Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 96

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Each Thursday, Annie of McGuffy’s Reader and Ellen of 15andmeowing provide four fill-in statements, and on Friday we post our answers and join their  link-up to share our responses.

The fill-ins for this week are:

1. Before you             , you need to                      .

2. After                                    .

3. Winter                         .

4. Spring                          .

Here are my responses:

1. Before you respond to criticism, you need to release any frustration or anger you are feeling, and then try to respond kindly, realizing that their remarks are more of a reflection of them than you.

2. After sixty your perspective on life changes. You think more about your own mortality, and you begin to realize what is really important to you… and what isn’t worth the time or energy.

3. Winter is a time for rest and reflection, and snuggling in.

4. Spring is a time of hope and renewal for all life, including our own, a time to move forward.

Come and join in the fun at Friendly Fill-Ins

Author: Josie Two Shoes

I've been blogging off and on since August of 2006. I adopted the pen name Josie Two Shoes in 2007 as I began a new chapter of my life standing on my own two feet. Now I'm married to the man of my dreams; we live in dusty West Texas with a house full of furkids. I am an Aquarian by birth, and although I am past sixty and slightly frayed around the edges, my fascination with this thing called life continues. Faith, family, and friends are important to me; so are honesty, trust, tolerance, compassion and kindness. I'm pretty up front about most things, so if you want to know something more about me, just ask! :-) You can also reach me by email and find me at my Facebook page.

8 thoughts on “Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 96”

  1. #1 good advice. I know that’s a hard thing to do, especially in the heat of things and I’m terribly guilty for saying some harsh things to drive a point home. God forgive me when I don’t speak as kind as I should, too. Regarding #2 I began looking at mortality different with the passing of my baby brother in 2006. I was 44 but by the time I hit 50…it sort of hit that I’m not a youngster anymore. I know where I’ll spend eternity so death never bothered me. It’s just realizing how short life is that resonates like a loud bell in your head. People need to stop to smell the roses more. #3 We spend a lot of time watching TV and keeping warm. #4 Spring is a time of renewal for the body and soul. 🙂 Have a good weekend. Thanks for visiting.

    1. It is hard to control what comes out of our mouths, especially when we are hurt or angry. I am continually working on it, and doing a lot better at it as I grow older, I shudder to think of how quickly I would lash out in the past.

      I am like you about death and dying, I am not fearful of death, I look forward to it. I just hope that the process won’t be extremely painful, and that I have a few more years to enjoy life here first. It does indeed pass much too quickly.

      Winter and Spring are much the same here, cozy and warm, and then eager to get and about as it begins to warm up and things start turning green!

      You should consider joining us for Ten Things of Thankful some weekend soon, you clearly have the gratitude perspective on life!

  2. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I am 48 and already feel like I am doing the second answer. I completely agree with the first, it is usually something within the other person. Spring is coming fast. Have a nice weekend! XO

    1. I agree with you on #1, while criticism can be constructive, too often it is unwelcome or framed in such a manner as to feel like condemnation. People who are often critical, even in a kindly manner, usually aren’t very happy with themselves deep inside.

      The more life we live, the more the shortness of our time here on earth smacks us in face! One day I woke up and realized I have likely already lived at 3/4 of my life!

      Welcoming Spring with eager eyes, how I love to see everything renewing!

  3. Sometimes, when we stop and think before responding to criticism, we realize that it may be right! Constructive criticism is a good thing. Sometimes we need to look at what is said, as much as the way it was said. It also reminds us to be careful in our own words.
    Bring on the Springtime, just hold the Summer!

    1. I agree that criticism can be constructive… if it is invited and presented in such as way as to not make the receiver feel bad about themselves. You are right that harsh words remind us to make sure the tone of our own isn’t the same. Often, critical people are unhappy people, and that’s something they need to consider, why they are feeling the need to correct or improve on someone else, unless it’s in a work environment, obviously.

      I am excited about Springtime too, definitely not summer as it gets much too hot here and I end up staying inside most of the time.

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