Thursday, November 1, 2012

Getting my Exercise

Somehow, when I click the "publish" button, I never imagine that it will be days, weeks, or in some cases months before I publish another post.
 
For me, it seems that writing is like exercising or having a healthy diet. I feel better when I do it, but if I get out of the habit, it is easy to put it off just another day. I sometimes wonder what difference it really makes if I ever type another word to send out into cyberspace.
 
I have been doing a little bit of writing, just the old fashioned way with a pencil and paper.
 
I have been taking pictures--with my phone because I returned the beautiful Canon digital SLR camera that I had borrowed for a while, and when David doesn't erase my pictures to make room for his videos of assorted car washes and interstate overpasses, I sometimes even get a chance to download the pictures onto my computer.
 
And, although I may not have put it out there for all the world (or my seven faithful readers) to see, I have been trying to take some time each day to think of something for which I am thankful, a habit that I have tried to instill in the boys as I inquire about their day.
 
It is a practice that comes naturally to David. He continually finds things that make him happy and I simply need to take a lesson, to slow down and pay attention like he does and try not to be annoyed as I crunch a leaf into a million pieces reaching for my keys in my purse, the very same perfect red leaf that David retrieved and shoved into my purse just yesterday on the way into swimming lessons that had caught his attention as it scratched across the sidewalk in the wind.
 
I will be back tomorrow. And, I will try to spend the month of Thanksgiving, well, giving thanks and being content--waiting, watching, listening.
 
 

8 comments:

  1. I'm claiming my place as one of the seven! Another great, thoughtful post. So often we miss the big picture as we muddle through life. But there you are, reminding us to think of those little things, the perfect fall leaf, the butterfly, David's happiness...and all the others. I'm thankful to be one of the lucky seven....and to call you friend.

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  2. I bet you didn't know you wrote the magic word!!!

    What is it?

    "Habit". I strongly recommend this book; Charles Duhigg: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (http://www.amazon.com/Power-Habit-What-Life-Business/dp/1400069289/). I combine procrastination and habits which don't get me where I want to be, so I found it very helpful.

    You never know what will make a difference, and what won't.

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    1. I have to say that book does look interesting. It has been added to my Christmas list.

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