Looking Forward To Summer Mornings And Good Books

This week I’ve been reading The Swedish Art Of Aging Exuberantly: Life Wisdom from Someone Who Will (Probably) Die Before You and The Gentle Art Of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson. They caught my eye as I’ve been thinking about time and aging and trying to declutter/simplify even more. I thought her words about being in her eighties was a great reminder for any age.

“We have to try to find something other than the future to be happy about. And once you begin to look, you realize the things to look forward to are all around you. Like the present day, for example. I can be happy my body feels all right today, that the sun might be shining, that a good friend agrees to go for a walk with me, and that we can enjoy all that is happening outdoors. Like when the ground becomes blue from blossoming Scilla siberica in early spring, the heat and greenness of summer, and come autumn the yellow leaves of the trees and the bloodred Virginia creeper trying to nestle its way onto my balcony. Oops, I’m thinking about the future now. How hard it can be to follow your own rules!”

12 responses to “Looking Forward To Summer Mornings And Good Books”

  1. Hmmm…might have to look into those books!

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    1. I’m glad I found them at this age and it already helped with organizing the clutter!🙂


  2. What a wonderful quotation! Good lessons for all of us, no matter our age. It matches my philosophy of taking pleasure in simple things every single day. Just made some pumpkin muffins, and they taste pretty darned good, if I do say so myself. 😉

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    1. Thank you and I’ve been enjoying banana bread and more of her words of wisdom!😁


  3. Excellent advice! Seems like there’s been plenty of cooking going on in this little corner – muffins, banana bread, and from here, apple turnovers! Had to direct all that unexpected Everton energy somewhere…

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    1. One of my many favorite quotes from her books and I almost dropped my phone and spilled my coffee on my banana bread when I saw the shocking Everton score on my phone!😁

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  4. That quotation contains great wisdom. Living in the moment is just as wonderous as wondering about the future as far as I am concerned. You just have to discipline yourself to “stay.”

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    1. Love the quote and appreciated her life lessons and guidance.🙂

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  5. I have in the past mentioned that swedish death cleaning book to my parents who have hoarding/collecting tendencies. My mum’s view is we will inherit the house so that’ll compensate us for dealing with the mess when they are gone. 🙄

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    1. I’ve been busy trying to go through things with a new plan after reading the book. A reality show is in the works based on the book and it will be interesting to see how different people handle what stays or goes.🙂

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