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On two wheels

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When you looked at your first bicycle, did you think; oh I can’t do that, I’ll never be able to ride that, everyone will laugh at me when I try? Did you tell yourself , “If I can’t ride this bike the very first time I try, then I’ll never try again?” Were there small voices in your head saying you’re not talented enough, not tall enough, not strong enough to ride a bike like this.

I doubt it.

I want to go back. I want to feel the freedom that comes with being four years old. At four we made our lives fair, we didn’t play with kids we didn’t like or who weren’t nice. There was no drama. “She’s mean. I don’t want to play with her.” And that was that. No big deal.

At four, if we were pretending to something different from ourselves, it was only because that was the game we agreed to play. Remember “make believe?” At four years old, if your pal was crying you wanted to know why and you tried your best to make it better. That’s was important. Being four could be little complicated since you couldn’t drive a car, but it was manageable because we knew all we needed to know to get by.

Some time has past since I was four and the world I am living in seems somewhat off kilter. There’s too much negativity and troubles. Grown ups are old and crabby. They don’t appear to know how to play. Too much stress and worry is occupying the space their heads and hearts. I see them all the time in shiny cars wearing bitter frowns as they scurry about the city.

But I know, in that very same city, there’s a bunch of four year olds living the good life, living large with eyes wide open and playing by their own simple rules.

So that’s what I am going to do. I am going to be four again.

I am going to follow my own rules and have fun.

Cheers.

unlimited possibilities

Tip: Think like a child when you meet a new challenges; worry less and do your best.

Inspiration: “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ~T.S. Eliot

One-day one-thing: It’s Sunday do whatever you want.

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Animal shoes

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I haven’t wanted  to sort my shoes this second time around.  I know I have shoes that need repair, and my conscious mind says,  “If you really wanted to wear them you would have had them fixed already.”  Pfft – I am not going to listen.

So instead of sorting my shoes today I am going to pick on my shoes.  The pair that first comes to my mind as “annoying” will go directly into the box.

I have a winner!  (I think I have tried to get rid of these several times)  Here’s the lucky winner, what beauties, ha,….they aren’t even that great.

dim witted mule shoes- clomp clomp clomp! be gone!

Let me explain why these shoes are annoying.  Have you ever walked down an aisle in a grocery store, or a long hallway in a  school,  or even an art museum all alone and you sound like a slow moving dim witted mule?  Clomp clomp clomp.  Here are my dim witted mule shoes.  (Different from shoes that are mules)  They are great on grass or carpet but completely awful every where else.  They are fun inexpensive shoes good for casual summer days and art fairs.  Clomp Clomp clomp.  They are toast.  Poof. Gone.

(Ah… much better.  This little task makes me want to get rid all my annoying clothes, like the rain coat that is an awful color and every time I wear it I feel like a clown, or even better underwear that wedges, or socks that feel awkward… I digress)

So it’s your turn to take a mental inventory of shoes that bother you.  You don’t even have to get up right now. Just make a note of it and finish your coffee.  After you finish your breakfast find your victim and throw them in the “box” and viola you have your completed one day- one thing  task for today.

Stay the course.  I am planning on working on some other areas today as well, but not too many.  I might  am going to paint this afternoon. Cheers!

One day – one thing

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The minute you realize that you have too much stuff, a sudden feeling of dread and hopelessness is sure to follow.  It can break you and make you cry.  The work appears endless, and overwhelming.  I have cried, and drowned myself in music and random car rides. I have fabricated needless errands as a method of avoidance.  Many days I can be found  aimlessly wandering in stores.  I like TJ Maxx to mindlessly wander in because they have music and all different departments all in one place.   Sometimes when I return to the house I like to buddy up with my friend Chardonnay.

Eventually, avoidance will become boring and you will want to move on, you will want to be free of the clutter.  But you still will not know how to even start.

Here’s my rule.  One Day – One Thing.  In the most difficult areas, that’s is all you have to do, and more realistically it’s all you can do.  The goal is to do one thing that will move into the direction of having less and being more.  Do this every single day.

Dress I never wore - now it's on eBay

Today- I am taking photos for some items for eBay.  That’s it. That’s all I am doing on this.  I worked a full day at the office, and I am burned out.

(Side note: I definitely like to write my task down, just so I can cross it off.  )

Find one action item for your tomorrow, put it on your list and do it.