Favorite Quote – Day 4 May Blog Challenge

Day 4, Saturday: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it

“Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.”

I have with the utmost respect tweaked this quote to make it my own.  It is stated on my About Me page in my blog Deliciously Inspired as a constant reminder to myself of how I want to live my life.  Maybe I paid a little more attention when I first heard the words because I was going through one of those seasons of transition – you know the times that will either build character or threaten to take you under.  Or maybe it was because it was said by someone I sat cross legged in front of the television when I was five and wondered if I could ever be that pretty, that nice, sing that well and know Micky Mouse personally.  Yes – the words came from Annette Funicello – one of the original Mouseketeers.  


I received encouragement years later as I again sat in front of a TV as a young mom and heard her state this sentence with such a conviction of belief as she discussed her diagnosis of MS.  She was no longer the 16-year-old with mouse ears I had watched from a child’s eyes  – she was a grown woman who was looking the unknown square in the face.  I, too, needed to look at the realities of my own life from a grown up perspective and with God’s help and those He brings to us during those times, this 54-year-old still wears a smile (on most days – I’m not perfect) similar to Annette’s picture above.  

Annette passed away at the age of 70 last month.  It would have been nice to sit down and visit with her over a glass of iced tea.  I would have told her I’m glad I was introduced to her through a TV Set.  I would have told her that I admire the way she handled her illness.  I would have told her that a version of her statement is on my blog and it reminds me even when I’m cooking, crafting, etc I can let some things go, lighten up and laugh.  But most of all I would have thanked her for giving me a statement that reminds me that lovely times are still available to us even if life doesn’t always go our way and that’s a good thing to know because life will not always go our way.


Uncomfortableness – Day 3 May Blog Challenge

Day 3, Friday: Things that make you uncomfortable

There is a piece of me that wrestles with itself “the UNcomfortableness of not knowing how to do things.” Getting started with this challenge is a perfect example and is no reflection on the blog challenge instructions; it is about me being in a learning curve.

“I would love it if you put the challenge button in your blog sidebar” the instructions requested. Sure I can do that – after all, I know what a sidebar is – right? But it’s not that easy to a newbie who measures her success in publishing a post with a picture in it. Yet I try.. Attempt 1 – no; Attempt 2 – nope (my stomach tightens); Attempt 3 – (Hey, isn’t there some code and shouldn’t I be folding laundry instead of doing this?) Attempt 4 – (Yea – found the code and finally the button sits on my blog sidebar.)

I’m very blessed to have a support system to help me through these technical challenes and yet there are times people who are more knowledgable often speak fast and in a language I don’t understand. They often become passionate and their voice gets louder which doesn’t make a teachable moment for me. However, I realize that there are areas I’m more knowledgable in than others. Suddenly in my mind I see a mirror that shows I can be like this also. I say a quick prayer that I will learn to be quieter, slower in speech and talk a simplier language the next time someone asks me something.

But on the other side – I am a questioner – a seeker – someone who will spend time trying to find out something that is important to me or others. And I like this – it takes me on treasure hunts; and because it has happened in past situations there is an anticipated joy when the lightbulb in my head turns on and I know more about something than when I started.

I think that both parts of me work together for my good – one humbles me and the other teaches me perseverance.