Monday January 12, 2004

Circle of Words - #2

I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy.
- Louise Bogan

1.   Do you ever sit back and just smell the flowers? Do you ever lay in the sun and appreciate just life in general? Do you look at the good in things...or are you always searching for the bad? Do you spend minutes and hours worrying what might happen, instead of realizing you control your own can make it happen....or not?

Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, if you but dig for them.
- Russell H. Cornwell

2.   We all have within us dreams that are waiting to be fulfilled. "Diamonds to be Discovered" so to speak. But how many of us really take our dreams and turn them into reality? If you could do anything right now, what would you do? What would you be? How would you do it? And why haven't you done it already?

If your everyday life seems poor, don't blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

3.   Procrastination. Procrastination is our worst enemy. It is what makes us tell ourselves that we will start the diet tomorrow. We will clean the kitchen floor tomorrow. We will tell our husbands that we love them....tomorrow. You get the idea. We are all guilty of some type of procrastination. What types are you guilty of? And don't you think it's about time you stop thinking about what you should be doing and plain old just start doing it!? Every time you procrastinate you are robbing yourself of an opportunity. Even that clean kitchen floor will make you enjoy the evenings dinner more knowing that it is done and you don't have to do it tomorrow.

[ I did not join Circle of Words until it was in week #48. I am continuing with the meme, starting from week #1, in 2004. ]

My thoughts

Appreciation: I sit back and appreciate as much as I can (possibly more than I should sometimes!) I also try to look for the good if possible.

I've seen the bad. It comes whether you prepare for it and worry about it or not — and all the worrying and preparation in the world won't protect you. So hold onto the good and don't let go. Hug the spouse, pet the kitties, thump the dog, spend time with your friends. Appreciate today, it won't come again.

Dreams: Do we? Do we all "have within us dreams that are waiting to be fulfilled"? What do I dream of...? I dream of an independently-wealthy life. I dream of not having to commute to a job. I've had that once or twice. I dream of making it permanent. I dream of being able to take (or not take) contracts based solely on my interest.

With the current lousy job market, this dream is further out of reach than it appeared to be 5 years ago. I dream of noth needing to work for a living, for some manager type on some project not of my choosing. If I could do anythng right now? I'd work at home, on projects I enjoy (and only on those). Ah, that would be the life!

Procrastination: I've gotten better at handling household maintenance. I know that if I decide to clean the counter "later" it will only get worse. And I've been practicing complimenting people now instead of "sometime" for years. I tell hubby I love him today, too, as well as tomorrow (I love you, sweetie).

The thing I put off most often is starting new projects; once I get into them I'm usually fine, but starting is always very difficult. Oh, and getting up in the morning. I try to postpone that for as long as possible (even though I know, intellectually, that I should get up and start working).

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