Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Gift For Me

Last year around this time, I made a commitment to myself and my blogging; I gave myself the challenge and the luxury of writing every day -- to seek the gifts and the "take aways" from each day lived. Ever since I was a child I kept a journal, but my entries were sporadic and although writing was always my creative outlet, it was the first thing that got pushed aside when I got busy or distracted.

I wanted to see what would be revealed if I made myself available for writing each and every day. A year later, I feel satisfied with my efforts, the joy that has been expressed, and the fulfillment I have experienced. This is a gift I gave myself.

I recently gave myself another gift ... a return to reading. And I am loving it. Last Christmas I was given a stack of favourite reads and months had gone by without me making so much as a dent in them. Next to writing, reading is one of my favourite things to do ... and I realized that unless I built it into my daily routine, it wasn't going to happen. Simple as that!

So after finishing A Thousand Splendid Suns (simply wonderful), I delved right into Say You're One of Them. I am only half way through the book, but I am enjoying it so much that I don't think I want it to end.

I am learning how to give myself the luxury of guilt free time to do things that are important to me.
Gift in aging: free to be! Life is good.

6 comments:

  1. Lyn we are soul mates!!! Ever since I got Internet access I've been procrastinating like crazy when it comes to reading!!! I have shelves of great classic books that are sitting unread and lately I've started to feel guilty about it. I'm going to try to follow your lead!

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  2. WOW I can't believe it's been a year since you made that goal...I actually remember having that conversation about goal setting!

    So proud of you!

    Baby Danger (a nickname from my friends) is proud too...if he could kick he would but he's only the size of a plum apparently! lol

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  3. Time for yourself is so important. I love to read right before I head to bed - all curled up under the covers. Sometimes I get so excited I head to bed early, just so I can pull our my book and get lost. Today is Friday so I can read for a little extra time - since I can sleep in tomorrow. yeah! Have a great weekend, k.

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  4. This is a lesson I definitely need to learn. Time for yourself is so important but it's often one of the first things that people push to the wayside.

    I am proud of the commitment you made and kept. How encouraging.

    Making the rounds- it's been a while.

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  5. Thankds for the reminder that self time is inmportant! My passion is sewing first, then reading ... both have been neglected for too long! I will try to follow your lead in the next year :)
    cuz

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  6. Jon: Thanks for the sweet words. Go for it - tackle that bookshelf!

    Jen: You are my witness ... when I set that goal Baby Danger was barely a thought!

    Kattrina:When I try to read before bed I fall asleep before I barely get through a chapter!

    E: Thanks for dropping round. I missed you.

    Cuz: Take some well deserved time for yourself -- and get that machine fired up!

    Thanks everyone for commenting. It means the world!

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