Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching? ~Dennis and Wendy Mannering
Good morning! Happy Friday. Today in our journals make a wish, ten times (remember our current theme of lists of ten).
Without over thinking it too much, write ten wishes you have right now. Ready, set, go!
My entry for this morning:
1. I wish for continued good health for myself and my family
2. A productive day today
3. Plenty of money for new living room furniture and going on adventures
4. A fun night with my husband tonight (it’s date night)
5. For everybody to feel safe and loved
6. For you all to know that I appreciate your being here and supporting The Warm Milk Journal
7. An easy commute to work this morning and back home later…
8. For the air fares to come down
9. that I could all the chocolate I want without gaining weight
10. to stay young, always
Your turn, friends. Have fun!
Our sense of smell is very powerful. It can most certainly affect our well-being and whether we sleep well at night.
My top ten list tonight is simply:
Ten all-time good smells
1. Banana bread baking in the oven
2. Potpourri simmering on my stove top (I like to use: citrus and apple slices, cloves, and cinnamon sticks).
3. Plumeria flowers
4. Gevalia’s finely ground coffee
5. Italian herb-baked chicken cooking in the oven
6. A lavender bubble bath
7. A really good glass of wine
8. Walking out on a crisp fall day and smelling neighbors’ chimneys
9. My sweet hubby
10. My cat
Your turn. What is your list?
What is it about lists?
I think for our purposes here at The Warm Milk Journal, when we write or think about “top ten” it focuses our brains in a positive way (usually).
For those of us who are prone to insomnia and anxiety at night it is usually because our minds are all over the place and we get stuck on worries, fear, etc.
When we think about a top ten list… whether it is our list of top ten movies, things that make us smile, places we wish to visit,etc… it puts our minds in a focused, kind of flow… I highly recommend this kind of journal writing anytime of day. It is great first thing in the morning and right at bed (so long at the list is positive).
If any of you have been here a while you know that this is a common theme that we do. For this last week of February, a somewhat dreary time for many, I thought it would be fun to do a series of top ten lists for the next few (or several posts).
Let’s see. Here we are. It is a Sunday night. I think the first list for this series ought to be…
My top ten reasons to face Monday morning with a smile…
1. It’s another day of life
2. I have projects at work I am excited about
3. If Monday didn’t happen we would never get to another weekend, now would we?
4. I love my office
5. I love my colleagues
6. Monday morning reminds me that I have a purpose, that I am needed somewhere!
7. Starting tomorrow morning with a smile will set the whole week off on a good note…
8. Having a good week could lead into having a good month…
9. Having a good month could lead into having an exceptional year…
10. String some exceptional years together and you will find yourself the recipient of an exceptional life!
Your turn, friends. This kind of journal writing is so much fun and very uplifting. Let’s see where this series will take us, shall we?
So I will begin by thanking:
1. Old friends who have been here a while (and continue to come around). Thank you!
2. New friends who have discovered us and decided to look around. Thank you! We are glad you are here.
A couple of questions for our journal writing:
1. Where (or how) can I build bridges?
2. Where can I tear down walls or take down masks?
Where (or how) can I build bridges?
1. By listening more than I talk
2. By not taking things personally
3. Focusing on empathy and the other person’s point of view
Where can I tear down walls or take down masks?
1. Being myself without worrying about what others’ think
2. by not taking things personally (sound familiar)?
3. Looking for the “win” for all parties rather than being right
4. Knowing that all I have is this moment and it is no longer important to hold on to past hurts/resentments and future worries…
For many of us it is very cold tonight (even here in North Florida). Have no fear for we are going to focus on and conjure up some warmth in our lives right now. Ready?
Simply write a list in your journal of as many warm things that you can think of, or you can be more selective and list your favorite warm things.
A few of my favorite warm things are:
1. a cup of hot Tazo Awake tea in the afternoon
2. That first cup of coffee in the morning.
3. My fluffy unicorn blanket that I have had since college (you don’t even want to know how old this is. Ha!)
I will stop here so that you may begin your list!
A Tuesday night in January… and I am delighted (when I think of these things that is):
1. Beautiful classical music in the early evening when I am unwinding from my day.
2. A walk on the beach with the fresh sea air blowing and Florida birds doing their wondrous thing (today they were all just sitting on the shore, still, for no particular reason).
3. When we have a good meal planned (in or out)
4. Anytime my husband holds me
5. When my children are happy and healthy
6. The cats that are nearby…
7. A really good movie (Disney’s Frozen comes to mind).
I will stop here and finish in my own journal for I think that this could be quite a long list…
Much love to you all!
What do we want for Christmas this year?
In our journals when we have a little bit of quiet, let’s get real about what we really want.
What do I really want for Christmas?
1. For everybody I know to be happy and healthy
2. Time spent with my family
3. Good food and laughter
4. Faith and a feel of optimism for our financial future
5. Continued purposeful work
6. My kids seeing the value of giving rather than getting…
7. To love and be loved
Who, being loved, is poor? ~ Oscar Wilde
Have a blessed holiday!
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~ Norman Vincent Peale
Tonight I am going to simply offer you these three writing prompts. Do with them what you may…
The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it. ~ Jules Renard, “Diary,” February 1895
1. What is possible?
2. Why not ________….?
3. In the blink of an eye, so much can happen. What would I like to have slowed down a bit?
As I sometimes do I will start off my own entry, and then you go ahead and begin.
What is possible?
1. Change, radical change: relationships, career, where one resides.
2. Making a choice to be happy
3. Seeing beauty
4. Learning new things at any age
5. Having a close relationship with your teenager
Why not_________ ….?
Why not live in a place that is mild during winter and is dotted with happy palm trees everywhere?
Why not smile at the grumpy neighbor and see if you can change his face just a bit…
Why not reinvent yourself when you feel the need to?
Why not purchase the best quality coffee and mattress that money can buy?
Why not believe in miracles and love Disney World at age 47? Why not!?
In the blink of an eye, so much can happen. What would I like to have slowed down a bit?
1. My daughter growing up.
2. Life in general. It is all flying by lightning fast.
3. The time I have to write (usually early morning and early evening before dinner).
4. The cars driving on Seminole road (the ones that are speeding by when they should be stopping for pedestrians in the crosswalk).
Your turn. Happy writing!
You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke. ~ Arthur Polotnik