That awkward, not so awesome morning when you wake up and realize you have nothing to show for 53 years of walking around on this planet…
This is the third day (I think!) of our second major winter weather shutdown in three weeks (I think!).
It’s all running together. But I digress…
I’m not a fan of winter. I’m especially not a fan of winter weather shutdowns. However, this winter weather shutdown has reminded me to be grateful for some things I usually take for granted.
Today, on Day 3, I’m grateful that we cooked on the grill on Monday, because we have dinner to last all week.
I’m grateful for free time. Even though I haven’t accomplished anything significant – and at times, felt guilty about it – a few days without any pressing obligations has been therapeutic. OK, maybe not really therapeutic, but it sounds good, and it has been good to be lazy.
I’m grateful for heat. I’m grateful for plenty of food and other assorted necessities. I’m grateful for coffee, even though it’s on a rationed status now. I’m grateful for hot water. I’m grateful for this computer and that iPhone.
Most of all, I’m grateful that we have not lost power. I mentioned I’m not a fan of winter. I’m really glad and grateful we haven’t had to be holed up with no power, no heat, no TV, no food, no coffee, and no Internet!
Power gives us something to do. It keeps us from going stir-crazy. It lets us keep up with the weather conditions and the condition of our friends and family in the weather.
I can deal with being stuck inside. I can appreciate not having to drive on icy streets. I can do all that a lot better with electricity.
Craig Ballantyne wrote a piece about the five steps to using a gratitude journal, and he lists Step One as listing your gratitude for “one big thing in your life.”
Today, on Day 3, my one big thing is uninterrupted power in the middle of a brutal winter.
Three weeks in, and I’m just getting around to my intentions for 2014. I quipped on Facebook that #1 would be ”Stop Procrastinating.”
Please note I didn’t say “resolutions.” I discovered a long time ago that “resolutions” don’t really work so well. You make unrealistic ones, and then when you fail early on, you pile guilt on top of the necessary changes. So let’s just say I’ve thought about some “intentions” for this year and leave it at that, shall we?
Anyway, these are not the only things I need to do/stop doing/change, but here’s a start…
That’s about it, so far. I wrote in my Moleskine that I intended to “use my daily time wisely.” I scratched through that line, because I knew it wasn’t specific enough to motivate me toward action. I need to make better use of the days, but I’m not sure how I’m going approach that task yet.
There are other areas I need to take intentional steps toward improvement. I see this year as a pilgrimage of sorts. The journey begins today. Let’s see where we end up! Buen camino!
The lovely and gracious MrsCharphar and I head out for a run/walk every morning before daylight. She runs the whole way, while I do more interval training. At any rate, we end up running by ourselves together. It offers a great opportunity to listen to some great music, engaging podcasts, and random thoughts from my own mind and heart. Here are a few that were bouncing around in the rain this morning.
Even if you are constantly “taking one for the team,” don’t be surprised when the team doesn’t take one for you.
The unexamined life is not worth living, but the over-analyzed life leaves no time for living.
Well, I can mark “being admitted into the hospital” and “surgery” off my bucket list.
This week, for the first time in 52+ years of hanging around this planet I did both. Spent five days there. Admitted through the ER Monday for pancreatitis. Scope procedure, MRI, and other fun party games Tuesday. Gall bladder removal Thursday. Home Friday afternoon. Whew!
I followed Guy Kawasaki’s Twitter feed yesterday as he gave some practical tips for getting your writing done and getting your writing published. He knows a thing or two about both aspects.
As both of you loyal readers of this space have noticed (repeatedly, I’m afraid!) I always say I want to write. Yet, as you’ve also undoubtedly noticed, not much happens in that direction.
Here are Guy’s tips (with my related thoughts):
Obviously, Guy Kawasaki knows what he’s talking about. My challenge – and yours – is to glean what we can, get busy finding our own voice, and let it be heard.