Mr. Lincoln, my favorite rose bush, did it again….It sneaked in another perfectly beautiful bloom and I never even saw the bud. (Lincoln always was a man of surprises.)
I decided to cut the bloom immediately and put it in a small clear glass water bottle because the hot summer humidity was already starting to wilt the leaves. It smells so extraordinarily amazing that I can’t even begin to define or describe the scent…it is out of this world! If anybody ever comes up with a “Mr. Lincoln” perfume…this old history teacher will be the first one in line!
Whoa! I can’t believe it…a seller on Etsy created a perfume from her Mr. Lincoln leaves because she, too, thought it was the best scent she had ever smelled. I decided to order one small bottle and test it out…will let you know what I think when it arrives.
Grandmother Wilson would approve of this woman’s tenacity and “get-go”…instead of just dreaming about such a product (like me)…she did something about it…she made herself ‘useful’ to others through her pertinacious nature.
I remember as a child that I learned very young…while visiting grandmother during the summer… to never (and I mean never) say the two words that would set her off on a terrible tangent….”madder than a wet hen.” And those two words…”I’m bored!”
Poor grandmother…a farmer’s wife during the Depression…had precious little time to herself…one radio show (that I forget the name of that came on each afternoon for half an hour) and (after black and white televisions came on the market in the fifties)…the weekly Lawrence Welk Show. Those were the two times…we knew, by experience, not to bother grandmother…but make yourself scarce…or as grandmother reminded us constantly ” Make yourself useful.”
The only time I ever remember getting called in the living room during the Lawrence Welk Show…was to stand by the TV set and hold the rabbit ears at a certain angle until the show was over so grandmother could get some reception. Otherwise…I learned to stay outside as far away as possible… so I wouldn’t get caught holding the rabbit ears.
Grandmother never had the luxury of understanding the meaning of the word “bored” and was incensed by anyone who thought they were. She immediately would put us to work…running errands, cleaning out the chicken coop, shelling peas….you get the picture. To this day I never use that word either.
I came across a wonderful little blog post…a couple of days ago…where the author (Tobias van Schneider) said, in retrospect, the best and most simple advice he ever received in life was to “Be useful.”
Being useful is the ultimate solution. It’s the simplest and best advice I’ve ever gotten that ALWAYS changes every situation into something positive. It serves almost as some sort of mission or vision to guide me through the day.Every time I feel lost or don’t remember what I wanted to do, I go back to the basics. I just try to be useful.
He goes on the share his personal top three ways to actually accomplish this…How to ‘be useful.’
* You can share knowledge and the things you know with people who might know less. That’s why I always say that you are never too young to teach. There is always someone who might appreciate your tips & tricks on whatever topic it may be.
On top of it, sharing knowledge is rewarding. You’re not only helping others but also yourself. Sharing knowledge helps you to reflect, form and communicate your own thoughts more clearly.
*You can help people by solving a problem someone else is having. It doesn’t have to be a massive problem, it can be something small.
Sometimes when I work with other people I try to figure out what small problems they might have. And if I spot one where I feel like my expertise can help solve it within less than 15–30 min of my time, I will try to solve it, for free of course, and without asking for anything in return.
*It’s not your job…do it anyway. We all have certain aptitudes that allow us to help someone with something relatively simple for us but extremely difficult for them. Share your time and expertise.
So until tomorrow…
*Useful people add value where there was no value before.
*Useful people really want to be useful…and delight in helping others.
*Useful people don’t require specific skills…they just might bring donuts and coffee…but useful people make the world a better place than they found it.
“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh
Mandy chaperoned Jakie’s pre-school class to the SC Aquarium (Eva Cate got to go of course) so they had a fun day all around. A tiny little class so it was easy and relaxing.
The last days at the Citadel Square four-year old pre-school class has just about come to an end…Jakie will be attending Eva Cate’s neighborhood school this new school year…a new world is opening up for him.
We had a thunder storm and a half last evening….so thankful for the rain but the lightning and thunder were so sharp and loud…I heard myself screaming a couple of times and jumping…thinking the house had been hit…the vibrations from the thunder shook the house in its intensity.
Anne, Sophie, and Nala all curled up on the sofa together she said during the thunderstorm…the friends would stick together .