What a wild and crazy month! After a terribly long wait, the roses bloomed. Two days later, the lilies flowered. By tomorrow, it will be quite a glorious view!

Share Your World – June 26, 2017

What goal are you working on now?

Are taking pictures of a rusted old fire engine as it gets rebuilt … is that a goal? I’m also (still and forever) trying to figure out how to get a new door for the house, get the bugs out of the house. Kill the ants, the carpenter ants and anything else that is crawling around. Otherwise, I live from day-to-day, trying to figure out something new to say on this blog. I suppose that’s a goal, of sorts.

Mostly, we live with the goal of staying alive, staying smart, keeping focused. Not sliding into some hazy elderly oblivion. To remain reasonably healthy.

I think goals are overrated. We live our entire lives focused on goals. As soon as we achieve one, we need another because what’s life without a goal? So we create a new goal and drive towards it as if the goal is our meaning. I’m cheered by how healthy and active people many years my elders are. It’s delightful that they are in such fine shape. I’m not terribly impressed by a 90-year-old woman who is still determined to run the Boston Marathon. All I can think of is … “But why?”

Let’s take a break. We don’t need a goal. It’s okay to relax. To enjoy being with friends or family or do whatever you do that you enjoy — or do nothing. You do not need a goal.

What is one thing you’re glad you tried but would never do again?

I could answer that, but then I’d have to kill you.

Did you choose your profession or did it choose you?

I was doomed to be a writer. I was helpless before the waves that broke over me. It was filled with words. Millions and millions of words. Engulfed and drowning in words, I needed use up the words.

I started to write. There are still mountains of words waiting to be written and I’m going as fast as I can!

Have you ever gotten lost?

Always. Constantly. Everywhere.


  1. Patience July 1, 2017 / 12:22 am

    I’ve lived a good life. Let’s hear your story. 😛 (Just kidding)

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    • Marilyn Armstrong July 1, 2017 / 12:27 am

      Our GPS is failing. It is entirely possible we will go out tomorrow and never return. Say goodnight, Gracie. (Good night, Gracie.)

      Liked by 1 person

      • Patience July 1, 2017 / 12:30 am

        I love George Burns and Gracie Allen. Love them. They don’t make ’em like that anymore.


  2. angloswiss July 1, 2017 / 12:42 am

    Let’s just keep blogging. Sometimes I cannot be bothered, but do it all the same because there would be something missing in the list of goals

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    • Marilyn Armstrong July 1, 2017 / 5:33 am

      Besides — what else would we do? If nothing else, my brain needs to stay active. I can’t just sit around reading or watching TV all the time!

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  3. dancingpalmtrees July 1, 2017 / 7:29 am

    I agree with you concerning goals. Sometimes when I read different blogs especially the ones that claim to be inspirational or uplifting all they talk about are goals and not living life. I’m getting ready to retire. Possibly next year if all goes well. If I have a goal it is to live to see next year!! Other than that I do my best to take life as it comes. Less worry and stress and Lord knows we all have more than enough worry and stress so why add more.


    • Marilyn Armstrong July 1, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      One of the things you get from retirement is time to look back and realize how many goals we had — which we accomplished — that led nowhere. Maybe we need goals to keep going, but so many of them are pointless. The goal itself doesn’t imply accomplishment and an accomplishment stands on its own.


  4. Rich Paschall July 1, 2017 / 11:03 am

    My goals are all short term now. Staying healthy has become a challenge, so I work at that. It’s tough enough. Writing the next post is also a goal. I have enough ideas. Meeting the challenge of time restraints to do these few things I see is a goal too, I guess.

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    • Garry Armstrong July 1, 2017 / 12:33 pm

      A mea culpa here on a couple of goals that have languished because of my procrastination. They aren’t difficult. I’ve just become lazy in retirement.

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  5. swo8 July 1, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    We got lost once in France. We had been at a convention and stopped in Lyon to have a meal at Paul Bocuse Restaurant. We were hoping to make it back to Paris but knew we were going to have to stop over somewhere for the night. After eating far too much we started to drive and got lost on the way to Nevers. There were no hotels so we ended up sleeping in the car that night.


    • Marilyn Armstrong July 1, 2017 / 7:31 pm

      I remember sleeping in the car out side of Eilat, in Israel. We got there so late, everything — including hotels — were closed. But really, I’m ALWAYS a little bit lost, even locally. I count on looking around and realizing that I recognize something.

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      • swo8 July 1, 2017 / 11:09 pm

        It’s those odd experiences that one tends to never forget.


  6. c2avilez July 1, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    Your answer to goals reminds me of a gifted student I had that gave a speech in class as an ode to mediocrity. True story. I can relate, though. Given the choice, I’ll take the meandering scenic route over the freeway any day.


    • Marilyn Armstrong July 1, 2017 / 4:59 pm

      I don’t think a lack of goals implies mediocrity nor do goals imply accomplishment. Most goals are meaningless. They drive us in a direction which is not going to bring anything worthwhile. Once complete, we move on to another, equally meaningless goal.

      A goal implies only that we are afraid to relax and think about what we are doing and why we are doing it.

      Thus we fill our lives with goals that lead nowhere. At the end of life, we look back and wonder why we bothered. If that isn’t mediocrity, I don’t know what is.


      • c2avilez July 1, 2017 / 5:39 pm

        I didn’t mean to imply that. Not a one to one correlation, just that your anti-goals reminded me of a very smart girl’s anti-intellectual speech. I understood what you were saying and mostly agree with you, though I am the type of person to need a goal if I am to get anything done.

        In my case, goals are the only thing that bring accomplishment, and it’s often a laborious and thought-frought path. My husband, however, doesn’t really need goals because he’s highly focused and motivated, not scatterbrained like his wife. Oh, to be more like him!

        Anyway, I’m sorry if my original comment sounded negative. That wasn’t my intention at all.


        • Marilyn Armstrong July 1, 2017 / 7:10 pm

          Thank you for your response. I often feel that we are such a goal-driven world, we forget to have a life. Maybe I’m lucky insofar as I’ve never needed goals, but I do need to brought out of whatever I’m doing and reminded that there’s a world. I’m hyper-focused, sort of the mental opposite of dyslexic. It enabled me to get a lot done, but it also left me forgetting to have a life unless someone came to shake me. It made me a really great worker but a really distracted human being with serious issues regarding relaxation and sleep.


  7. evilsquirrel13 July 1, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    I am still amazed that I got lost trying to find Lake Erie when I went to Cleveland. I think I would have wound up in Canada before I hit it, and I’m pretty sure that’s impossible…


    • Marilyn Armstrong July 1, 2017 / 11:03 pm

      I couldn’t find the Pacific Ocean when I was in Berkeley. HOW can you not find an ocean? Seriously? I drove around for hours and I was too embarrassed to ask. The next day, I brought a map.


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