New Year’s Direction

I like the idea of a new year.  But only as long as it comes around every 12 months.  it would get boring if it happened any more often than that.

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Do you have solid resolutions or something lighter, like directions and ideas.  I’m more of the latter.  Like most people, I add to my list, get in shape, read more, have more fun, travel, etc, etc, etc. but I go even more general.  and then see what pops up.

For example, using the PERMA model as a guide, I consider five categories: Fun, flow, relationships, purpose and achievement.

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I definitely want more fun.  I’m looking for activities that make me smile, maybe even hoot a bit.  I think music, concerts, contra dancing, bike riding, hiking. And doing as much of these as I can with my love, Danielle.

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Flow: I get lost in time when building something.  There are plenty of things to build, fix and if I fun out, I have ideas for more.  Tear down the shed and build a barn.  Build bird houses, bat boxes, more compost bins, gardening, fixing the car or bikes.  I get lost in it.

Relationships:  I’m so lucky to have found love, risked jumping in, and learning to love. So looking forward to our adventures together. Whether at home, traveling, contra dancing or more, Danielle is the best partner a person could ask for.

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I’ve also  been so fortunate to have found a men’s group, and miss them since I’ve moved but I love them and they love me. And what’s not to love?  I’m creating a circle of friends here in my new home and confident as my brother Paul says, the cream always rises to the top.  No rush, all in its good time.  I’ve met people in community theater, and meeting more through work. If the thought of a group hug with a bunch of men scares you, you need a group.

 

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Achievement: I can’t get it all done, but I like a few challenges, learning new things, risking a bit, and when something fails, no big deal.  I can’t remember when anything I’ve ever done was a complete failure.  Most things need improvement, and once in a while I can say “I nailed it!” The bigger the challenge, the greater the satisfaction. THAT is a wonderful feeling.  When is the last time you felt that?  How can you challenge yourself  to get that kind of feeling?

Purpose:    My purpose is getting more simple.  Feel more fun, more joy,  more love, compassion and kindness.  May everyone I meet today be blessed by me in some way, with a greeting, a smile, a laugh.  And may everyone I meet today bless me with the same.

I like being inspired, learning new things, new thoughts, ideas, no matter if they are “out there”.  Truth be told, I’ve been “out there”  for a long time but I keep it hidden pretty well except to those that know me well.

If you want to stretch your mind and world, I’d recommend subscribing to https://www.gaia.com/.  I’ve seen the ads for years, and ignored it.  The other day, I signed up for a three month discounted trial.  Even the regular cost is only $10 a month. Cheap cost for some enlightenment. Most every morning, I listen to a youtube video, or music but Gaia has a greater, easier to search library of content that appeals to me.  It might you too.

 

 

 

 

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