Imagine Your Perfect Day

Happy New Year!

I hope you celebrated last night - with memories of the good things in 2013, and plenty of hopefulness for 2014.


As we all know, while the New Year is a good time to look forward and plan, making New Years Resolutions invariably don't work.  So instead, I'd like to suggest something else to try.

Take some time today to imagine your perfect day.


Think about it in detail:
  • what time do you wake up
  • how do you wake up...with the voice of loved one, or the sun shining in the window or ...
  • what do you have for breakfast
  • who do you share your day with
  • what activities do you do
  • what is the weather like
  • what do you smell
  • what do you see
  • what do you touch
Think about it, using all your senses ....what would make your perfect day....all those tiny pieces...making choices that make you feel good ....or maybe its simpler than that and just one thing makes it a perfect day.....

Here's how mine starts out:  Woken, not before 8am, by Johnnie with a big smile on his face, bringing me in my glass of warm water with lemon. I can smell the citrus. In the background, I can hear Harold (parrot) singing along to his favorite breakfast TV show - Curious George or the Cat in the Hat.  Johnnie goes off to the kitchen, and he is singing too.  The sun is shining in the window and I get up to see birds and flowers in the garden......


Then when you have the whole day in your head - that's what you should think on throughout the year.  You should try and incorporate more and more things that make up your perfect day, into everyday.

What  a lovely thought....we go to make everyday a perfect day.


Yes, everything can be Tickety-boo. We are going through life, looking for ways to make life better by focusing on the good things because "we get more of what we focus on".  That way, life doesn't have to be perfect, but it can be Tickety-boo!

May Everything be Tickety-boo for you in 2014.

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Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky

 
"Don’t let one cloud obliterate the whole sky."  ~Anais Nin
You know that feeling when you look up to the sky and its clear and that perfect wonderful blue?  What is it about the blue that just shines through our bodies?  Just picture it now in your head and you can feel its effects just through your imagination.


And now think about a sky with a couple of whispy little clouds dotted around....you know that blue sky is still there, and to be honest, sometimes those clouds add a little interest to the picture - if they are small and whispy.



And now think about a cloudy day where the blue is obliterated with clouds.  But the blue sky is still there, it's just hidden for now.  It will show its face again.


Its such a lovely analogy from Anais Nin about how our problems can overwhelm us and we lose sight of the good things in our lives. We end up spending all our time looking at the clouds and not seeing or even imaging the blue sky behind it.

Its along the same lines as one of my favorite sayings that I try to live my life by:
"you get more of what you focus on".  
I don't know who said it originally, but I find it to be so true. If you focus on the negative, you see more negative. Your mind gets tuned to seeing bad things. But if you focus on the positive, you see more positives in all areas of your life.

For example, think of a person who annoys you.  If you only think about those annoying features, you are just seeing the cloud.  Look for the sky in the person instead.  Put the cloud out of your vision - the sky is big enough for you to do that. There are enough good qualities in that person to find and when you start looking for them, you'll find more.


Or what about if you are struggling with problems in your life.  Think about those whispy clouds in your life.  They are all part of life - they add texture to your life, even if they don't seem good - but you don't have to dwell on them.  Look for the sky.


Look for that bit of blue - enough blue to make a sailor's shirt! Do you know that phrase? I can picture my mum in the car, looking for the 'sailor's shirt' - that bit of blue sky -  as we are driving somewhere for the day!  The "sailor's shirt" is enough blue in the sky to be adequate fabric needed to make a sailor's shirt.  If there is enough blue to make a sailor's shirt, the weather is going to clear.

So look for the sailor's shirt in your life - find that all important bit of blue - and if you can't find it some days, just imagine it and it'll come into view.
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Happy New Year - and a perfect time for sorting.

Over the past week, I've been in a sorting mood.  I've sorted out the kitchen, the laundry room, and have made a big impact on the garage ( to be finished this week!).  It's wonderful when it's done and you find space on your shelves or empty cupboards!  What a good feeling.

It's a refreshing way to start the New Year with things in order and well organized - but this applies to more than just your home.  Instead of making resolutions this year, why not do a bit of sorting in all areas of your life.  Let's make some room on the shelves and empty cupboards in our work, play, and love lives, so that in 2013 there is room to learn new things, expand, meet new people, try something different.....

For example:
  • what parts of my work can I sort out and discard that I no longer need, so there is room to take on a new project or learn new things?  
  • How do I waste my "play" time and could I throw out some of that to give me room for more fun play?    
  • What part of my exercise program do I no longer need so I can add a new aspect and challenge for myself?
  • In my relationships, do I need to sort out my time so I have more quality time with the special people in my life?

I want some room on the shelves and empty cupboards so that I can spend 2013 filling them up with things that are worthwhile and bring me happiness. So for the New Year, and onwards, I'll be sorting and making space for new things in my life.

Is it time for you to have a bit of a sort out and clear some space in certain aspects of your life, so there is room to expand, grow, and find more happiness? What will you make space for?
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Everything is tickety-boo

Here's this week's list of things that have made me feel like everything is tickety-boo:


  • Spending time with Adam, Lexi, and little grandson Max.  We've had such a fun time this week.  Max's little smiles and giggles make everyone feel tickety-boo!
  • Sitting by the pond and watching the swallows fly
  • Singing in a new and very friendly group
  • Hearing that a client is in remission from her cancer
  • Remembering childrens' songs to sing to Max
  • Making fresh carrot juice
  • Receiving a lovely outfit for Max from our friends
  • Seeing a pileated woodpecker fly right in front of me
  • Watching Harold (our parrot) react to Max.
  • Having shoe envy for Max's array of shoes that look like cars, dogs, etc!
  • Swimming with Max in his bumble bee wetsuit!

As you can tell, it's been a great week here with lots of wonderful experiences with the family. Hope your week has been full of tickety-boo moments too.
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