Blanketed or Weighed Down

Blanket of snow

Yesterday I went outside chasing the sunset that was casting a subtle pink glow, framed by dark trees covered deeply in pure white snow. I missed the shot.

As I was walking around snapping different pics, my mind started contemplating. These beautiful trees covered with snow, were they blanketed securely or were they burdened by the weight of the covering?

How many different areas in our life can we ask the same question? Is this question flexible in it’s answer depending on other circumstances at the time?

Are you feeling weighed down today by anything that you once thought of as a beautiful protective blanket? Do you need to shake it off or should you just snuggle down and enjoy it until it melts away?

Habit Inventory: THE NEW YEAR COMETH: What works, What doesn’t!

Have you ever considered what you do or how you react to others?

A wise saying is “If you do the same thing over and over, you will get the same result.” or “When you stop hitting your head against the wall, and use the door, the pain will stop!”

How many areas of our lives do we get trapped in the same routine over and over and over, no matter how much we don’t like the results that we are achieving?

What habits or routines just don’t work?

Timers and check lists work for me. I don’t have to do the same thing every single day, but if I decide what I want to accomplish during the day and how much time I need to dedicate to it, then discipline my self to use the timer, I am capable of accomplishing so much. So why don’t I use these tools every day?

My diet and health regime is NOT working for me! Why don’t I sit down for half an hour and make a plan of how to work healthier choices into my day? I am not into the habit of doing this, and I do have a habit of perfectionist thought that leaves me afraid to fail. Need to change this one.

Painting relaxes me. I sleep better after focusing on creating. I do this once a week. So once a week I tend to sleep better. Why can’t I work the habit of creating into my routine a couple more times a week?

My housework habits work amazingly if I incorporate the Fly Lady routine into my day to day life. But I have the habit of loosing my “control journal”. I need the habit of putting it away in the same spot at the end of the day.

Have you stopped and considered your habits lately? I challenge you to make a list, what works, what doesn’t. Then we can look at a plan to get our habits in check!

Are you ready to own your habits? Or are you still too comfortable having your habits own you?


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Zombie Apocalypse

I realized something yesterday while out walking, the Zombie Apocalypse has already started. That’s right zombie’s are all around us.

Zombie’s are not creatures that have crawled up out of a grave though, they are humans that are “living as if they were already dead”.

Some are trapped in cycles of blame, fear, inertia. Some are brilliant in I.Q. and absolutely dead to living to their full potential.

They expect others to care for them, whether through gifts or government handouts. They hide behind labels and excuses. Occasionally they show glimmers of life, and a desire to live again, but quickly fizzle back out.

This cycle causes fear, sorrow, absolute mourning in those that love them most. As their great potential to impact the world in a positive way slowly fades away. How does the living protect their own heart from the thousand deaths of the zombie?

But these are not the only zombies walking around. There is the other end of the spectrum also. The ones that get up every day, have careers, homes, sometimes families. The follow every rule, go to their safe job, make sure they have all the latest status symbols, but are dead inside. Their fire doesn’t burn strongly anymore, their dreams of long ago lay dusty on a shelf, their passion has been snuffed.

These zombies often help facilitate the other zombies, because it feels good to help those less fortunate. Instead of raising the bar of expectation.

There are the political and religious zombies as well, those that just eat whatever is fed to them. Not digging deeper to weigh and measure the truth factor of what is being said and directed. Very dangerous in deed because in their inattention they allow for others to be captured and pulled down from where their path is leading them.

The cure for these zombie diseases is purpose.

The way to get to purpose is discomfort and honesty.

Honestly, I believe good-hearted people, and those stuck firmly in the box feed these monsters. Maybe feeding them doesn’t work. As hard as it is do they need to go hungry. Today ask yourself, what monsters are you feeding?