Monday Morning Blooms (William James Quotes)

Hello Readers, 

I hope this post finds everyone well.

“May flowers” is the theme to start today’s post

Azaleas and the Geraniums ease us into spring with such beauty.

blooms geranium

I enjoyed reading a lot about William James last month and so I am including quotes from him.

quote - william james happy because I sing

quote - william james change and mind

 I am now reading about Peter Drucker  – three books on Drucker came my way last month and the one by William Cohen (A Class with Drucker) is my fav of the three. Enjoying it so much and plan to share a post about it soon. Also — have a post coming up featuring my interview with Trent McDonald and sharing about his latest book release, The Old Mill. 

blooms- azalea and sewer drain

bloom azalea pink 2021

I will be around to visit and check in more soon (if the block editor does not keep me away – it “has” cramped my style a bit – so we shall see how much one can adapt) but overall  – things are going well at Priorhouse – working on finishing up a book project and tackling a long to-do list. 

quote - william james attitude

See you all again soon 🙂

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51 thoughts on “Monday Morning Blooms (William James Quotes)

  1. Love you Monday morning blooms! Such beautiful photos of your azalea’s and geraniums. I’m looking forward to the book review with Trent! Have a great week!! ❤️

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      1. Yes, I’m enjoying the trails and I was worried for a little bit but then thought you were on a blogging break. Welcome back! ❤️🐴🤠

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    1. Hi Cindy!
      I am
      So glad Marsha assured ya – ha! And I do take breaks often (used to take the entire summers off in early logging years) and This recent one was not planned but was helpful because I just needed to unplug a bit – free write and draw a bit- and then tackle this book project (and shhhh – but I actually have multiple book projects on the burners – and just pace each project) and hope your data collecting for your book (books) is going well!!
      I shall be over soon to visit and thanks for the comment amiga

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      1. Meeeeee tooo and glad to see you back and smartly taking the breaks you need to come back to the page fresh. It sounds more than productive. Good for you❣️ Wow, you blow me away with all of those shhhhhhhh (books)……. Well, I write for sure… download Scrivener and am confused as ever 🤣…. I will look forward to your visit❣️
        Welcome back❣️

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        1. Hello my friend Cindy! I ha e not used Scrivener so keep me posted on give progress
          And not sure if you know that I was in a car accident back in June of 2019! Thankfully not too major – but I had a broken ribs that changed my year – it messed up project completion – (like most things got sidelined because I had to rest so much – and sometimes my back would freeze up) and of course it turned out to be wonderful in other ways – the plan B led to maybe more input rather than output
          And I was reminded that I am so much more than my output- my finished projects and it was a lesson in “presence” and just being alive without worrying about producing –
          And not that I am overly concerned with output ((if I was things would be different for years now)) but I do like the way projects can structure our time and bring some gratifying pleasure when they are done- so it is all about pacing and then accepting detours (God appointments) as well as making sure I am not defined by any project or external output – health and wellness is found in the margins and with variety too –

          and we all
          Have a different calling for each season – which I know you know as I think you are in this output season with your writing ✍️ 😊🙏

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        2. 💗 Yvette💗 I did NOT hear about your accident as I would have been the first to check in with you to see how you were doing…. “member”….. I’ve got your back but unfortunately it doesn’t help ribs and the only thing that does is rest as you found out with the gift of “presence and the divine” as you so astuely conveyed here. Yes, I do know what you mean exactly and that could be a great blog post ( all of what you just said) and we all get caught in the trap of output. I know only too well. Sounds like a gifted time and I’m just so glad you are on the mend. I will let you know how it goes if I can ever get time to learn it now. 🤣🤣🤣🤣
          Blessings of love always, 💖🙏🙏🙏

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    1. Hi Robbie – thanks for chiming in and I will link you when I post the Old Mill review – just to make sure you get it – and it is not the normal genre that I read – but was pleasantly surprised with literary takeaways
      Have a great week and be over soon

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  2. Welcome back! Great to see you and your lovely photos again. I’ll be interested to see what you make of Peter Drucker: his book on Management was a key text for my MBA. I think one of our lecturers believed it to be the Bible!

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    1. Oh Clive! Your comment made my day
      Well it is always nice to “see” you but to hear your connection with Drucker connects to a significant week in my life!
      I have so many books to read but when the third Drucker book came my way – I stopped everything and just indulged
      I call it “my week with Drucker” and he even went or he beach with me twice .
      I knew a few things about him before my week of exploring – and knew some folks who did use his work as a holy authority tool – hahaha
      But I have had so many delightful takeaways – like Drucker as rebel – and then tips for self-confidence (uncrowned performer) the value of ignorance and then Cohen’s small details about being a student under Drucker.

      Okay – hope your week is going well and enjoyed the 60s music today 🎶

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      1. Glad to have helped! Drucker was quite a character, I think, and lived a very long life full of writing and teaching. I’d have loved to be one of his students.

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        1. Clive – me too! Would love to have had a class with him teaching – and the book I am reading said that Drucker as a professor always took off his jacket and rolled up his sleeves when he taught – and had such humility

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    1. Hello sorry less
      You are so right how attitude can change so much more
      – yet some of us need to hear this wisdom and apply – and work with Atticus and feel the success of Attitude changes to see how it really works in life – ya know?
      Be over soon and hope al is well
      (Thought of you and D when we saw “cubano frozen bites” on the freezer aisle – hahah

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      1. Attitude is a philosophy. You truly can FEEL the difference it makes when you can adjust it.

        Cubano frozen bites? A tad too adventurous for yours truly! 😉

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    1. Thanks Aletta
      I took the azalea photos with a different post idea in mind – seeing then next to the sewer drain had me thinking about the ways we beautify areas and how flowers and shrubs soften hard functional pieces like that – but then the photos came out in this post – all good in the end – 🌸🌸🌸

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    1. Hi Janet – the so for the comment and James wrote at a time when we did not have motivational speakers or wellness coaches / but so many of his principles seem to align with the material those folks use!
      Be over to visit soon

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    1. Hi Linda!
      It is nice to be back even though I am easing in to posting again
      And speaking of flowers – remember the geraniums I “over wintered”? They came out great and one pot because a quick home for a bird nest – I took pics to show ya and will post about it on one of these flower posts – ttys

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      1. Hi Yvette! I think it would be difficult to come back at full throttle after being gone for a while. I know it would for me. That’s terrific that you got the geraniums to come out great by overwintering them. And the birds took to that pot as a bird’s nest – funny. That happened to my neighbor a few years back. She had a mesh planter on her deck and she had not bought plants to fill in it yet as it was too cold. A Mourning Dove used that mesh planter and its cocoa mulch as a soft and cushy place to lay her eggs. My neighbor had a bird’s eye view of the incubation, hatching and fledging from her doorwall. She hated to see the family go.

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  3. Happy to see you back in blog land. I read William James in college but don’t remember much about him. I like the quotes you added to this post, using what I call the Blockhead Editor. Not my favorite thing, but it’s here so I use it trying not to swear too much.

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    1. Hi ally – I try to watch my mental scripts when I used the new blocks – and I have many authors like that – had to read for class but don’t recall much – just the way it is, eh?
      And it is good to be back even though I am not going to be at my normal posting for a while yet. But easing back feel nice – a bit of that homecoming vibe

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  4. I am particularly taken with William James’s notion of pragmatism. That is, lofty ideals are all very well and good, but what are the results of those ideas? A question that should be asked over and over again, both on a personal and national level.

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  5. That “whenever you’re in conflict with someone” quote from William James really hits home for me! The relationship was indeed damaged because that someone didn’t do the right thing. My attitude can’t change that fact.

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    1. Hi TC
      You are so spot on with your insight here -and Atticus can’t change any facts – but it changes how we go about dealing with the facts – which then impacts our health and the way we treat others – and there might be time to cut ties or draw boundaries – but we can even do that with the right attitude – hm

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  6. Thanks for sharing the William James’ quotes. I agree with them all. So let’s keep singing up a good attitude. 🙂 The block editor drives me to (not a good) distraction. I’ve found a way to keep using the classic editor, so I can stay on Word Press. Chatting with their representatives has helped; I think they know the frustration of bloggers like us!

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    1. Thanks for the comment and I am trying to watch the dialogue I keep in my mind when I get used to the change – hah
      And I might email you for tips on accessing the classic if I cannot get used to it – so thx for mentioning that
      Ttys

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  7. Beautiful post – I love the quotes and the photos of your flowers. I don’t have any flowers blooming yet, despite it being 1/2 way through May. It’s so nice to see you’re doing well. The block editor can be a pain, that’s for sure. I hope you’ve continued to figure out what works for you. xx

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  8. I love azaleas and they grow well here in the Pacific Northwest. Beautiful photos. And James’ quotes on attitude are my favorites. It’s the most powerful tool in our possession to change the quality of our lives. Beautiful post.

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