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Valuing my physical and mental health, and making it a priority in my life instead of pushing myself to the side.
Honesty. I desire to be honest with self so I then can be honest with all that is.
Balance cherished solitude with being there for others
Sharing the love with gal pals messaging
Laughter and being silly
Balancing trust with accountability
Streamline to do list
Staying calm but firm
Sharing memories with loved ones, some are struggling
Simplify my life
You are not alone, NurtureGrace
Laughing with my brother for not following his own advice to me.
Mercy is a value that encompasses so much – compassion and forgiveness and generosity of spirit. All things I need to remember to extend to myself . I find that as I remember to be gentle with myself, I can be gentle with others.
Here’s my email from the 30 days of bentlily: Day 20: Do something a little bit absurd
I think I do that sometimes, but I can’t remember when, and I haven’t figured out what to do today.
ok, this made me laugh out loud and made me remember a game I used to play with my kids when they were little. (I know you have grandchildren). It’s called meatloaf. If you can, get down on your hands and knees and chase after them saying ‘meatloaf, meatloaf’. hahahaa ridiculous but fun and a little bit absurd.
What fun, Michele – maybe I’ll do that when I see them this afternoon, tho they are now 11 and 14. This morning I stayed out in the rain a little longer than needed to move my poinsettia to a more sheltered location in the storm. But it was a rather serious bit of absurdity that didn’t quite have the lightheartedness I’d have liked. Many thanks!🙃
Generosity (of Spirit), because it is not about me.
Well, it is not really a “value”, but I need a lot of self care today. It is raining, cold & damp & I need to hibernate. I have given myself permission to not do much today. I have permission to be lazy! I will listen to Christmas music, stay in my sweats & not do much nor think about much. I am tired, tired of all the BS….🎄🙏❤️
Patience! Lately I have been feeling very impatient with people, and it causes me to say or do things I later regret. It is a trait of mine that I have always struggled with. I must learn to take a breath before talking…
The value of connecting….with the season – I tend to keep adding to my to do list – when really the important thing is to connect – slow down, enjoy each other
Self reflection, a kind of examination of where I am right now and what I want my values to be in the future. I know what some are, but I need to solidify them instead of feeling like they are distant planets orbiting too far away from me…..
Industry, (which yes, is a value for me), because I’ve not been doing much other than knitting the last couple of days. I’ve been feeling a little discouraged and getting myself moving will pull me out of that.
And kindness. I need to talk to my brother and I’m not certain what to say. He carries with him a lot of specters of his childhood and sometimes that leads him to not behaving very well towards others. So I don’t know quite how much to say about it but I do know that kindness always helps.
I also need kindness for myself. Our family is in an awkward situation at the moment and I’m feeling weight on my shoulders. I’m also a bit worried about one of my children. Sometimes there aren’t perfect answers. But I can be kind to myself and others, gentle.
And I can bake cookies today because, you know, it can’t hurt.
I made a pumpkin butter cake last night to bring into work for our luncheon today…. haven’t made it in years. Hang in there Holly, it’s ok to slow down:)
Thank you, Michele!
Your pie sounds yummy!
Cookies! Yum! You usually seem so so energetic, so it makes sense for you to slow down sometimes, but it would be more fun to do it without feeling discouraged, wouldn’t it? Warm wishes to you and all – 🥰🤗
Thank you, Mica, and yes it would. I guess I’m just feeling stressed this week, and I didn’t expect that. I haven’t gotten to baking cookies today, but I did bake a lovely loaf of bread and I made some of the gift bags today (which I posted in the Gratitude Lounge).and I will look at Christmas cookie recipes tonight to bake tomorrow. 🙂 Thank you, friend, for helping me to feel better.
You are so welcome!
I wish you the best in your situation, Holly. I can relate.
Thank you, Linda, and I wish you the best in yours! ❤ Family, eh? lol.
Thank you for reaching out, Linda. It means a lot to me to be reminded that I’m not alone in this experience. And you aren’t either. Now if I can just figure out which key will send cookies through the internet… 😄
Taking breaks throughout the day. I’ve been working a lot and keep forgetting to recharge. I end up falling asleep during my afternoon calls. Though I set up some reminders to get me to stand up and walk away from my desk, I need to actually do it.
All of myself in general, I need to stop procrastinating and start working hard and think about my future self.
It’s a good time of year to review and think about the direction you wish the new year to have. I am doing that, too. Sometimes if I’m procrastinating, it is because I feel overwhelmed or uncertain, but breaking it down into little, simple steps helps me to get moving again… “trying not to bite off more than I can chew.” I know change has very much been on your mind. I believe in you! 🌷
Trust….I need to hold it close to my heart and believe in it fully during this holiday season and always.
All of my values need tending to today. And there in lies the challenge.
Do you ever feel like one of those vaudeville entertainers that balance the plates on twirling sticks? I feel like I’m in training. 🙂
Oh for sure, Holly! Reminds me of a time in my counseling work with young clients many years ago ago…when I too was young in my work, and someone found out that I used to take some teens to the landfill (called “dump” in the old days…) and we would line up and break all kinds of old chipped and cracked dinner plates as a way for teens to process their anger issues. It worked fabulous, until we ran out of plates, until the media covered my practice and then many boxes of plates began to arrive from all over! True story. Back then though, I never considered “twirling sticks” as an approach to useful therapy!
I have held in my heart your note in the Lounge from the other day. Thank you for getting in touch my friend. Your memory serves you well, as “Gracie,” our blink dog, is still very much with us and loved greatly!!! As for my site at “Rise This Day,” I have taken it offline for now feeling the time was right to consider which way the Spirit might lead me into the future. Right now, I am a student of waiting and being patient! The back issues that I have are still with me and controlled in better ways though, and more on that in due time. Wonderful to hear from you again dear friend. Do take care, and happy holidays to you in whatever way they may unfold for you that are true to the Spirit.
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