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Goals: Renewing the Basics

Monday, April 07, 2014

Extravagant flowers planted in
Autumn, sleeping through
Winter, only to burst forth in
Spring, awakening us to
Hope and Renewal.

Spring is the natural time for me to renew my goals. Yes, I know lots of people like to do this for New Year's Day. But, for me, it seems more in the rhythm of nature to look at them in Spring. Maybe because, like the flowers, it is easier to view the results of the healthy habits I started months (years) ago.

In the last year there were many times when I felt stuck. I wondered if I would ever make any more progress. It's easy for me to lose the bigger picture in times of illness, and the stress of setbacks. I forget that what I am experiencing is a kind of winter. Like flowers, the goals I set have been merely resting up - lying dormant - waiting to emerge when the time is right.

With that in mind, I realize I don't really need any NEW goals. I just need to renew the basic ones -- the ones that have sustained me.


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1BOSSMOMMY 4/24/2014 5:28PM

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Your view and perhaps your life's journey is so similar to my own. Every winter I used to plan out my vegetable garden in hopes that this next year I would out do my last garden. My life is a continuous cycle of summers, falls, winters and springs.

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SHARON10002 4/22/2014 11:20PM

    I like your way of thinking! Thanks for sharing that. Do you mind if I concur and follow in your footsteps?

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HOLLYM48 4/12/2014 1:54PM

    That is exactly how I feel! I am so with you!

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PREACHERLADY565 4/11/2014 1:28PM

  Thank you for painting such a great picture. Here in the desert - no sign of Spring. We just hit 105 degrees...we have no grass (except at the golf courses) - and very few flowers.....Thanks for sharing.

You are doing very well on your journey! Keep up the great work!

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JAKENELL 4/9/2014 8:57PM

    We seem to think a lot alike - I was just thinking about how green the grass is looking after such a long, cold winter (although I just heard snowflakes are in the forecast for Friday night). I too need to return to my old goals and make working to meet them a priority in my life.

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KRAZY4KATZ 4/9/2014 12:11PM

    Love your blog and how you related your goals to spring. emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 4/8/2014 6:35AM

    Sometimes we do have to renew and spring is a great time to do that

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JILL313 4/8/2014 12:53AM

    Love your positive blog and many are happy it's Spring like where they live. I live in So. CA so our Winter's are barely there, if you know what I mean. Setting new Goals or renewing them is something you've remind me I should also do for myself so I thank you. . . Things are slowly improving with my oldest son so I'll be able to focus again on what I need to do to start losing weight again. I love the beautiful bright Tulips on your page. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SMILESTOSPARE 4/7/2014 11:58PM

    With the first day of what really felt like spring, I really read my goal board and felt empowered by what I had already accomplished. Great time to review, rejoice and renew. Yeah! emoticon

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GRNDMOM43 4/7/2014 11:25PM

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PHOENIX1949 4/7/2014 10:52PM

    Couldn't have said it better. Back to the basics was my Friend Feed comment early in January and its time to recommit to that. Illness threw me off track BUT didn't derail me entirely. Here's to new beginnings!

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STARRBRITE 4/7/2014 10:39PM

    Oh my. I do enjoy your work.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/7/2014 3:57PM

    I too feel that spring is a "natural" for renewing goals! Summer is right around the corner!!

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IOWAGRAMMA 4/7/2014 2:54PM

    Yes, CJ...back to basics and forging ahead! Love your philosophy on the winter/spring wake-up! Best wishes!! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 4/7/2014 2:13PM

    Awesome attitude! You got this!

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AMYBELLES 4/7/2014 2:10PM

    You are the only one I know who can make a goals blog so how you connected renewing your goals to springtime and flowers ready to bloom. emoticon emoticon You know exactly what to do and emoticon

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