Thursday, July 16, 2009

Look at What You Have, Not What You Had....



Usually don't watch Oprah much any more, while waiting for Dick to come home yesterday I turned on the TV and noticed Suzy Orman was talking about recession help on Oprah....

Well I need that (help), so I watched...

really glad I did.


Suze Orman's Recession Rescue Plan
Step 5:
Look at What You Have, Not What You Had
How much longer should we expect times to be tough? "Things will get better, get worse. ... [In] the next two or three years, it will start to turn around," Suze says. "But I'm so sorry to say it will be, in my opinion, 2015 until every single person feels hopeful again."

Which is why Suze says it's so important to look at what you have and be grateful, instead of looking at what you've lost and feel angry. "
If you continuously look in the rearview mirror while you're going forward, you're going to get in an accident. And the victim of that accident is going to be you," she says. "Don't compare. You'll feel stronger, you'll have more energy and you'll be able to turn this around."

Be grateful for the savings account you do have or the family that has helped you through. Although she knows it isn't easy, Suze urges everyone to see what they've been through as a kind of blessing. "
When you are grateful—when you can see what you have—
you unlock blessings to flow in your life."


If you want to keep reading this article... Oprah.com



I am grateful, however, sometimes while going through photo's I'll see a picture of a past house or garden that we have had to let go... this one especially hurts. When Dick and I moved in, the backyard was an empty slate....we placed almost every tree, bush, stone, hill and flower. We moved from this house December 28, 2005 in tears, but with hope.




Then.... May 2004
















Now ...July, 2009


Every house in our neighborhood...300 I believe, will be getting new sewer lines.
Our backyard view



Looks like a giant mole hill.


Yesterday while I was fixing our dinner, the door bell rang.
Dick answered to find two little neighborhood girls
we had never met before.
They wanted to tell us how beautiful our flowers were....

In the words of my fellow blogger Renie
"I'm too blessed to be stressed!"

“The grass withers and the flowers fade,
but the Word of God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8

7 comments:

Simply Dandy said...

Hi Maree,
I heard bits and pieces of what Suze Orman said yesterday from a friend. She's right, no use looking in the rearview mirror or we will get rear-ended. The company my hubby works for is for sale and we are awaiting word any day as to our fate. Where would I be without my faith? In the gutter, that's where. We have to hang in there and be thankful for everything and I'm really trying.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Maree!

Suze Orman gave great advice. What was is in the past, what is now, is what is important.

Love the beautiful pictures.

Thanks so much for the mention. How sweet that was of you.

"I'm too blessed to be stressed" is on my fridge, and here on my desk, along with pictures of my three sweet granddaughters, and my three gown children. My greatest blessings!

Huggies,

Renie

Jodee Leader said...

I love this post! I am going to stop and count my blessings today!

a woman who is said...

Your garden was beautiful and I can understand your loss. But what you do have :) is a talent for spreading a bit of eden on the planet where ever you may go!
I love that God is using you to even bless little girls walking by your house.

Melissa said...

Ahh..Mom this was a good post! I love that little girls stopped by and made your day...you have a gift of bringing joy through your gardening.

Keep moving forward!

Anonymous said...

For so many reasons, I LOVED this post Maree! I'm so proud and hopeful for you, so amazed and awed (and maybe a bit jealous!) of your gardening talent, and so touched that kids would take the time to ring your doorbell. It also motivated me to get busy! You see, I've been trying to plant a memorial garden for my dad for the past year. For the obvious reasons, I have been struggling and procrastinating. I guess I just want it to be perfect, so I haven't gotten much done. After reading your post, I hope to just jump in with both feet and get it done while counting my blessings! That way, next May, I can look at it with happiness, joy and love versus regret and sadness.

Thank you for your uplifting and informative voice in my life! You are a great blessing to many, including me!

Lynn

SweetAnnee said...

Great advice..some of us don't think what we should be grateful for.

I know lots of folks out of a job now, but I expect something better will come along for them..