Monday, December 28, 2009

Top 5 things I learned in 2009

What did I learn or re-learn in 2009?

As huge snowflakes are hurtling down just outside my window, I realize
I have many more choices than I usually allow myself to believe. Like most of us, I have self-limiting beliefs that sometimes stop me from going for what I really want. My next list will be of the things (experiences mostly, rather than material things) that I really want. For example, I really want to journal every day, but stop myself because I think, "I don't have time for that today."

I'm reminded that every day, right out in my own backyard, little miracles are happening every moment. Like fireflies glowing under our spreading Norway maple tree every dusk in July, and ferns unfold new fronds in April so fast you can practically hear them.

I love learning. I crave the stimulation - while meeting new people and old friends - and I love exploring things that are new to me.

I'm reminded that making new friends and keeping the old is better than just making new friends.

I'm reminded that every day is a gift, and it's up to me to create joy. I have this quote hanging in my sunny kitchen by Maya Angelou: "I am working toward a time when everything gives me joy." Me too.

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