Word of 2015 BRAVE

It is just before 6pm on December 31st and I’ve about finished my goals for next year. My little family of 4 is nicely tucked away in a small town in the Southern Baja. I have purposely kept our reservations, commitments and “have-to’s” down to almost nothing. In fact, other than getting back down to SJD for the flight home, we got nothin’ on our list. That has cleared out the mental space I needed to finish my goals. I started back home, but “my life” did not allow me the mental space I needed.

For the past 3 years, I have been searching for a way to bring the peace and calm I feel on this vacation, back home with me. There is a sense of stillness and focus, which seems to slip through my fingers like sand as I get back in the car for the journey home. But this year, today, I may have a list of actions which will bring me back, centre my soul to this time and this place.

Here is a brief summary of my main ideas for the year. These will pop up in many forms, my goals are quite specific. I think it helps to understand the intent, the feelings associated with the goals. Otherwise they are words on paper. They can easily be overlooked, forgotten and trivialized.

*Margin. I read about this idea sometime in 2014. The idea is to create margin or space in your day. Room to breathe. Time to think. Creativity needs to bubble up.
*Mindfulness. Be where you are. I have rationalized this notion out of my life entirely, blaming my never ending “to-do” list. I’m looking at this as the opposite of multi-tasking. I’m going to plan enough time to do one thing at a time.
*Gratitude. Only by focusing on gratitude do I increase my feelings of happiness. Full stop. The minute I spiral into bad news, my mood goes down accordingly. If current events are consisting largely of bad news, then I am going to be like a stork (my husband corrected me this morning, an ostrich) with my head in the sand.
*Practice. When I threw out the other “P” word, (perfection) I didn’t replace it with anything. This year I will practice all the time. Everything I want in my life is attainable, if I give myself the opportunity to practice. This I am eagerly looking forward to.
*Creativity. When I look back at some of the happiest moments of my life, they involved a healthy measure of creative endeavor. Somewhere along the way, I have lost that part of myself. I realized that I miss her dearly. As it turns out, I’m going to need her in 2015. Much of the heavy lifting on my list of goals will require creative work. Some of it will be “artsy” and some of it will be more “problem solving”. The latter has remained in my life all along, but the former will unleash all kinds of goodness.

Now it is time to play away the last hours of 2014.

Happy New Year or Feliz Año Nuevo!

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Weeds

Roses are red,
Violets are blue;
But they don’t get around
Like the dandelions do.
~Slim Acres

Common-Weeds-Dandelion

“You must weed your mind as you would weed your garden.”   ~Terri Guillemets

“But make no mistake:  the weeds will win; nature bats last.”    ~Robert M. Pyle

As I was pulling weeds on Sunday, it became clear to me, yet again, just how amazing these plants are. The drive to survive is truly remarkable! The tenacity to glue themselves to any surface. The ability to split off a tiny piece of root and keep growing. The level of drought and neglect they can tolerate. Well done. You have to admire them.

After 2 weeks away, it quickly became clear where my last round of weeding had failed. Then again, who knows for sure. I think they work in waves, like an army. Some have fallen back, they are a little weakened. The new troops are fully rested, ready for battle. Until next season, it is hard to say if any territory has been reclaimed.

I was reading an article recently that equated negative thoughts to weeds. In other words, if you are not careful, the good stuff in your mind will become over run with nasty weeds. You are to be vigilant and pull those unwanted plants out by the roots, leaving your mind open to foster growth of the ideas you wanted there in the first place.

Not a bad way to live. I don’t like weeds in my garden. And no amount of creative salad making is going to make dandelions a welcome addition to the middle of my garden paths. I also, don’t want that kind of negative clutter rattling around in my brain. My days need to be clearly focused on what is good in this life. Period.