Tuesday January 20, 2004

Circle of Words - #3

Circle of Words is a weekly set of questions that are somewhat personal, spiritual, and will explore your inner most thoughts and feelings. Hopefully these questions will provide you with a little bit of  personal therapy and allow your readers a little peek inside your soul.

Each question will first start off with a quote from someone famous, or not so famous, which relates to the topic of the question. There may be one or several questions afterwards.

[ I did not join Circle of Words until it was in week #48. The year is now over...no new questions will be posted. I am continuing with the meme, starting from week #1, in 2004. ]

Your Personal Treasure Map

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
-Matthew 6:21

1. What if someone told you that all you needed to do to make your dreams come true is to create a personal treasure map. In this map would be all of the things you want in your life. These things can be people, things, a certain job, a location...etc. Well I can't tell you that the things on your map will come true, but I can tell you that everything in your outer world is created in your mind first. With that said...what would be on your personal treasure map for say...10 years from now?

Embracing Joyful Simplicities

Year by year the complexities of this spinning world grow more bewildering and so each year we need all the more to seek peace and comfort in the joyful simplicities.
-Woman's Home Companion, December 1935

2. We all have great moments in our lives that are marked by events such as the day we got married, the day we finally got our dream job, our baby was born...etc. The days that we will never forget. But what about all the little things? These are the joyful simplicities the engage our senses...that nourish our body and soul. Such as the smell of your favorite homemade soup filling your kitchen. The joy of the sun shining through your living room window on a summers day. The warmth that fills your heart as you peek at your rearview mirror and see your children playing in the back seat of your car. What types of joyful simplicities do you have in your life? Try to name at least 3 things...or more!!

Creative Excursions;The Gift of Time

I celebrate myself, and sing myself
I loafe and invite my soal...

Walt Whitman

3. When is the last time you went on a creative excursion? What this means is something that you do by yourself... for yourself. This is where we take away the title of wife... mother... student... teacher... etc... and look inside ourselves. When is the last time you did something that made you feel good. Something that celebrated yourself... that showed your creative side... or your energetic side, or even your really needed a break from life's daily routine side? And don't feel bad if you can't think of something, this is very hard to do. But maybe this will give you the extra push to not feel guilty the next time you really want to do something for yourself.

My Personal Treasure Map

Just draw the map and find the treasure. What a wonderful dream.

X marks the spot for Home and Family. I'm there, with Richard and the furkids. I'd like to adopt another kitty (or two) over the next decade. They come when it's time.

Health is on the map, somewhere over the river. There is a rope bridge to cross and crocodiles in the river, of course. Health, reduced physical weight, good test results for the usual annual tests, decent rates for medical insurance... (that last is drawn as a treasure chest).

A job is on the map, with the requisite dotted line path between here and there. The destination is marked with a skull and crossbones; there's a patch of quicksand and a nest of serpents marked on the map between that job and where I am, as well as an area marked "Watch for Falling Rock". Jobs are necessary to have but difficult to get (especially good ones). Once caught, they can be slippery, often hard to enjoy, frustrating to keep and do well at.

There are trees and parks drawn on the map and pleasant paths beside a lake and through the woods. There's an ocean marked at the far edge. There's a small village of "friendly natives" (friends and family) we can visit for meals and storytelling. A larger village is just over the crest of the hill; we can go there for supplies.

It's not a very large map; it doesn't need to be. For most of what I need, X marks the spot. I'm already there, with Richard and the furkids.

Joyful Simplicities

I call these Treasures. I started recording mine in mid-December 2003 after discovering Participation Positives on the web. I also discovered Heart's Gladness and have been recording some of my larger and more expanded (expansive) treasures under this heading.

Some of my greatest Treasures, my "Joyful Simplicities" are these:

    My hubby and the cats, first, last, and in-between-times
    A hug from my sweetie
    A joke and a laugh shared
    An invitation for a walk
    Head butts and requests for attention from one of the furkids
    A kitty on my lap while I read
    Sitting with my sweetie in the evening, both of us reading, sharing silence and an occasional read-aloud passage
    Cats snuggled with me in bed, at night or during naps
    The view from our eastern windows
    The grey squirrels and birds at the feeder

Creative Excursions

Ah. I go on these a lot. Ever since I discovered weblogs, I've been writing more. I write for me. I write for my friends and my family. I write for you, the unknown reader. I enjoy the memes and the writing prompts. I enjoy thinking of what parts of my life to record. I enjoy sharing my discoveries on these pages.

Throough the weblogs, I've met new net friends. I've started a personal journal again (after more than a 20-year hiatus). I've joined a pair of journaling mailing lists. I've started a Yahoo group called InsPURRation. I've posted more creative messages to the mailing lists I belong to.

It's very likely that a large part of the reason I can do this is because I'm currently unemployed. I have the time; I have the energy. I'm not being pulled in many directions at once. I hope I'll be able to find the resources to continue when (note that I optimisticly say when) I find a job.

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