In December, I attended a women’s event at my church called Advent by Candlelight with my friend and neighbor Karen. There were choir singers from a church in downtown Kansas City, pretty decorations, and a speaker who talked about bringing scripture reading to your family; especially during advent.
While we were there sitting at our table, Karen told me about a wooden sign that she had been looking at on Etsy.com that had the Mother Teresa quote, “If you want to bring happiness to the world, go home and love your family.” I loved the quote as well, especially during this time in my life where parenting is my full-time job.
I thought about my friend Beth, who I had worked with at Pleasant Ridge Middle School, where I was a teacher a few years ago. She had posted a picture on Facebook of a piece of art that she had created with barn wood. Beth was one of those women who is very talented in arts and crafts. She made all the costumes for the musicals and plays at our school and was always coming up with something crafty or a delicious new recipe. It didn’t surprise me that she had started a new hobby and made it beautiful.
I told Karen that night, instead of going through Etsy, we should see if Beth would want to take the project on. I figured if she could do the project on Facebook…surely she could do a Mother Teresa quote for us.
She was open to the idea and I received the finished barn wood sign couple days ago…..
She went to pick the barn wood out herself, put the planks together, painted the wood white and then painted the quote on. I LOVE how it turned out and it looks perfect in my sitting room.
Here is a photo of how Karen’s turned out-
Beth still works full time for the school district and this is something she does for fun. If you would like to contact her regarding having a sign made email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a collage of her signs and clocks she has completed…
Finally, since it is Sunday and I am feeling spiritual, I will leave you with this article sent to me by Karen and published by CatholicCompany.com. It is an excellent reminder of how to live your life with humility.
Something I think we all could use, given the divided and argumentative state of our country.
Mother Teresa’s Humility List
“Humility is the mother of all virtues; purity, charity and obedience. It is in being humble that our love becomes real, devoted and ardent. If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. If you are blamed you will not be discouraged. If they call you a saint you will not put yourself on a pedestal.” – Mother Teresa of Calcutta
7/01/1988-Tijuana,Mexico – Mother Teresa, 77, praying during dedication ceremonies at her 400th world wide mission to care for the poor.
SAINT MOTHER TERESA’S HUMILITY LIST
1. Speak as little as possible about yourself.
2. Keep busy with your own affairs and not those of others.
3. Avoid curiosity.
4. Do not interfere in the affairs of others.
5. Accept small irritations with good humor.
6. Do not dwell on the faults of others.
7. Accept censures even if unmerited.
8. Give in to the will of others.
9. Accept insults and injuries.
10. Accept contempt, being forgotten and disregarded.
11. Be courteous and delicate even when provoked by someone.
12. Do not seek to be admired and loved.
13. Do not protect yourself behind your own dignity.
14. Give in, in discussions, even when you are right.
15. Choose always the more difficult task.
Have a great Sunday and humble week ahead!