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An Idea to Ponder

Jumping for Joy

Jumping for Joy

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness.  Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Dot over at Deeper Issues sent me a desk calendar that is full of pithy quotes and sayings.  There is a message for every week day and one for the weekend.  I so enjoy these little things that just share so much and make the world a better place.

I am savoring this most recent one and I think I might commit it to memory.  I think it might be a good thing to have in my arsenal of things to share when someone is being critical of another, especially when I think the person might be being creative and new rather than just following.

I watched my Mother put on gloves and pick up public bathrooms when we were traveling, and clean up broken glass on a sidewalk, because she walked her talk of “always leave a place better than you found it.”

I tend to hone in on the meaning of an endeavor to that person.   I have to say I wish some folks encountered on my road, would take this statement to heart!

Did this idea make you think of a story or incident that you would like to share?  How is your path unique and all your own?

As you start 2010 are you on your own path to happiness and fulfillment or just following another path which works for you?

Looking forward to you good comments and sharing.

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11 Responses to “An Idea to Ponder”

  1. Dot Says:

    Thanks for the link love, Patricia. This quotation reminded me of some of the fundamentalist Christians I’ve run into who simply can’t hear of any other approach than their own. I wish they’d take this to heart. However, I think I also need to take it to heart in judging them. :-)
    .-= Dot´s last blog ..Comment on Dollop by An Idea to Ponder – patriciaswisdom.com =-.

  2. Talon Says:

    That is a wonderful quote. I think it’s natural, when someone finds something that works for them, to want to share it and it follows that they would think because it worked for them, it would work for another. But we are on individual journeys and our experiences are not going to be the same. But it’s in the sharing of the journeys – those times when the paths connect – that the real beauty takes place.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Ethereal… =-.

  3. Patricia Says:

    Dot,
    I think this is a good one to keep in mind! And thank you for the calendar – lots of great new quotes there. I am working on keeping this is mind as I figure out how to de-stress about my credit card debt and pay it off…and make a Dr.s appt. Both places where folks can not even see I am on a different path.

    Talon,
    I think of all the folks who have successfully quit smoking or lost weight and they are so excited to “help” someone else be saved!
    I like to interview them to see what might be usable and add new and diverse path finding. I think the ultimate goal for me is to find someone where the paths connect…
    maybe that is the true “soul mate”?

  4. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    I do try to live and let live – to accept that other people may have their own way of doing things. It’s sometimes difficult to avoid being judgmental, but I’m trying.
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..High Heels Sexy? =-.

  5. Patricia Says:

    vered,
    I think the trying part is so important…vital

  6. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia.
    I think too much and that’s when the “judge” rears it’s ugly head. Have to keep reminding myself to just listen and stop analyzing; it’s not always about being right. Sometimes it’s just about being listened to.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..This Effortless Brilliance =-.

  7. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    that need for listening – and now so many are yelling because they feel unheard…deafening?
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..An Idea to Ponder =-.

  8. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. I know .. I do sometimes, but when I think about it .. I don’t have a plastic bag (or perhaps gloves to put) to put the rubbish in. I wish dog owners would sort their own poo out and not leave it on the pavement in the middle of town.

    I do clean and tidy my mother’s room in the Nursing Centre, which I probably shouldn’t do .. but it needs a bit of a spruce up occasionally and I guess I should do more – in fact will do on Thursday as the room’s getting a spring clean .. whe whole reason why is another story!

    Just wish people wouldn’t litter, leave their beer cans around, etc etc .. and fag ends .. treat the public space as you’d like your own space to be treated?

    Well that’s me done – whinge for the day ..
    Cheers Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Haggis, Whisky and Poetry .. means only one thing "Robbie Burns" =-.

  9. Patricia Says:

    Hilary,
    I just read an article about cigarette ends are now considered toxic waste as they end up in the oceans and fish are full of them – they are not digestible and kill the fish…
    We just need to take better care of OUR world…if we want to keep it around.

    I wrote a whole post about the dog pooh thing….people seem not to care very much any more.

    when I was working for a short time in Seoul Korea on Sunday mornings the folks would get out and clean the side walks in front of their apartments – everything looked so shiny and clean and lovely around their homes and gardens. I was impressed
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..An Idea to Ponder =-.

  10. Jannie Funster Says:

    Yes, we are all for sure on our own paths, yet tied all together by the One Love.

    Personal responsibility is the way to go. I try to do my part. I cannot understand why anyone would litter. yuck!
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..(And I Thought “Leaven” Was Just A Bread-Baking Thing!!) =-.

  11. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    “Personal responsibility is the way to go.” I think that is profound and quite out of the loop right now.