Work With the End in Mind

December 12, 2007 at 9:40 am

Christmas can be a draining time of year.  Expectations are high all around to “make the season bright” for everyone.  And I love to try.

There is little time for health or friends.   Though I set goals for the new year.

Much sickness.  We survive.  Treat.  Have meds ready and on time.  Humidifiers going, thanks to The Hub.

I love the season in general!  I enjoy making the holidays and blessing the fam.  And yes, I know I will miss it when these years are gone!  I know.

But, there are moments when I think:  “It would be nice to wake up with no lists flying through my head at 100 mph.  Nice to wake up to a non-hurricane-looking house.  Nice to not have paper clutter and “stuff” unmanaged and flowing out of every possible crevice due to joyful overload.  Nice if anyone walked throught and thought, ‘What could I put away as I go.’  Nice to have the carpets treated, closets and drawers cleaned, and “stuff” cleared and gone out of the way.  Nice to have a friend over!!!”

Every day.  All day.  Cards, gifts, lists, snacks, meals, laundry, clean-up, purging, going through, sifting ideas, more mess. 

Surely it will all get done in time!  Surely?

You know what I LOVE about the morning after Christmas?  All the 100 mph lists are gone!  That motivating “list” flying through my head at 100 mph for a month comes to a stop!  And then, I need a nice, long, winter’s nap with no expectations whatsoever for a while!  (Day after Christmas shopping?  You’ve GOT to be kidding me!  Maybe some year I’ll get that industrious.) 

Oh, lists.  Lists of expectations.  May I keep them a joy!!!!  THE GIFT.  Being a blessing. 

Today:  Shopping. Mailed Cards.  Kitchen.  Floors.  Garland.  Grocery:  lists for Gift in a Jar Treats.  Ornaments as gifts.

PS:  Hope you enjoy the music selections.  Thanks to South Breeze Farm for inspiration on sounds I like best–I found myself leaving their site minimized to keep listening I liked it so much!!!  If you need to stop the music, there is a pause button on the right hand sidebar.

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I am married to the love of my life, as we raise three children, learning the ways of grace.


Magnanimity (derived from the Latin roots magn- great, and anima, soul) is the virtue of being great of mind and heart. It encompasses, usually, a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes. Its antithesis is pusillanimity. Both terms were coined by Aristotle, who called magnanimity "the crowning virtue."

Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:

MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.[1] (Source: Wikipedia)



"We shall not waste our time in looking for extraordinary experiences in our life, but live by pure faith, ever watchful and ready for His coming by doing our day-to-day duties with extraordinary love and devotion." ~Mother Teresa



"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not come. We have only today. Let us begin." ~Mother Teresa




A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in it's vicinity freshen into smiles. --Washington Irving




When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. -Harriet Beecher Stowe


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