Monday, December 14th, 2009

Something to Ponder on a Monday Morning

Stephanie

Orange Door

Image courtesy of Flickr member neloqua

Sometimes one of the hardest things you can do is to allow one door to close so another can open. In my life, I’ve had a nasty habit of holding on to things longer than I should- but lately, I’ve been getting much better at letting go and the following quote nicely sums up how I’ve been approaching my 40’s:

“After you’ve done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully.  After five years, look at it with suspicion.  And after ten years, throw it away and start all over.” ~Alfred Edward Perlman, New York Times, 3 July 1958


10 thoughts on “Something to Ponder on a Monday Morning

  1. Madame Purl – you sound like me! We hang on to them because they are safe & comfortable – like an old pair of slippers – even if they make our feet hurt. Change is scary. The thing to keep in mind is that if we don’t take stock and make changes as necessary, they will sometimes be made for us and that can be more of a shock than if we had done it ourselves.

  2. Madame Purl – you sound like me! We hang on to them because they are safe & comfortable – like an old pair of slippers – even if they make our feet hurt. Change is scary. The thing to keep in mind is that if we don’t take stock and make changes as necessary, they will sometimes be made for us and that can be more of a shock than if we had done it ourselves.

  3. Diane… I had to think about the whole consistency/repetition thing. I believe that irregardless of whether something is “working” or not, you should always just take a step back and review (be conscious) to see if what you are doing is moving you forward (in life) or holding you back.

  4. Diane… I had to think about the whole consistency/repetition thing. I believe that irregardless of whether something is “working” or not, you should always just take a step back and review (be conscious) to see if what you are doing is moving you forward (in life) or holding you back.

  5. Wow… As I’m going to be joining the ranks of the unemployed on Friday… this hit home. I held onto that job way too long. Why do we always hang onto things that aren’t good for us for too long? Convenience, fear and laziness in my case. Now that I’m closer to 40 than 30… I’ve gotten better, but I still have a ways to go.

  6. Wow… As I’m going to be joining the ranks of the unemployed on Friday… this hit home. I held onto that job way too long. Why do we always hang onto things that aren’t good for us for too long? Convenience, fear and laziness in my case. Now that I’m closer to 40 than 30… I’ve gotten better, but I still have a ways to go.

  7. That is a fantastic picture. There’s so much orange in the world that I’m seeing now through your eyes!

    As for the quote, depends on whether he means repetition or consistency. To be consistent in one’s values/beliefs/ actions can be admirable or restrictive, depending upon the occasion. But ususally it denotes a conscious decision. To repeat something, however, implies that one is not conscious of the repetition and has become a mere automaton. That is where some massive shocks to the system (like a really intense Saturn return, for the astrologers among us) can be good while being so bad. :)

  8. That is a fantastic picture. There’s so much orange in the world that I’m seeing now through your eyes!

    As for the quote, depends on whether he means repetition or consistency. To be consistent in one’s values/beliefs/ actions can be admirable or restrictive, depending upon the occasion. But ususally it denotes a conscious decision. To repeat something, however, implies that one is not conscious of the repetition and has become a mere automaton. That is where some massive shocks to the system (like a really intense Saturn return, for the astrologers among us) can be good while being so bad. :)

  9. The pic is gorgeous and absolutely on point for the very, very wise thought!

    I needed this. Wrote it all down in my Rhodia Reverse.

    Thanks!

  10. The pic is gorgeous and absolutely on point for the very, very wise thought!

    I needed this. Wrote it all down in my Rhodia Reverse.

    Thanks!

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