My Personal Philosophy of Life

As you amble on through life, friend,

Whatever be your goal –

Keep your eye upon the donut

And not upon the hole!


  1. Get it done… hire it done… or forget about it.
  2. Don’t put it down… put it away.
  3. Keep it… store it… throw it away?
  4. Donate clothes older than two year that haven’t been worn.
  5. Rotate clothes every 4 months… seasons … toss extras
  6. Clean only what you would pick up if someone were coming to visit in 30 minutes… clean the rest only on the day it’s assigned.
  7. Monday… Clean the Bedrooms & Plan menu for the week – Grocery w/ List – Change your sheets every two weeks. Pick up the dry cleaning.
  8. Tuesday… Living room & Dining room. Dust the furniture.
  9. Wednesday… Kitchen & Family room.
  10. Thursday… Bathrooms, Utility & Laundry room …Vacuum. Go shopping. Drop off dry cleaning.
  11. Friday… Clean Foyer, front porch and sidewalk. Pantry & Closets only if you have extra time… water your plants.
  12. Saturday: Your family day!!! Don’t’ let anyone take it away form you. Plan events for the both of you to spend time as a family. Go to the Post Office. Clean Garage… Shed… lawn etc. Sweep sidewalks & patio. As needed!!!
  13. Always have a sit down dinner at the table. It pays off in the long run.
  14. Never put more on yourself than you can handle.
  15. Learn to say NO! Your time is important… Don’t waste it doing things you don’t want to do, or have time too.
  16. Read your bible & meditate on your day/life everyday. If it has already happened… you can’t change it… let it go.
  17. Enjoy a little time everyday together.
  18. Happiness isn’t a gift… its work! Never take each other for granted.
  19. Live together as one… don’t say anything that you wouldn’t want said to you. Because you can’t take it back.
  20. Keep him happy and he’ll likewise do the same.


Write your thoughts and feelings down on paper. It can help you clarify and give you a renewed perspective.

17 Responses to “Philosophy”

  1. Tammy Says:

    I have to say I agree with so many of your philosophies above however sticking to some of them is so very hard to do but will work on it. Thanks for sharing such a great reminder to us all. We sometimes get so wrapped up in our day to day life we forget the important day to day things we take for granted.
    I always remind myself that a 100 years go faster than we think and life is a blink of the eye and we need to stop and cherish one another daily if not hourly. And to always tell our loved ones and friends how special they are to us and that we love them. A kiss and a hug for all friends and family is so very important. So if you are not a kisser and a hugger make a point of it that you do for you just may not get that second chance…. Human touch is so therapuetical. And we all need it on a daily basis.

  2. Sheila Says:

    The most important things in your home are the people.

  3. Sheila Says:

    Dear Tammy,

    We do not remember days, but moments. Life moves too fast, so enjoy them all.

    I wanted to say thanks for your IM’s, posts and emails they are an inspiration and I’ll catch you in the P.M. I know it’s only a 3 hour difference but you won’t get out of bed at 5:30 a.m. like I do. So we can’t talk ’til evening.

    Tell your Mom good luck today with her procedure and I’ll be praying for her.

    Keep writing down your thoughts and feelings if nothing more than to give me renewed perspective.

    Love ya cuz,

    PS: I’m still working on your family project as well. We’ll find the missing piece.

  4. Sheila Says:

    “You must have things you care about, otherwise you are empty.”
    -Taxi Driver Wisdom

  5. Angela Says:

    Thank you for telling me about the petition on Twitter. I have enjoyed reading your thoughts as well.

  6. Beth Marzili Says:

    What a marvellous blog. thanks a million.

  7. I would like you to know I put your article to my bookmarks.

  8. You are doing a brilliant job here, writing notes like this one. Thanks a million, seems like you make my day brighter.

  9. I want to wish you the best and would love to thank you for the blogsite.

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  11. Are you making this up as you go along?

  12. Wow what a wonderful Philosophy and comments… Can I borrow them
    they are so appropriate. Thanks Susan M Metcalf Dover, OH

  13. Sheila Says:


    I encourage everyone to use whatever they find here and build upon it. That’s the biggest part of my Philosophy. To share and share alike. I try to find what I can, and if its useful, I run with it.

    I’ve tried a lot of different ways, trends and things over the years; nothing is set in stone. I try to be flexible, but these seem to work for me.

    As always,
    Sheila Jean Adkins Metcalf

  14. Thank you Sheila, as you can see I do not get here regularly, however I will be trying some of those scrumpious receipe’s
    Good Work here I do not know where to start or not start.
    Susan Marie Metcalf Dover, OH

  15. Sheila Says:

    Thank you Susan, I love it when family drops by. My friends and family are some of the best cooks I know. I love to try new (old) recipes. I’ve had a few flop, but then I keep trying different things.

    I decided many years back to start writing everything down. I keep all of my tasks in Outlook. I tried the Sharp/Daytimer which I loved and it worked out great, but then it moved on to Palm and so on. I just kept finding myself syncing all of my new gadgets with Outlook. That has always worked out the best for me. I do love my folio, but I’m not a slave to it. Outlook works because if I don’t get it done today; the sun will come up the same way tomorrow, I can check it off then. Anthony’s mom’s favorite saying was, “A man can work from sun to sun, but a woman’s work is never done!”

    I do change my philosophy from time to time, whenever something is no longer working for me. Most of all I’ve learned to be flexible. As women we go through so many changes in our lives, we must learn to adapt to our individual situations and to NEVER let others put undue expectations on our lives. I can’t live your life any more than you can live mine. I don’t make any excuses for the way I live in my house and neither should you. An older friend told me that years ago. Words to live by.

    If you have children at home, your life tends to revolve around them. When they’re off to college or married with their own children, you’ll have a lot more time to work on the house or bigger even projects. Each stage brings about all a whole new set of changes and experiences. I try for the most part to be where I’m needed. I serve only the Lord, the rest of my life is up to me. Others will try to tell me how to live, but I decide that for myself.

    You see the word “VIVRE,” everywhere on my blog. It simply means, “LIFE with STYLE!” I do try to enjoy every minute of it. It may happen to me at times, but for the most part, I try and live it to the fullest! I dress today, as if each person I meet, will be for the first time, and I want to make a good impression. I don’t care if people don’t like something about me, they don’t have to, because I like me – just the way I am!

    I hope you feel the same way. Have a wonderful evening!

    As always,
    Sheila Jean Adkins Metcalf

  16. Sheila,
    It has been awhile since I have been here and I missed your lovely letter. I really like your outlook on life and I to want to get more familiar with Outlook. I used it alot at one of my Life adventures as The Community Nest Donation Coordinator. I said then I need to learn more about this program because it does so much. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Susan Marie Metcalf

    p.s. never married, just had 3 beautiful successful children and so far 6 beautiful Grandchildren. Ryan and Jazmin have 2 American Bull dogs.

  17. Patricia Skinner Says:

    I like your philosophy. Very close to the one I grew up hearing. Just discovered your blog while working on an Adkins mystery. May I print your philosophy and post it in my kitchen???

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