Years ago I heard Oprah say that she had a team of angels. Some were for keeping her safe. Some were to guide her decisions and some were to help her find her shoes in the morning. I always liked that concept. Shoe Angels. That certainly takes all the responsibility off one's shoulders for even the smallest problem. I think many of our everyday problems are a lack of taking responsibility.We all play the victim sometime in our lives. It is energy draining and deteriorates our character.
Clutter is energy draining, too. I really, really try to put things away, but somehow they come back out again. I swear that they do it on their own.
We spent the evening with my son Tim, wife Karen and their two boys. Joey and Tony are 8 and 10. They are obsessed with sports, reading and goofy jokes. I love their exuberance, innocence, quick laughter and affectionate natures. They are this way because of their innate personalities, but also because of the gentle and respectful way their parents treat them. Joey almost beat John at chess. Tony declared that our house was perfect, except we did not have Wii and since they are only allowed to play on the weekends, this was an important point. I was happy to be around a dinner table with family and know they are okay and happy. Now if only our other kids could stop by for a visit, dinner and hugs.
By the way the angel above is from Ballard catalog, the necklace she wears is an original Keith Lo Bue piece and the rusted sphere at her feet is a very heavy ball bearing (we think) that was dug up by Susan Kelley (Morgan Conservatory) near Lake Erie and gifted to me this summer.