Monday, November 5, 2012

Making Things / Time

Ellie helping make chocolate chip cookies

This Ellie sure loves to make things. With ingredients, with lego blocks, tinkertoys, waffle blocks... she loves to make oatmeal (sillyness from this morning "you made oatmeal for me! I love oatmeal!" ) she loves to make up the perfect outfit (and tell us all about it), she just loves to make things. 

Me too! I took some time during naps today to clean up my craft room and finish up some mending projects that have been needing my attention. So today I'm thankful for time to make things and for the happiness that comes from it.

And one more thankful for the day --

Our family home evening lesson tonight came from this excerpt Kathie sent me from  Abundance.

  Each of us starts with the same twenty-four hours in the day.  How we utilize those hours determines the quality of our lives.  We go to extraordinary lengths to manage our time, to save time, to make time.  In the past, just meeting our basic needs filled most of our hours.  In the present, for a huge chunk of the world, not much has changed.  A rural peasant woman in modern Malawi spends 35 percent of her time farming food, 33 percent cooking and cleaning, 17 percent fetching clean drinking water, and 5 percent collecting firewood.  This leaves only 10 percent of her day for anything else, including finding he gainful employment needed to pull her off this treadmill. Because of all this, Ridley feels that the best definition of prosperity is simply "saved time."  "Forget dollars, cowrie shells, or gold, " he says.  "The true measure of something's worth is the hours it takes to acquire it."  [Abundance, by Diamandis & Kotler]

What a blessing it is to have so much time available to choose what we want to do!