Daily Archives: January 24, 2013

admiring: book shelf

If you could see the area right beside my bed, (a. that would be creepy…) but more seriously, you would see a stack of books on the floor that I am in the process of reading.  The books are on the floor because we don’t have bedside tables – we had one (on M’s side), but that table is currently holding the electronics that have no home in the back room.  I have a dresser nearby, but too far from my reach when I’m actually in bed and warm under the covers.  Because no one wants to get out of the blankets once they have sufficiently warmed up around you.

Eventually I would like to have a very small bedside table on each side of the bed – not a big, bulky piece of furniture, but something light that won’t block the view of the nice trim and woodwork below the windows.  Just big enough to hold the majority of a book, or a pair of glasses or glass of water.  And an alarm clock on M’s side – he’s the one that uses it – I usually just drag myself out of bed once he’s out of the bathroom or (much more likely) he’s out the door. 

But back to that pile of books by the side of the bed:  I love the simplicity of this book shelf, first seen via Remodelista.  A place to stack a few books in progress (because that’s how I roll – several books going on a time), and a place to set the book you’ve fallen asleep inside, waking up just enough to throw one arm out from under the covers to place the book on a ledge designed to save your place.  Brilliant.

john wesley

I’ve never really been the sort of person who hangs posters or prints around the house with pithy phrases on them – at least not much past grade school when I’m sure I had some Scholastic posters taped to my closet doors.  And then one day – quite out of the blue – I purchased this print by Logophilia.  It’s a quote by John Wesley, who is credited for founding the Methodist movement (the church to which we belong), and it’s one that I’ve heard and seen for years now.  

Do all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
In all the places you can
To all the people you can
As long as ever you can
-John Wesley

I bought it back in October, in the middle of all the political discourse and debates and constant, constant talk.  There was something about it that I appreciated, and I felt like having it in my house, reading it each day, having my children read it and remember it, even when older.

Wesley has many great quotes attributed to him.  Some other good ones:

Think and let think.
We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others. 

And one that always gives me great hope:

What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.
I particularly enjoyed these last fall as the election neared…
I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them
1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy
2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against, and
3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.

Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences.
I believe my favorite is “We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others.”  It reminds me of being a child and being told to give someone the benefit of the doubt, or to not be quick to judge.
I don’t believe I’ll be plastering the walls with quotes moving forward, but I’m happy to have that daily reminder of doing “all I can” in every way.