To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch or a redeemed social condition
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is the meaning of success.
It’s really important to focus on truths like that to help me work at what is significant in life instead of trifling away the hours.
|The basket of folders and magazines sits
on the (relocated) small bench next to the desk.
There is a small trash can under the bench.
Also, a three hole punch and
a narrow Longaberger basket
(a long ago gift from my mom)
fit in nicely behind the lap top.
The kids have a bad habit of taking my lap top
to other rooms, and leaving it here and there.
I’m worried that all this jostling and cord bending
will shorten the life, so the new rule is:
“Lap top stays put unless you have
specific permission from mom!”
When I need to take it somewhere,
it goes in a travel bag under the desk.
|Under desk, the blue cabinet with three drawers
holds various kinds of paper and stationary,
health files, and school papers.
(Until recently, it was in our storage room
with other “stuff” in it.)
A file box on top of desk holds labeled folders
and papers to be filed.
It’s not the prettiest looking thing, so I put
a more appealing box in front of it.
The framed poem is my
Seven Blessings for One Marriage,
also a good reminder. One blessing says,
“Purpose: As you embark on a journey of excellence together
Move forward faithfully and fruitfully as partners
On your mission, a grand adventure of faith and destiny.”
|A basket next to the recliner chair
holds books I am currently reading.
I also put a clamp lamp on the bookcase
tilted toward the chair
for extra light while reading.
So that is my new desk area. I tried to include some pretty, sentimental, and inspirational items to keep me motivated. It is a happy place for me.
(Note: I did some more desk tweaking which you can read about here: A Space of My Own.)
As I mentioned in my last post, I started a new blog theme, A Worthy Cause, in which I highlight charitable organizations that are making a difference in their communities and/or globally. Today, I’d like to feature Habitat for Humanity since I bought my desk chair at their ReStore.
“Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We build with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.”
How can you help Habitat fulfill this mission here in the states and around the world?
- Donate money. Simple, huh? Or maybe a car? They resell those to support their projects.
- Donate extra building supplies and household goods to be sold in their ReStore thrift shops. Got a spare door — or even a door knob? A box of extra tiles left over from remodeling? A gently used dresser, throw pillow or toaster oven?
- Shop at ReStore! If you’re going bargain hunting, why not do it for a worthy cause? I have found ReStore to be very reasonably priced with a good selection of stuff, including nice furniture donated by hotels.
- Volunteer to help build a house or work in a Restore. Hey, Habitat even has age-appropriate youth programs for kids ages 5 and up to make a difference! Click the link to find fun ways (like on-line games) to explore what it means to help others with housing. Teens who are 16 and up can actually be active on construction sites. What a way to log in your high school volunteer hours!
What do you think?
What can you do to motivate yourself toward greater productivity and organization?
And, can you help Habitat for Humanity? Let’s, like Bessie Stanley Anderson said, “Leave the world a little better… [with] a redeemed social condition.”
Brought to you from the desk of Virginia Knowles…
This post linked at Simple Design’s Share Your Thrift Haul
|Organizing Revolution Week 1|