It’s Friday! Ready to cut loose a bit? Many of us have been busy all week long working and taking care of all the things one needs to take care of in life: family,tending to job duties, cooking, housework, etc.
How about a little fun for us?
If you were to write on the top of your journal page: Outrageous Fun! …. what would come to mind?
Give it a try. Throw caution to the wind! No judgement. Money, location, age, physical ability are not factors. Anythings goes!
For me tonight, this is what comes to mind:
1. Singing and chanting at the top of my lungs to my favorite songs.
2. Dancing with my husband to a great Latin Jazz band.
3. Going whitewater rafting in exciting early spring rapids in Washington State or Colorado.
4. Running on the beach.
5. Planning a trip to Italy!
6. Painting (watercolors, oil…)
7. Going to Hawaii and body surfing on Sandy Beach on Oahu.
8. Taking an improv acting class.
9. Buying new clothes for the Fall season: new colors, new styles that look great on ME!
10. Taking a dance class.
Let’s have a little fun with our journal writing, shall we? On the top of the page,
write ” Wouldn’t it be interesting if…” and then just see what comes out. This exercise can be as lighthearted or serious as you want to make it (depending on your energy and state of mind). Just go with it and see where it takes you…
Wouldn’t it be interesting if…
1. teachers and military service people were among the highest paid people in our society?
2. The Warm Milk Journal was helping millions of people around the globe to get a better night sleep?
3. Experience in life was more prized than youth and beauty?
4. We all took a day off to unplug and reconnect with each other (in person) and with nature?
5. All the money that was spent on our recent US presidential campaign went towards paying off our debt, helping hungry children, or rehabilitating neighborhoods and schools that are in need?
With daylight savings time we all “lost” an hour today. Some of us may feel a little groggy as a result. I know I felt slightly off today. Aside from my physical energy, however, moving the clocks this Spring day has gotten me thinking about the whole concept of time. Time is actually a pretty relative concept. We humans need order and structure and have devised a way to “quantify” it. In our fast paced lives we often complain about not having enough time or spending too much time on things we don’t want to do (jobs we hate, the housework, etc.)
What if we changed our perspective a bit? For fun, I would like to offer you a journal writing exercise entitled:
Imagine if you had all the time in the world- to do everything and anything you ever wanted? How would you feel? How would this affect your life? What choices would you make? What would you do differently now, if anything? Who would spend your time with? How would you spend your time? Where?
You get the idea. Just start writing and see what surfaces…
This exercise so appeals to me right now that I will begin my journal entry.
I imagine I would write something like this….
If I had all the time in the world,
1. I would slow down and not be in such a hurry all the time.
2. I would feel less stress, more at peace.
3. I would concentrate on the things I love the most: my family, my writing, and spending time outdoors.
4. I would not complain as much or be as cranky
5. I would not feel so overworked and tired, for I am doing work I love and taking mental and physical rests as often as needed on my terms, on my schedule…
6. I am a more attentive mother, daughter, partner, and friend because I have more time to devote and nurture these relationships.
Well, I am six ideas into this brainstorming session and in my mind I am thinking about how I can really live my life this way? How can I prioritize and structure my days so that I am doing and feeling these six things (which are primarily about spending my time doing the things that are truly important with the people in my life who are the most important).
Hmmm……I am going to think about this.
Your turn. See what emerges for you as you do this exercise.
“Ideas are fascinating if you seek out the kind that fascinate you” ~ Raymond Charles Barker
During your quiet journal writing time today, kick back and think about what really fascinates you. If you think about something that does not excite you, discard it. The focus and manifestation of truly fascinating ideas are the stuff of a dream life for you.
I invite you to write down anything you can think of that fascinates you in your journal. Who knows? One of those things or ideas may be the springboard for something new, fresh, and exciting to come into your life!
Before signing off I will do this exercise as well. Here is my list.
What currently fascinates me:
- The rise and fall of the Roman Empire (hence this post’s image). Just watched Rick Steve’s Europe video on Italy. Fascinating!
- How people learn. I am a second grade teacher and it never stops to fascinate me how children learn and develop.
- The human brain
- The human heart
- The creative process
- health and fitness
- Language: different languages, dialects, and the origin of language and words
- The internet and this new world of social media and the possibilities and opportunities it represents for friendship and business. Incredible!
- What makes centenarians live so long
- What makes people happy
- How nature restores itself (Mt. St Helens in Washington State for example)
- The pyramids
- The Grand Canyon
- The Law of Attraction
I will stop here. This is a lot of fun. Enjoy!
Debra : )