Christmas Tree

I have some news and a haiku…

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one of my first supporters
deeply grateful

Jake is the host for Sunday Post and recently emerged with this week’s  theme:

 CHRISTMAS TREE

Christmas tree, postaday, Sunday Post, holiday, happiness, holiday fun

“Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. “

 – Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas

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Simplicity

What is simplicity and how do we find it?

It is common to hear or read about folks wanting more simplicity in their lives. Heck, even I would love to embrace the idea of simplicity in my life. However, are we talking simplicity as abandoning all creature-comfort for a life alone in some back wood cabin, chopping wood for fire and hauling water from some creek?

firewood

Or is this desire for simplicity something deeper…not a physical cabin get-away so much as simply letting go from fears found in a life filled with…“an empty abundance.”

“Our affluent society contains those of talent and insight who are driven to prefer poverty, to choose it, rather than submit to the desolation of an empty abundance.”
~Michael Harrington

abandoned car

When is too much……just too much? Maybe too much comes with abandoned cars or messy storage units once called a car garage…

messy garage

Maybe the drive to find simplicity comes when our “living” rooms turn into indoor dump sites with stuff we felt were needs, but in reality, became tomorrow’s garbage that we cannot seem to part with yet…

“You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.”
~Vernon Howard

So, again, what is simplicity and is it easy to find without someone poking the fun out of you while winking and whispering, “Oh, living in the sticks, eh?”

dead branches

Perhaps simplicity can be found everywhere at anytime.

I am slowly learning about this thing called simplicity, starting with a ten-minute quiet moment every morning. Some call it meditation, but I see it as daily mindful sitting.

With eyes closed, body relaxed, I set the timer for ten minutes (although, Everyday Gurus suggests twelve minutes to maximize on the benefits) and begin to reflect inwards to focus with intention on myself. For example, a mindful sitting may look at how I perceive and process inconvenient life situations like staying calm while driving (heh)…areas I would like to see changes not only for a better me, but in the big picture, a better world–world peace, being one example.

This mindful sitting may seem trivial and maybe it is, however, I feel an overall calmness within myself since starting mindful sitting. To be honest, my mind tends to wander all over the place and I am working to stay focus and train my “wild child” mind.

In application to blogging, I got over the guilt that I needed to post something everyday. I had to be honest with myself and realize, my capabilities to process a quality post everyday and still perform my personal obligations was not, at this time, right for me.

As we go through our day, no matter how complicated or crazy our schedules become, one can go within to seek a quiet quality mindful sitting moment appreciating this thing called simplicity.

Why not look around and check:

Are there things I need to let go that hinder my practice of living life in blissful simplicity? Please share…

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“The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.”

~Steve Maraboli

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Curtain Call: Featured Blog…

To tie in this theme, simplicity, with the Feature Blog, In Blue: Make Believe Boutique came to mind. Blue describes herself  as “…surfacing bit by bit, in layers…” as a “…quiet and reflective artist…” 

I think you will find calm and spiritual peace as you walk with Blue’s unique writing reflections such as, the spontaneous healing of a tired soul.

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Inspiration today comes from Jakesprinter’s SUNDAY POST :Simplicity. Thank you!

Dummy In Me Encounters the Go Get It Goal Coach!

Okay, so smart people may know about goals, but for the Dummy In Me (DIM), this is a mini glimpse into a kick A** encounter with the Go Get It Goal Coach!

DIM: First, why have goals?

Dear DIM,

You set goals because it helps give focus and direction into your personal life path and points you to where you are taking your own personal responsibilities.

Simply, Dummy, I mean DIM, your sorry life needs pumping up and direction!

Signed,
Go Get It Goal Coach

DIM: Second, what are goals?

Dear DIM,

Setting Goals

Your ideal reality is just a goal away!  -Photo credit: planningqueen

You create a written statement with a target date that lists exciting and even a bit frightful goal(s) to urge you to get off your lazy butt and work at something constructive for once in your life!

Moreover, your to-do list is NOT a goal list, nor is it what your friends, family, whoever wants from you and definitely NOT goals society claims are for you!

As you write your statement, DIM, eliminate your favorite vocabulary words: try, might, hopefully, wish or maybe.

Axe those words from your brain! NOW!!

Finally, goals put your ideal into existence.

Think about it, DIM…what is ideal in your health, personal life and career?

Signed,
Go Get It Goal Coach

DIM: Take it from me, do not be a dummy…think what your ideal is for your health, personal life and career and go get your goals done today! 

Your ideal reality is just a goal away!

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Do you have any goal tips to share? 

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Curtain Call: Featured Blog

Clowns are fun entertainers. They make you laugh and look at life from a different perspective. There are some talented writing blog clowns who inspire you with every post you read.

Take for instance, Belle of the Carnival, the head clown in a suburban family circus act. You know entertainment is waiting to happen with a post like, Songs that Make Me Want to Break the Speed Limit.

Nevertheless, this head clown is a smart goal setter. Yep, for 2013, Darcie has set A Blogger Tip A Day  to meet her goals to streamline her life, be more organized and improve her sense of well-being. When you check into A Blogger Tip A Day, you will find a specific plan:

… I plan to share “with you a fellow blogger’s tip a day and implementing it into my life. I believe this will be an exciting journey and I look forward to sharing it with you! If you have any tips you would like to share, advice,  or comments please feel free to drop me a line at:

abloggertipaday@yahoo.ca.

>> Extra bonus! If your tip is chosen your name will be placed  a monthly draw for a twenty-five dollar I-Tunes gift card. So get those tips rolling in!<<

Thank you, Belle of the Carnival, for a fine goal setting example!

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If you are wondering how to meet your blog goal to post more often and you like to see more on Goals, hop on over to Jakesprinter with this week’s SUNDAY POST :GOALS. All the instructions are there and for a quick peek, check out a few more Goals post below. Enjoy!

 

NEW YEAR 2013: Equanimity

Don’t freak!

So, 2013 is coming in quick, and if completing the long list of 2012 resolutions we made at the beginning of this year is like putting on layers of clothing; how many of us got fully dressed this year?

Got Caught

Caught again with very little 2012 New Year’s resolutions done…wimper!!  -Photo credit: DeHKsY

Don’t look at me. That pile over there in the corner is my resolution goals…okay, so I barely got dressed after February!

I do not know about you but gosh darn, thinking up all those resolutions at the beginning of the year and trying to complete them is simply too tiring and useless!  Usually, by December 31, a chilly wind begins to seep right through the skimpy resolution efforts that started on so well in January and February, and now, many resolutions later, have ended up unresolved and piled up in some corner of my room.

Brr and grr!

Well, this year, to heck with attempting to tackle the resolution list! I am packing away the long, tedious resolution list and instead, stripping down to the bare necessities; picking one word and working diligently to make that word become the complete layer of clothing that brings me to a better end by next year.

Quinn Creative: It’s Time for Your Word of the Year, suggests instead of a resolution list, pick a word for the upcoming year and make it a part of you by the end of the year. Quinn states, “you choose a word that will symbolize the year for you–set the intention or create a verbal amulet.”

I think it is a perfect idea!

After frantically sifting through oodles of words, the one I need the most, and one that has settled quite firmly in my mind is…

EQUANIMITY:

 mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.
Synonyms: composure, calmness, poise, serenity, self-possession

That is it. Equanimity. I hope to work on, manage, tweak and adjust the state of equanimity within me. Hopefully, by simplifying my year, I can avoid getting caught with a pile of unresolved resolutions.

Wish me luck and away I go to tackle being cool and collected through every crises that comes my way.

Hehe…see my many faces I will be changing by the end of 2013 because…

“I will NOT freak out at anything that comes my way!” 

Stress

2013 Word: Equanimity…practice daily to achieve perfection by December 31, 2013. -photo credit: topgold

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What would be your word for 2013?

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Interested in more SUNDAY POST hosted by Jakesprinter? The challenge is flexible and a great place for inspiration. I hope you check in on more NEW YEAR 2013 contributors.

For a quick peek, enjoy these fine entries:

SUNDAY POST : Christmas

I read a quote today by Kate L. Bosher:

“Isn’t it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for – I don’t know what exactly, but it’s something that you don’t mind so much not having at other times.”

Nativity Lights

Christmas: The gift of peace…you are loved.

My wish for you if somehow, you mysteriously find yourself lonely during this holiday season, for – what, it is not exactly clear, that your special gift at Christmas be the peace of knowing you are truly loved.

Christmas Gift

Christmas: The gift of love.

Finally, Agnes M. Pahro wonderfully defines Christmas and it is my word gift to you, my readers.  Thank you again for being my constant online companion bringing me daily encouragement and inspiration.

You are all, simply charming!

Mother Mary

Christmas: The Gift is born…”Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my savior! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call be blessed.” ~The Magnificat…Luke 1: 47-48

“What is Christmas?

It is tenderness for the past,

courage for the present,

hope for the future.

It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.

~Agnes M. Pahro

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Curtain Call: Featured Blog…

Jakesprinter: What is Sunday if you do not have your SUNDAY POST? If you blog regularly, you probably already know about Jake, the graphic artist/photographer and host of the weekly Sunday Post.

Every week, Jake throws out a little hint, for example, this week, Christmas (naturally, duh!) is the inspiration. You take your little treasure and unleash your creative mind! Once done, share your heart creation with the rest of the Sunday Post contributors.

Find more contributors and how to participate here at Christmas.

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Merry Christmas

2012

Concept: Give the Gift…As Angels Give

Concept defined: Noun {An abstract idea; general notion} or {A plan or intention; a conception}

Imagine the concept of a loving thought

A loving thought gift is like giving like an angel.

Concept: Give the gift of a loving thought this holiday season…

“If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.” ~George MacDonald

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Can you imagine a loving thought concept spreading throughout the world bringing the kingdom of heaven a step closer to becoming a reality?

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Are you wanting more on the idea of Concept? Head on over to Jakesprinter’s SUNDAY POST for more information on how to participate and check out some very cool contributors as well!

Below gives a sneak peek…enjoy!