Saturday, January 1, 2022

2021 Reflections

Another year has passed and with that, it is time to reflect on the time that was 2021 and some pondering for the upcoming year.

2021 Reflections at Pieced Pastimes

Much to my chagrin and everyone else, the pandemic continued throughout the year and looks to be with us for the foreseeable future.

2021 Minimalist Modern Farmhouse Christmas Tour at Pieced Pastimes
2021 Minimalist Modern Farmhouse Christmas Tour

With that in mind, if ever there was a time to rise to the challenge this is it!

Repurposed Plant Hanger at Pieced Pastimes
Repurposed Plant Hanger

Every person you meet is struggling with something, but it is also within everyones power to be kind.

Combination Longarm Quilting Room, Sewing Room and Home Office Tour at Pieced Pastimes
Combination Longarm Quilting Room, Sewing Room and Home Office Tour

One small act of kindness can make all the difference to someone in need. 

DIY Vintage Cupola at Pieced Pastimes
DIY Vintage Cupola

Isolation has put many of our most vulnerable at risk, so this is the time to check on your neighbors.

Our Fall Home and My Simple 3 Step Approach to Simple Home Decor at Pieced Pastimes
Our Fall Home and My 3 Step Approach to Simple Home Decor

Share your smile with the world. This one simple deed could be a much needed light to someones darkest day.

Vegan Burrito Bowl at Pieced Pastimes
Vegan Burrito Bowl

Find it within yourself to be more patient. The old proverb, 'You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar' really does ring true.

Sweet Potato Pizza at Pieced Pastimes
Sweet Potato Pizza

And finally, take heed of your blessings.

Berry Zucchini Oats aka Zoats at Pieced Pastimes
Berry Zucchini Oats aka Zoats

There is always something to be thankful for.

Wildlife Shares from Our Window into the Wild at Pieced Pastimes
A Few of the Wildlife Shares from Our Window into the Wild

For some perspective, I saved this message some time ago and refer to it often. 

Beautiful New Hampshire Landscapes at Pieced Pastimes
A Few of the Beautiful Landscape Shares from here in New Hampshire

The message is quite powerful:

"If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world.

If you have money in the bank, your wallet and some spare change you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation you are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering.

If you can read this message you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read it at all."

~ Author Unknown

Moving into 2022, I will take my own advice by adopting more kindness, patience, compassion and gratitude within my life and I hope that you will join me.

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  1. That message is so powerful! I agree, we who have clothes on our back, food in our fridge and a roof over our head are very fortunate. Those of us who have access to the Internet are even more well off. (I am pretty sure the message about reading it at all refers to people who cannot read, not just those without Internet access.) I am occasionally overcome with worry for my financial and health-related security, as I depend on benefits and am in long-term care, but then again I am unlikely to ever starve. Thank you so much for posting all this. Wishing you a blessed 2022.

    1. Happy to know that this message rings so loudly for you, Astrid. There is much to be said for practicing gratitude in our daily lives. Sending you New Year blessings, Suzanne.

  2. I love the message. Perspective always gives me pause and is very powerful. Thank you for the reminder; we need more of that. XO- MaryJo

    1. Thanks, MaryJo and yes, viewing the 'big picture' can be a real eye opener. One can't help but be more appreciative of all our blessings. All my best, Suzanne.

  3. lovely post, and the quote is so true! First time to your blog so I enjoyed looking back

    1. Thank-you, Susan! Always nice to welcome a new visitor to the blog. Wishing you a wonderful New Year, Suzanne.

  4. Lovely post - Happy New Year!

    1. Thank-you, Ann and Happy New Year to you and yours, Suzanne.

  5. Suzanne, I enjoyed looking back on your wonderful posts. I always enjoy your wildlife and food photos. I especially enjoy your minimalist style, simple but beautiful!

    1. Thanks so much, Pam! It's always nice to hear someone has enjoyed your posts. Here's to a splendid 2022! Many smiles, Suzanne.

  6. I love your replay, Suzanne, and the shared thoughts. You live a great example of a good life.

    1. Awe, thank-you for the sweet compliment, Rita! Our life is simple, but certainly full of all that is beautiful in the world. Wishing you a wonderful 2022 my friend, Suzanne.


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