Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Simple Messages


This morning while cleaning out a closet,

I found this shell.

My mother gave this to me when I was a little girl.

When I find forgotten treasures in my home,

I see a message.

This message is simple and twofold.


take it down off the shelf-

whatever it is-

both literally and figuratively.

Find it, fix it, enjoy it.


I thought of a few expressions

from important people

in my life.

My husband ( at our daughters’ volleyball games).

“You’re ok.  Nobody’s hurt.”

My dear friend and roommate in college:

Everybody is just doing the best they can.”

My mother:

“I hope your team wins.”

So ,as you make your way into your Wednesday,

may I say

take it down off the shelf-whatever it is

you’re ok, nobody’s hurt

everyone around you is just doing the best they can


I hope your team wins.



Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Need I say again, I so enjoyed this! So simply stated but oh, so profound!

Deb said...

Laura...you have such flair for putting things just the right way....

Sandra said...

This post is POWERFUL. Thank you so much. You are so lovely Laura. XOxo

TexWisGirl said...

Love this. Thank you.

Sarah said...

Works every time! I stop by here for a visit and leave with a smile. :-)
Thanks, Laura. ~ Sarah

Low Tide High Style said...

What a wonderful post, and that video was so very moving! My son is an EMT, so besides it making me choke up at the meaning, it also made me choke up knowing he volunteers to help others in need. Thank you for this!

Kat :)

Karen said...

Wonderful advice. You found that shell at a good time.
Lady Antebellum?? You ARE your daughters' mother. ;-)
Ladybug Creek

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Wonderful words of wisdom! Love the shell also. I have one that was always out in the bathroom when I grew up....great memories!


residential carpet said...

great post

Gweny said...

AWWW, you touched my heart today Laura. Thank you for these beautiful words to live by. That would be a good one for the wall:)

Sonny G said...

I needed to read your post this morning, so Thank You..


Vintage Gal said...

What a wonderful post ~ It's amazing how a little shell can touch your heart at the right time! ;-)

NanaDiana said...

Amen, Laura--- and I have started using things that I used to consider too "good" to use...what the heck am I saving them for ...a graveside party? Thanks for this post--it reminds me too...that there are little moments and treasures that we need to keep forever- Hugs- Diana

Unknown said...

Someone told me once, every time you find a penny it means someone in heaven is thinking of you. When I find pennies now, I put them in a little dish which when I look at reminds me of all the guardian angels I am so lucky to have watching over me.
It's all about attitude, don't you think Laura?

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Beautiful words to start my day! Thank you.


Pondside said...

What a great post to read as I set out for what promises to be a long and challenging day.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks bunches! This is a great post - even if I did shed a few tears.

trash talk said...

And when all else fails...keep a tight rein...my favorite.

Bonnie said...


The U Tube video was so touching. I am sniffing and wiping tears. I probably would not have watched it unless you had it on your blog. Thanks.

I loved how you expressed yourself the other day about a good day being one when you heard from your daughters about their day. I feel the same way about my kids.

Olive said...

That's right why to we "save" stuff for later? Or because we think it's too nice for now? Now is important too!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Laura, simple, but so significant and valuable. Your mother had a way of giving you branches of herself and your acceptance of it all, is beautiful.

I love Lady Antebellum's music, it speaks to me, deep within my soul. Thanks for sharing that with us. Sometimes I need that to complete my progress in this world! Music, is essential to me.


CHERI said...

So many of your posts are filled with insight and wisdom! I love Lady Antebellum!

Emily said...

I love this post. So comforting....


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