The Creative Edge
A red light turned on in the vaporizer last week. It is usually green and stays light. It began to flicker and then stay on red, not green. So did we just ignore it?
Often one can find themselves in trouble if they don’t respect signs. Signs may be an indication of danger or warning of some sort. Although they can be visual and read, they may also appear in other ways. An example would be: Watch for standing water and don’t drive into it. It may have a sink hole, open sewer, or deeper than it looks. There is no written sign to tell you that, but rather common sense and perhaps knowing that from seeing something on TV! I know that because as a child, our area used to flood easily. I became aware of the danger that flooding can create.
Signs are placed around us for a purpose. When I am Podcasting, the door is closed with a sign that says THIS DOOR IS LOCKED, PLEASE RETURN LATER. People are usually respectful and don’t start pulling or knocking. A DO NOT SMOKE sign could be keeping a smoker safe from a flammable area. Or someone inside could be on OXYGEN and it would create danger for all.
Not everything a person does is for the world to see. We have PRIVATE as a word in our English vocabulary, because it is an important one meant to set boundaries. Can you recall the first time, you saw a sign like this? We have all seen PRIVATE signs on a television mystery shows or at a business or doctors office when I was a child. Private tells us not to enter, or to knock, or maybe even avoid.
If you are traveling, signs of warning or advice are displayed differently. It might be an icon instead of a word. Often one sees this at the intersections of streets in Chicago or other large cities. People do not always observe these and cause accidents. Prudence dictates we pay attention before learning the hard way!
What other kinds of signs must we recognize? Are the signs of illness? Signs that our car is ready to overheat or be out of gas? Signs that we need more training or understanding before we tackle a piece of dangerous equipment in the garage? Signs that our business is about to fail or the company we work with is beginning to lay people off of work? Signs from God that we have prayed for?
Knowing how to see signs and then read them correctly can save us time and trouble. It is good to teach your children to recognize the power they hold. Expand your influence by becoming a good example. In that way, you will help yourself and others to “Delight in Living!”
Where are you going? I see a closet filled with sacks, bags, and luggage. Where did they come from? Let’s see? Some were given to me. There are a few new ones I received as gifts. There are some with a history of numerous trips. I have a bunch in my car that are cloth for groceries. In the pantry are plastic ones from miscellaneous purchases to use for garbage cans. The spare closet has luggage, big purses, and bags for the gym. I keep giving them away and they multiply.
Here’s a disclaimer: I do love purses and containers of all sizes for they do help us carry the important things with us.
We all have containers. Right? Where have yours come from? What do you intend to go? Have you recently bought anything? How many have come to you during this Christmas season?
Well, let me switch to emotional baggage now. Where has yours come from? Broken marriages, illnesses, joyful times, memories of a great childhood? I think baggage is useful! It all serves to teach us and to help us see who we are becoming. I like the prettier bags with times of happiness and good news, but I am not naive to think they are all so pretty.
Like baggage that has taken you on trips, it is scraped up and dirty. It serves one well and gets us to and from our destinations. It can even make us thankful. Some of it breaks apart and the contents spills. I recall a trip on a cruise many years ago. Our luggage was new and broke between the ship and flight to California. We had it temporarily repaired, but it had to be discarded. In the process, we tried to desperately save the contents. We also bought straps that helped keep it together. Then and ever since I recognize that security straps are essential.
Ever been there? Saving the contents, that is? Trying to claim the best of the best and hang on to the rest somehow? Now is the time to discard the old negative feelings, heal, forgive, and pack in new hope and joy for the next year. Pray, focus, work on relationships. Scrap the old and bind up what you have that can be enhanced.
Look for the Mini Miracles and smile. Travel well, pack carefully, and plan ahead.
We all have “bad hair days” or bad days! It may be a day when the littlest things seem to blow up in our faces. A time when we have a full agenda or when we have been on a high! I recall one New Year’s Eve where the kids decided to come out and spend an evening of playing games. Just as they were about to leave, my son-in-law went out to warm the car, and there was a flat tire on their car. Thank goodness he was easy going and just changed it without much ado. It could have wrecked an otherwise great night.
Life happens and it isn’t always according to our expectations. Expectations are dangerous, because when things don’t play out as we want them too, we are disappointed. Perhaps our disappointments make us act inappropriately. We lash out at others, slam doors, drive foolishly, or just lose it. Some people pout and become terrible to be around.
It takes a decision on our part to change our behaviors. Not always easy as we are all creatures of habit and just react. Do you know what habits you’d like to break? Working on one at a time is the way to go.
That is particularly true with business and when we want to keep on schedule, but something steps in our way. The telephone calls start taking priority. Today I have a combination of business and play that I plan to do, but who knows as I begin seeing white flakes come down. Learning to be adaptive and working through obstacles is what it is all about.
Today’s the big news story is on John Glenn who died at 95. The news tells us he was a calm and relaxed man. He orbited the planet in 1962 and I remember the thrill of it all. Our eyes were focused on the skies and our prayers were with him. So many things we now take for granted; the Space Programs for #1. So many advances have been made that we are able to fly, take trains, buses and cars everywhere! What joy there is in traveling.
It was my thought that we should all strive to be less anxious; to be more relaxed. We all need to focus on the here and now and now worry about what will happen next week. Personal experience tells me that when you get to next week, you’ll have what you need available to deal with the problem.
So enjoy your day and “delight in living” everyday of the year. Peace be with you. And watch for the Mini Miracles from Minor Moments unfolding around you.