We have one shot to do and see it all and that’s quite a bit to fit into one earthly life. The list of places I want to see, lives I want to experience is so long that even the greatest adventurist could not cross them all off. This may explain why I never understood people who say, There is nothing to do... Really?? How can that be? Given a free afternoon I find enough to fill up a free week, without leaving town.
I think a Birthday List is on order. Not a list of things I want to buy myself to celebrate my birthday, rather a list of things I want to accomplish this coming year so on my next birthday I can give myself the gift of a richly lived year.
Why am I not writing for a living? I am not the best writer, that I know, but there has to be a place for me in the professional writing realm. I have three wonderful book ideas- two garden based and one local travel. I have started one of the garden books, it is slow going, but it is good, it has real potential; My City, My Garden…
So this year I will finish one book and set up the process I need to create the second book. How wonderful it will be to have a manuscript in a gift box to give myself next year. Even better if a publisher shows interest!
I am sadly out of shape and it is really starting to bother me. I feel uncomfortable in my skin, self-conscious and I cannot do (running/walking) what I was able to do even a year ago. So my birthday gift to me next year is A) Best my PR at the Thanksgiving Day race, 6.2 miles. I will have to finish in under an hour. B) Train to run a half marathon. YIKES! Group training starts in January so I have until then to work up to a solid three miles.
I will spend more time in prayer. I have much to be thankful for. I am rather private about such matters, so I shall leave it at that.
Learn to Relax
So I make a lovely to-do list and then say, relax. Am I setting myself up for failure here? If I am to accomplish all I want to accomplish I have to let my mind and body rest and rejuvenate otherwise I risk running myself into the ground. Also have a full time job which stresses me greatly at times. Time to relax, pray and exercise is exactly what I will need!