Snapshots & Whatnot: DON’T PANIC!!


& Whatnot…

Sometimes things just don’t go our way. We try to keep on going when suddenly it’s raining hiccups. Other times we can’t figure a way out of our challenges. Over, under, around – all blocked – the only way is to muddle through them (however frightening they may be.)

Then, there are times when a catastrophe looms on the horizon.

The unexpected hurricanes of our lives.

It’s easy to panic. But, take some sage advice from my pillow (hitched from Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy): 


The sun may (or may not) come out tomorrow, but we can take this reminder to heart:

“When we are feeling sad, when it feels like everything is going wrong, we should remember: God loves me. God never abandons me.”  Pope Francis

grace, peace & hope

Virginia : )

p.s. Posted this quote on Instagram a few weeks back, but it kinda fits here with the no panic theme. A little more perspective from one of my favorite authors…

“I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.” Agatha Christie

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21 Responses to Snapshots & Whatnot: DON’T PANIC!!

  1. sueterbay says:

    Perfect! thank you for your words

  2. Bernadette says:

    I am right there with Agatha. My favorite saying when life is going awry is that it beats the alternative.

  3. TMH says:

    Did you choreograph the clouds and sun for that effect? You photographers…always messing with nature. Great stuff and so apt for message of the post. Just today, I listened to this inspirational podcast about a creative named Andrea Summer:

    • Virginia says:

      Andrea sounds like an inspirational person! Look forward to the podcast. Choreographing sunrises involves getting up early enough to see them. Years ago on a trip to the Grand Canyon my brother & I got up @4:30AM three mornings in a row to ‘capture’ the sunrise – & we’re still wowed by that experience (alone on snowy lookouts in February, where in summer thousands of folks crowd to see.) Blessings, Tim! ☀️📷☀️😎

      • TMH says:

        Virginia, so I was under the impression WordPress lets me know when I receive a response. Oy…not true. So, I’ve not ignored your additions to the conversation. I’m just discovering them now. The Grand Canyon trip sounds memorable, and then some. I loved the scenery [of course] and the cream cheese stuffed French toast at the El Tovar. Been 20 years. I’m hoping the arteries have cleared by now.

      • Virginia says:

        Hey Tim – WPress is tricky sometimes. LoL – we enjoyed a memorable 2-hour breakfast @ the El Tovar after freezing our tushis catching an early February sunrise on one of the overlooks. Sitting by the roaring fireplace, listening to jazz (my brother’s fav) and sipping real ICED TEA (when we travel not always easy to find) – it’s in the top 10 of our travel favorite memories. Blessings!! 🙂

  4. Garfield Hug says:

    Great post Virginia and I love your cushion cover!! Have a peaceful and panic free weekend my friend 🙂

  5. Debbie says:

    Quotes from Agatha and the Pope — wow, love their thoughts!!

    • Virginia says:

      Wonder if the Pope reads mysteries? (the novel kind – for sure he’s up on the spiritual mysteries of our faith!) I am such a huge groupie of both Agatha & Pope Francis! ✨📚🙏😎

  6. M.K. Aneal says:

    Jesus surely does have the whole world in His hands! Talk about getting inspiration from anywhere–I enjoyed this thoroughly. 🙂 So glad to meet you!

    • Virginia says:

      So glad to ‘meet’ you, too, MK! What an inspirational blog you have going. 😝 LoL – inspiration can be found many places, even on pillows @ science fiction conventions. One of my fav sci-fi authors, David Weber (I’m a huge fan of his Honor Harrington 📚) is also a lay Methodist minister. Blessings!! 🚀😎🚀

      • M.K. Aneal says:

        Thanks so much for checking it out! 🙂 I truly appreciate your insight! Haha, very true you are. I think that’s what makes writing so fun–the search for inspiration. 😉 I haven’t heard of him before; I’ll have to go check his books out then. 🙂

      • Virginia says:

        David Weber’s Honor Harrington books are loads of fun! And he’s written a pile of them (along with many others.) 🚀✨🚀😎🚀✨🚀

      • M.K. Aneal says:

        Ooh, well maybe I’ll get me some good reading material! 😀

  7. Sparkyjen says:

    I’m with you…Don’t Panic! The same surge of adrenaline one might experience in times of chaos, can surely be used to find a way up and out. There might even be enough left over to grab hold of somebody’s else’s hand, and help them rise as well.

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