‘Tis the Season

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This is the season people create New Year’s Resolutions. Somehow it is expected that big changes can take place without self-reflection. I’m not sure how that is supposed to work. Personally, I do not make New Year’s Resolutions. If I’m going to do something, I will do it. If I’m not inclined to do something, I won’t. I see no reason to feel guilty about my decisions. I don’t care that other people make New Year’s Resolutions. I do care that they feel guilty about not accomplishing those resolutions and feel a need to either beat up on themselves or defend their reason for not accomplishing their goals. Feeling guilty is a waste of a beautiful soul’s purpose.

I realize our society endorses setting goals; as if no goals are set then nothing will get accomplished. I think people do what they want to do and should do what they want to do. Can you imagine the productivity, good will, and happiness generated by a bunch of people doing what they love in life? Society tends to act as if people will just sit around and sleep/eat all the time if they don’t set goals or have jobs. I have never found that to be true. Most people I know have a hard time stopping whatever they are doing. More people need to spend time with their families, do things about which they are passionate, and live an example of the life they would want their children to emulate. Just my opinion.

On my path to a peaceful, loving life, I’ve noticed any time my body is slumped I tend to find my mind being consumed by fearful thoughts (that is any thought which is not peaceful and loving). Of course, when my body is slumped it is tired. I may not be mentally tired but my body is tired. Who knew there was such a discrepancy? Not me. I think that is why my mind starts making all these weird fear thoughts – usually stuff that has never nor will ever happen. I think my mind wants to be doing something active and, when the body doesn’t cooperate, the mind goes to a dark place because it isn’t getting what it wants.

So, with this thought in mind, I think I will try doing more reading when my body is tired. I will have to come up with some other things my mind can do because reading is going to get a little old after a while. Right now, I can’t think of other activities that are quiet for my body and active for my mind. Any suggestions? Please, no gaming suggestions.


About tsandhage

I blog about my journey towards personal growth. I have been extremely ill and have been fortunate enough to find some recovery. I have taught College level computer classes, been a Massage Therapist, and a Feldenkrais Practitioner which is someone who works with the brain and nervous system to help people find more ability to function and live their lives well. Currently, I live in a RV and travel. I'm on a journey to find out more about myself. I also do photography, write, and have been married over 30 years to my marvelous husband, Jeff. I hope to post once per month. I will share about my life here. I hope you enjoy your time here. I also have a FB Group called "Therese Sandhage" where I put out daily quotes and do my best to encourage the best in all of us and a FB Page called "Gr8 Life" where I talk about what I'm doing in my RV life.
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3 Responses to ‘Tis the Season

  1. Toni Heckman says:

    When reading becomes dull, how about writing…..quiet for the body, active for the mind.


    • Toni Heckman says:

      Hit that post too early….what about drawing, learning zentangle, some kind of creative needlework? Carving? Beading?


      • tsandhage says:

        All excellent suggestions! I will look at what I already have on hand & pick a couple. I know I can draw. I think I have paints/water colors. And, I have some knitting I’ve never finished. You’d think I could think of this in my own but no. Thanks for the suggestions!


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