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Counting My Blessings
I’m grateful for my husband, my life, and the Oxford comma. I’m grateful for healthy kitty cats. Though I’m experiencing disenchantment with my part-time job, I can still give a shout-out of gratitude to it because it allows me to sustain myself. I’m healthy and happy and feeling delightfully comfortable. Abundant even.
I’m grateful for the lessons that my chronically ill brother is teaching me about grace at the end of life.
I appreciate the springtime more than anyone could possibly know. I’m grateful for the rains we had for the last two weeks. The spring flowers are spectacular and I’m loving all my lilacs and irises. I have a hard time appreciating the weeds that showed up with the rain but I’m grateful that it’s easy to pull them right now.
The addition to my appreciation ritual this week was bill paying. As I made out a check or filled out online bill pay or handed over my credit card, I said a blessing for the money that was leaving my hands to do good things in the world. I also expressed my gratitude that I had the funds to pay each bill or obligation. Those two things actually soothed my soul and stopped the panic.
Contemplating My Navel
Meditating is going well, I haven’t missed a day. Thank God there’s an app for that!
I have what I call “being a competitive ass” syndrome. I first noticed it in a fitness boot camp when we played frisbee football, I made it into a contact sport and knocked down a guy bigger than me to get the frisbee. Had I known that I had that tendency, I might have actually played basketball in high school instead of hiding from the coaches.
This syndrome pops up in the strangest places. Meditation is one of them. I know it’s not a competition sport, but there I am wanting to go out and meditate better and longer than anyone. A competition that doesn’t exist and there’s an internal urge to make it one. There’s no way I can tackle anyone and take away their nirvana so there is that.
Obviously, I have some work to do in that arena … um … area of my life.
Steps Along The Road To The Future
There was not a lot of writing time on Medium to be had this last week nor any engagement with my writing class (Tribe Writers). But that doesn’t mean that my week was not productive, it was.
My website is now GDPR compliant. GDPR is the General Data Protection Regulation. In a nutshell, the European Union enacted a law protecting consumer data and the collecting of it. Explicit permission must be sought from anybody who is an EU citizen before a business can send newsletters or marketing materials. Non-EU businesses must comply with these laws. The penalties are steep.
Though I’m a small fish in a huge sea, making my business EU compliant felt like a step in the right direction to join the larger world. Ideologically the world struggles to get along, but maybe, just maybe coming together digitally is the key to world peace. (really… I’m not a Pollyanna …).
What I’m Reading
The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington. The concept is that goals are easier to attain if we treat each quarter as a year. This lets us sustain our focus on projects in smaller bites. The concept is sound. I know I work better under a deadline. This book provides a framework for success that all allows all your processes to be adaptive to changing business conditions.
How I’m Balancing My Life
I had a blissful two-day painting class with my long time egg tempera instructor Brian Keller. Though painting isn’t my primary creative choice, it is a passion. Painting is a form of meditation for me. I’ve found that if I let the under-painting go the way it wants to, the detail goes much smoother.
Think about that … pay attention to the under-painting in your life and let the universe fill in the detail.
Have an abundant week!
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