We are the ones we have been waiting for. — The Elders, Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation
I have been in dire need of a shake up here at my blog and late last week some inspiration struck. It started with a quote by a some unknown genius: It’s just another Magic Monday and those simple words led me down the most glorious of rabbit holes on the internet. Such. Fun. Inspirational. Things!
One of the things I discovered was the Hopi Elder Statement and it really moved me. There is so much wisdom contained in this simple statement. The analogies are just so perfect for our Pandemic Lives right now… which most days does indeed feel like a very fast flowing river and here I am desperately trying to cling to the shore and find some normalcy in the abnormal. Maybe I do need to push away from the shore and look around at all of you here with me… and do a little more celebrating!! We started that celebrating with the successful installation (in less than an hour!!) of a new and no longer leaking kitchen faucet! While we feel accomplished in our plumbing debut…Steve is not quitting his day job! But it was infinitely worth the time we spent on Saturday morning.
You might have heard that Pandemic Winter is coming! Did you, like me, miss this really uplifting Life Kit episode…which is made even more brilliant by the comic by La Johnson! This for me was the best motivation: “There is something so satisfying about doing something for future you!” Why, yes there is. So this week, I have added an absolute must-have to my list… refill the LP gas canister for our patio heater. My future self will thank me when we are a wee bit warmer outside as the days get much cooler!
The other thing on my list this week is to figure out Google Meet so that our knit night is less of a hassle (free Zoom is awesome, but 40 minutes is just not enough time!)
So this week… let’s “Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.”
Who’s with me?
Great post! Love the Hopi Elder Statement, so much to think about and to incorporate
in my life.
One of my knit groups gets together using Google Hangouts, it works well and no time limits. I like Zoom, but the time limits, unless someone is a paid subscriber is too limited. With winter coming and COVID numbers rising, to get through this ‘dark winter’, spending time with friends through the media is the answer for me. I look forward to my knit group meet ups.
40 minutes is limiting! I was zooming with one knitting friend yesterday and we got bonus time, go figure!! I too keep thinking of freshening up my blog but I do love the sameness of my blog…so there you go.
Okay. You and Kym have done a fine job of picking me up and dusting me off this morning. Thank you 🙂 Life Kit will keep me company as I paint stair spindles today (jealous? doesn’t that sound like SO much fun?). But–wait–you just replaced a faucet. That leaves spindles in the dust! Congrats on your success, and, again, thanks for the perk.
Yes! congratulations on the faucet! That’s awesome.
The Hopi Elder Statement is wonderful Kat – thank you for sharing!!
Magic Mondays – I like it!!
A powerful, inspiring statement from the Hopi Elders! Thanks for bringing that to my attention, Kat. I spend too much time feeling sorry for myself when I have it so much better than many others. I have to think hard about what I can actually do to help my future self and the future of our country and the world. Not only think about it but take action to make some changes that will matter. Help me keep on track with more of your great posts! Thank you, Kat.
I knew you two could handle that faucet — high five!
I really like your new attitude. Yes, we are all tired of how things are, but that’s not going to make things go away (as much as SOME people seem to think it will). For the sake of our mental health, we really do need to focus on what we do have, what and who is around us, and make the most of it.
Congratulations on a successful plumbing debut. That’s an accomplishment. I have not heard of pandemic winter yet but maybe that is why I have added to my yarn stash lately. And I am all for anything magical – Monday or otherwise.
I am glad to hear that you have found some inspiration to boost you and nourish you, it is so important at this time to find those things isn’t it?
I had forgotten that Zoom is limited to 40 mins, I have an account through my job and I get unlimited time. 40 mins is a bit short…..hope you find an alternative.
Fill that LP gas tank and get a full spare! So good for the soul and for sitting and sipping. Nice job on the faucet…I don’t think we could ever tackle that.
“Banish the word struggle…” just what I needed to read today. Thank you.
wonderful post….and that is such good wisdom. When the ‘shutdown’ started…I did that deep clean around the house, as if this whole thing was going to be over in a week or two and I could enjoy the fruits of my labor. Well…that didn’t happen! Now, I’m trying to concentrate on those things that really need to be done (not done over and over again like cleaning!!!) that I’ve been putting off. Reorganizing space…repairs on the little things that irk me but don’t stop me…and once and for all—getting rid of StUFf!!!! Rid…as in…out of the house/not just into the attic!!! Inspiration! in baby steps!