I don’t want to strike a sad note, but life comes in a package with suffering, and no matter how we may cheat suffering when we’re young, it eventually catches up with us. And these pandemic times have been especially heavy. Hopefully 2022 and the years to come will be much better!
But we struggle with so much more than the pandemic, as life follows its course and dear ones are aging, getting sick, and dying. Then other family and friends are struggling with addictions of various kinds, including the seemingly more innocuous one of “slight” alcoholism. Which is why even before the pandemic I created a series of cards, magnets, keychains, mousepads, ornaments, posters, and picture frames, among other things, with the Serenity Prayer, which, if you recall, goes like this:
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.”
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They say there’s no such thing as a mug for left-handed people, but the one above is just that, in memory of a dear friend of mine. You can see the words about serenity, courage, and wisdom only if you hold the mug in your left hand.
The following flexible magnet is currently sold out as a product on Zazzle (the type of magnet, that is, not my specific design, which is printed on demand), but I’m showing it because I really like it—and because I hope Z. will get new batches from their supplier soon.
I made a magnetic photo frame with part of the above forest in fall image too. Picture frames were suggested by another dear friend of mine. If you, too, have ideas for other types of custom-made products you would like with the Serenity Prayer, just let me know, and I’ll see if they are available, and create a few designs for you to choose from.
And now back to the beach with a mousepad, which is a useful product and one that may remind you, perhaps, not only of the courage to move on, but also of the fact of one or two things you may want to change away from the computer.
For those of you who like mountains, here’s an ornament. It has the same image of both sides and the inspirational quote on the front only.
And a mug with these inspirational words. I really like the landscape on it, with the boats on a clear mountain lake, suggestive, perhaps, of the clarity we often gain after much struggle. This one, again, is for a leftie. I have a soft spot for them. But it can also be used by a right-handed person, since there’s a great mountain landscape to look at from that angle.
But here’s a version for a right-handed person, should you want one with the motivational words on the right.
What else? Keychains! I have some of those too. They are a good way to be reminded of a good way to motivate yourself or someone else to get out of a slump.
Should you prefer the beauty of flowers in spring, I have a few things like that too. Here’s a lumbar pillow with the white and pink blooms of a decorative tree on the front and the inspirational words on serenity and courage, and the wisdom to discern when each is appropriate, on the back.
I hope you enjoyed this presentation and found one or two things to your liking.
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To a happier, healthier life,