Posted by: Judy | February 5, 2014

Oddball musing…

Lately, I’ve read a number of blogs about living abundantly and enjoying life.

They invariably mention their concern about wasting time or resources.

What interests me more is that they fail to recognize their own contradiction.

They talk about how happy they are and then lament how they may not be living up to their full potential. Am I the only one who sees a problem with their thinking?

January was insane for me with finishing a novel for my publisher and a novella I published myself.

I was worried. Who wouldn’t be?

However, the following thought process popped into my head:

Did I true believe I wouldn’t succeed? I kept saying that I trusted God to help me. Did I believe what I was saying or didn’t I?

Then a more insidious question niggled into my brain:

Do I believe that if I worry then I am somehow being virtuous? Have I elevated worry to the level of proof I take my responsibilities and concerns seriously?

Which brought me back to the beginning.

So many of us talk about the importance of being happy and living life to the fullest, etc, etc, etc, but when we do we manage to find something wrong with how we are going about it or look for the potential of something being wrong. Isn’t it hypocritical to tout the importance of living life full out and at the same time sanctimoniously (whether we recognize it or not) decrying living too abundantly?

Either you choose abundance or you don’t. Playing like you’re choosing abundance but still decrying the evils of living too happily must surely be one of the biggest lies ever uttered because you’re not only lying to those you’re preaching your message but you’re lying to yourself and to God.

How’s that you ask?

You thank God for all your blessings even as you question their worth.

So the gift I’m adding to my list this month is a variation on something I learned a long time ago. “Say thank you and shut up.” Now, I’m going to learn how to “Enjoy and shut up.”


  1. “Enjoy and shut up” ha ha ha love it. 🙂

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  2. I think people feel guilty for enjoying their good fortune — martyrdom is less frowned upon, I suppose. I’m not sure I have this problem except in that I don’t feel I deserve the good things that come my way. But we know who made me feel that way 😦

    • I know all too well, which is why I’m going to practice enjoying and shutting up, no excuses, no second guessing. 🙂 You deserve good things in your life, PV. Thanks for being one of the good things in my life.

  3. Love it.

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  4. A great post; Love, ‘say thank you and shut up’; this, for me, is related to other well wishes in life, say ‘congrats’ and shut up. say ‘best wishes’ and shut up. Usually when some follow up a ‘thank you’ or ‘congrats’ there comes the take away from it. Either an insult to themselves or to the other person. Really enjoyed this. xxTR

    • Exactly! I’d forgotten how some of those others were used as a bait and switch. I’ll work on being more aware of those, too. Thanks, ((TR))

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