“Live Like You Were Dying”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiOcW_YR1G8

Settling in for a short spate of reading before drifting off to sleep last night, I heard Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying.”  Something in the lyrics resonated within me.  While the activities mentioned in the song are not necessarily the ones I would do in such a situation, I could see the wisdom in the thoughts behind the lyrics.

The idea behind the lyrics ties in with my plan to start living with the end in mind.  It encourages me to look more for the ways to live each day in such a way that at the end of the day I will be a bit closer to the ultimate end(s) I am working toward for this year and beyond.

Today, in and of itself, has been a bit frustrating in that I have had to fill in at work.  An overabundance of calls meant that the supervisor had to have me log in.  I had hoped to be able to head up to the attic to pull down some fabric bins from the attic to go through.  I need to decide if the things in the bins are worth keeping or if I should send them on the way to new homes.  However, I remember that it will be extra $$ in the paycheck at the end of the month and that makes it workable.

In order to ‘begin with the end in mind,’ I’m going to have to overcome one thing; making and sticking to a list.  For some reason, I have Not been able to make lists of things to do and follow them.  Something inside of me gets very rebellious and refuses to stick to the list.

All the distractions and side trips seem like lots more fun than doing what I know I need to do.

I welcome any suggestions or ideas on how you successfully keep to a To-Do List.

The First Step

Stare at empty screen.  Struggle to think of something to write that is clever, funny or both.

Decide to just start writing something.  This is the first blog in what I hope will be an ongoing communication with the world around me.  I am a writer, a fiber artist, a cook, a seamstress, a “puller of rabbits out of hats,:” a fluent speaker of ‘database’ (if I could teach what I do, I could probably make a small fortune), a friend to talk to, sometimes shy, a Steampunk, and still struggling to figure out what I want to be when I ‘grow up.’

I like that paragraph.  Think I’ll keep it.  Provides many a jumping off point for things to write about as I begin to “re-invent” my life once again.

This morning as I woke up I realized that if I want my life to change, I have to change what I’m doing.

So I invite you to come along and share the progress on my journey of change and growth.  I’ll share my experiences, resources that have helped me, things that worked and things that didn’t.  You’ll see articles I’ve written, maybe a poem or two.

I may encounter stumbles and roadblocks along the way.  When that happens, I hope to use this space to share what I learned from them; perhaps provide some tips and tricks to help others going through similar things.

So that’s my starting point, I hope you enjoy being part of the journey with me.