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Monday, April 01, 2013


. . . . might not be what worked yesterday

Back in December my laptop died. I live pretty close to the edge financially and I wasn't sure what I was going to do but a cherished friend of mine immediately stepped in and said that he had a laptop he wasn't using and I could take it for as long as I needed it.

I took my laptop to the local Apple-approved repair shop; they wanted almost $1100 to fix it. Another friend of mine suggested a different place for me to check out and after some research and because I trusted my friend's judgment, I ended up going there and having it repaired (and getting a new battery!) for under $350. It took awhile to get my laptop back but it was definitely worth the wait considering the amount of money I saved!

My borrowed laptop was better than the one I own. I was so incredibly grateful to have it but it wasn't MY laptop. Things were never where I expected to find them and it took longer to maneuver through all the places I travel so I changed a lot of what I had been doing to save time. When my laptop was returned to me, it really was like welcoming an old friend home and I discovered that the changes I had made while I was waiting for its return made my time spent at the computer much more efficient than it had been previously.


. . . . might not be what worked yesterday

I am very committed to setting time aside each morning for meditation (even if it's only 5 minutes.) When I don't do this, my days can be frantic. Some deep breathing and a few minutes of quiet time allows me to get my day moving in the right direction.

I started this habit in earnest last fall when I participated in a Deepak Chopra 21-day meditation. It was about Abundance and it was beautiful! I looked forward to each day and I was sad when the 21 days were over. I'm doing another one right now; this one is Perfect Health and initially, I didn't experience the same awesome feelings I did with the last one. I could see that I wasn't focused and I was doing other things while I listened. One day as I was listening to the meditation and getting my meals for the day prepared (I try to do as much as I can in the morning so I don't have to make any food decisions later in the day) I discovered that there is this beautiful mindfulness in food preparation. I started really looking forward to each day's meditation coupled with the action of chopping vegetables and creating colorful salads, gifts from God's earth.


. . . . might not be what worked yesterday

When I began SP almost 4 years ago, it was a tad overwhelming. "What am I SUPPOSED to do?" As the time has gone along, I have learned that there is no absolute way to proceed; I do what works for me. What works today might not be what worked yesterday and one size doesn't fit all.

The computer program I use in my outside job has many options and none of us use it in the same way. Sometimes one coworker will show another coworker how they do a particular task and the next thing I hear is, "I didn't know you could do that!" It's the same here at SP; it's wonderful to know that I can still discover new ways to accomplish my goals.

Recently, I read a SP member's observation that they couldn't understand why some people feel the need to post an update when they get a bonus-wheel spin. I do exactly that as a form of personal accountability; it's how I start each day. I try to do different activities every day to get those 25 points, to see if there's something that will "spark" this day in a new way. I also try to post a weekly blog in order to sum up all that I've discovered during the past week; for me, it's a great outlet for me to be able to share what I've learned and perhaps hear a voice in the distance, "I didn't know you could do that!"

What works today might not have been what worked yesterday but that's a good thing! The choices we make here should be based on what will work best for us today and shouldn't be made by what we're "supposed to do." Everything we do here, every activity we participate in is an investment in ourselves and having the best day possible.

My mom used to tell me that life has to change or else it would be too boring.

Things are never boring in my life!

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    Awesome blog love it.
    2022 days ago
    I love Deepak Chopra. He's great!
    2023 days ago
    This was so weird. I read this blog yesterday but was in a rush & couldn't respond to it. When I went back to respond it wasn't there. Now here it is. Hmmm.

    I always enjoy your blogs. They make me stop and think. Sometime, most times, that's exactly what I need to do. You're so right. What worked yesterday may not work today and what works today, may not work next week. Thankfully we are always evolving... & hopefully improving, although I have had several stumbles of regression. I am determined that 2013 is going to be my year of successes and am well in the way of making that happen. It is thanks to people like you, sharing the journey with us. Love ya
    2027 days ago
    You are right on! Life is far from a one size fits all, this is the way to travel. We are each on our own journey. We can travel together but yet do different things on our journey. So glad to have you as a travel buddy!
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    If you ever get bored, let me know. But your life sounds like you have a good handle on things. You keep changing and growing, learning as you go. Have a wonderful April-no fooling! HUGS!
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    2027 days ago
    Things are certainly changing!
    Eat to live!
    2027 days ago
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