Tuesday, December 01, 2020
There is a lot to be thankful for. This week we celebrated Thanksgiving and following that my 64th birthday. In the past four years there have been a lot of changes in my life. This has been a time to clarify values and how I want to spend the rest of my life. SparkPeople has helped in organization and discipline. As my life has gotten less frenetic and more focused, my eating is becoming more mindful, no longer stuffing my anxiousness and self-doubts. Losing weight is mind-blowing and having a healthier body is something I no longer thought possible. Before these changes, my mind's age was 80 and felt over the hill. With the life changes, I feel closer to 45.
Even with the addition of three pets, the house is clean and uncluttered. I am slowing my mind down and enjoying nature, reading, watching selective tv shows and valuing quiet and solitude. Things that used to be chores are avenues to exercise, movement and the joy of doing things well. Co-vid has kept me away from family and that is hard but how much easier to stay in contact than years prior to cell phones and computers. I recall when we all had to get on the phone, one at a time, quickly say to my grandma, "Merry Christmas, thank you for the gift and I love you" when the next sibling was given the phone.
Advent, the four weeks before Christmas, is a valued time and am looking forward to longer nights (first time ever) and preparing for a spiritual rebirth. My lifestyle choice lends itself to prayer and simplicity. No more having to purchase gifts for others out of an obligation or a role, but remembering those people in prayer and in gratitude.
And all-in-all, I love being satisfied; living with a grateful heart; and sharing my life with like-minded people.