Sunday, June 28, 2015

Thermostat or Thermometer?

A thermostat sets the temperature.

A thermometer takes the temperature.

I remember once hearing the saying that when you enter a room you should be a thermostat, not a thermometer.

It made sense at the time.

Last week I realized..... I AM A THERMOMETER.

Ack!

Well, that can't be good.

I have been working hard to rise up out of anxiety and despair, and last week I felt like I was winning.

I woke up one morning in a really, REALLY, good mood.

Those around me?

Not so much.

I felt my mood slipping, being caught up in the upset of another.

But I stopped myself.

I AM A THERMOSTAT - I kept repeating over and over to myself.

It may not be the mantra that Buddha was professing, but hey,

it works for me.

And today?

Today despite the temperature outside being hot and the humidity being high, I am in a good place.

Thermostat: 1 Thermometer: 0

Monday, June 22, 2015

First Post Challenge

I am taking up Edwina's challenge today. It is a timely request and will help me break my writers block.

Here it is: A Special Place in Heaven

It was an introductory essay - why I was starting, and a bit about who I was.

This post reminds me how how far I have come, how much has changed in the past seven years, and how much has stayed the same.

My husband did retire a year after this post was written.

So did I three years later.

That play did go on, and it was wonderful.

And my blog has been a way for me to stay in touch with others and myself.

That trip to Florence was amazing.

And yes, I still believe that there should be a special place in Heaven for teachers.

My life is still clickety clacking down the straight line track.

It came apart this year.

It is coming together again.

And so it goes.

Anyone who wants to join this first post challenge should - I nominate all and sundry!

Here are the rules:

Copy-paste, link, pingback or whatever way you want to, your first post.

State what type of post that was. E.G. Introduction, Story, Poem

Explain why that was your first post.

Nominate 5 other bloggers. Five because I know the pain of opening a lot of tabs at once.