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Tools in the Tool Box

Sunday, January 20, 2013

I started out this morning as I do every morning. Before I ever get out of bed, I'm thinking about all the things in my life that I'm grateful for. My first "official" thought can be the most enlightening one of the day for me; it comes from deep within at a time when there are no outside distractions. (And if I don't write it down immediately it is gone, not to return. It's like my dreams; forgotten in an instant!)

I woke up at 4:00 a.m. not terribly interested in actually getting out of bed but as I lay there thinking about the good things in my life, I thought about a friend I had called yesterday to help me with a problem that I didn't have an immediate answer for. I was grateful this morning for having thought to call him rather than to get overwhelmed and let anxiety creep in.

Then it occurred to me that the only reason I thought to call him was because I had gone outside for a walk to sort things out first. And I went out for a walk because I read a blog a couple of days ago about the best way to solve problems was with a walk. It was a nice and sunny day and I was happy to be outside.

Laying in bed and thinking about how one step leads to another, my entire blog poured out; there was no way I was going to remember all of this when I actually, officially got out of bed! So I found a notebook and a pen and brought it back to bed with me and wrote every thought I was having (scribbling might be a better word; I was writing in the dark!)

Today, it's all about Tools in the Toolbox. Sometimes you need more than one tool to complete a task and frequently the first tool you need is a small one. Then you move to the next one and the next one. (And, at least for me, if you don't have what you're looking for, you improvise!)

This week, I picked up so much valuable information on SP, thoughts and ideas that have built one upon the other. I have been particularly interested in some postings from 3 of my my Spark Teams. I have added new tools to the toolbox:

"Something out of the house every day"  every day I've been trying to post about something I've gotten rid of. There's lots of junk here and it's fun to win just one small battle in my personal clutter-war.

"AS IF: this is where you write something you want as if it already happened." That's a whole new idea for me; planning for a successful day and putting it in writing as the day begins.

"SPEED: do Something Positive Each and Every Day! " Yes!!

I have my own tool to add, a new morning thought: "What did I do right yesterday?"

All these tools. I'm building someone wonderful!!

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