Up-Sizing

 

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With so much talk about down sizing these days, I thought it might be a bit thought provoking to explore the opposite end of this spectrum: up-sizing.

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Small house. Much larger house. 1,000 square feet. 10,000 square feet. Ten times larger. One house is old. The other is new. One house is short. The other house tall. Sounds like lines from a Dr. Suess book !

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Both houses serve the same purpose; to shelter humans from nature’s elements and to protect them from harm’s way. How many square feet does it take to do that? For some a Tiny House is just the thing…kind of like a camper on a permanent lot. And for others room to spread out including amenities that a small house cannot encompass. Things like eight bathrooms, ten bedrooms, a kitchen large enough for several families to cook in at the same time, a dining room that seats twenty-something, a family room with multiple TVs, a pool table, game tables, lots of couches, a wet bar and the list goes on.

Is a large house, the up-size one, built for practical purposes or for prestige? Maybe both. Not my place to judge. It appears the new house will be beautiful when completed. It appears the little house served its purpose for fifty-plus years. Times change and so has the economy. Values, needs, wants, locations and so much more are different than in the 1950s. So, which house would you choose to live in?

Chiseled

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One piece of nature’s tree. One sculpture of a man in pose. What did the artist have in mind when he/she carved this fine sculpture? It is rather life-like, wouldn’t you say?

Is he thinking? Looking at something? Simply posing? Relaxing? Arranged for our amusement? Whatever he was meant for, he is certainly enchanting!

Perhaps he is wondering what 2019 will be like. There are so, so many possibilities that I dare begin to list them.

Let us hope that he is contemplating a grand new year full of wonderful surprises. Wouldn’t that be great?

Too much negativity and hate in our world these days. Let love win out for once. Please.

LEFTOVERS

After a major holiday such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, literally millions of homes have enough food left over to feed armies of thousands of homeless, poor, tragedy-stricken people through-out the ‘so-called’ civilized world.

Those of us in the techno-world are bombarded with ads about the less fortunate in need of the basics of life. All the while many of us can’t place another scrap of food in our tummy’s. I sit guilty so I throw no stones. I consider myself blessed in so many ways.

 

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These Mayan children seem to suffer no malnutrition, but do they know what a leftover is? I could present a plethora of images of starving children, but why do so, as we have all seen them on TV or in magazines or internet feeds? The point is simple. Really, it is.

Enjoy what you have, be thankful for it, and give away what you can to those less fortunate, especially to children. As Jesus said to His disciples, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these”. May we all be like little children in one way or another.

Happy New Year  !

 

Garden of Angels

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Drove by a cemetery on my way home yesterday

This tree captured my attention so I stopped to see it up close

It is a memorial of sorts with all manner of happy remembrances, letters and photos

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Loved ones pronouncing the past with exuberance

I suspect those in remembrance would be happy with the holiday cheer

Glitter and garland aren’t limited to pine trees indoors

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Memory can affect us in a myriad of ways

These folks chose to think of happier times

Makes me wonder what am I making now

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Angels of sorts perhaps

Joyful memories despite all of life’s struggles

Jesus making Christmas possible

Merry Christmas to all

F I R S T S

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First snow…first breath…first kiss…first compliment…first rebuke…first love, first job…first ‘A’…first ‘F’…first gift…first sprout…first pet…first birthday…first place…first loss…first swim…first ski…first haircut…first shave…first flight…first car…first bicycle…first friend…first layoff…first promotion…first birth…first funeral…first ice cream…first failure…first success…first drink…first haircolor…first accident…first homerun…first fear…first friday…and the list is endless.

Try starting with your first “Ahaa” moment!

Grateful to all of you who read my posts. May you experience a pleasant ‘first’ this week!