So, I failed to write a Musing or motivation for Monday because on Columbus Day I rested. A lot! So I am behind on life:)
Today’s words of wisdom/wit are all about something that is so important, yet so simple. As southerners often say-“Don’t sweep around someone else’s porch until you sweep around your own.” It basically means- mind your business and clean up the issues in your life before talking about other people’s flaws.
And let me say this, I definitely have my opinions about others and frankly there is no one that I know that doesn’t discuss other people’s lives and judge their decisions to some degree. But there is so much going on in all of our lives, so we should improve in areas that need work and focus on time with those we love. I honestly don’t care or want to waste energy on the way people chouse to live. So it has always perplexed me why many people do.
As long someone’s lifestyle is not harmful to other living beings, then I have no interest in butting my nose in their business. If we all adopted that mindset, then life would generally be easier for everyone. I just don’t understand the appeal of focusing precious time on other people’s affairs when life is so hurried and fleeting. Even the obsession with what celebrities do every waking moment just lacks appeal to me. But it makes more since than caring how Syd looked at Nancy at the meeting or how Desi drank one too many Manhattan’s at Lucy’s party.
Do you know a busy body or ultimate judger? Because I know that none of you could possibly be that way😁. Just asking if you have a friend like this. I threw together a few tips to show to those with too much free time and how they can focus on ANYTHING besides someone else’s business.
1. Focus on God- time being spent as a gossip could be spent praying or meditating on something positive or greater than oneself (for me that would mean reading the Bible and praying)
2. Volunteer- a homeless shelter or animal shelter is a place where beings are at their most vulnerable and need the most help. This should touch and humble anyone with even half a heart.
3. Get active- active people have more endorphins which makes them happier and they feel better physically. Which should make them feel better about others (hopefully).
4. Get a hobby (or a life)- Finding something to do will keep that normally chatty Cathy or Chad, occupied. And if a mate is what they need, finding someon with common interests helps! Hopefully doing something fun in their spare time will ease the desire of ‘minding folks business’.
This list was written with a hint of a snark/in jest, but it should actually cure the chronic bad-mouther of their need to meddle! Or at least help them to rid themselves of the desire!