Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Loss and Gain




"I am aware
How many days have been idly spent;
How like an arrow the good intent
Has fallen short or been turned aside.

But who shall dare 
To measure loss and gain in this wise?
Defeat may be victory in disguise
The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide."

~William Wadsworth Longfellow


This speaks to me. I set my good intentions down in lists and goals. I allocate time to work through my lists and on my goals. Today I only achieved one thing from my lists. Loss or gain?

Much of the day I spent with my niece. We went to Spotlight this morning. Later we watched part of Anne of Green Gables on DVD. I made her a necklace while she personalised a new journal with stickers and washi tape. In the late afternoon we went for a walk. This evening we drove around looking at Christmas lights. Loss or gain?

Maybe the really wise do not measure life's worth by their achievements and tasks completed. I cannot say for sure as I am not one of their number. 

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  1. Well to me it sounds like you achieved a lot today, Sherri. I am sure your niece will have happy memories.

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    1. I hope so Chel. Happy memories are a good foundation on which to build a happy future.

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  2. gain, i would think, as you spent the time with a loved one, as we/they get older there seems to be less time spent with family. they all have their own lives to live & usually very busy ones
    thanx for sharing

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    1. So true Selina. There may come a time when I am too boring to spend time with and she will want to spend all her time with friends. It's just the way life goes.

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  3. Sounds like a very wise use of your time, Sherri. In the end no one will remember how clean and organized our homes were, or how many books we read, but they will remember the wonderful times they spent with us.
    Hugs
    Jane

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    1. So true Jane. And it is shared experiences that build and deepen relationships

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  4. Hands down a gain in my opinion.
    I am part stick to the list, part drop everything when an opportunity arises, I don't know if that makes me wise or not, but being flexible is a good thing.

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    1. Opportunity does not always hang around so if we want to accept the gift in the opportunity we usually need take action in the moment or at least in the very short term. I think when we reflect over the past we will see the interesting parts were when we took advantage of opportunities. I think that thought will be useful for me today.

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  5. A gain, Sherri...for you and for your niece! I think the best gift we can ever give to another is our time. Meg:)

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  6. One's consciousness, decides so much on contentment. We had a harrowing Christmas shopping day, mid-week. I really don't like Christmas shopping or crowded malls. There was so much I could have tasked myself, and others over. But during and at the end of the day, I chose to focus on family instead. We were safe and cared for. That was the only contentment I wanted from the day.

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    1. We didn't even get out of the car at one shopping centre during the week, way too many people 'getting and spending'.

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  7. Re: Your comment in my blog.... Oh I am so happy that you have your own copy of "Mrs. Sharp's Traditions." A lovely, lovely book.

    Your day sounds like one of great, though gentle, accomplishment. Making time for, and memories with, your niece... What could be of more worth??

    The older I get (and I am truly a Crone, at 79) I am much less interested in lists and goals. Or in "accomplishments." I am more interested in going-with-the-flow.

    Because lovely ideas, come to us, when going-with-the-flow. Lovely thoughts, and inspirations, and things to ponder. If we stay open too them... :-)

    Wishing you flickering candles, and faerie lights, and dreams of sugar plums...

    Luna Crone

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    1. Going with the flow is down on one of my lists as a goal! ;-)
      I love the flow of ideas and thoughts, staying open to them is the part I find challenging as I have become one of those people who fill my days with things to do. On the other hand I give thanks for a full and rich life. And I must add the highlight of my week was a spontaneous decision to have a picnic lunch with my husband by the river.

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