The Cycle of the Imperfect Life

I mentioned here the vicious cycle of dissatisfaction. I want to take a deeper dive into that cycle, because it is at the root of so much of my discontent. The cycle looks like this: 1. See thing, love thing, want thing2. Connive to obtain thing3. Anticipate how thing will make life perfect4. Become inevitablyContinue reading “The Cycle of the Imperfect Life”

Pandora’s Box

The opposite of contentment is not misery, it is dissatisfaction. Dissatisfaction can make us miserable. It is not however, the misery of poverty, hunger or isolation. We can be hungry and still be content. We can be isolated and still be content. It is dissatisfaction that gets me started on the vicious cycle of wantingContinue reading “Pandora’s Box”

Challenge Check-in Week One

I did not buy anything this week, which was easy because I barely left the house but to take the scalawags to school. I did covet. A lot. It takes so very very little for my mind to think that because I find something attractive that it should consequently belong to me. As I examinedContinue reading “Challenge Check-in Week One”

Challenge Rule 4: Mise en Place

A little bit of mise en place, anyone? Hidden Brain radio show recently had an episode entitled Creatures of Habit, which tackled a subject about which I am passionate: making habits, breaking habits and the importance of routines and rituals. They took on topics of both how to build a good habit and how toContinue reading “Challenge Rule 4: Mise en Place”

The Stuff of Life

There is one thing I can unequivocally state: No thing will make life perfect. Perfect moments are born of something intangible, something that goes beyond the sum of the objects. Things can participate in the making of a perfect moment, but they are not the assurance of perfect moments. Case in point: my boys wereContinue reading “The Stuff of Life”

The Contentment Conundrum

I feel like I have spent my entire life searching after some thing that will bring me satisfaction. I can, and probably will, continue to dissect this urge for the remainder of my earthly life. I have a vivid memory of Christmas morning as a child, seeing what today I would consider the embarrassment ofContinue reading “The Contentment Conundrum”

…and everything in its place

Due to factors both within and beyond our control, my little family of four scalawag adventurers lives in a small fourth floor apartment. My indulgent husband and I moved into this apartment in 2012 after the building, which is on the historic building registry, was renovated. We had long been intrigued by the building andContinue reading “…and everything in its place”

“Just like Laura Ingalls…”

When I was growing up, it seems like we had an inordinate number of storms that would knock the power out on our street. I was lucky to have an older sister who remained nonplussed at something that I would have found a little scary without her. Without fail, my mother would say to us,Continue reading ““Just like Laura Ingalls…””