I can’t be the only one who has seen miser as the start to misery. Miser is a word ordinarily used to accredit an individual with hoarding or parsimonious tendencies─most often around that dread subject money. Maybe that’s why I liked this anonymous quote:
People are not designed for misery.
In fact, this quote is what got me thinking about a broader definition for miser. When I am being a miser, what I’m really being is stingy. And what’s stinginess but a fear that somehow somewhere somewhen, there’s not enough?
Go back to the quote: people [we] are not designed [made for the purpose of] miser-y [not enoughness]. Not now. Not ever.
The next time you’re bordering on your own version of miser-y, look around you. Where can you rest your eyes to prove to yourself that there’s enough of whatever? Stay there, and let your inner miser slink away.
Seeds XVII, 5
Usually, I write the next six month’s Seeds between Christmas and New Year’s Day, but this year, I was busy working on a radical life shift so I’m writing this Seed in my new apartment in Petaluma, California! [Waiting for the movers ...]
Perhaps that’s why I was drawn to this quote from one of the pages in my Mary Engelbreit calendar.
Doors are everywhere—open them.
Believe me, doors really are everywhere, and once we open them, it seems like there’s no choice but to step over their thresholds, and explore what’s on the other side. Take it from someone who has just made a radical change! All I see are doors. Each one beckons me. I’m taking my time as I explore my new home.
Just be aware that stepping through new doors changes things. How could it not? Ready for a life shift of your own? Find a new door. Open it.
Seeds XVII, 4