Take Time to Make Things Easier

I’m cleaning off my computer.   And there’s a picture that’s been sitting too long on my desk top, awaiting a home.  Today’s the day. It’s going here!

make the target easier

make the target easier

Ends of year for me are the wonderfully slower times.  I get to do more sorting, more thinking, become more resolute about things in my life.  Today it was “how can I make things easier?”

One way is to not get tied up with too many big goals, as I frequently do.  Break my targets down so that they are more achievable and less daunting.  This wonderfully enlarged “golf for beginners” made me smile.  Martha, it’s OK to make some of your targets easier.  It’s ok to relieve the pressure.

Paradoxical I know.  Challenges are fun and I don’t want to compromise the targets I hold as important no matter how daunting they may seem. But that’s a topic for another day.

Today, what can I make easier?  and more manageable?

How about you?

 

Just take time…

CIMG1059earthSometimes in order to give ourselves time to recover, rest, relax, reflect, we have to simply get out of town.  I did just that last Sunday. Drove an hour away to spend the day in nature, allowing the peace and the reflection with a few old and new friends, to simply refresh and renew my spirit. Earthlands in Petersham, MA and American Shaman Cathy Pedevillano fostered an energetic space for a wonderfully healing day.

When you need to STOP! and are having trouble doing so, get in the car, and just get out of town. Even if it means going to a local great view and doing nothing but breathing deeply and soaking in the beauty.

Allow yourself to deserve a serious pause…

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Now, why is it I have to keep reminding MYSELF to do this?

 

Take time to tell your story

Information has a funny way of appearing just when I’m ready for it.  In this case, in two ways.

#1. Two weeks ago, 80-year old  columnist for the Springfield Republican, Betty Mc Cann, suggested that her readers take time to write/tell/video our stories.  Keeping in mind that if we do not, many of our experiences in life, our excitements, our travails, our legacy, our perspectives, and our wisdom will die with us.  Being one who wished I had asked my mother many more questions before she died, I clipped out the column.  Although a good portion of the legacy documentation I consider to be important, resides in 3 self published books,  perhaps there are other questions to answer.

#2. Then, one week ago, a blog to which I subscribe, offered up “Five ways to have a life that fully satisfies.” There were of course the usual suspects on the list,  like  having a network of friends, having goals, not making money the priority in your life.  But one of the five surprised me:  “Have a life story, and be sure to share it.”  Bolstered by some research that stated that….children who know their family story do better in school, and that people who …are 10%

CIMG0779I call the arrival of these two missives the serendipity of just-in-time affirmation. Our community’s First Thursday Conversation and Connection meeting which I conduct, had already determined to focus on this related question: ”  And how are we sharing our heritage with the generations that follow us?” Continue reading