Thanks Be …

The dreary month of November is almost over. The shorter days, longer nights and colorless landscape all make for a depressing month. However, at the end of the month of November (in the United States) is the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

live the life you love-This holiday brings people together. Families and friends hop on airplanes, drive miles across the landscape, and find ways to congregate for one special day. In some gatherings the day is about food, others celebrate sports, some focus on getting caught up and connecting over a very large meal.

This day brings young and old to the same table. Stories are shared (the same stories year after year sometimes!) and memories are made.

This is also a day to bring in the outsiders – those people with no family nearby. People new to the area. People with no place to go.

I read in the paper recently that Thanksgiving Day often has more people volunteering than recipients needing meals. The paper suggested the ‘do-gooders’ bring paper products, donate cash and sign up for weekly opportunities instead of the “Big Day.”  Inviting those people who are displaced for one reason or another is a good way to ‘do-good’ in a grand way. The benefits include a feeling of well-being, sharing some of the huge amount of food, meeting someone new, hearing new stories and seeing the world in a new way.

I always liked Thanksgiving when there were many people around. I liked the noise and chaos. I liked the abundance of mashed potatoes, corn, dark turkey meat and apple pie. I like the conversation and laughter. I believe there is something sacred when people come together.

To my family and friends near and far, to my blogging friends and online connections – I salute you and give thanks for your presence in my life.

 

 

 

A winter’s day…

Cold and dark. That’s what’s going on here. Cold, snow, shorter days.

I’m missing the warm colorful autumn that disappeared 2 weeks ago. The trees were filled with yellows and browns and now with the snow – the color has gone.

November makes me feel vulnerable. I miss the warmth. I long for color. I want something to fill the void.

I’m doing things to keep active. I’m reading. I’m socializing. I’m reaching out. And still …

I wish I could stay what’s missing. Is it the sunlight? Is it the end of my favorite season? I don’t know.

Maybe it’s because Christmas is already in the stores, on television, and in magazines and I’ve yet to say good-bye to autumn.

I wonder if it’s just me.

My antidote is to keep active. To accept invitations. To create events.

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U.S. Mail delivered but …

This week I received an envelope in the mail addressed to me.lovely mailbox

It had no return address.

The stamp was ripped off.

The postmark was ripped off with the stamp.

There was nothing inside.

I have a lovely envelope with my name and address on it an nothing inside. I pinned it to my bulletin board.

If you sent it – tell me what I am missing.

It is an “I’m thinking of you card!”

Is it a ticket to travel to a warm destination?

Did you invite me to a party?

Was it a thank you card?

Wait — was there money inside?

So – feel free to OWN up to sending me the card. Tell me what wondrous thing was inside. Make me drool, tease me, make me cry that I didn’t get it. A winning lottery ticket you say? A recipe? A photo of that ‘very special person’ who I always wanted to meet? Your manuscript? Get creative and make me smile so I won’t have to wonder any more.

I await your input!

November mixup

horsetooth res3For me, November is about mixing things up. It’s about the road less traveled, discovering new trails, meeting new people, joining, moving, painting, and connecting. I am doing all of the above.

One of the items on my November list was to hike a new trail. I did that this week and it was stunning. The air was crisp, cool and clean. The sky was the bluest of blues. The clouds added dimension and character to the photos. Lunch was consumed on a rock. It was delightful.

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Enjoying lunch, looking at Horsetooth Reservoir in Lory State Park., Fort Collins, CO

On my list for next week is to paint the bathroom. This one is more work and one I’m not thrilled to do. And there are several steps involved so I just need to take them one at a time. I know you’re on the edge of your seat so I will keep you informed as I move along.

I am busy reading 4 books which is the kind of goal I aim for (not painting the bathroom). And I am in the process of raking my leaves and cleaning my garden. It’s work but it feels good when it’s done.

Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth. –Bradley Whitford

What are you doing to make grace happen?

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Words Matter

Step 1: Say the words…

What is it you secretly desire? What have you never told anyone before? What is your heartfelt dream that you keep locked away?

Your words matter so speak them. Words become matter.

Announce what you want.

Say it in the shower. Say it in the car. Say it on your walk.

Be bold. Get descriptive. Be outrageous. Add color. Add humor.

IMG_3570I did this on my walk Sunday evening. I came up with my list of things I want. I reached for descriptive words. I added laughter. I got creative. I wished for things I have no right wishing for…

I added details, music, conversation and color.

I included some travel destinations in my requests.

I focused and became clear and asked a bit more.

hollyhock3While I was walking, wishing and wondering (this is all part of Step 1), I was also plucking seeds. The cosmos, daisies, dahlias and hollyhocks are bursting right now so I filled my hand, shoved them in my pocket and kept moving.

By the time I reached home I had a pocketful of seeds but the one important thing in my pocket was missing – my glasses. Not to worry – as long as I acted quickly my short-term memory was sure to remember my walking route. On my bike (like a super hero) I leapt and retraced my walk. The sun was setting at 5:05pm (drats the time change!) and I knew they would be hard to locate.  Alas, no glasses. My plan was to find my backup glasses and in the morning take that walk again.

Locating my backup glasses was a chore and in the process I cleaned out 4 drawers and lugged in the paper shredder from the garage and shredded tons of items I had collected and needed to discard. Need I say, NONE of this action was in my recently created To Do list. And yet, the outcome was a tidy workspace.

So, as I write this post wearing old and scratched-up glasses I continue to create an action plan. It’s obvious to me now that on that list is to make an appointment for new glasses.

Infuse your life with action.
Don’t wait for it to happen.

Step 2: Take Action

More to come. For now — It’s time to move.

Infuse Your Life with Action

Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen... yourself, right now, right down here on Earth. -Bradley WhitfordInfuse your life with action – what greater motivator is there than that?

In October, I wrote that in November I planned to write about motivation, health, fitness, fun and things that tickle my fancy.

When I saw this amazing quote to Infuse My Life With Action I knew I was on the right path.

Now to come up with some topics for November. I want to:

  • stay healthy
  • meet 5 new people
  • read 4 books
  • paint my bathroom
  • do something different for Thanksgiving
  • hike a new trail
  • join a group
  • walk more and eat less (except on Thanksgiving when I just want to devour all my comfort foods)
  • connect more on Skype and Oovoo with my family like we did last year.
  • greet the sun and admire a new day.

So, you know what I want to do – what’s on your list? Are you willing to jot down a few things you want to accomplish?  If you want to share I’d love to know what you have planned.

Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth. –Bradley Whitford