Shrimp – October 14, 2009

Simplicity and greatness go together.
— Monty Cralley

We have probably heard the phrase Keep It Simple thousands of times. It’s possible we are mystified by it, even yet. So many things in life have seemed complicated: getting an education, starting a new job, advising children and friends. Not many things can be pursued without careful consideration. When we have approached situations carelessly, we have often blundered badly.

Keeping it simple means doing only the next right thing, not a sequence of fourteen things all at once. To keep something simple means to focus on only a tiny bit of the problem at a time. If we employ a little hindsight, we’ll quickly recall how many situations began to improve as we attended to just a portion of them.

God never gives us more than we can handle. How many times have we heard that? It means we’ll always be shown the way to handle something little by little, very simply, in exactly the order we need the information. Don’t we see this is how it has always been? Why would it change now?

Today I need to listen. I don’t need to figure out all my problems at once.

Karen Casey

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Shrimp
Sh in the Alphabet Series
2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor & Ink

We had an extra person in out alphabet exchange, so Sh became a letter for a card. I love this little guy.

Karen Casey, Ph.D., a Naples, FL resident since 1991, published Each Day a New Beginning, her first book, in 1982. This daily meditation book for women in recovery has sold more than 3 million copies. The 25-year Anniversary edition of Each Day a New Beginning was released in August, 2006. It was closely followed by The Promise of a New Day, another daily meditation book for both men and women in search of serenity. It has sold more than 1.2 million copies. Following on the heels of these two books, Karen has written 22 books with more on the way. In April of 2006 she published ALL WE HAVE IS ALL WE NEED and she published three more books in 2007. SERENITY was released in March. BE WHO YOU WANT TO BE, in April and in the December, a companion book to ITS UP TO YOU: A PRACTICE TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE BY CHANGING YOUR MIND.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lesliepaints
    Oct 14, 2009 @ 17:14:30

    It took me a long time to learn how to limit my schedule so that I could do a few things well rather than a lot of things average, oftentimes not benefitting anyone. Now, I enjoy my day-to-day experience so much more. Nice pinkish-red shrimp on green, Beth!

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    • Beth Parker
      Oct 14, 2009 @ 17:35:13

      Thanks Leslie! I’m just now realizing I have too much on my plate, so I’m trying to streamline. I am way too busy. I tend to be a little bit of a control freak, so I’m trying to let go of some things. It’s good to clean house, so to speak, now and then.

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