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Lack of Focus, Procrastination, or Creativity?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I love Ellen deGeneres' monologue on procrastination. She starts off discussing procrastination and before you know it she is off–procrastinating. You think she has lost focus, but since you like to laugh, you settle back to be entertained. And then all of a sudden, she zings right back to the main topic and you realize she has been on topic all along. The first time I watched her do this, I was amazed at her creativity.

I own the DVD and usually take it with me to NC where I tend to do more creative work without internet or TV or phone to interfere with my work. I write, paint, arrange music, sit on the porch and stare, listen to Christmas music in July, walk, visit folk school classes and events, drive through the mountains, and write, paint, and arrange music, in a very jumbled up order.

So I've been able to separate out the creativity from the procrastination which I now define as just plain not wanting to do it. I'll come up with all kinds of tasks that need doing to avoid decluttering or dealing with downsizing. To someone watching me, they might think I lack focus. But they just don't understand the effort involved in creatively avoiding those tasks.

But since SP I've also learned that those things that must be done are easier, even fun, if I do a little every day. My 15 minute playlists help me do that. Once I put that music on, I'm up and moving, throwing in a load of laundry, zipping here and there, dusting, mopping, returning things that somehow moved from the bedroom to the dining room, and clearing the counters.

When I watched the infomercial for Zumba DVDs this morning, I realized my routine was just one step down from being a 15 minute Zumba workout. Perhaps I should make a Housework DVD for Sparkers who want to find more time get online to send some sparks AND get a workout at the same time.

The only problem now is I know I'm creatively working on getting the inspiration, fuel, fodder . . . to get back to work on something but I can't remember what it was.

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Haven't seen Ellen's "Procrastination monologue?" It is available on her "Here and Now" Video/DVD.

Buy the DVD: "Here and How" available for $5.43
at Amazon.

Watch on You Tube: Whole show:

If your system is slowed down by that one, here is the first 15 minutes:
The other 3 segments are there, just look in the side bar.

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LUVLYLORELEI 11/25/2012 7:27PM

    I know what you mean about focus! Totally! Of course anytime I see something shiny ... ooooo I think I see something shiny! What was I doing? Oh yes, procrastinating!

Anyway, good idea about the 15-minute playlist. I could use that trick. Of course I'll need an hour or two to create a 15-minute playlist! Oh the irony! The funny thing is, I think it would be fun to create a 15-minute playlist, but that would mean actually making a decision. Hm. I'll think about it! But I really do love the idea!


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LESLIELENORE 11/25/2012 12:55PM

    That would be a fun DVD. I stay pretty focused most of the time, but there are times...

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BLUENOSE63 11/25/2012 8:00AM

  Thanks for the link!

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The Sparky Volcano

Friday, November 23, 2012

The visualization of two sticks of butter melting off every time I lose another half pound has been working for me. But I never worried about where those pounds of butter were going. It would be horrible if that fat found its way into some donuts and then unsuspecting Sparkers, or me. I hadn't done much about changing my visualization because it kind of helped me stay away from the donut shops. I DIDN'T want that melted fat finding its way back onto ME.

This morning, SP friend CBrinkley401 sent me a sparkmail with a plug for using a visual for losing weight. She said "I am picturing myself dropping each of these unwanted pounds down the deepest, bottomless hole I can find - never to be seen again!"

That reminded me of an old joke. These two guys were out hiking in the woods when they came to a hole about three feet across, but they couldn't see the bottom. They threw a rock over the side, but never heard it hit bottom. So they picked up a railroad tie lying on the ground and heaved it over the edge. Still no sound. Seconds later, a startled goat ran by about sixty miles an hour and jumped head first into the hole. Still no sound.
An out of breath farmer ran up to them and asked, "Hey, you fellas seen my goat around here?"
They said, "Well there was a goat that ran by real fast and jumped into this hole."
The farmer said, "No, that wasn't my goat. My goat was tied to a railroad tie."

So now I'm considering changing my visualization to that hole, but only if I can somehow tie all of my excess baggage like sugar addiction, aversion to exercise, procrastination . . . I could go on but you get the picture.

Someplace like the rim of the Grand Canyon would work. I know I would NOT be the one to go down to retrieve whatever I dumped over the edge. As long as the condors and donkeys stay out of the way, but I'd probably be arrested for polluting a beautiful river.

I've got it. An active volcano. It could become known as the Sparky Volcano. All of that fat sacrificed in the name of health and happiness! After a billion years, SP could pay for keeping the program running by mining the diamonds from it. Recycling at its finest!!

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LESLIELENORE 11/24/2012 2:21PM

    emoticon Great image!

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SHARJOPAUL 11/24/2012 8:29AM

    Great visualization!

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DJ4HEALTH 11/23/2012 10:14PM

    Like the visualization with the volcano!!

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KALISWALKER 11/23/2012 6:11PM

    That's a great visualization!

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CBRINKLEY401 11/23/2012 5:14PM

    Great idea. The fat would be instantly burned up in that volcano, turned to harmless ash. Sorry about the goat, though. Maybe he just ended up on the other side of the world unhurt and is roaming around freely in China somewhere.

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MAMISHELI53 11/23/2012 4:17PM

    Funny joke, interesting visualization.I haven't tried it...maybe I shall! Keep up the good work! Shel

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Wonderful Resource

Monday, November 19, 2012

I was just sent this link for a free issue to a magazine. I checked it out, figuring I'd see lots of recipes for Thanksgiving that would be way off my plan. Pleasantly surprised.

Check it out.
Naked Food Magazine

Check out the beautiful salad "pie" on page 19. What a super idea for a company meal. Any time of year. If you try to duplicate the recipe, put the potatoes in the bowl first, then the spinach/carrot layer. You will also need parsley for garnish. What about steamed broccoli and cauliflower florets in a pattern on top? I'd like to see radish flowers or carrot curls as decoration also.

And the THX story. What a totally different picture of that first Thanksgiving right down to the purpose. (NOT to give thanks. Picture the neotiations going on over the Gaza strip today)

Upon further investigating, you can view the magazine online and it's much more user friendly, interactive, with more information and blogs and comments, etc.
to use the magazine on line

And if you want to be notified when other materials are available, you can subscribe for free at:

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EFFIEANNIE 11/21/2012 7:57AM

    Thanks, great recipe for Quinoa there too.

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KALISWALKER 11/21/2012 2:06AM

    I really like the website! Thanks for the link!

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GOTTAPLAN4U 11/20/2012 9:27AM

  Very nice.

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NANCYPAT1 11/19/2012 9:15PM

    Thanks for posting this . . .

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A Visual When you need Renewal

Monday, November 19, 2012

I AM the place where you will find all you need to renew your spirit.
I AM the place where you can soothe your soul with restful sounds, sights, smells, endeavors, or even a nap.
I AM the place where you can reflect, journal, create, climb a mountain, or rest by a stream, to be energized for a new sunrise.
I AM as reliable and never-ending as the sunrise or sunset, the rivers flowing to the ocean, flowers blooming in the spring, or another wave breaking on the shore.
I restore like a tropical breeze on a steamy day.


Soul Collage, by Sue Atkins

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LESLIELENORE 11/19/2012 11:32AM


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A New Way to Measure My Journey

Monday, November 19, 2012

I stopped off at Mom's this morning at the end of my walk. She handed me the ad for W_____________, and said "Lots of Thanksgiving Recipes."

Even though I looked through the grocery ad/cookbook, I was evaluating the recipes and rejecting them as not matching my goals.

A year ago, I would have said, "Oh, I'm changing my menu. We've got to have that," to at least four recipes–one casserole and three desserts.

I've come miles and miles from where I was a year ago.

Off to the grocery. Need a pumpkin and some other harvest veggies, and a few things for the family part of the menu, including the turkey.

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-COURT- 11/20/2012 9:22PM

    Since I'm not a cook, I don't have to worry. If I was cooking, the people would worry. Glad you are sticking to your guns and not changing menu.

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BRAVELUTE 11/19/2012 11:22AM

    Mom has done the dinner for the past 5 years while I was sick. Last year, she was very stressed, though I helped. So I figure I'm healthy again with so much energy, it's time to pay it back.

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LESLIELENORE 11/19/2012 11:11AM

    I'm leeaving most of the planning to other people this year. I am just showing up and helping where I am needed.

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