Scraps of Paper, Bits of Notes

"Scraps of Paper; Bits of Notes" by Deanna Bartalini (

Copyright 2017 Deanna Bartalini. All rights reserved.

Every so often my office space becomes a disaster area. Papers on the floor, fabric draped over chairs, bills all over the desk, pens scattered all about, and a fine layer of dust on the printer and sewing machine. Oh yeah, it’s looked like that for more days than I care to say and no, there’s no picture. I cleaned it and treated myself to daffodils from Trader Joe’s as a reward. I filed papers, folded fabric and recycled old papers.

But I also found some gems. A few quotes that I know longer recall where they came from, but struck again as to the truth they contain.
This one is from a talk given by a local priest who quoted Donald Altman using the acronym GLAD.

Each day we should be Grateful for at least one thing; Learn something new; Accomplish one thing and be Delighted by one thing.

Now, I am aware it is Lent and so maybe GLAD is not your word during this season. So, put it in your pocket and keep it for Easter. No matter when, GLAD would be a wonderful way to review the day with your spouse and children. It would probably get a better response than “what did you learn in school today?” or “how was your meeting?”

Another thing I found was a list of reminders for myself:

Done is better than perfect
     Don’t waste time
     Schedule your time

And then this question, to help with discernment: Will this build up or diminish my spirit?

I’m glad I found these little gems in between the to-do lists and old sale flyers. They reminded me to pause and pay attention, that every once in a while, it’s good to look back.

Now, if I could only find those cute mechanical pencils I bought. . . .

"Scraps of Paper; Bits of Notes" by Deanna Bartalini (

Copyright 2017 Deanna Bartalini. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2017 Deanna Bartalini


About Author

Deanna G. Bartalini, is a Catholic writer, speaker, and educator. She and her husband Deacon John have two married children and a grandson. Deanna loves teaching about Catholicism and how it fits into our daily lives. She writes at, serves as the editor of the blog, and is a contributor there as well as at Deanna contributed to A Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion published by Ave Maris Press. She has written “Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life: Growing in Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control” one book in the series of the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women published by Gracewatch Media. Deanna is available to lead retreats and speak at catechist and ministry events.

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