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

 

Daydreams

Dear Fellow Journalers,

“Your best card ever!” Don’t you just love it when someone comments on something you made? A former co-worker of mine is a baker extraordinaire. She made me a batch of her famous fudge for Christmas and I made her a Thank You card (of course). It got me to thinking about sharing.

From my earliest memory of childhood, I was taught to share. “Share your toys”, “share the crayons’, “share the cookies” and as I grew up into adulthood, the sharing of time, talent and treasure dominated my life. Today, I share my life with my beautiful family, my community and in a sense, all of you.

When I make cards I always try to think of what my recipient would like. “Would “Betty like this flower” or ” would Denise like this shade of purple”.  While it is gratifying to have someone appreciate your gift it is more important, at least to me,  to give the gift in the first place.

I recently read a post about the obituary written by James  Rebhorn.  The actor was best known for his work in  the movies Scent of A Woman, Independence Day and  My Cousin Vinny . He had been diagnosed with cancer (Melanoma)  and before his death decided to write his own obituary. His most important legacy was his body of time, talent and treasure with his family and friends. At the end of his obit, he mentioned in passing his achievements.

The third page of my journal, by the way, is a copy of a sentiment that I really like. I would like to share it with you.

“Successful is the person who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much. Who has gained the respect of children. Who leaves the world better than they found it. Who has never lacked appreciation for the earth’s beauty. Who never fails to look for the best in others or give the best of themselves.”

May it be said of all of us that we shared.

Copyright 2014 All rights reserved. You can reach Sallie at uniquelyyourscraftjournal@outlook.com

~Sallie

Paper Daydreams My first page

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Well, I have procrastinated long enough! You’ve seen posts about covers, what you want in your journal, what to collect and now is the time to begin! Now, don’t think I’ve been idle all this time- I organized, I’ve made Easter cards, I’ve researched, I’ve played computer solitaire – WAIT – does this sound like PROCRASTINATION?? Oh, yeah, big time.

So I took a clue from a fellow journaler whose blog I follow. I opened my beautifully created cover and stared at the EMPTY PAGE! Finally, I took the plunge and wrote “about me” with contact information on the first page. I figured if I really personalize my journal, I’d be more committed to it.

I started thinking about the act of writing and the pleasure I get when re-reading what I’ve written. I could do this. Whenever I got distracted, I looked at my focus page. Oh, I forgot to tell you about that!

When I was pregnant, many years ago, I attended pre-natal classes at the local hospital. The nurses told us that we needed a focus picture to help us concentrate. It had to be of significance to us. Now over the years, that picture has changed!  When I think of things that inspire me now, lighthouses, sunsets, beaches, children playing, nature – these things inspire me now.  Last year, while driving home from work, I saw the most amazing sunset over the city. I don’t have a camera phone, so I couldn’t take a picture of it, but I felt that I might find one similar on Pinterest and I did. I posted it just now. My focus picture is a beautiful picture painted by God, a gift for all of us to see and share. The beautiful blended colors remind me of my life as a wife, mother, grandmother, friend, volunteer, blogger, card-maker. It was a perfect focus picture and it also reminded me of why I was sharing my journey with all of you and why telling you my story is so important.

~Sallie

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