Friday, December 16, 2011

Bloggers Challenge - Tie it up

Good morning bloggers,

This week Lisa Somerville challenged us to 'tie it up.'  You can see her blog with the challenge and all the other ladies participating on this blog.

Lisa Somerville's blog

Wow - this one took me a while to choose.  I mean there are so many ways you could go with this.  Men's ties, packages with bows... lot's of ways to interpret this.  Since I needed more Christmas cards and since my waltzingmouse order arrived earlier in the week, I decided to go with the idea of things that get tied up.  One thing that gets tied up at christmas is greenery and pinecones so my card is based on a tied up bough and pinecone.

this gave me the perfect excuse to add a grosgrain ribbon bow also.  I am loving this waltzingmouse set.  It's very elegant and natural.  I also have some pretty memory box christmas papers that I thought would go well with this nature scene.

Oh and another thing....  I heard that there is a camera giveaway on this awesome site:


Why don't you go there and enter in the contest.  I am!  I'd love to win a Nikon D90!!!  The site is super cool.  Love those photographs and how they get different looks from the same shot!!  Cool!

So one last thing before I leave you today.  I saw this great post on my friends facebook the other day.  It has some interesting ideas that are worth considering.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.

Top Five Regrets Of The Dying
For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die.
People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learned never to underestimate someone's capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.
When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:
1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people have had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.
It is very important to try and honor at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.
2. I wish I didn't work so hard.
This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children's youth and their partner's companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.
By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.
3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.
Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.
We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.
It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called 'comfort' of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.
When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.
Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.
Bronnie Ware is a writer and songwriter from Australia. Her blog has a loyal and ever-increasing following and has been quoted in several respectable international publications. Based on this article, Bronnie has now released a full-length book, also titled 'The Top Five Regrets of the Dying'. For more information about this or to read more of Bronnie's work, please visit her blog at
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Gayle Page-Robak said...

Very Lovely, Linda. Merry Christmas.

BarbaraW said...

Pretty card. The pinecone stamp is lovely.

Shelly Schmidt said...

I love your card- the bow is such a pretty accent! Love your inspirational piece too- not living with regret! I too am a nurse and it is always interesting to see how people express themselves 'at the end'. A good reminder to look at your priorities during the holiday season!

Basement Stamper said...

beautiful card, love the design on it.

Kimberly Gajewski said...

What a lovely Christmas card Linda! These papers are so pretty and I love it when you use this fold design! :D