I can greet my 51st birthday with a good bit more enthusiasm than I welcomed my 50th birthday. I'm coming around to being in my 50's, editing myself and my outlook.
Every day is a new beginning, and I see working on a project for 15 minutes as a victory. This past year has been full of tiny little victories. There were some bombshell problems, but every week, every day, I can spot God at work.
So, in the spirit of starting afresh on my 51st birthday:
I am blogging again.
I've recorded a podcast again.
I am writing on a project today.
I am jumping into a watercolor project this week.
I am pursuing my own brand of yoga.
I continue to develop the habit of being thankful.
To elaborate just a little, the yoga...The nearest class would be 25 miles (Grenada) or 30 miles (Greenwood) or 50 miles (Starkville) or 90 miles (Jackson). So, I am making up my own yoga positions. These are open to your own creativity.
1. Come-Back-Here-You-Damned-Sliver-Of-Soap: This is my most practiced move, and I look forward to practicing it with every shower.
2. French Braided Limbs: This is also a shower yoga move as I intertwine arms and legs to reach one of those hard-to-reach places.
This is as far as I have gotten in naming and pursuing my very own yoga workout.
The Habit of Being Thankful: I was surprised this week when I got out of the shower thanking God for the forceful water pressure (overcoming old pipe problems), the long-lasting hot water (recently replaced a leaking hot water heater with one almost unused hot water heater we already had in a building on the farm that was not being used).
I realized how developed was this habit of being thankful when I was in the middle of thanking God for getting the two toilets back in good flushing problem with only the expense of Dawn soap, Baking soda and Vinegar...and three weeks of perserverence. WORKING toilets with a powerful tornadic vortex of flushing power IS something for which to be thankful when one is enjoying the prolonged visit of an intestinal parasite. Trust me.
My water-related spriit of thankfulness continued to the DIY clothes washer repair with a little part that cost under $5. I'm also thankful the refrigerator has been coaxed through the long, hot, dry summer. The refrigerator is on life support, but I appreciate it's valliant effort until we are ready to purchase a new one.
That's all for now. Fifteen minutes...in and out. That is another continuing goal to break down big projects into bite sized 15 minute pieces.
Speaking of pieces. This was to be my birthday cake. The candy did not survive long enough to make it to the cake assembly phase. That's ok. The candy was thoroughly enjoyed!
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