Posts tagged Keeping It Simple

Good Clean Fun

Yesterday my husband and I flew a kite together for the first time.  We’ve thought about doing this before and just never got around to it.  But, yesterday was another of our beautiful Spring afternoons – almost 50 degrees!  We found the kite, hidden accidentally in the garage, and headed out to find just the right clearing to give it a shot.

Now, neither of us had flown a kite since childhood.  Our kite’s been with me for nearly two decades either riding around in the trunk of my old car, just in case the occassion presented itself to pull over and hoist it up, up into the blue when the mood struck me.  Only problem was that sitting in the trunk it was out of site, out of mind.  So pulling over spontaneously hadn’t occurred.  Ugh!  Great idea though – it just wasn’t as practical as it was attractive.  Now I have a different vehicle, so the kite packaging has been visible in the garage most of the last few years, still untried.  I’m so happy we remembered it yesterday – and we had SO MUCH FUN! 

When we finally found a good clearing, it just didn’t have very good wind so we hopped back in the car and drove to another space a few blocks away.  And presto, the kite climbed easily up and away!  We couldn’t believe how high it went!  And it’s not a fancy new kite.  It’s simple, rather small, colourful and with a very long three part tail.  Just like I watched so many times in Colorado parks on weekends when I lived there.  So here’s this very simple, easy past time /hobby that’s been sitting patiently waiting for us to notice it, and we finally did.  It doesn’t cost us anything other than a little gas and the motivation to go outside on a beautiful day to enjoy ourselves, together, with our Higher Power in control.  Perfect day!

Affirmation for the Day – ” I am learning to have fun. ”

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More About Patience

I keep learning more about patience.  Today, I was a bit too quick cutting potatoes in the kitchen and cut my finger.  It’s a good knife, so it was a clean cut.  But, very inconvenient timing.

So, it’s time for me to remember to slow down, take care of me and think before acting.  When I take the time to think first and take care of me, there is more of me to be present for others.  Here’s a switch though.  There was a time when my next step would have been to react, get mad, start complaining about everything.  Today, my focus was on not fainting, washing it out, getting a bandaid and antibiotic with the help of my husband and finishing cooking the meal.  Responding came naturally today.  Breathing helped too.  Interestingly enough, my husband seemed to take it harder than I did, and is now doing his form of self-care for a few hours.   Funny how when we change, other people seem to change too.

Anyway, typing this is my test of how well my finger has closed up and will mend so I can do the rest of my work this evening.  I made it to my meeting, was nurtured by the sharing there and feel fortified to accomplish my goals tonight.  My breathing is still normal, relatively deep and relaxed.  Nothing major to attend to, just life.  And we keep getting better at it with practice and patience.  Going slow, breathing and thinking first are the some of the basics of keeping it simple.  It works.

Affirmation for the Day – ” I am taking care of me. ”

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Patience With Progress

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One of my sponsees has the type of driver personality that makes her want to go, go, go.  And she wants to figure everything out yesterday and be done with the learning process.

While her enthusiasm and ambition is admirable, it’s also part of what has kept her on the run from her feelings.  By focusing on accomplishing and over achieving she has very effectively run from experiencing her emotions and pushing through them to the other side.  It’s the feeling of emotions and then landing on the other side that gives us experience, strength and hope.  Progress isn’t something we know, it’s what we learn by doing and working through the entire process.  Then we can share it with others and inspire them to have hope and take action.  Despite her previous impatience, my sponsee is starting to get it as she pauses when agitated, feels the feelings and allows herself the space to respond instead of reacting.  She’s learning the value of patience from her experience.

Much of the progress we make is happening on the inside, invisibly, in increments.  New awarenesses are digesting and percolating in our consciousness.  This doesn’t usually happen overnight – although it can.  Our minds can take time to incorporate the information and the experience of taking action, and then ” we get it.”  Even if it doesn’t always make sense, we see that when we practice certain new behaviors, life works better and we feel better eventually.  We learn to accept because we see the evidence accumulating to prove that when we work the Steps and practice the Principles and let our Higher Power run the show – it works.  For years I had a math block.  My dad and many teachers attempted to help me understand math, but my mind just didn’t get it.  Then in my mid-twenties upon returning to college a teacher asked, ” Are you trying to understand how all of these equations work?”  When I told him “Yes,” he asked ” Why?”  My response was “I thought that’s what we were supposed to do.”  He explained to me that all I needed to do was memorize the equations, understand how to use them and do it.   After years of disappointing grades in Math, I immediately aced every test thereafter, and earned A’s in every Math class required for my major.  For the first time in my life I was able to make the Dean’s List.  This was possible because someone wiser told me to keep it simple – just memorize it and do it.  That’s how it works.  Our Higher Power takes care of the rest.

Affirmation for the Day – ” I am making progress every day.”

Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.

Course In Miracles Lesson –  Peace to my mind.  Let all my thoughts be still.

Practice – Father, I come to You today to seek the peace that You alone can give.  I come in silence.  In the quiet of my heart, the deep recesses of my mind, I wait and listen for Your Voice.  My Father, speak to me today.  I come to hear Your Voice in silence and in certainty and love, sure You will hear my call and answer me.

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