Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Come be a crackpot with me!

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.
One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.
At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.
'I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.'
The old woman smiled, 'Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?'
'That's because I have always known about your flaw,
so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.'
For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.
Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.'
Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding...

You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

SO, to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

My mom forwarded this email on to me and I love it. I may not know where this email originated from or who wrote the cute story but there is no guessing where my cracked sense of humour came from. Talk abut a couple of crack pots.

My mom and I tried to have a jewelry party this weekend. Mom had suggested it to help out a long time family friend that is getting started with her business but mom thought it would be great to have it in town and invite more of my friends since mom lives about 30 mins out of town and most of the neighbors have already been to a party. So the deal was mom was going to bring the food/wine and I'd get the house ready and invite all my friends. I so came out ahead on that deal :-) So I forced Justin to mow the lawn and I managed to clean off the deck and chairs so it wasn't embarrassing to have people over and mom arrived with the food. We were all ready for the party... and then the guests arrived and we poured the wine and continued to wait for our jewelry expert. Ya know the lady with the jewelry to show us. As we discovered later mom and Liz had a little miscommunication that was complicated by Liz being out of cell range and us worrying a bit about her being stranded or injured in her car. The night was still a huge success. Seriously does it get better than sitting around with a group of funny ladies eating and drinking the evening away. My mom and her friends are hysterical, and my friends and I have some pretty funny stories to share ourselves.  Since we didn't have Liz to show us all the cool jewelry mom whipped out a black table cloth from her magic staff and we displayed the one necklace and earrings that she had purchased at a previous party.  It was a stunning display! I even modeled the lovely piece.  Watch out Vanna White I'm coming for your job. 

 It was a great evening and I was able to see some friends I hadn't seen in ages. I have the greatest mom and friends ever!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Polly Anna??!!!

I thought it had gone fairly unnoticed that I hadn't posted in over 3 months, but this weekend I heard from a handful of people that I was missed.  Imagine that!  I've been thinking about this space over the last few weeks and wondering what I should do with it. Should I pick it up or just let a good thing end???  My absence started innocently enough.  Life was so crazy busy this spring I couldn't squeeze out an extra minute anywhere.  Then I just kept trucking and here we are 3 months later. 

I think my friend Rebecca's summed it up the best when she said "you haven't been blogging...  I'm proud of you.  You used to post for a stress relief and to be able to work through things.  You must be doing great if you haven't missed it".  I haven't needed it for stress.  LOVE IT! 

While I don't need it for stress relief in the same way I used to I still need this space.  I do still have things I want to share.  For the most part its family that reads so it still provides me with a nice place to keep you updated on the boys.  In addition to sharing updates on the boys I have plans for this blog and for me.  I have been in a really good space lately.  I've been enjoying my world.  My boys are amazing but really I've just felt better both mentally and physically, and I have really really true friends.  I plan to use this space to keep reminding myself of all the wonderful things in my life. 

I got into a really negative place and could quickly find the negative in almost anything.  I don't want to be that person.  I don't want to be the person my facebook friends hide because they can't stand one more complaint or whine,  or the person that no one wants to hang out with because its such a bummer of an experience.  I read a blog for the better part of a year where a women wrote each and every day and her simple goal was to find the good in her day. It was completely inspiring.  She didn't drip with sugar but she found little piece of good in each day. Even when our days are the pits there is something small that should make us smile.  I want to find that little piece of each and every day.  Don't get me wrong I will never be Polly Anna, but I can find the simple blessings in each and every day.  I can find something to laugh out or the rainbow in my world.

Wouldn't you smile every single day if you lived with these two?
 I promise I'll be back soon.  I have some things to catch you all up on.  If you are still out there and want to come along for the journey leave me a comment.  You know I'll perform for comments :-)