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An exercise in circular thinking

Sunday, April 13, 2014

"Always we begin again"

(And again)..thus begins the rule of Saint Benedict and the Benedictines. I am still extremely fascinated by them.. and it seems especially apt for this blog. Blogs are a nemesis to me because Iím not consistent enough to keep them going. My lack of constancy in general over days, weeks, and months, was surprisingly repetitive over a period of years. Strangely enough, I live and learn in ďcycles,Ē one thing striking my fancy for weeks and days, only to be replaced by the next thing that I abandoned ere ago, for the following period. This is something brought to my attention by others around me. I didnít notice it on my own, but it makes sense now. It is not a successful way to go about doing things. It is born of disorganization and a sustained lack of focus.

Barbara Sher mentioned this type of shifting in one of her PBS Specials in the 1990′s and suggested that people divide the year up so they can pursue more than one type of goal. I didnít realize this cycling was true of me, so I didnít pay much attention to that part of her speech. So far I recognize some of my interests, but the time they are pursued varies according to my attention span, and my attention span needs work.

This blog is therefore an attempt to undo the cycles of interest and plan them all within the same week or month period of time. Though this may seem impossible, I think I can up what I do by reducing the hours I spend asleep. My ultimate goal is to quit marathoning goals and interests, since that leads to dropping them while still incomplete. Leaving as much incomplete as I usually do is crushingly embarrassing to me, so Iím hoping to make finishing a habit that I can hold onto.

I will try to make the writing descriptive, but Iím not sure it will be interesting. Iím hoping my family members and some friends will read it. My goal is to blog at least once a month. I feel confident I can do at least that much because WordPress can be set up to remind you to write. And I have. If I was Buddhist or Hindu I could write something here of being made free from the endless cycles of rebirth.. Because I want to be free of the endless cycle of running and not getting anywhere!! I want to be Born Again into a new Creation! One that can help me create and live with the Creatorís design in mind. I want the graph of my life to look like I am climbing toward the top of a set of foothills and a mountain rather than a spiral up or down!



(I've reposted my WordPress post here for SparkPeople users.. )


Spooky Halloween Devotion

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Now how ever would one get a devotion out of Halloween?
I will pass on the gist of a small devotion I heard this morning..

There are three major holidays in Fall..
Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas (and I would argue that they segue into the New Year)

In Halloween we deal with all the fears that Satan may have in store for us. We focus on the good things about the harvest and give to God the core of darkness that is the holiday.

After our fear is dealt with, we move onto Thanksgiving. We focus on our gratitude and the good things in our lives. We realize how many blessings we have in our life and how fortunate we are.

In our gratitude for the blessings and gifts of life we finally move onto recognizing THE GIFT, the Christ child, born to be broken for us and to redeem us for all eternity. We give gifts to each other and gather with family and friends to let them know we love them and to be a little of that giving spirit, to shine and be Christ for them in the season.

The one I would add is the New Year. Christ then makes us new, revitalizing us and making us new creations in his image as we accept his Gift, given to us in grace.

Original idea by Bryn Shoffstall


Log of Excuses Jul-Aug2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

As I make excuses, I am going to add them to the list, post comments and answers. The idea being that once I've used one excuse in a goal area, I can't use it again.

As much as I've hated this down time. It became apparent to me that my goal areas have all shifted in priority level. The only thing that is the same is that my book reading is on the bottom of my priority list.. but its hanging in there.

So, without further ado, in list of priority:

Bible/Devotional Goals

Appearance Goals
1.) No one is going to see me anyway!
---I see me everyday. And Roger sees me everyday! And LuAnn doesn't see me, but she told me to do it every morning as part of my LifeCoaching stuff. If that's not enough reason, several books and articles say that you act different if you put on your makeup and look good than if you stay all slovenly and slobbish.

Fitness Goals
1.)I just don't feel like working out today!
--Lets face it, do you feel like doing most things you do in a day? No, but a lot of them, don't you feel better after you do them? Yes. You don't have to like it to begin with, you just have to do it, and you will feel better afterward.

Housekeeping Goals
1.) I am too tired to get it done this late at night!
--Were you too tired when you watched Episode 1 of King of Dramas off of Drama Fever? That was an hour and three minutes you could have used toward laundry or the room. Its not so bad if you use dramas and facebook and such as rewards, but do the work to earn them in the first place?!? Then you won't be wondering what to do with your time and you'll be more productive in your life.

Book Reading Goals

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Making Good Habits - Breaking Bad Habits

Thursday, June 20, 2013

I started reading in the introduction of the Joyce Meyer book of the same name as this post. Even at the beginning of the book, before you get into techniques and types of habits, she wants you to write up a list of the habits you want to make and the habits you want to break. So here is mine:

Good habits I want to make:
I want to get up at 7am each morning.
I want to got to bed at 11pm each evening.
I want to start drawing in the morning.
I want to eat at regular times (9am, 12pm, 5pm) during the day.
I want to watch Joyce Meyer in the morning.
I want to do two hours of housework from 10am to 12pm M-Sa
If I miss my housework in the morning I want to take
an hour from 8p-9p and 10p-11p to make up for it.
I want to read and work on my vocabulary an hour each day.
I want to use makeup and dress well.
I want to follow a schedule.

Bad habits I want to break:
I want to quit sleeping in.
I want to quit hitting the snooze button each morning.
I want to quit being so distractable.
I want to quit staying up so late.
I want to quit being such a slob.

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HERMIEME 10/31/2013 1:18PM

    You're setting a good example and giving me some ideas. I need a schedule like crazy!!! Good luck with these goals!

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/23/2013 7:09PM

  I got this book. Want to discuss it?

How's things going ? I think it's hard to change that many things at once.

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SPAMUNDY 6/26/2013 11:28AM

    What an inspiration! I want to use your example and set up goals for myself too.
So far my goals are only miles of walking and food intake, but why not work at becoming a better me on the emotional/spiritual level too.

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JANTWO 6/20/2013 1:41AM

    I have the desire to make some of the habits you have listed. Great list!!!!

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ZRIE014 6/20/2013 12:34AM

  i agree with you about breaking bad habits and moving forward

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SparkCoach Challenge Step - My Three Things

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Today, my challenge is to write down at least 3 things that I've accomplished recently that I'm proud of.

Sunday, June 16, 2013
1.) I agreed to see one of my accountability partners, who is going to school and has a certificate to be a life coach, to be her first practice client.. for a christian life coach experience.
2.) I've started taking the initiative to get us all outside and walking at least once a week, hopefully more as summer starts.
3.) I put together a schedule for the whole week that assumes I am home, so I don't have to know what my parents are doing at any particular time this summer.
4.) I am putting aside my hatred for how the house looks and everything else today that I feel like I "should" be doing and am making myself just "be still" and rest, because it is the Sabbath.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
1.) I've paid for a new voip system to go in, hopefully soon.
2.) I put in a full day of volunteering today.
3.) I sat in on a library committee meeting.
4.) I received my books 'Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits' by Joyce Meyer and 'Sober Mercies' in the mail and started with the introduction of the Joyce Meyer one.

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