What’s left is right !!

I need to look at what’s right with me today. I tend to look at myself with no rose-colored glasses, but a microscope. Looking for any and all imperfections seems to be an obsession of mine-always has been. When I was in my late twenties into my thirties, I thought of myself as heavy. Looking back, I was a Skinny Minnie! Would that I had that slim body again! I didn’t treasure what I had at the time-silly me!

My brown hair is naturally curly, and I have big brown eyes; both are fortunate assets-my portion. My skin cleared after adolescence; I use no makeup which I firmly believe is why I have no wrinkles in my olive complexion. When I get all cleaned up, as we say in the South, I am striking. I know that, despite the twenty pounds I’d love to take off. But looking at what cancer did to my father, mother, and sister, I at least look healthy.

I have created two lovely gardens; one in our previous home complete with garden paths. I used to take visitors through and make the old timey nosegays; I’d take a paper doily and gather different flowers and herbs and wind it all up with florist tape. They had a memento from my garden. The garden we have now adorns our one hundred year old home. Flowers, evergreens, perennials, and an assortment of animal statues … tucked in surprises if you see them! I am devoted to my garden and love to join my Heavenly Father in the creation process. I tend, he creates. We make a good team!

Teaching was a career well suited to my particular skills. The first nineteen years I taught the regular classroom, mostly grades four and five. My last eighteen years I taught Drama to grades five and six. I had a black box theater as my classroom; no desks, no chairs, just a raised center stage with a professional lighting grid above; the rest of the large oversized room was divided into eight sections where the students worked in groups on various creative activities. Writing my own plays, staging, costuming, lighting, directing, were left up to me. I had complete creative freedom; I didn’t abuse it; my plays were about United States History; my students also learned to juggle scarves, bean bag balls, and rings. They were always impressed with my skills, but when they achieved success, they were ecstatic.

Generosity with my time, talents, thoughtful cards, and goodie bags tells a lot about me. I used to think I was buying love; I have since learned I just love to give. I give joyfully.

Compassion I learned through caring for my father, mother, grandmother, and sister. I never wanted to be in this position; no one does; but I was good at devoting my time; I am not selfish.

Writing has become a passion of mine. Starting with my plays, which were well received, I ventured into journaling; writing down my conversations with God. Now that I’ve started blogging, I pray someone somewhere benefits from my written thoughts.

Cooking is another creative talent of mine. I never stick to a recipe; I figure if all the ingredients added are tasty, they’re bound to taste good together. It doesn’t always work, but most times it does.

I was a pretty good singer, dancer, actress as a young adult. Life, job, marriage, all took priority. I miss performing; but I found my joy multiplied as I watched my young students shine with confidence and pride onstage. I found directing much more fulfilling than performing myself; I found out I am an excellent director for young people, if I do say so myself.

Enough of this bragging; I get the picture; I’m a pretty good person. Next time I try to beat myself up for one reason or another, I hope I pull out this entry and re-read it. I have enjoyed this post. I challenge others out there to write about your own strengths, talents, positive traits, and accomplishments.

God doesn’t make mistakes. He created me to be exactly who I am.

Thank You, Dear Lord! You have blessed me greatly!

Find out what is unique about yourself and get in touch with it. If you are able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to do is to try and get closer and closer to that essence. ~Barbara Cook  1927 

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~e.e. cummings

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind! ~Author unknown 

Psalm 139:13-16  The Message 
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.

Matthew 5:14-16  The Message 
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

This Little Light of Mine

A gospel song written by Harry Dixon Loes c. 1920

This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
Oh, this little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
Hallelujah
This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

Ev’ry where I go
I’m going to let it shine
Oh, ev’ry where I go
I’m going to let it shine
Hallelujah
Ev’ry where I go
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

All in my house
I’m going to let it shine
Oh, all in my house
I’m going to let it shine
Hallelujah
All in my house
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

I’m not going to make it shine
I’m just going to let it shine
I’m not going to make it shine
I’m just going to let it shine
Hallelujah
I’m not going to make it shine
I’m just going to let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

Out in the dark
I’m going to let it shine
Oh, out in the dark
I’m going to let it shine
Hallelujah
Out in the dark
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

 

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an individual’s lot, fate, or fortune

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