Thursday, January 16, 2014

January Thaw

After snow up to yer gunnels and sub-zero temperatures, the latest weather here in Nova Scotia is a wonderfully welcome hiatus.  No snow on the ground and 9 deg C (48 deg F) but rainy today.  It may play havoc with people's health, but I'm thoroughly enjoying this January thaw.

I also feel like I've personally gone through a bit of a January thaw. After the mayhem that I called Xmas where too many people inhabited my house, too much rich food was imbibed and too many after-Xmas sales were indulged in, I spent my post-Xmas time in bed with a head cold thinking about my goal of simplification and how December blew it all out of the water.  And although I don't make New Year's resolutions, I do try to learn from my mistakes.  

I've probably said this before, but part of my ongoing aging process is making sure that I relax more often and talk myself out of feeling guilty because I'm not "doing".  It's difficult though because at an age in life when my memory gets worse each day, I have to somehow try to find ways to remind myself to say no -- to things, to kids, to friends & family, AND to myself!  

So, I'm trying to remember to say "Let me think about this."   

I'm trying to stop so I can access:  How am I feeling; what's on the agenda; is it good for my health; how does it affect my goals. Whether it's allowing the kids to do something or the way that I eat or what I purchase, I want to be really "mindful" of it.

Well, the weather man says that our mid-winter thaw is about to end tonight and we'll head back to the deep freeze.  

But I'm going to work really hard to keep my head from icing up again.  I want to continue to think clearly so that I can make wiser decisions.

Aren't we supposed to grow wiser as we grow older?



Janet said...

Heard a great line that may help you, Sandy - 'Say yes to saying no!" Kind of puts a positive spin on things :)

Happy New Year!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I know I've slowed down a lot from my younger days I don't go half as much as I used to or volunteer either. I'm leaving it all the younger ones now and they are doing a great job without me too. You do have to learn to say NO at some point. Our thaw ended here snow is falling and so are the temps.


I think stopping to think about things is great advice. Stay warm. I got 3 inches of snow today and temps are headed for the single digits here.

WendyMcLeodMacKnight said...

Great post! I am obsessed with mindfulness and being present and de cluttering my life, internally and externally. The older I get, the more I want to only bring things and people into my life that fall me up. It is hard not to get caught up in things and rote behaviours, but it does feel nice to try, doesn't it?

Aunt Betsy said...

One of the most freeing and healthy things I have ever done for myself was learning to say "no, but thank you anyway" when I was so used to automatically saying yes, sure I can.

sabine said...

Good thoughts Doris. I also try to listen to the voice telling me to live more mindful, but sometimes the voice is to low. On the other side getting wiser comprises to excuse me for my mistakes and to accept that I am not Ms Perfect.
Weather report is telling us that winter will come in the next few days. I hope it will leave as quick as it arrived.

Wisewebwoman said...

My morning meditation had it:

We only spend 5% of our time doing what we love best.

Thanks for visiting me, I'll be back here too :)


Sweet Tea said...

You're a wise woman setting such a lofty goal. I could learn a lot from you.

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

hahahaha, you are funny! {time travel with that watch} hahahaha. I wish! If I could I would travel back to the day I bought that watch and buy 3 more. lol