When was the last time you skipped down the street?
…or enjoyed a good swing?
Wouldn’t you like to do it today?
What are you waiting for?
What do the symbols you present say about you?
Perhaps in this age of texts and tweets and emoticons, symbols are used more than ever before.
We add ‘xo’ and ‘<3’ to the ends of notes to loved ones.
🙂 and 😦 display our emotions which help the reader understand the many non-verbal conversations we have with one another, hoping to ensure that our meaning is not lost in translation.
Are symbols fairly new to us and based on electronic communications? Many are but in the case of x’s and o’s, these have represented kisses and hugs for generations.
Let’s consider the other symbols that surround us:
Math provides us with a myriad of symbols, both positive or negative. Either adding or multiplying to our experience or negatively deducting from our source.
But what other symbols surround us in our daily existence?
As we age, we develop wrinkles and laugh lines. Someone meeting us for the first time sees these symbols of experience and make deductions. They start to assess our age and place themselves in relation to us. Are we older, younger, by how much?
One of my favourite lines from the song Happy Baby by Shaye is: “These lines upon my face, I’d be a fool to erase ’cause they show my place in this world.” Yet so many of us, women in particular, are obsessed with hiding our age. Who are we really trying to deceive?
What about visible scars? Do they symbolize a difficult life? A serious accident? A birth defect?
Our clothes? Symbols of societal stature?
Cars: Symbols of financial class or moral standing?
Houses: what does the size of our homes symbolize to passersby?
Choice of vacation spots: financial, educational, or a symbol of our stage in life?
The books we read. The movies we watch. Do we play video games or not?
Our lives are full of symbols; symbols that others use to define us and that we use to define ourselves.
As our friend Forrest Gump stated in the video on my post “Life is like a box of chocolates…”, “there’s an awful lot you can tell about a person by their shoes; where they’re going; where they’ve been.” These are images of ourselves that we portray, for the most part, without even realizing it. But you can’t know the whole story until you the know the whole person.
Enjoy Happy Baby by Shaye – great song, great message, great Canadian group.
Life is full of surprises and twists and turns. Some wonderful, some not.
You may start off in one direction and end up somewhere quite unexpected.
You may meet someone who changes your trajectory. They may present options to you that you hadn’t considered and venture down an unexplored path. Perhaps a promotion offers a career direction that leads you to further challenges.
Some of these twists and turns may end up being the things you look back on and categorize as ‘mistakes’. Did you learn anything from your so-called ‘mistake’? If so, then perhaps it should be considered a lesson. Is it a mistake only if you repeat it?
Reaching into your box of life-chocolate, you pull out your favourite one. Do you gobble it up and reach in again for another or do you savour it slowly trying to make it last?
Do you enjoy being surprised by the selections or are you more the type that prefers to check the map and select your chocolate carefully, considering all the options and leaving the unpleasant ones for last, or for someone else?
Some would say that isn’t living; that life should be experienced as it unfolds.
Some would say that is living with intention; you have a plan, desires, and you intend to see that you reach your goals.
Is one method more right than the other? Is one method more right for you?
You may never know what life will throw your way, but if you make a map, there are less surprises; for better or worse, the choice is yours to make.
Are you a read-the-map person or a take-what-you-get sort?
8. You’ve been standing for ten minutes beside the coffee maker waiting for it to brew before you realize that it is not plugged in.
7. You open your lunch bag and it is empty.
6. You find the cereal in the refrigerator and the milk in the cupboard.
5. You eat the discards from your child’s plate then praise them for finishing their entire meal.
4. In the morning, you put your underwear on backwards and don’t notice until bedtime.
3. Filling out a questionnaire, you can’t remember your own date of birth.
2. Someone asks what you take in your coffee and you shout “How in the h*‡# am I supposed to know!”
And the number one sign that you need a break:
1. Your big presentation is today and you are running late. You race into work and arrive with only three minutes to spare.
Then you realize it is Saturday.
Stress contributes to many health problems prevalent in today’s society. Continuous stressful situations can lead to heart disease, depression and obesity, to name only three.
You need to put yourself at the top of the list. Step back and evaluate your priorities.
What can you do to relieve some stress and give yourself a break from the overwhelming chaos that is your life?
Remember: there is only one you and someone out there needs you to be around for them. De-stress and increase the time you have together.
Share how you de-stress.
What is one excess that you currently have but could live without?
If you gave it up, would you really miss it?
Is it worth trying to live without it now?
It’s November 1st and time to begin the second of what I hope to become monthly 30-Day Challenges.
For this month’s challenge, I am going to attempt something I have never done before. Something that is bound to be a very, nay extremely, difficult challenge for me.
For the next 30 days, I am not going to eat any bread.
I am having a hard time even typing that. No bread.
In the bread category, I am including sandwich bread, bagels, croissants, waffles, english muffins, muffins of any kind, and yes, even pizza – Gasp! (I was going to include pasta too but I fear this will be enough of a challenge. No need to go crazy. One step at a time)
I love bread and cutting it out for a month will definitely be a challenge but one which will bring me a step closer to regaining the healthy eating lifestyle I once enjoyed.
I have already managed to remove it from my breakfasts by drinking smoothies instead – a spill-over benefit from my yoga challenge. One meal down, two meals and snacks to go.
I also intend to continue the yoga practice that I have incorporated into my daily routine from last month’s challenge.
So, are you with me? Are you going to cut out bread for a month? Or have you decided to challenge yourself in another way?
Share your November 30-Day Challenge below. Misery loves company! 🙂