A wise woman

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. 
The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. 
“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.  
“The Wise Woman’s Stone”   Author Unknown

 

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Rocks

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Remember when you were in school and the teacher or professor would bring props to class? If you were like me, you probably eyed the object/s suspiciously and did not really concentrate on what the teacher was saying. Well, one philosophy professor brought some rocks to his class one day and here’s what happened:

He stood before the class and wordlessly began to fill a large empty mayonnaise jar with 2″ diameter rocks. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

So next, the professor picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked the students if the jar was full. Again they agreed it was full.

The professor just smiled and took up a bag of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand filled up all the empty crevices. Now the professor cleaned off his hands and spoke to the class.

“This is your life. The rocks are the important things in your life – your family, friends, children, health – anything that is most important to you. The pebbles are the other things that matter, like your job, house, car, phone, laptop. The sand is everything else – the small stuff.

What would happen, for instance, if you were to put sand in first?” A student in the back of the room raised his hand and said “the rocks and pebbles wouldn’t fit.” “Yes,” said the professor. “If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff, you’ll never have room for the things that are important to you. So pay attention to the things that are important to your happiness.” He began to tick off the things that were important to many of his students. “To those of you who have children – play with them. Tell your wife or partner that you love them every day. Get health checkups. You can make time for house cleaning. Take care of the rocks first; the rest is sand.”

Rocks

Rocks

How are your rocks?

~Sallie

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Memories

Within my book of memories
are special thoughts of you
and all the evidence of glorious things
which, because of you, came true.

As I turn back the pages of memories
and recall each single thought,
I realize the happiness and pleasure
that knowing you has brought.

There are memories of the times
we’ve shared both bright and gloomy days
there are memories of your kindness
and your friendly, thoughtful ways.

There are memories of your laughter,
your gay and cheery smile
that added a bright note to each of us
and made life more worthwhile.

There are memories of the things
we planned each friendly little chat,
when we would get together
and just talk of this and that.

And when I recall these memories
as I move along life’s way
they grow more precious and blessed
with every passing day.

 

Is there too much noise in your life?

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Noise

Noise

Lately it seems that the world is awash with noise. Either it’s lawn mowers at 8:00 am on a Saturday morning (uh?) or radio music blaring from the car next to you in traffic.  It might not seem like a “big deal” to you, but have you tried to shut off the noise in your life lately?

No one seems to want peace and quiet anymore. I noticed this  last year when I tried mediating. Boy is it tough! The noise outside my window, the hum of kitchen appliances combined to make the experience impossible. I had wanted to write some posts for this blog and thought that if I got in touch with myself, I could reach inside and reclaim some peace and quiet and pour out “pearls of wisdom” for you. I gave up trying to mediate but I started researching.

How much noise is too much? What could I do to temporarily shut off all that noise?

I learned that blood pressure can spike when a cell phone goes off. More importantly, I learned that a noisy environment (like a crowded restaurant) could affect short-term memory. Yikes, I’m getting older – I need all the memory I can retain!

Below are some suggestions for you to try if YOUR world is too noisy:

1.  Try to take a noise break for 5 minutes at a time.

2.  When you get into your car, don’t automatically turn on the radio. Drive for about 10 minutes before  you turn on your favorite station.

3.  Choose what portion of the news you want to watch on TV.

4.  Make a rule – no cell/smart phone or tablet at family dinner.

  1.  Buy a pair of noise-canceling earbuds.

  2.  If you’re a Church/Temple goer, try to arrive 10 minutes early when the place of worship is empty.

  3.  A library is a Very Quite Place on purpose!

Life’s small moments can only add up to something memorable when you give yourself the gift of solitude. Peace and Quiet will aid in your journaling, your conversations and your life.

~Sallie

Copyright – 2015   by Uniquelyyourscraftjournal

All rights reserved.

Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given

To Sallie and uniquelyyourscraftjournal with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

You may reach Sallie at uniquelyyourscraftjournal@outlook.com

 

Rise up!

Transforn your life

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RISE UP!

     Start fresh!  See the bright opportunity in every day.

 

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