THIS IS YOUR LIFE.......WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOURS?........................



"I wanted a perfect ending.  Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme and some stories don't have a clear  beginning, middle and end.  Life is about not knowing, having to change.  Taking the moment and making the best of it..without knowing what is going to happen next."
"Delicious Ambiguity"
Gilda Radner

I don't know about you....but as I have advanced in age, I am certainly more introspective than when I was younger.
Not so much looking at regrets but looking at all the miraculous things that have happened during this time I have been here.

  I have almost always thought that "CONTROL IS AN ILLUSION"....in fact....I firmly believe that the only one you can control is YOURSELF and your actions.  Oh I believe in planning for an outcome...but one must always be ready for an alternative ending....just in case. Now, mind you, that doesn't always mean I don't fume and fret over someone or something...but eventually I am able to turn it over to the universe and somehow let it go.
I think the Universe  has a grand plan in place and the world will survive as it has for millennia....perhaps it will not be as we know it....but it will be here.

Each of us is part of this grand plan....and it is our obligation to engage with life.  Don't just "show up, shut up, and wear beige"....please "show up, be present,  pay attention, tell the truth and don't get too attached to the outcome".

This is just me blabbering on today...but I often think that we forget just how marvelous life in this world actually is...no matter what the circumstances.  

stay well dear friends,

Jo
Photo:  Kim Klassen

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  1. I think you are totally right, Jo. I spent a lot of years showing up, shutting up and wearing beige....now I have switched to wearing black- xo Diana

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  2. Great post, Jo. Something I had to hear today. As you know, my life's been in turmoil lately, but for the most part, I try to stay upbeat and looking forward to retirement...which, by the way, is only 5 days away now.
    Mary

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  3. I am just living it and looking for the good.
    Smiles,Dottie

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  4. You're so right, Jo! What a great post. And I always liked that Gilda Radnor quote, written to sum up her memoir which was published shortly before her untimely death. You've given us so much to think about!

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  5. Blabber on, Jo, you make a lot of sense!

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  6. Thanks for the great reminder. Living my life is a full time job. I can't live anyone else's life and I really don't want to. Learning to accept an outcome is a lifelong lesson.

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  7. i think the 'show up' part is important.
    we are afraid to do that and miss out
    on life!

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  8. I love this post and it is so true. The older I get the more confident I get - I won't accept rubbish from anyone these days and my wardrobe is getting brighter and brighter. In fact I have just dyed my hair bright red, so bring it on world!!! Xxx

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  9. Amen, dear Jo! Wise and beautiful post...
    Wishing you a splendid weekend...
    Love and blessings,
    - Irina

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  10. Dear Jo.. how right you are.
    As time goes on.. the things that would have troubled us when we were young.. just let them go.
    This is a lovely post.. I hope everyone reads it.
    I love each day and dont think about tomorrow. unless i have a doctors appointment..
    thank you Jo.. great post.

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  11. Lately I have been thinking about how different my attitude about life has changed. I have become more accepting, complain less, enjoy more and don't let anxiety rule me. I wonder if I have lost the passion that I once had about almost anything, but this stage in life may not be about that, but rather it is about having some peace and appreciation.

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  12. I like the part about showing up....I think we DO need to be present because life IS a present but we must unwrap it to enjoy it.

    XO Danielle

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  13. Amen to that! Anyone who has had health issues (among others) knows that there is no control. One does one's best and the rest... out of our hands.

    I like this meditation -- and now, I'm off to enjoy a bit more of life!

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  14. That is great advice. Now if we can just practice it,
    really enjoyed this. yvonne

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  15. Thank you Jo, I needed to hear this today.
    I loved hearing Gilda Radners' quote.
    Gilda was quite a gal.

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  16. Thought of these very things while lying in bed last nite. I was also thinking that we just don't know the future..from one minute to the next..we think we do, but we really don't. thanks for posting!

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  17. My thoughts exactly. When someone gets upset because of what someone else has done, I always tell them don't have expectations of others because they will always let you down. The only way to get through life is ride the wave. :) Best wishes, Tammy

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