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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Simple Pleasures

Please visit Dayle at A Little of This and That and see what she and others feel are simple pleasures.


Now this is a seven minute video. It will be worth even one of the seven minutes you spend on it. It might change the way you look at life . . .

And while this is about mothers and children . . . I believe you can use the thoughts here and adapt it to many things . . .

I hope you remember the simple pleasure of an ordinary day.

How many of us agrees with this and knows how true it is? It brings tears to me every time I watch it.


I have waited for this day for so long - a year. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Mother Teresa - one of my most loved females in the world. What a woman. Wikipedia

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (Gonxhe meaning "rosebud" in Albanian) was born on 26 August 1910, in Üsküb, Ottoman Empire (now Skopje, capital of the Republic of Macedonia). Although she was born on 26 August, she considered 27 August, the day she was baptized, to be her "true birthday."

She was the youngest of the children of a family from Shkodër, Albania, born to Nikollë and Drana Bojaxhiu. Her father, who was involved in Albanian politics, died in 1919 when she was eight years old. After her father's death, her mother raised her as a Roman Catholic. Her father's origin was possibly from Prizren, Kosovo while her mother's origin was possibly from a village near Gjakova, Kosovo.

According to a biography by Joan Graff Clucas, in her early years Agnes was fascinated by stories of the lives of missionaries and their service, and by age 12 was convinced that she should commit herself to a religious life. She left home at age 18 to join the Sisters of Loreto as a missionary. She never again saw her mother or sister.

Agnes initially went to the Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham, Ireland to learn English, the language the Sisters of Loreto used to teach school children in India. She arrived in India in 1929, and began her novitiate in Darjeeling, near the Himalayan mountains. She took her first religious vows as a nun on 24 May 1931. At that time she chose the name Teresa after Thérèse de Lisieux, the patron saint of missionaries. She took her solemn vows on 14 May 1937, while serving as a teacher at the Loreto convent school in eastern Calcutta.

Although Teresa enjoyed teaching at the school, she was increasingly disturbed by the poverty surrounding her in Calcutta. The Bengal famine of 1943 brought misery and death to the city; and the outbreak of Hindu/Muslim violence in August 1946 plunged the city into despair and horror.

It's not easy to be a nun! I really respected her. She gave her life for others. A side note - she died the same year my brother died. I remember thinking what great company he had up there. And this is off track, but Princess Diana died that year too. Funny what your mind remembers.


I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love. -Mother Teresa, "The Simple Path"

It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us...Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.
- Mother Teresa

Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless. -Mother Teresa

The world today is upside down because there is so very little love in the home, and in family life. We have no time for each other. Everybody is in such a terrible rush, and so anxious and in the home begins the disruption of the peace of the world.
-Mother Teresa

Is this not a perfect quote to go with the blog. Mother Theresa believed in Simple Pleasures.


Monica said...

She was a very holy person, and practiced her beliefs!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sandie Sweetie...
What a beautiful share sweet friend. You always have the best video shares. I think you must spend hours just searching and searching. Lovely.

I did not know that today would have been Mother Teresa's birthday. What a beautiful write for her. She was a very holy person and yes she did practice her beliefs, right down to the letter "T".

I pray you are well sweet friend. I think of you every day in my prayers. You have so lit up my life with your love. Thank you my friend.

Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Stella said...

Yes, I certainly appreciate an ordinary day. The simple act of going up a couple of stairs or carring my own cup of coffee across the room has taken on new meaning. Thanks for sharing an ordinary day. Stella

Debbie said...

I had seen that video previously, but today was a perfect day for me to view it again.

Love your simple pleasure today very much.

And Happy Birthday to Mother Teresa, a woman who personified the pleasure of simplicity.

Dayle said...

What a wonderful post. The video touches me every time I see it. And who couldn't love Mother Teresa? Her quotes are straight to the heart.

Thanks for linking up today.

Susan said...

Yes, Cindy, a perfect quote for the day, right in tune with simple pleasures. Mother Theresa was a truly holy woman whose life was dedicated to others. Happy Birthday to her! Thanks for sharing. Susan

That corgi :) said...

that video was very good, Sandie. you are right, it made me cry too. LOL, watched it just before I started working for the day and I was a mess for the first 15 minutes as I was thinking about all she said. Very insightful she was; new moms need to get ahold of her book and remember to treasure the ordinary days because the kids do grow up toooo fast!!

Mother Theresa definitely walked the talk, didn't she??


Jennie said...

Oh yes! I have watched this video before and cried. So I watched it again...and cried!

It really is in the ordinary moments our life's story is written. Thank you for the reminder to relish in those moments.

Granny Annie said...

The most wonderful thing about grandchildren is that you get to watch the ordinary days they have with their parents and if the parent's might be missing them, you are not. My grandchildren's ordinary days are the days of our lives now. That was a wonderful video.

Mevely317 said...

I soooo loved this video - you have such a gift for finding treasures that touch our hearts! This certainly gives me something to think about.
Hope you're enjoying a cozy evening!

Life is good! said...

love the video! mother teresa has always amazed me. how someone could do all that she did.
God bless her as she rests in peace.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Mercy, Sandi! That video has done something bad to my mascara.

SO true... the pleasures of an ordinary day are life's sweetest blessings...

Angela said...

They were talking about Mother Theresa this morning on the news. She was a very powerful lady. They had nothing but good to say about her.


Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

Thanks for sharing Mother Teresa's birthday with us. Trish

Rose said...

very good video. we all have moments each day we need to remember how special. rose

Carol............. said...

Great Video.

As for Mother Theresa I've always been fascinated by her. It seems that her "order" was one of the strictest but hers was the one that most of the young nuns wanted to belong to.

I have some good Video documentaries of her life. She is truly an inspiration!

T's Daily Treasures said...

I love the ordinary days, filled with simply pleasures, away from the chaos and noise of the world.

Mother Teresa was truly inspiring, a kind and tender soul in a rough environment. People are rushed now more than ever these days. I am sure she would have a lot to say about the direction of the world at this moment.

Hope a fabulous Friday. :) Tammy