Dreamers or Conquerors?

How many times have I said I want to write a book?
Hundreds, thousands, a million times?
How many people besides me say they want to…

Write a book, a screenplay, a poem?
Be an actor, an artist, a designer, an architect,
a doctor, a lawyer, a veterinarian?
Start their own business, travel the world,
retire to a tropical climate?
Help the poor, weak, sick, or mentally ill?

How many of us follow our
dreams and fantasies and make them reality?

Are all of us just dreamers?

How many of the dreamers follow through?
Are they still dreamers then?
Or conquerors of their dreams instead?

I’ve decided to become a conqueror of my dreams!
How about you?
Shall we begin?

dewl 3/24/22

God Loves Us

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light. Psalm 36:7-9

Winding Down 2021

Remember when you had to wind your watch up every day
or it would quit marking time?
Now we must recharge our watches and it tells us
a lot more than just the time.
I feel like Dick Tracy sometimes with my
fancy watch on my wrist.
Especially when I’m out and
my wrist rings and I then video chat with
the caller right in the middle of the grocery store!

Somehow in 2021, my watch reset
without my realizing it.
Suddenly I’m 60 and my childhood seems
far, far away and they show it on the History channel.
All the toys and clothes of my era are “vintage.”
In my mind it was just yesterday!
I feel like a time traveler. I can pop back into 1966
as easily as a breath and then return to 2021 in the next one.

I was thinking the other day,
what if we didn’t mark minutes, hours,
days, weeks, months, years?
Does all that marking of time really matter?
If I had not marked all those things in my life,
would I still feel 60 or would I just be me,
living my life?

As I thought about this, I realized something.
Rather than setting resolutions or trying to
turn over new leaves at the beginning of the new year,
why don’t we just decide to live well today?
Then if we get a tomorrow, we do it again. And again.
And eventually, even without a watch or a calendar
to mark time,
we’ll have a wonderful life.
Wouldn’t that be cool?
dewl 12.30.21

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Quarantine–Burden or Blessing?

Scenes like this keep me sane!

Howdy! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here and I’m sorry for being so remiss!

Life has been busy in quarantine and I’ve been going in several different directions at once. All while mainly remaining at home!

First, I started a proofreading/editing business. I LOVE to read and as I read, I find myself correcting any spelling or grammar error in my head as I go. I read EVERYTHING, even ketchup bottles and mayonnaise jars. If something with words is in front of me, I’m reading it! It’s a compulsion really. I can’t NOT read something. Because of this, I decided to put my reading and grammar skills to good use. I took a course (Proofreading Anywhere) and loved it. Currently I’m proofreading professional documents primarily. I’d like to proofread novellas and novels, so if you need any help in that direction, please let me know!

I also updated my bookkeeping skills and learned how to use QuickBooks Online. My husband is a CPA and has his own business. I brushed up on my skills relating to that and am doing bookkeeping and administrative work for him. I’ve really enjoyed learning more about bookkeeping and accounting. The administrative work comes easily to me. I worked as an administrative assistant and clinic manager for over 30 years so I definitely know the ropes!

In my tiny amounts of free time, I’m also learning Spanish and French, crocheting, knitting, and we moved to a new apartment! Whew! Life has been busy in quarantine! Who says that old dogs can’t learn new tricks? Old dogs (that would be me) can definitely learn new tricks and have a blast in the process!

What have you been doing? Have you found quarantine to be a burden, a blessing, or a mashup of the two? I pray you are all doing well and I promise to stay in touch better! Keep on keeping on folks!

Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming!

This year has been a mess like nothing I’ve ever seen in my 59 years of living!  The world is changing so fast and there seems to be so many more dangers than there were when this year began.  Deadly mysterious viruses, broken economy, violence, natural disasters, and opportunists looming in the background to take advantage of this bad situation. I know that we’ll all come through this, but it is really tough some days to keep one’s chin up and maintain a positive attitude. I think we can all agree on that! 

So, how does one stay positive, maintain faith in a good and gentle God, and keep on being a good, compassionate, hardworking, gentle-spirited peaceful person?  There are many ways employed to do it, but for myself, I read scripture, pray, work on improving myself by following a new career path, reading, and crocheting like a crazy woman! (I have a new grand baby arriving in 7 days and I can hardly wait! Hence the mad crocheting. I have things I want to get to my kids before Little Miss arrives. Can you say cute booties, caps, and cuddle blankets?) 

One thing I’ve learned through the years is that action is key to maintaining a healthy outlook and moving forward. I’ve had chronic low-grade depression all my adult life. I take antidepressants, which help immensely, but I learned a long time ago that when I feel like just curling up into myself with my thoughts and low feelings, that is when I need to get up and move!  I need to physically move, be active, get outside for some sunshine and fresh air (wearing sunscreen), and shake up my complacent world! Sometimes just vacuuming the house can be therapeutic. When I was younger, I would rearrange the furniture in my house (and sometimes my office), deep clean, reorganize things in my environment, and feel like a new woman! When I finally realized what my furniture rearranging was all about (movement, exertion, sweat, and imagination), I knew I had clicked into a way to stave off depression, stay physically fit, and be healthier all the way around.

Does that mean that everyone should rearrange their house or office furniture to stave off depression and anxiety? No! Everyone has their own key to keeping themselves out of depression and anxiety. You just have to find that key for yourself! What gets your heart pumping, your imagination firing, and your face determined?  What makes YOU smile?

One way I’ve found to figure myself out is to write in a journal frequently. Getting all my frustrations, hurts, confusion, and life situations down on paper by physically writing them down performs a miracle for me. It clears my head and my heart. It also gives me a map of the path I need to take in my life. I know writing isn’t the way for everyone. Perhaps drawing, painting, singing, taking a walk, taking a drive, house repairs, or building something is the best way for you to clear your head. As long as there is physical movement and some space for you to think your way clear through your confusion and anxiety, it is good! 

If you are a person of faith, keep connecting to that faith through prayer, study, and meditation. Keep your mind focused on what is good, pure, healthy, and positive and you will find peace.  

I’ve jabbered on enough this morning. I hope I’ve inspired some of you with a few of the ways I fight off depression and anxiety. Remember, THIS TOO SHALL PASS. Life never sits still. It is always changing. These dark times won’t last forever. Good times will return. Until then, hold on, find what works for you, and just do it!  (Sorry Nike!)  

I love you all and want you to be happy, healthy, and free from anxiety.  Until next time, keep on swimming, swimming, swimming!

Dory (Like the little blue fish.)