Back to basics....
My many remakings are remarkable in their own way. Each, to varying degrees, includes body, mind, and spirit. Each requires being proactive, rather than reactive.
Running always provides the necessary rubric. Running enables me to: regroup; renew; rework; reorganize; remember; and reenergize.
Running is not static; it requires constant movement. So too do I. Running is my restorative.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
It has been a god week. I was proactive and productive. I have done so much but can't help but think about all there is to do. I clearly have too much going on, and I have to figure out what to do about that.
Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of my Daddy's death, and later this month will mark 6 months since my Mommy's death. Visiting their grave provided comfort.
They left a lovely legacy, and I want to nurture it. They didn't leave much money; really nothing to speak of. My Mom often said that my Dad left what money can't buy. I belittled, if not dismissed, that position as trite. However, I now am realizing the truth and value of it.
Last night was a winter wonderland that I took time to appreciate.
Today promises to be another busy day filled with challenges. I will welcome then just as I welcome those who enter my home.
Some time will be devoted to my rummaging passion, which is flourishing. While it requires honing, the ultimate value to me is in its broad scope. Each piece provides an essential element, which, when put together, reveal overall wonder.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
I am setting myself up for success....
Friday, August 12, 2016
Since my Mom's death, I certainly have been sad -- I lost the only constant of my 52 years. However, rather than focusing on what I lost, I am focusing on how lucky I have been.
My Mom's living situation provided many unexpected benefits. One of them is that we were able to focus on grieving when she died, rather than dealing with stuff. She owned so little at the end -- about 3 1/2 hours after her death, her stuff was packed up and we didn't have to return to the nursing home. That was the easiest and quickest move....
Not having to take time to deal with my Mom's stuff left time to focus on her funeral arrangements, and then to heal and figure out how to live without her. For a number of days following my Mom's burial, we contemplated the words to be added to the cemetery marker. Focusing on that was better than focusing on a bunch of stuff.
Don't get me wrong, it's not that my Mom didn't have tons of stuff. It's just that she had downsized twice already. More than 10 years ago, I helped her move from the 3 story house in which she had lived for about 80 years to a 4 room condominium. That process was quite a challenge, but we were prepared. The second downsizing came with the nursing home. There, she had a comfortable space with just a few select treasures.
A significant takeaway from my Mom's death is:
for your sake and the sake of the ones you will leave behind, everyone should consider living with less stuff. Doing so will produce benefits now and later.
Friday, August 5, 2016
Currently, I think that exercise will work well. Given that I am not very fit, activity will suffice for exercise to some extent. Running is not too cumbersome because even 30 minutes of running at a slow pace is significant. This week, I intend to meet all 3 goals of my activity circles in my Apple Watch. This is an attainable goal that will give me great satisfaction.
My days are so different and I will make the differences work for me, such that I will be a better Helen without the other Helen.