Denise also decorates parts of our home with words. Sayings, encouragements, signs, mugs, words in many shapes and sizes. I am finding these to be most interesting. Some I agree with, some are thought inspiring, some seem a little off putting, and some are just downright confusing. (Now the decorating that was here before Denise and I married was wonderful, and had been perfected over time by my sons and myself. We had decided to go with an early dorm room style, which has worked at colleges across America for generations. Decorations, the few there were, were designed to not match, to have no scheme and to not generate any thought. Color and shape was never thought of in adding to our collection of art.)
Denise has changed that, bringing in color, light, thoughts and fun. It is a whole new world here. Each day now I compare my life against the sayings in our home. Am I being happy enough, am I living my life to the fullest, do I like people??? It is probably best to give you some examples.
This one is simple enough. Think happy, be happy. Makes sense, enjoy my life. Think about happy things and be happy. It does not quite fit with the curmudgeon lifestyle I was working on, but then things are different now.
Embrace the moment. Carpe the Diem. Grab onto this moment and live life. (I think fishermen have one that says "Carpe the carp", something about grabbing onto the carp, but i am not really quite sure) Again, simpler, make sure that you live your life by living the moments. I turn this one around when I feel like taking a nap, it makes me feel guilty.
This one made me wonder. "I don't like morning people, or morning, or people" Denise really enjoys the calendars that Mary Engelbreit puts together. The pictures are cute, the colors bright. But the words on here just plain make me uncomfortable. Denise is one of the most caring people I know and likes people, and morning, very much. This one would have worked better in my old curmudgeon days.
Love the life you live the life you love. This is the "Row, Row, Row your Boat" of the saying industry. It can go round and round and round. Love life live life love life live life love...... No beginning and no end. I once spent two hours stuck in the endless loop of reading this saying.
Ok, this is not a saying at all, just a gratuitous triptych that Denise made from a photo that I took in the smoky mountains. I just like it.
This is one of my favorite additions, because all of the words on here relate to us. Denise is a fan of word clouds. She made this one for us, and then has done some for each of the kids as well. Photography, smiles, Chuck (me), Denise, words, Illinois, Love. All words that help describe our life together. (There is a special reward for the first person to find "instrumental" in the word cloud. It is my favorite style of music)
This is the sign that is up in the kitchen. It give me something to think about when I see it. There are some items on here that I really agree with, such as Living with Intention. Don't just float, but have purpose. Show Gratitude. I appreciate so many things and do try to express my gratitude for them. I thought about living fearlessly, but I am afraid to, so I left that one alone. I asked Denise if we could just cross our the bottom one, "Trying New Things", but she said no. Those of you that know me know that trying new things is definitely NOT what Chuck does best. I tried one new food item this year, well, this decade. Sure, it is ok, but that is about my quota. I am 55 and content in life, I don't feel the need to try new things. I have certain favorite restaurants that I go to, and there, I order the same things that I have been ordering for years. When Denise is not around, I just cover that suggestion with a post-it note.
Now, here is the tough one. "Just be". Just be? I am willing to consider what these sayings say, but what is this telling me? Just be what? Just be happy? Just be where? Just be in St Charles? In Utah? Just be on time? Just be late? Just be myself? Just be something different? Just be quiet? (I hear that one a lot). I am trying to figure out how to "do" this one. It is making my brain hurt as I search for the meaning behind it. I want to understand just what I am to be. Sometimes I just sit in front of it and just "be", but i don't really get very much done that way, and I often fall asleep when I try that one.
I have come to the conclusion that this is part of Denise's master plan, that she will start putting words under it to help me. Things like "Just be a fruit eater", "Just be a husband who takes his wife to dinner tonight", or "just be more helpful with the dishes". I will watch carefully for these changes in the sign.
Anyway, that is it for today, I will be back for my next blog installment when I next "just be writing again"
Oh, and by the way, instrumental is not in the word cloud. I was "Just being" funny.