that belonged to my Mom. In this picture are my twin Big Bros whom I both love and cherish. Little Bro wasn't born yet. He's close to none of us and no one and I don't understand. I never give up hope that one day he will love us all back..........

The older I get, the more I realize that the things that I used to think were so very important have changed. I've learned that little trivial things are just that.....trivial things that don't make a hill of beans in the difference of the grand scheme of things. I think that in the past, sometimes I would get distracted by those small little things that seemed of such great importance and lose sight of that was really important.

I've learned not to save things for a special occasion because every day is a special occasion..........

I've learned that happiness is free...........

I've learned that if it's worth seeing, listening or doing then I want to see, listen or do it now..........

I've learned that every day is special enough to drink out of those vintage jewel-toned crystal wine stems that I used to display instead of use..........

I've learned that wearing that new outfit that I was saving is worth throwing on and going for just a walk in the park to admire flower's in or watch children play.......

I've learned how wonderful it is to sit on the deck with my hunny under the stars and not worry about anything...........

I've learned that the pursuit of happiness is the journey of a lifetime and I'm on it............

I've learned that riding the church bus to pick up kiddos to take to Awanas probably gives ME more joy than it provides a service. When those kiddos hug my neck when they get off the bus, it makes me feel all warm inside.........

I've learned that if you smile and hum while walking down the street, people will very often smile right back at you........

I've learned that going barefoot during the spring and summer gives me great pleasure......

I've learned that letting someone go ahead of you in line at the supermarket often makes their day.......

I've learned that buying an older couple dessert on a Sunday afternoon while out having lunch will make them smile and that their smile is priceless.......

I've learned that every day is special enough to wear for that perfume that I used to save for special occasions..........

I've learned that it is far more important to be happy than it is to be right.......

I've learned that I still have so much left to learn and that I'll willing and desire to learn more and more about life with a far more open mind than I had 20 years ago.........

I learned today that 5 member's from the group Doctor's Without Boarders" have been kidnapped in Darfur. What an awesome cause they are, each with an amazing heart. That is one of the saddest pieces of news that I have heard in quite some time and makes the 765 trillion dollar deficit seem insignificant.....

Tomorrow, Patty from Crisfield, Maryland and I are profiling people on our now weekly "Shoot-Out". I think that the beautiful Loida from 2L3Bs, Michelle,and hopefully Barry are joining us. I wish that Nick would join us and I just know that Debby from The Pink Bird House is going to join us when she can get around better. She recently had knee surgery and tells us that she is getting much better every day but if you get a chance drop in and wish her a speedy recovery. I wish that lots and lots more people would join us for our "Shoot-Out's". It's just so interesting and inspiring to see other peoples snapshots and see their angle and take on this sometimes crazy ride called life. You know, there is that old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. I just wish that some of my picture's would be worth a thousand dollars instead, lol.

See you tomorrow........

********"Life's been good to me so far"********
~~~~Joe Walsh~~~~

Steady On
Reggie Girl


  1. you learning and write is awesome....good one..expecting more from you...thx for sharing.....and the antiques has its own value...

  2. What's a shoot out? Can I do it too? Please please? How do I do it? I keep thinking there is stuff going on that I don't understand? Oh, I'm so confused!! I take a picture? Post it on my blog? On your blog? On the shoot out blog? Does it have to do with linking? I'll be there in spirit! Call me.

  3. Love it!

    I'm definitely a "smile and hum" person!

  4. I have also learnt to accept the things I cannot change, change the things I can ...

    I used to always have those things back to front.

    Wonderful blog I enjoyed it.

  5. Okay..the weirdest thing just happened in blogger land. I left you the LONGEST response EVER, and blogspot seems to have thrown it into the cyber universe! YOIKS!
    Anyway, the premise of my message was that I think your list is fantastic, and I was pondering what life would be like if we learned all of those lessons in the infamous first 5 years of life!
    I am particulary partial to the walking down the sidewalk and humming! LOVE IT!

  6. Docs without borders is an amazing group.

    We don't enjoy walking barefoot outside for several more weeks. It was only zero yesterday morning. That's not to say I won't walk outside in this weather, I just walk faster and with a purpose...lingering will cause your feet to freeze where you stand.

  7. What a wonderful post Reggie!Beautiful words of wisdom!Wishing you a happy day!

  8. I loved this post! You are a great writer and it made me feel good to know that there are people out there like you. I've learned a lot of those same life lessons and they really do make you happier. I so wished I would have learned them earlier in life. Life is to short to not be happy and try to make others happy too. I love doing those little things. Blessings on your day!

  9. I absolutely love your list!! Makes me stop and think of what's truly important!

  10. Hi Reggie girl, hey just like with Audrey, that happened to me yesterday, I had a nice long written commment to leave you, and then when i pushed the post-comment button, away flew the comment, never to be seen from again. How frustrating is that.

    Any-hoo, wow, you really know how to push my "teary-eyed" buttons with your posts. this one was FABULOUS!! No, SUPER FABULOUS would be a better description. I think it has something to do with age, dear friend, because only recently I have come to the same conclusions. All those things I thought were so important, all the time I wasted on the inconsequential stuff, just don't seem important any more. I should have spent more time with the kids and not just in the same room with them, I should have listened more, hugged more then I already did, never let a day go by that I did not spread some happiness around. I often let people go ahead of me in the check out line, and it DOES make a person happy to do that. I look back and see so many things that I would like to do different now, but you know what, it is never too late to start changing!! THANKS for a fantastic post. Debby

  11. What a great post! I love your thoughts on all of this...on living life and choosing happiness. You have learned a lot in your life so far...thank you for sharing those incredible things!

  12. Well now. How can I kid you about such a great post. I feel like Snoopy when he gets all happy and excited and starts dancing around his dog house.

    I let people in front of me in line, too. You would have thought I had given them 100 bucks. Just smiling at someone can make their day.

    I'm smiling! And dancing!

  13. I love old pictures. I love analyzing the background and checking out what everyone was wearing. I wonder if we'll still have that 20yrs from now? Now, everyone saves those pics to use online, and they only seem to print the "good" ones. That makes me a little sad. But, heck, I do it too!

    Love the blog, btw. :) But I couldn't find your blog roll. You gotta show that off, hon! lol

  14. Your list is awesome - and I personally also love going barefoot in the Spring and Summer. I wouldn't have it any other way. :-)

  15. Great post. I love it, love it, LOVE it. :)

  16. I feel like I am in grade school and want to write that note that says "I like you, will you be my friend" and then put the yes and no with boxes to be x'd. Like your thoughts alot as I am feeling nostalgic myself today.

  17. Your list is awesome and oh so true!

  18. Wow, you've been busy learning. I get it, though. I really do :)

  19. What a great list of things you have learned. Love reading these kinds of post! Happy day to you!

  20. That's a lot of learning girl - you'll have to show me how to do that sometime :)

  21. aw man oh man i love this post, and the old photo.
    i have learned that blogging sets me free, I can say and be who i am which is not always possible in 'real' life!!!!
    huggles to you, lots of them for being you.

  22. This post is so awesome. Too bad it took me years to learn these things as well. You seem to be a faster learner though. I loved your list and I want to try the buying dessert for an older couple, too. Hopefully I try everything on your list.

  23. Reggie, I love that you are spreading joy and we are all learning from each other.

  24. I like the plate and its message. I LOVE old photo's, I cannot wait for time machines, so I can get a taste of what the past was truly like. Thank you!

  25. Great list. Especially the everday is special to drink out of the special jeweled cups. Very true indeed!

    I linky loved ya today in my post. :)

  26. for me this is your best entry yet... it tells me the most about who you are. As in the custom here - hugs and kisses

  27. That was a very touching post. I really enjoyed it.

    A couple of Christmases ago, my mother gave me and my sister a handwritten cookbook that contains all of the recipes that we liked growing up, so we can make them ourselves. That's the most special gift she's ever given me. It meant more to me than any diamond ever would.

  28. It seems as if 1964 was a year that things happened to a few family's. I have done the same thing you did although I was a few years older. I have learned the same lessons but you dear girl put it to words like no one else has.
    I thank you so much for that!

  29. Fun post. Good reminders. And a thousand dollar photo would be nice. (That last one made me chuckle.)


  30. Love your blog!!!
    Thanks for stopping by mine!
    Please do tell what a shoot out is?

  31. Dear Reggie,

    Such a sweet family and cute baby you are then. May not ended up nicely, life remains beautiful no matter what..

    What we all need is to say a little prayer of Serenity:
    "GOD grant me SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change, COURAGE to change the things I can, and WISDOM to know the difference.."

    I realized lately after watching various films that this prayer were the prayer being recited in Rehabilitation Centers all over the world.. Whoa!


  32. Ah Reggie, you've got it so right. The things we end up treasuring are the things we once took for granted and what seemed so important when we were young doesn't matter at all. great list too-I'm going to work on one of my own shortly. Thanks for the good vibrations!

  33. Great pictures and lots of good wisdom here. I have learned to enjoy the little things most too.

  34. Thank you for all of the positiveness you bring into the world. I hope your brother comes around as well.


  35. I love the list and the photos x

  36. Hi there!

    That is a beautiful plate, I haven't seen anything like it!

    Touching thoughts. :) I agree with you that when you smile to certain people, they would smile back or if they're down, try to smile. Smile and laughter is contagious!

    I think the bottom line is that we shouldn't waste time as every second is a gift, we just gotta be thankful that we exist, that we wake up to a new day full of hope. :)


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