it’s been a while …

since I posted "Wednesday’s Words" so today, for you, from Marilyn — in my Library of Memories class.

Thoughts on the question Why?

We spend a lot of mental energy asking (and answering) the questions of what (what we own, what we want, what is cool, what will make us look good) and where (where we want to live, where we want to travel) and who (who are the best contacts, who do we want to be seen with) and when (when do we want our promotion, or our independence) and how (how do we get more control, how do we win the many games we are playing).

These are not necessarily bad questions, but they can be dangerous when they are not preceded by what should be the first question — why ? It is the why question that causes us to think, and to ponder, and to prioritize, and to pray for guidance and inspiration and insight.

Why do we want what we want? Why do we do what we do? Why is a powerful question because it makes us dig deep and be honest with ourselves, and when we are honest, we know if the answers are good or bad. Answers that relate only to competing, and winning, and appearances, and comfort and ease are not good answers. Answers that relate to the true good of our family, the welfare of others, and the will of God are good answers.

Why is also a good question because answering it honestly often helps to simplify our lives and allow us to break free of the overload. When we don’t have a good answer for why we do something, we may be able to stop doing it — to eliminate one more complexity from our lives, and to thus put greater focus and greater priority on a thing that really matters."

Richard Eyre

think about the whys in your life today, oK? But, don’t make all your thoughts too serious. Answer some fun why questions too.

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In the May/June issue of SS, I asked you to visit a favorite website of mine. It’s called Little Miss Matched — and I’m 97.3% sure it will put a smile on your face. I just got my first "sock" order before I left for London. Why do I love these socks?

because when I wear them, I say to myself, "women my age probably shouldn’t wear socks like this" and that thought alone makes me smile.

because as you can see in  my previous post, I am a sock-challenged mother of five. I spend a portion of every single day laundering and attempting to match socks — against all odds!

because there are few things as mood-elevating as vibrant colors and patterns and I love surrounding myself with these things.

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that’s why!
great legs — don’t ya think?

Comments

  1. LOVE those socks. I am so going to go click me a pair….In my house, we live for funky socks. :)

  2. Great question. Even greater answer. Love those socks! Fun.

  3. LOVE the socks! I can see some in my future and what a great gift too!
    Maybe for my mom and MIL on Mother’s Day!

  4. Hi Stacy!!
    great thoughts for today.
    I will think about the why’s in my life. This morning I was walking and breathing the wonderful smell of flowers from the cherry trees..the blue sky, the flowers out , the warmer weather made me think… I really like to be here in Scotland and the birds were also agreeing.. they were all happy. It also made me inspire to shoot more springs shots and my kids enjoying it and WHy?! powerful things happen during this season… smiling is one of them… I had learned that with you .. HAppy Scrap.Thank you.
    Regarding the socks!!! absolutely cool.. reminds me of Cat in the Hat movie.. such a cool colour movie.
    Hope you do not forget to check “The Art of HAppiness” from Dalai Lama…. he mentions a lot of why’s…
    Ana

  5. Love the socks Stacy, and I don’t care if you think you should have them or not. THEY LOOK CUTE AND FUN!!!

  6. I saw these socks in a local gift shoppe here in mn, I love them! way cool.. i’m like u.. i usually hate wearing socks.. but hey, i’d wear these in a heartbeat! hugs

  7. those are fabulously fun :)

  8. The socks are terrific! And this comes from someone who is irritated by mismatched socks! LOL I just might have to get me a pair.

  9. I *love* that thought. And I LOVE those socks. Crazy socks are awesome, like your own little secret. Most of the time, they’re unseen, but poking out from your regular old jeans, they’re a fun surprise. Been on a mission lately to get me fun surprise socks. :)

  10. Great thoughts! Pondering the question ‘Why?’.
    Love the socks and they make for ‘happy feet’ don’t they? Enjoy!
    Sue

  11. Judy in Carefree says:

    Hey, I’m almost 65 and I still wear crazy socks when it gets cold enough in AZ. Love yours!

  12. Sharon F. says:

    Why? because we love them…and that is good enough!
    thanks for sharing and asking us to ponder..

  13. Yep the socks are cool. But I DO happen to think the legs are great. They are legs that were once small, but grew bigger while learning to love, care and respect. They are legs that carried a heavy load so that children could be born and loved, and sometimes they carried a heavy load emotionally and kept on going. They are legs that have traveled a million miles to bring the gift of sharring memories for todays generation and for future ones. They are legs that are healthy and strong. They are GREAT legs in fact they are WONDERFUL! Somday I hope that I have a pair just like them ;)

  14. I LOVE that site and their socks. But, I had the same thought….”Surely, 40 yr old mothers shouldn’t wear these….” But WHY not! They look like so much fun! And, living in a house full of boys/men….I’m sure they won’t get mixed up with their socks! I’m placing my order now!
    Thanks…..

  15. Santa brought 2 sets of these socks for my 7 y/o dd and she won’t wear ANYTHING but them. It sure does save me time sorting socks! The problem is – I want some too! But if I do – I’ll have to put more thought into sorting socks again! *grin* It may just be worth it!

  16. I love that your sock post follows a post of one of your sons, walking his lizard, in unmatched socks….
    Stacy – this may be a duplicate message, but I’ll say it again, since I’m still reading about how much time you spend dealing with laundry. Change your system! Instead of grouping laundry together, do a load per kid (or per bedroom, if they share a room) Dirty laundry comes out of kid’s room, gets washed, and goes back into that room. No more wondering who’s wearing Batman underwear and who’s wearing Spiderman.
    Take care
    Marion

  17. I love that your sock post follows a post of one of your sons, walking his lizard, in unmatched socks….
    Stacy – this may be a duplicate message, but I’ll say it again, since I’m still reading about how much time you spend dealing with laundry. Change your system! Instead of grouping laundry together, do a load per kid (or per bedroom, if they share a room) Dirty laundry comes out of kid’s room, gets washed, and goes back into that room. No more wondering who’s wearing Batman underwear and who’s wearing Spiderman.
    Take care
    Marion

  18. any legs in socks like those are GREAT LEGS. I think I’ll check them out.
    signed:
    another crazy lady.

  19. kat-in-texas says:

    I was thinking how “cool” you are to let him express his creativity by wearing mismatched socks! (I wasn’t thinking laundry issue!) And you took the picture anyway, which proves you’re not insecure! WHY do we worry about small, insignificant stuff that doesn’t matter today, tomorrow or next year? God is still on His throne and we are playing our “act” to an audience of “One”. Thanks, Stacy!

  20. Thank you so much for the link… I have a dd who loved the lizard and your ds’ socks… she wears her one’s that way too! ;)

  21. Thank you so much for the link… I have a dd who loved the lizard and your ds’ socks… she wears her one’s that way too! ;)
    The question WHY is such a cool question to use… maybe those toddlers/preschoolers have something profound after all.

  22. cindy b. says:

    LOL! Love those socks. Gotta check out the link. Peace and blessings, Cindy B.

  23. I LOVE those socks. Such great colors! It is VERY outside my comfort zone to wear mismatched socks. Sadly, I’m not even sure I could do it.
    My 4yo asked why Clark was wearing to different colored socks when I showed her the lizard leash. I told I wasn’t sure why.
    Maybe I should ask why I don’t think I could… I’ll get back to you on it. LOL

  24. Those socks scream out Dr. Suess! (Even as an adult – I totally dig Dr. Suess). Good thoughts for the day – contemplate why. Thanks for always giving a perspective on life.

  25. Love the socks……….and the legs. woohoo!
    I wanted to share with you a piece of Art that I bought over the weekend. I love it. It makes me Happy. And it also reminds me of you and your great personality! You can check it out on my blog.
    Happy Day!

  26. Jennifer W says:

    I have always loved patterned, crazy socks and a friend gave me a set of miss matched for my birthday. She got herself one too, in case I really needed to match my crazy socks, but I love them! I just took mine on a trip to London. I can only imagine what they thought while I was wandering around the plane…
    On a note of craziness, my boys (and husband) get their fashion crazy in shirts–the crazier the hawaiian print, the better. Good times.

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