Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

belief.netIt’s a short walk between Rest and Restoration.

At 4 AM this morning I knew I was not going to be going back to sleep. My first appointment in the day was three hours and fifteen minutes away. I had a couple of choices.  I could just rest. Lay there. Let my body relax.  I didn’t choose any of those because I knew it would be accompanied by the unmet desire to acquire two more hours of sleep.  I got up.  I chose to look at an unexpected 4 AM wake up call as a gift.  WHAT project around the house has needed two hours of uninterrupted attention?  The entry to our house is through our garage. And then through the pantry into the kitchen.  The pantry had started looking (and therefore, behaving) like a traditional mud room. Which – it is not.

Restoration ensued. It involved taking the room apart, eliminating some things (thrift and recycle) and  putting other things in a more appropriate place.  When the room was restored, fifteen minutes before my appointment, it sparkled. And so did I.  I may have missed out on a few hours of sleep, REST. I gained a space that is welcoming and feels like a great transition into our home, RESTORATION.  That’s a contrast I can embrace.

Thanks for visiting.   mary anne radmacher


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IF YOU ARE TEMPTED to think casting a vote doesn’t matter…think on this:  Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, was the first black woman admitted to the bar in Mississippi (1965).  She said in I DREAM A WORLD, ” People would do their voter registration and they would be thrown off their plantations the next day.  In 1964 and 1965 courageous ordinary people gave up their little homes and their food, withstood bombings and shootings, and lost everything to exercise their right to vote.

Edelman said, “Ordinary women of grace are, in a sense, my real role models. What always struck me is how unbitter they were. They had the capacity to keep struggling.  I think that is a message that this quick-fix culture needs, this culture that thinks things should be solved instantly or cheaply.  They’re always searching for cheap grace.”

The time she references is just fifty years ago.  And still, there are disincentives being put in place to keep people from voting.  It is a singular privilege and right of an American citizen.  Vote. Women have had the right since 1920 thanks to decades are hard-won work and the 19th amendment.  Honor those who made it possible: vote.