Sunday, February 26, 2012

Success in letting go and adapting to changes.

I had the day off from work on Friday.  The first thing I did after I woke up was to check Facebook.  That was a mistake.  That one little act sucked me back in to the workplace mentality being seeing updates and complaints by co-workers.  It was while on Facebook, however, that I was rescued from my doomed fate.  I read a blog about the interruptions caused by cellphones and computers.  Armed with that information, I left my cellphone in another room most of the day.  I was on the computer, but tried to limit myself there as well.

I had some more small success in my discipline of self discipline by doing two loads of laundry and washing some dishes fairly early in the day and calling to set an important appointment before lunch.  One problem I had was that the weather did not go as planned.  The forecast was for a sunny afternoon, windy and a high of 70. What we got instead were rain showers, wind and mid 50s if that.  So, the laundry I hung out on the outside clothesline to dry, instead got an extra rinse and very little drying.

While I was in the process of calling for my appointment, I realized how many phone directories I had.  So, seven outdated phone directories are in a box to get recycled this coming week.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Where to start...

In the beginning, there was so much randomness that I didn't know where to begin.  I don't know how many times I have wanted to start a project, but just didn't know what to do first, and, as a result, nothing got done.  Hopefully that will not happen with my current project.

I plan on working on self discipline over the next 6 and a half weeks.  I hope to have a cleaner house and more good articles written, as well as some new material for future writing.

Today was the official first day.  Though not perfect, I was disciplined more than usual.  I did not get up as early as I wanted, but I did cook a healthy breakfast of oatmeal.  I did not prepare spiritually for the day before I left the house, but I did while I was in the car on my short drive to work by leaving the radio off and collecting my thoughts and trying to focus my attention on spiritual matters.  I may have been rewarded for this by having EVERY light between home and work stay GREEN for me. 

I did what I had to do at work, only sending out a few text messages while on lunch, and leaving right on time.  I continued a simple evening at home, resting for about 30 minutes, sending a few more texts, getting ready for recycling tomorrow, cooking a simple meal.  Instead of watching the news, I watched a documentary on The Salton Sea in southern California and a day in the life (and an interview with) a 105 year old woman.  After starting the dishwasher and heading to my room, I realized that I had not written anything yet today.  Bad discipline.

So, today was a good start in self discipline.  At least I had some luck with a low-key day and got the kitchen sink looking less cluttered instead of just ignoring the mess.  So much more yet to work on, but day one was OK. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Starting early, or is it late?

One of my resolutions for 2012 and other prior years was to write more than before. 

I have written more on hubpages this year, publishing something new about every two weeks or so, but I'm afraid I've been neglecting my blog.  So, 7 weeks into the new year, I renew my intent to write. 

The timing of this renewal comes the day before the start of Lent.  I see Lent as a time of sacrifice as well as a time of preparation.  Writing more often (hopefully daily) will be a sacrifice because it will require self discipline to set aside a few minutes a day and give up some other less productive uses of my time.  It will be a time of preparation because hopefully I will develop my talents and come up with some more good material for my portfolio.

I actually started Lent yesterday by going into the chapel on my way home from work.

Getting one step ahead of things.

Hmmm.  Yesterday.  Monday, February 20.  It was the day I finally gave in and started taking my daily allergy pills until sometime this Fall.  This is the earliest I have ever started taking them on a regular basis.  When I was younger, I would take the pills only when symptoms occurred, which meant I would suffer for a while before taking any action to solve the problem, then wait for the medicine to take effect.

Somewhere over the years, doctors advised me to take the pills every day during allergy season.  This seemed like a good idea, since it was likely that many days would be allergy days between Spring and Fall.  I would take the pills from about late April until mid-June, then from mid August until the first frost usually in October.

Two years ago, my Doctor surprised me when, during the dormant time of early March, he asked me if I was taking my allergy pills yet.  Puzzled, I replied, "No, not yet!"  He said it was a good idea to start taking them about 3 weeks before  symptoms start.

So, since this year has been a particularly mild Winter, and since I have had some annoying health problems in the past few weeks, I decided to start taking the pills now, just in case my premonition is right.