Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Most of us have tried to be someone else at one time or another during our life ..we have tried to be something that we are not but that we have admired in someone else..That list could look like this. I wish I was more out going, didn't come on so strong, could speak up, could keep my mouth shut, was Suzy home maker, was a powerful business woman, was artistic, could sing, was taller, was shorter....You get the idea.
By seriously thinking about and writing down who we are...it will be clearer who we are not and it will help us be all that we can be and all that we were intended to be. Everyone has gifts. Often we look at and/or envy others gifts to the point that we do not even recognize our own. What do you love to do? What are you good at?What do you enjoy (activities, type of music etc) What do you believe? What grinds your gears? All of these questions will help you see your own gifts and abilities.
This is not intended to be an exercise in giving up on goals or desires. For example if you are over weight or even underweight...perhaps you CAN do something about that so don't say..."Oh well..that is just who I am". However if you are short..there is really nothing you can do about that and it is just part of who you are.
This should be at least a full page in your journal.
If you have any questions leave a comment and I will get back to you at some point today.
Have a blessed day.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Some people exercise, some have hobbies or sports they participate in. There are several other positive outlets.
There are also many not so positive or negative outlets. Some examples are excessive drinking, excessive shopping and excessive eating. When we choose a negative outlet to relieve the stress we are feeling we actually create more stress in the process.
Our prompt today is to write what out outlets or stress busters are. Examine them closely. Are they healthy? How often do you do them. Are you doing them enough?
Have a beautiful Spring day where ever you are.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Time to make some. If you really have no goals, start today by writing down one thing you would like to accomplish by the end of April, one thing you would like to accomplish by the end of the year and one thing you would like to accomplish in the next 5 years.
On your mark, get set, go!
Have a fantastic day!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Have a sunny day!
Friday, March 26, 2010
The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt." Frederick
Today our prompt is to write this quote in your journal. Now think about the people whose lives you touch on a regular basis. What impact do you have? How can your actions, words or the way you treat someone today impact people that they may interact with now and in later years.
We seldom think about the words that come from our mouths and the way we treat others could actually change the world..at the minimum your world and theirs.
I think of children, grandchildren, my mother and my husband as the people I am around most. As parents I think we underestimate the life long impact we can make in the lives of our child (for good or for bad).
Free flow write...(meaning don't stop and think about how it will sound just write what you feel when you think about this subject.
Have a wonderful day!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
PLEASE DO NOT POST YOUR FEELINGS OR OPINIONS ABOUT THIS ON THIS BLOG!!!
This is for your journal only. We all have an opinion and it is a history making bill..so writing a few words on HOW you feel about it and WHY you feel the way you do would be an excellent thing to have on the record.
So if you are happy about this new legislation...write down why and if you are outraged...write that down in detail as well.
Have a happy day!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Your Journal Prompt....
What can you do today that will start the process of getting you out of your box? What are you afraid of? What keeps you from doing the things you want to do such as (Take a class, say no, shed pounds, change jobs... whatever it is)?
Write all of this down. It will help you to recognize where you are at and why.
Don't resist this exercise..remember..If you ALWAYS do what you ALWAYS did you will ALWAYS get what you ALWAYS got! True story!
Have a joy filled day!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Our journal prompt today is to write down what our favorite kind of music is. Do you have a favorite kind of music? Perhaps you have a favorite song or maybe you are like me and like several different kinds of music and they all serve a purpose in my life.
When I am doing something physical (exercising, cleaning)I love to have my favorite rock music on in the background, I LOVE Spa music, love to go to sleep to soft or classical music, love music from Broadway , Jazz, Blues and Praise and can listen to that kind of music anytime of any day.
Define in writing how each of the different music types that you like make you feel when you are listening to them.
If you have an all time favorite song..this is also a good day to write what it is and why it is your favorite.
Have a blessed day!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Have a beautiful Spring day!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I can be something like sharing a secret, letting your guard down, confronting someone or going through chemo. Whatever it is, take a moment to ponder it and to record it.
Have a great Sunday!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Your ART JOURNAL PROMPT this week is the word BETWEEN
Technology is very cool. I am writing this post on my flight home..
Have a fantastic day!
Friday, March 19, 2010
The more you journal the more you will discover about your true self. We will ask ourselves questions that we seldom if ever take time to ponder.
Our prompt today is simply I BELIEVE. You take it from there.
Have a beautiful and peaceful day.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Your prompt today is to write about an area of your life that you would like to have a new beginning in. Is this just a dream? or do you have the ability to make that new beginning happen?
It could be as simple as going back to school or as involved as picking up the phone to try and mend a relationship with a friend or family member that has been weighing for too long! It could be anything at all..after all..it's YOUR new beginning!
Have a day if new beginnings!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Have a LUCKY day! (I couldn't help myself)
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
At the end of the day write down how you feel about what came out of your mouth. Any surprises? When I did this exercise I was ashamed and shocked to find that I had gossiped that day as this was something I was positive that I didn't do.Something I do not want to do. It helped me put myself back in check.
You do not need to take your journal with you to do this. Simply fold up a piece of paper and stick in your pocket and transfer the information when you get home.
Please feel free to share anything that you discover.
Have a wonderful day!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Now that you have looked at all of these areas of your life write down what areas you would like to change...and then write down how you can change them.
You will be surprised at how powerful the written word can be.
Have a OUTSTANDING day.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
It could be being the best parent you could be, completing your Masters or deciding to make a change in your life and then following through with it. It can be ANYTHING at all. What makes it the biggest or most significant is personal.
Write WHY you feel it is the biggest and /or most significant as well.
Have a Excellent Sunday.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
YOUR ART PROMPT this week is..
As always, I look forward to seeing your art.
Have a beautiful day!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Have a fantastic day!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Your prompt today is to name your own bricks. What do you do or say to keep people at bay? To avoid true intimacy with another human being. We ALL have at least one brick. Your brick may not be listed here, but if you think about it I know you will be able to name it.
I am a visual person so I am drawing a wall in my journal and naming the bricks in my wall that way.
Once you have identified the bricks you can start tearing that wall down. What is on the other side?? Freedom.
Have a fantastic day.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
I would LOVE it is you shared your list with us by posting a message.
Have a beautiful Monday!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
If you were invisible for an entire day, what would you do?
Hmmmm....I will have to think about this one myself!!
I hope your weekend is wonderful. We have had a bit of a break in the cold weather where I live and the sun is shining. Sunshine always makes me feel better.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Today your prompt is to write about who that person is in your life. Who makes you want to be a better person?
Friday, March 5, 2010
If you would like to join the flickr group send me an email at smsummervillehotmail.com and I will send you an invitation.
I can't wait to see what you create!
Have a BEAUTIFUL day! Inside and Out!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
I know how it feels to promise myself that THIS TIME it will be different, yet do nothing to change the situation, circumstance or myself which in turn ultimately set myself up for failure.
Our prompt today is to examine an area of our life that we feel personally defeated in. Perhaps a habit, or (spending, eating, drinking, yelling, fill in the blank) too much. Or perhaps it's apathy you fight. Write it down. Now look at everything that prompts you to do these things.WRITE IT DOWN. What could you do to help yourself make the change that you want? Write it down.
Example. If you have a challenge with eating too much sugar yet always have plenty of sugar loaded things in your cupboard or fridge..perhaps not buying anything with sugar would help you to cut down or eliminate it from your diet. The kind of behavior that seems to set us up would be to say.."I am cutting down on my sugar intake" and yet buy all of the same sugar laden food and bring them into our house with the PROMISE to yourself that you will just eat less of them and that is how you will cut down......Right?
You get the idea.
Remember, If you always do what you always did you will WITHOUT A DOUBT always get what you always got.
Have a wonderful Thursday!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Today sincerely compliment your spouse, significant other or family member. Do it in a matter of fact way. An example would be..(to a spouse)" I love the way you look in that shirt".(to a child) "You are such a wonderful helper.Thank you for picking up your toys". (to your mom)"No one makes pot roast like you do mom. Whenever I make pot roast for dinner I think of you"
You get the idea..
Now here is the experiment part. See how they react. You will be amazed! When I had a group of women I was mentoring do this for their husbands you would not believe the reactions they received. One of the women (that was experiencing a particularly difficult time in her marriage) told her husband as he was walking out the door that she had always loved his eyes and how she felt when he looked at her with them. He stopped abruptly and said "what did you say"? He either couldn't believe she said it or NEEDED to hear it again. He hugged her and stayed home instead of going back into the office.
The point I am driving home this week is that we ALL NEED WORDS OF AFFIRMATION. We all need to know we are important to someone and that we are loved. We all ARE..but often the everyday stresses of life leave us feeling drained and depleted. A SINCERE compliment can be just the vitamin B shot your loved one needs to get going again.
SO YOUR PROMPT IS..Give a sincere compliment to a family member and write down what the compliment was and how they responded to it.
Have a beautiful Wednesday!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Your prompt for today will be at the conclusion of the story.
One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name.
Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down.
It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers.
That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that individual.
On Monday she gave each student his or her list.
Before long, the entire class was smiling. "Really?"
she heard whispered. "I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!" and, "I didn't know others liked me so much." were most of the comments.
No one ever mentioned those papers in class again.
She never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose.
The students were happy with themselves and one another.
That group of students moved on. Several years later, one of the students was killed in Vietnam and his teacher attended the funeral of that special student.
She had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before. He looked so handsome, so mature. The church was packed with his friends.
One by one those who loved him took a last walk by the coffin.
The teacher was the last one to bless the coffin.
As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to her.
"Were you Mark's math teacher?" he asked. She nodded: "yes."
Then he said: "Mark talked about you a lot."
After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates went together to a luncheon. Mark's mother and father were there, obviously waiting to speak with his teacher.
"We want to show you something," his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket. "They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it."
Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times.
The teacher knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which she had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him.
"Thank you so much for doing that," Mark's mother said. "As you can see, Mark treasured it."
All of Mark's former classmates started to gather around.
Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, "I still have my list. It's in the top drawer of my desk at home."
Chuck's wife said, "Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album."
"I have mine too," Marilyn said. "It's in my diary."
Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. "I carry this with me at all times, " Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she continued: "I think we all saved our lists."
That's when the teacher finally sat down and cried.
She cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again.
The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will end one day. And we don't know when that one day will be.
So please, tell the people you love and care for, that they are special and important.
Tell them, before it is too late...
Your prompt today is to write in your journal at least one person that you know that you need to show love and appreciation to. As the letter illustrates, written words can be treasured for a lifetime so write that person a note or a letter . Then write in your journal how it made you feel. When (if) you here back from them, write what their response was.
Have a WONDERFUL day!
Monday, March 1, 2010
God grant me the serenity to ACCEPT the things I can not change, COURAGE change the things I can AND the WISDOM to know the difference.
Do you know the difference between the THINGS YOU CAN NOT CHANGE and THINGS YOU CAN CHANGE??
Your prompt today is to examine the things (areas) in your life that you would like to change, write them down. Now decide realistically what you can and what you can not change. Write ways you CAN change those areas you want to..Now you have a plan.
No Peace or Acceptance of the things you can not change? Try the above prayer and add your own words to it. I pray daily for peace that transcends understanding.
Have a fantastic day!