Month: January 2015

Thought Questions, #225-231

Bridge at dusk

(photo by Ryan Lum via Unsplash)

#225: What’s the best decision you’ve ever made? Adopting my cats, even though it was a lot of work at the time and has been a lot of work on occasion since then.

#226: What’s your favorite true story that you enjoy sharing with others? Maybe the stories of how I caught the cats? I mean, pets are like family members, so it’s like telling everyone about the moment you met your BFF for the first time. It never gets old to you, and you want everyone else to know how happy it made you!

#227: Right now, at this moment, what do you want most? Uninterrupted sleep. Not happening, since I agreed to work an extra shift tonight.

#228: What are you waiting for?  How are you writing your life’s story? I guess I’ve spent a lot of time waiting for “the right moment”, but I’ve realized that if I wait for it it’ll never come. I have to make it happen. So now I’m cutting out the fluff and recommitting myself to writing!

#229: What makes love last? I think that you have to be good friends first, because then you have a real relationship on which to found your romance. Insta-love doesn’t cut it, because you haven’t had time to build honesty, selflessness, and all of the other attributes of a solid friendship. Remember, romance flickers from day to day, but a real friend will always have your back even when times get tough! An insta-romance is too shaky to withstand the ups and downs of life.

#230: What good comes from suffering? I think you learn patience, and also the value of being grateful for the little things.

#231: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in the last year? To say “no” to things I’m not passionate about. Things being worthwhile causes or potential paydays or great fun just isn’t enough if I’m not truly eager to do them. This has also greatly helped with my over-scheduling problem.

 

21-day Kindness Challenge, day sixteen: embrace “singletasking”

21-day kindness challenge

I have to confess, I’m terrible at “single-tasking”. I get distracted too easily, plus I feel like doing one thing at a time leaves a lot of wasted time in my day. I’m getting better at single-tasking things like mealtimes, but I admit that it’s almost impossible to give up multi-tasking in my day to day life–watching TV while riding the stationary bike, checking email on my phone while eating breakfast, that sort of thing. I just need to have my mind occupied so if I’m doing something mundane, you can be sure I’ll find a way to combine it with another task!

Quote for the day: “If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.”  — Anne Morrow Lindbergh

21-day Kindness Challenge: days 13-15

21-day kindness challenge

Whew! I fell a little behind on posting this week. Let’s recap the past few days:

Day thirteen: “Be a more conscious consumer”–I try to buy my books used from the library or the thrift store instead of shopping new, and we shop locally whenever we can. My local natural foods store just celebrated their fifteen-year anniversary, so I headed down there for groceries and to say hi to the friendly staff.

Quote: “Buy less. Choose well.”  — Vivienne Westwood

Day fourteen: “Practice deep listening”–my husband and I try to sit and talk about our day each morning or evening when we see each other. It’s a relief for the person talking to get their day off their chest, but that requires the other person to truly listen instead of tuning out and nodding through the conversation.

Quote: “When we listen to people, our language softens. Listening may be the cardinal act of giving… I think it is the source of peace.”  — Paul Hawken

Day fifteen: “Share a homemade meal with someone”–I’m making burritos to share with a coworker!

Quote: “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”  — Jane Howard

21-day Kindness Challenge, day twelve: stop complaining

21-day kindness challenge

This is a good one for me, because sometimes my default settings gets stuck in “complaining mode”. Today I’ll try to kick that habit. :)

Quote for the day (from the daily prompt e-mail): “The hard must become habit. The habit must become easy. The easy must become beautiful.”  — Doug Henning

21-day Kindness Challenge, days ten and eleven: time with someone you love/a daily ritual

21-day kindness challenge

For day ten of the challenge, we’re supposed to carve out some quality time with a loved one. I actually did this today, with a morning exercise routine and a healthy lunch with the husband.

Quote for the day (from the daily prompt e-mail): “Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”  — Ursula K. Le Guin

For day eleven, we’re supposed to create a daily ritual; I’m trying to get back into the habit of doing yoga each day, so that’s what I’ll work on for this prompt. It makes me feel better physically and helps calm my mind. (Not to mention, it’s a lot of fun!)

Quote for the day (from the daily prompt e-mail): “Sometimes… the smallest drops in the bucket make the biggest ripples.”  — A.M. Hodgson