The more we practise something the better we get at it. But as the quote suggests the more specific we are with whatever we are doing, the more easily we can replicate it. I have certainly found this with my writing and editing. Once a difficult task for me, through blogging I have found I can naturally improve my flow and style.
From my experience, it doesn’t matter if the wrong choices are mine or someone else’s. I have learnt to just go along for the ride and see where the current unexpected journey takes me.
I love this quote and have used it to head up the last chapter in my book on eating disorder recovery titled, Moving Forward. To me it gives a strong message of the need to do anything but sit still.
We have relocated to 14 different homes in 3 different cities during my life. On top of these moves I have also moved back home to my mother’s 3 times with or without my family.
At first moving was daunting. But now it’s a simple process that can be broken down into steps and described as an acrostic poem.
Research the area you are to move to and get excited
Explore your options
Lock in you choices and plan your move
Organise you belongings, what will stay, go or be given away
Collect cardboard boxes and start packing
Ask for help if necessary
Transfer you belongings to your new home
Enjoy sitting in your lounge room with a glass of champagne
My impression of a person, place or thing depends on how they present themselves in the moment. I agree first impressions count, but to me they aren’t the be all and end all. They are often tainted by other issues more pressing at the time. This means I am always ready to change my view should different circumstances prevail.
After consideration, I realise my impression is unconsciously judged and can be explained by the following acrostic poem:
When these values can be seen in a person, place or thing, I leave the experience feeling good and wanting more. The more of these values missing, the poorer my experience. Do you know what drives your impressions?
Last December, after 25 years I was reminded how relaxing it is to go to the beach after work. To lye on my back free floating, totally unmoored to the world —just bobbing around in the waves. Trusting I was safe but keeping an eye out for any bigger waves that could do me harm. Then to keep myself safe, I would simply dive under the wave and avoid its direct impact. Free floating is now my preferred mindful activity for the warmer months.
As I gazed over the horizon watching the random sets of waves, my muscles relaxed and looked for a new way to work. Suddenly, I realised my free floating had turned into the best core exercise I had ever done and with no effort on my part.
Give it a try and say goodbye crunches. Take you feet off the ground and free float. Go with the rhythm of the waves and focus on the horizon. It’s my favourite way to centre myself.
Treasure is something of value. It can come in all shapes and sizes, be shiny and sparkle or be ugly and covered in dirt. Everyone’s treasure and things they value are different. For me, my most valued treasure is my personal values.
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They are how I live my life, raise my family and connect with people. Without any of them my life would be unbalanced. Individually, my values are only part of the picture, but together they form a very strong bond that can get me through any obstacle life throws my way.