Worthwhile Day

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Prompt:  What is one thing you can do that would make today worthwhile? What’s stopping you from getting started right now?   (Author: Jessica Dang)

Free Day

Busyness

As one who believes in turning activities into actions and who is always busy, taking a free day is one thing that would make today worthwhile to me.  Unlike a vacation, a free day is an unplanned act of doing anything I want from the time I wake up.   It’s ignoring a schedule.  It’s breaking out of a routine.  It’s time for focusing on what matters to me instead of the matters of others.   And it would be worthwhile because I would take it without feelings of guilt or fear of wasting my time.

In a fast world, we lead busy lives.  It’s evident whether doing good or up to no good. Those with jobs are busy working, those without are busy looking for work and those dangling in the middle are busy worrying about life.   Everyone is busy and much of that busyness is wasting time, waiting for something worthwhile or wishing for someone to make things better.  There are days when I’m doing a lot, moving constantly and going nowhere.  Is it worthwhile?

For me, one free day is worth more than a hundred busy ones.   A random decision to take a single day to relax—think, read, discover newness, satisfy a lingering, or plot a future—is worthwhile.   Do what I want.  No “to do” or “must do” lists.  No guilty burdens.  When the day ends, close my eyes, go to sleep, wake the next day and have no regrets.   I exhale feeling refreshed.

Yesterday is gone.  Today, the  busy “haints” (ghosts) got a hold of me, as old folks say.   I have too much work to do.  Perhaps tomorrow I’ll take that free day.

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s entire quote:

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities
no doubt have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.

Tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with
your old nonsense.

This day is all that is
good and fair.
It is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on yesterdays.


Number 1 Passion

Prompt:  Number 1 Passion.  What is your #1 passion in life?  Now, imagine what would happen if you incorporated that passion into your life daily.  Write down your passion and keep it close to you.  Remind yourself of it daily, just like brushing your teeth.  (Author: Eric Handler)    

My Passions 

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.  It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.  ~Edward P. Morgan

My loves are a precious few.  My passions are many—people, politics, art, music, and more.  Books are number one on my passion list.   E-books, paperbacks or hardcover, I’m passionate about every type.

Hidden inside each book, all my other passions can be found.  Books introduce me to distant people and places, teach me about the arts, and encourage me to write.   They expose me to new ideas and ancient thoughts that feed my social activism.   Books play a role in my daily duties.  I turn to them for answers to arguments.  They are a source of solace when needed.  I rely on books to inspire when doubt discourages.

A daily dose of a good book kindles my passions.   Those passions push me to move a million obstacles out of the way of progress.  And they encourage me to move forward when I want to stand still.

Energy and Flow

The world belongs to the energetic. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Prompt: It’s easy to blame our failure to meet our goals or to live our dream lives on a lack of energy, and we don’t always stop to think about the quality of energy in our lives. Yet we can choose to create and manage our own energy flow.

Think of an instance when you’ve been so involved in an activity that you’ve lost track of time, and then identify the passions and energies you were feeding.  Who was there with you?  What were you doing?  What will you do to make time for moments like that one more often? (Author: Julia E)

Energy and Flow

Surrounded by books, insightful ideas offered by others, and a desire to do, my energy is ignited.   I was writing a creative proposal when flow overpowered me.  My mind’s laziness lifted.  Sleepiness receded.  Fireworks began.  My fingers caught fire moving across the keyboard and a stream of thoughts, ideas and concepts poured out and spilled onto the computer screen.   Silence filled the air.   Time fled.   I was floating on flow.   I was in creative mode.

I completed the proposal.   Energy’s flame flickered out.   Flow seeped away.  Lethargy returned.  My memories of that creative sensation and my work were all that remained.

Energy and flow are illusive.   Where do they come from and where do they go?  They appear suddenly.  Move us to do.  Then disappear as quickly.   There was a time when I waited for energy and flow to show up.   Now, I start with any energy I  have when I need to get things done and keep going until flow catches up.

What Would You Be?

Prompt: If a year from now you weren’t in the profession you’re currently in, what would you be in your wildest dreams? (Author: Ryan Allis)

Pursuing Passions

My preference is project work. By profession, I do strategic communications. Out of pleasure, I reconstruct all my professional work into a series of projects. Why? Projects have beginnings, middles and endings. Forever is nonexistent because projects celebrate the concept of completion. That appeals to me despite my intermittent lapses into procrastination. Therefore, if I no longer had my current profession, the possibility of revisiting several latent projects or looking for something new that I need to do would be nirvana.

There would be advantages. My free will and free time would force me to veer off the known travel route to become a more nomadic entrepreneur. With a supply of latent projects, I would do something versus nothing. Out of that something would come the impetus to keep discovering the next steps to get from here to where I’m headed. Money concerns may occur, but making something that moves a neighborhood, a needed cause or a new tribe would motivate me to stick with it until the word spreads and the money arrives.

Professions are proven paths. Passionate purposes are the unknowns worth pursuing. And passions put the life in living.

#Trust30 Carries On!

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Prompt: Find something that happened on the day and date you were born. Write about it.

Seven Seventeen

If you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true. – Cinderella

Seven seventeen, a date with duplicate numbers. My birth date. The middle of summer. Vacation time. But much more. Two events took place on July 17th that leave me wondering, do we become the date we were born?

One hundred fifty days after the rain started, on July 17th, the waters abated and Noah’s ark rested atop the mountains of Ararat. My grandmother was the first to point it out to me. She read from the Bible, Genesis 8:4: “And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.”  Unbelievable to me as a child.   Then she said I was blessed and I believed her.

Again, on July 17th, a world changing event took place.   Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California.   Physically, I have been to Disneyland once in my life, and it didn’t disappoint. Through the Disney movies, animated characters and fairytales, I’ve traveled to that fantasyland often in my imagination.   There’s something fun-loving, optimistic and very hopeful about “wishing upon a star” and believing that “dreams can come true.”  As an adult, I still love animated movies due to Disney.

I wonder if Noah viewed seven seventeen as a blessed day or a day when his dreams came true?   Centuries later, did Walt Disney believe seven seventeen was a blessed day when he made his dreams come true?   I’ll never know the answer.   I do know this.  I love the numbers seven seventeen.   I love my birth date.   Each day that passes, I become more like the day I was born–blessed and filled with achievable dreams.

Fault and Change – Day 32

I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Prompt:  Think of all the things that are not working in your life.  That job you don’t like, that relationship that’s not working, those friends that annoy you.  Now turn them all on you. Imagine that everything that’s not working in your life, is your fault.  How would you approach it?  What would you work on to change your life to the state that you want it to be?   (Author: Carlos Miceli)

The “F” Words

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Words mean more than what is set down on paper.  It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.  –  Maya Angelou

Fault, flaw, failing, foible, or frailty along with a few other four-letter words such as fear, pretty much scare the life out of living, if embraced the wrong way.  Often those “f” words are used as negatives, particularly when describing a personality trait, emphasizing a cynical point or lambasting another or oneself.   Whether delivering or getting the word, the usual results are feelings of guilt, anger or despair.  You feel like life is a bummer.

While I hear the words, I listen to my inner voice.  It changes what I hear.  I hear positive negatives.  When I hear fail, I see possibilities for trying again. My voice tells me to fight on. When I hear flaws, I see opportunities to improve myself. I let fear scare me into doing something–anything–that reinforces my passions, my causes and my purpose.  Finally, I deflect faults by taking responsibility. I understand responsible living is part fear, part falling down and getting up, a bit of self-reliance, a lot of flexibility and a great deal of adapting to change.

Faith, friends, family, feeling fabulous and fortunate, fun and future are a few of the “f” words I favor.  Forget fault.