Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Once again SP has tossed up just exactly the reminder and suggestion I need at just exactly this moment. I suppose it's natural that this time of year I'd be thinking about New Year's resolutions ... or New Year's Resolutions I might say because they are an important part of my healthy psyche ... I love 'em and always feel blessed to think that there is Room For Improvement (classic ENFP again).
And I'm at that place on the Road to Good Health where I have made a little progress and am in danger of becoming smug - or worse - sloppy - or even worse - slothful. It just so happens it's also at NYR time so I can re-energize my comittment to my goals and not only make it through the sugar plum holiday but also, maybe, see some progress.
Item #2 in Mike Kramer's article Top 10 Strategies for Success (waiting in my mailbox this morning) hit a chord - no - it hit a GONG!
2. Get It On Paper
Whether setting your first goals, tracking daily progress, or sharing your deepest thoughts with a journal, writing things down crystallizes your ideas, exposes underlying fears, and paints an accurate picture of real life.
yes. It's time. I need to make one of my beloved Lists of Things To Do. I call them TTD lists and if the goal is important, if it has a deadline, if it really matters to me, they are essential. But they are also fun - fun to make and fun to use. They really do chrystalize my ideas and ideals, they really do expose my vulnerabilities. Yup. Time to write it down.
Happily, I have a real holiday this year at Christmas time - I'm taking the whole week off between 12/25 and 1/1. I've got a lot planned for that time, but I am going to plan one day when all I have to do is ponder and think and write it down so that, when the new year comes, I'll know exactly where I want to be .... and where I'm going.
Thanks SP. thanks for melding your collective mind with mine.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
I didn't sleep last night for thinking about pecan butter ball cookies.
Now. I have never eaten a cookie called a pecan butter ball - I just heard it in an audio book I was listening to this past week and I began to imagine what a pecan butter ball cookie would taste like. Shortbread full of nuts shaped like a ball? Something more chewy like a brownie, full of pecans? Whatever they are - they danced through my head like Clement Moore's proverbial Christmas sugar plums.
It's no wonder I'm thinking about sugared flakes of buttery flour saturated with pecans - Not only is every scrap of media flooding the world with holiday treats but also my own memories, of childhood and more vividly of my young married life when Christmas involved the magic of a child's anticipation of surprises. They are good memories. I cherish them and pull them out like little gems from the jewellery box of my mind.
do you hear?
that "BUT" hanging in the air?
Yeah - I thought so. That but means ... where does eating a pecan butter ball cookie fit into the plans made with such hope in October? Not? A little? Look out here it comes? I just googled pecan butter ball and recipe and got something that logs in at 188 calories for 2 cookies. whew! 1/7 of my day's calories in 2 bites?
Mike Kramer's two articles in today's Best of SP really have me thinking about those goals and how important they are to me. I've never been good at achieving goals except in the most oblique way - a classic ENFP, www.myersbriggs.org/ I don't really feel rewarded by completion - rather I feel abandoned. Since the journey is so important to me I am usually going in several directions at once and completion happens almost unnoticed. ( I do actually complete things, understand - just ... not with triumphant flair but with surprised recognition)
But knowing what my natural preference is doesn't mean I am tied to it, nor am I unable, like the famed old dog, to learn new tricks. I am going to spend the next few days getting all ISTJ detailed and math-like about these goals and see if I can map out a happy, satisfying, but healthy and successful pathway through the next few sugared weeks.
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