Today I started reading the book by Jean Shepherd called "In God we trust: all others pay cash". Not being American I didn't know him being a radio personality, but I know the movie "A Christmas story" which includes some of his childhood adventures.
I'm at page 60 now and already cracked up laughing, but he also made me think with a few of the things he said. When does the point in life come which decides about which road you will take - to become one of the big guys and girls who have the say or one of the "others".
And frankly, which road do I want to be on? Success, admiration, money, celebrity status, those are nice things, but are they the only things of which life is made up?
Is life just about being one of the biggies? I hope not because there are so much other fun things.

Looking at the sun coming out again after a long period of rain or snow for example.

Silver, blue and gold medaillon pendant by Phoenix Art Studio
Sitting down, reading a book and stroking the cat.

Sassy cat brooch ooak by Blue Jane Art
Have a picknick underneath a tree and hear the leaves rustle in the wind.

Silver tree of life earrings by Emily Claire Creations
Take a second to smell the roses.

Rose garden with swallowtail butterflies barrette by Gingerbell's Gifts

I'm not saying life is or should be all about fun. I'm just saying we are forgetting the little things all too easily ...

All featured items are made by talented members of the Polymer Clay Smooshers Guild on ArtFire.


  1. It's funny because I've been contemplating the same thing. I think that life in America is pretty messed up. We're all about how much. How much we earn, how much we have, how much we spend, etc... In other countries life is lived at a much slower pace and they actually take the time to enjoy the smaller things in life. We are constantly pushing ourselves for more and more and constantly stressing ourselves out. I think that this is probably why people are so unhappy and overweight as well. We should start a revolution for a slower, simpler life! lol

  2. Wonderful post, wonderful items from the polymer clay smoosher's, too!

  3. I really enjoyed this post. Not only did I download the book, cuz it sounded so good(everyone needs a laugh) but because I think that you have hit the nail on the head, so often we forget to stop and smell the roses - or remember their smell this time of year.

  4. How right you are! great post!

  5. I agree Cat, we need to take time and enjoy life, and all the wonder and beauty it offers. I love the pieces you chose to represent this theme- all very beautiful and meaningful.