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Cozy Cottage Chronicles!

I finally see the dawn arrivin' / I see beyond the road I'm drivin'

It's a bright horizon, ooh, and I'm awakin' / I see myself in a brand new way

The sun is shinin', ooh, the clouds are breakin'
'Cause I can't lose now, there's no game to play

I can tell there's no more time left to criticize / I've seen what I could not recognize

Everything in my life was leading me on / But I can be strong

Oh, yes I can

Don't Look Back

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Hey, folks!

I’m getting tricked into thinking the human race is deteriorating. All week, while watching the news or reading comments on social media (why do I read the comments? Never read the comments), I found myself thinking, “What is wrong with people? Why are the people of the world so hateful/vengeful/cruel to each other?"

Then, I remember 6th grade social studies class. Twenty-six kids in the class, and the two guys in back, Kevin and Brian, are always acting out. They mock the teacher, toss balled up scraps of paper, poke the girls in the ribs and make them yelp when the teacher isn’t looking.

The teacher whips her head around and gives us an icy, bespectacled stare. Her other classes don’t behave like this, she says. If we keep this up, we’ll fall behind the other classes, and then where will we be?

But really, it’s just Kevin and Brian in the back. The rest of the class is just trying their best to ignore the noise and the immature antics so they can get their work done before the bell rings.

Life is like that. There are always a coupla meatheads in the back. They’re noisy and loud. They’re definitely distracting. It’s easy to generalize and assume they represent the group they’re standing next to. But really … they're just the schlubs in the back. A noisy but small demographic.

Try to filter out the noise. Ignore the distractions. Look around you: most of the people in the world are good. They don’t wave their arms and make a lot of noise—that's what makes them tough to spot in a crowd. They are quietly kind, humbly honest, and gracious. They are just putting their head down and doing the work that needs to get done. Find those people, and go stand next to them.



Photo by Eugene Lim on Unsplash

The best part of last week was taking Matilda the Camper out to our favorite nearby state park and finding a spot among snow and ice-encrusted trees! It was so beautiful to see snow undisturbed by humans—only deer, squirrels and wild turkeys! Sipping my morning coffee next to a crackling fire in the deep silence of that snowy forest is going to be the happy place I'll try to revisit in my mind when I need a mental vacation this week.
Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter, "The Cozy Cottage Chronicles." I hope that over time I can send you love letters that reflect the incredible journey our family has experienced by downsizing to a much smaller house, the Cozy Cottage. Every day, I'm still looking to simplify our lives, reduce stress, eliminate debt, and leave space in our lives to enjoy the little things. I'd love to hear from you! Just hit "reply" and send me a note!

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