Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Essentials

We need to surround ourselves with those things we love, that make us feel at peace and closer to who we were created to be.” –Tammy Bennett
The Essentials –What material items, that you currently own, would you keep if you could only keep 5? We’re speaking of all non-living items-“Things”- as they are called, which 5 are essential to you?
Here are mine:
1.       Bottle of Chanel No 5
2.       Great Fitting Jeans
3.       A Cardigan Sweater Set
4.       My Sneakers (and ballet flats, and sandals, and pumps….okay I love shoes)
5.       Lipstick
  • Essentials-What foods do you LOVE?  Have you eaten any of them lately?
  • Essentials-What flowers do you love? Do you have a photograph, vase or potted version of them?
  • Essentials-Exercise….have you moved your body today? A gym membership is not required.
What about the Non-essentials. We all have them, things that frustrate, confuse, or bring us to a place where we feel overwhelmed or like giving up. Here’s a poem that I have always referred to when life becomes overwhelming, and there are more NON-ESSENTIALS than ESSENTIALS filling my space :
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit.
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit!
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
when he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow-
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
it seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out-
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit--
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
—Author Unknown

Take the time today to surround yourself with what you love, the essentials. Don't Quit. We are all truly blessed. ~


  1. Great post!! :) 5 materialistic items I'd keep:
    1. iPad!
    2. Nikon D90
    3. My fabric stash
    4. Sewing Machine
    5. Danier Leather Hobo bag

    I should get to keep my clothes just cause... ;) lol!

  2. What a wonderful post! Yep, I am a follower now!:)