Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Stop and smell the flowers



I have been crazy busy the last few weeks and the other day it hit me: why am I doing this? I have a gazillion art projects and sewing projects and things to keep me occupied and there I was, sitting at my desk, not wanting to do ANYTHING. My body and brain were fighting back: I am retired -- I don't need to be doing something every moment of the day. I was so tired from running to this class and that class and doing part of one online course then rushing over to another one...

So I stopped for a day and let my thoughts rush in and boy was I in for a surprise! It turns out I really do not know what I want to be doing with this part of my life! I had so many options that I was overwhelmed.

Time to step back a bit, think about my word for the year:
OPEN. Yes I was open to everything -- was that a problem? Or could I learn to be open to ideas and let them flow through me? Did I have to DO everything I thought of, or could I just notice and let it go?  It was obvious to me I needed to work on this idea.

And my CDFs (core desired feelings from the Danielle LaPorte Desire Map book): had been taking a back seat to all my running around lately. Time to reflect on these:
Unencumbered: started on a major house cleaning then sort of stopped when I got so busy arting and sewing. Need to return to this one.
Aligned: well I have not done as much yoga as I thought I might be doing, what is stopping me?
Vibrant: well the art stuff is happening -- lots of color, but there is still something missing -- I am not as happy about creating my art as I thought I would be. I keep asking myself this question:  What is my art asking of me?
Connected: I am getting out and seeing friends, but there is more I need/want to work on for this one.
Mindful: at first I was thinking of this for eating and it has sort of been happening, but I want it happening in more areas of my life too.

I think I will be doing more sitting back and reflecting today...

12 comments:

  1. These are some thought provoking questions.....and ones I should be asking myself as well. Last night I was up working on a couple projects at once, then rushing to scan and post the projects, then plan what to do for my online class - I hear you! Is all that scurrying really for me? Is it improving or forwarding my art, or just keeping my mindlessly busy? You've really touched a chord and I need to stop and reflect also.....

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    1. Glad to hear I am not the only one dealing with this! I think it is affecting a lot of us who art retired artsy types... thanks for your comments!

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  2. Great post! Being mindful is certainly a good thing....and finding the right balance.

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    1. Yes Pamela, it is that balance that is sometimes so hard to find! Glad you stopped by!

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  3. It's good to take the time step back and think for a while hope you are feeling refocused.
    Clare x

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    1. Thanks Clare, it is a process to refocus and I am working on not rushing it! Thanks for your comment!

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  4. When we retire, there are so many things we want to do that "we didn't have time to do before." We are still in a mindset to squeeze too many things into a day or week. I think after we dive into all of our interests, we figure out what we really find enjoyable and how to move at a different pace. Good luck.

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    1. Yes I am sure that is what it is... and I am still in the learning curve. Looking forward to relaxing more! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  5. I get it! I'm not retired but I do understand. Your body is telling you that you are off course. I would take a week rather than a day to do less and listen. Figure out what you really want to be doing. Looking forward to seeing how this plays out.

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    1. Diane, yes it is indeed taking more than just a day to reflect... still at it days later! I need to heed my word for the year and be OPEN to however long it takes! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. These are very wonderful questions for anyone to apply to their life where ever they are. It sure has me thinking about things.

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  7. Your blog is so cute and I love it. Keep it up.Happy blogging. :)

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