1.20.2014

Some Scenes From The Weekend (And Some Perspective)






The week-end was an exercise in mitigating the mess my house/life had become in the wake of Flugate: piles of laundry, unfinished projects, missed deadlines, unanswered emails, an empty refrigerator and pantry... We were a mess.

And in the putting back together again, I started feeling all "woe is me," my internal dialogue filled with a string of complaints involving busy/tired/overwhelmed.

Then Millie and I did her homework. A packet about Martin Luther King Jr. in honor of today. And mid-way through our  reading of some of his most poignant quotes, I started to feel like, well, a massive winer.

Here are the three that really pushed me over the edge:

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” 
 “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

Thank you Dr. King...for so many things, but, this weekend, for perspective.

2 comments:

Annie Green said...

Yep, weekends can be like that. But look how lovely your candle looked in its holder and the picture behind it. A little corner of peace and order.
Remember: nobody died.
Sometimes I just tell myself that when I am having a down day.

Heather said...

I feel like people forget how insightful MLK was--he knew how to talk to people (understatement). Also, where is that huge, gorgeous jade plant in the first photo?