Both photos used with permission of photographer MeticulousMick http://meticulousmick.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/iced-thorn/#comment-4712 and http://meticulousmick.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/colour-at-christmas/
Simplicity is a great word to describe the above photos. I used to like much busier photographs and art work when I was younger but of late simplicity has been the key for me–simple and peaceful, just the way I would like my life to be. When I said that in my comments on one of the photos, the thought occurred to me that it sounded like the beginning of a blog post! Ideas come from everywhere!
I love the peacefulness of simple art like much of the art of the Impressionists–Monet is a particular favorite of mine. Depending on my mood, I will usually listen to more peaceful music of all kinds. I found long ago that the more popular “rock” music of the last few years is mind jittering! Now when I am in the mood for lively music, give me that old rock music I grew up with in the 50’s and early 60’s and I’m happy as a clam at high tide! Sometimes I just enjoy the peacefulness of no music or tv running when I am at home. that’s not to say I don’t like to be around people. I certainly do! I love being in my church, visiting with friends in small groups. I enjoy going out to eat even if it is by myself, wandering around a book store or a quilt shop (my budget shivers with fright when you let me loose in a place like that!) A few days ago, one of my granddaughters asked me to go shopping with her while she chose fabrics for a quilt. That was such fun! She didn’t “need” me to be there with her–she has a great eye for color – but to be asked to go along and help just made my day! A simple time of fun with a precious young lady and her Mom.
At one time in my life I thought that to be happy and to live well, I had to amass a lot of “things” as a way of showing others how successful I was in life. If I didn’t have money in my pocket (which was often) I looked upon me as a failure. I have to admit I still do like to have nice things and there isn’t anything wrong with that as long as those “things” don’t become the priority in my life–taking it over and keeping me from enjoying real living.
I found a quote which says it well. “It is the sweet simple things in life which are the real ones after all.” Laura Ingalls Wilder When I saw the above photos, sweet and simple were the words that came to mind. Don’t they just look like they are coated in sugar? Sweetness and simple beauty in the midst of a stark winter background to remind us of the beauty of simplicity in our lives.
One of my favorite books in the Bible is Philippians. Philippians 4:13 is a verse I cling to and has helped me through many things in my life, but leading up to that, Philippians 4:12 speaks to me also.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
(Philippians 4:12) NIV
The first part of the verse is true in my life as in many lives. I strive for the last part of the verse-learning the secret of being content no matter the situation in my life at any given time. Contentment –sometimes I feel it; often I do not a clue what real contentment is. Definitely something to ponder and to work on improving in my life. Proverbs 15:16
Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil. How very true! After all, we can’t take it with us when we leave this earth so isn’t it better to spend our time learning to be happy and content with less and store up our treasures in heaven instead of on earth? Lots to ponder on!
I feel like I kind of wandered around with Random Thoughts in this post and I hope it doesn’t bore anyone who reads it. Perhaps I should change the name of my blog to Elaine’s RAMBLING Random Thoughts! hahaha
Have a blessed day everyone! Praying for a simple, happy day for all and for those of you who are in the snowy areas of the country, be safe if you are out on the roads.