Perception is the ability to see, hear or become aware of something through the senses. How do you see yourself? Is your perception skewed? I’m guest posting over at Suscipio for Women
today. Hop over and check it out, and be sure to say hello to all of the wonderful women you’ll find there.
Alter Your Perception. Keep the Faith.
What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it? Free? Happy? Complete? Blissful? Write that feeling down. Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today.
Reach Goal Weight! This is a no brainer. I’ve been building towards this goal for several years, and now I am READY!! I imagine I’ll feel elated, completely and totally over the moon. How can I capture some elation for today?
1. Sushi for lunch, a rare treat! (HA! Another Pun!)
2. Finishing the Christmas Happy New Year cards and letters for far away family and friends.
3. No dishes! Teen Son #1 did them!
4. Satsuma tangerines. They’re in season RIGHT NOW!
5. Finishing the design of a storm drain system I’ve been working on all week. Almost there…
6. A phone call with Mom.
7. Getting a two mile walk in between arriving home from work and dark, OR
8. Finding the flashlight for said walk, since it’s been missing since last weekend.
9. Grabbing twenty minutes before bedtime to finish a half strung necklace that has been sitting in my work box for eons.
10. Banana bread.
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Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?
I don’t even remember which Saturday it was, but it happened between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our oldest daughter was home from college, everyone was over the creeping crud, the house was tidy, dinner was simmering in the oven, and I just stopped in that moment. Stopped still to look around my home, to see my husband and my children, and I had a moment of crystal clarity. I often chafe against the ordinariness of my life, but in that moment I saw its richness.
I am blessed.
Sift through all the photos of you from the past year. Choose one that best captures you; either who you are, or who you strive to be. Find the shot of you that is worth a thousand words. Share the image, who shot it, where, and what it best reveals about you
I LOVE this picture!! It’s my entire family, and yes, it captures me. I am Wife and Mother, and I love being surrounded by husband and kids.
Most of the time.
New Name Let’s meet again, for the first time. If you could introduce yourself to strangers by another name for just one day, what would it be and why?
Yes, I know that’s the name of my Inner Brat. I admire my Olivia because she’s undaunted by the world, sassy and willing to speak out, even if it is just to tempt me. I’d like to be sassier, to be able to tell it like it I see it, instead of tempering for politeness.
What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?)
Vacation. Dear Husband desperately wanted to take some time off this year and go somewhere. It’s been more than four years since either of us has taken a break from work. Well, two years ago we drove halfway across the country to visit his Mom, but we spent the entire ten days painting, cleaning, tearing down her decrepit shed and repairing her basement sump. AND sorting through years of papers trying to figure out the status of her bank account, health insurance, house insurance, taxes and other stuff. It wasn’t very relaxing, nor was it fun.
So – why didn’t we go? Money. Had to send boatload of cash (our vacation fund) to same Mom to repair roof and the interior ceiling because she never told us it was leaking and the whole thing collapsed. Time – we were prepping for oldest child to leave for college this fall. Illness – yeah, the big C scare took many weeks of doctor consults and then recovery from the ulitmate surgery was a little rougher than I expected.
Will we go? Not this year. But next year – ah, we have a plan in place, and high hopes for success.
What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it?
Oh, this one is EASY. I want to try running again. Yes, I tried in 2010, and then stopped because of arthritis and injury. I took up speedwalking instead, which helped to build endurance. In 2011, I’m getting some ‘professional’ support so I can ease into running more carefully. I plan to RUN – not walk – a 5K in October.