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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

#sliceoflife2015 Why Not?

It's late in the day and I've been thinking of the many slices of my life I COULD write about since 4:45 AM (16 hours ago).  I could write about sliding down the steep slope we call a driveway and vowing to move BEFORE next winter or I could write about the slow, accident plagued trip to work (AGAIN) today.  It's been a tough stretch weather and commuting wise!

I could write about my wedding anniversary (today) or about the fact that while we are both grateful to NOT eat CYO hotdogs this year (we did that for about 5 years straight long ago), there were no flowers, no jewels and not even a card.  I did, however, restring some pearls that I hope to pick up soon and there was a wonderful hot meal of sautéed salmon and fresh green beans along with a smiling face to greet me when I finally got home, late.  


I could write about my insane schedule at work or the student who smiled, finally, today as we did a second grade style retrospective miscue analysis (second grade style).   "I did really good," he assured ME long before I could assure him! (I  think APPR would call that highly effective!)


Instead, I am going to share my Two Little Words that have been lurking for a while in my psyche.  I am NOT abandoning JOY as it has served me well.  I'm keeping that in my "backpack" and building on it rather than discarding it.  This year, I hope to find greater balance in the many intersecting identities of my life and to more effectively balance faith, friends, and family.  Rather than chose balance as my one little word (OLW) I am taking my TWT friend Terje's perspective (she chose WHAT IF?) and going with a phrase that is really a question, WHY NOT?


My life has been busy and full but not always balanced.  In order to help me find the balance between work, chores, responsibilities, and personal time, I will use the phrase WHY NOT?  For example, WHY NOT hike the Grand Canyon?  My knee is not likely to get better!  WHY NOT go out to celebrate a friend's birthday?  You could do that paperwork tomorrow!  Why not go to a movie?  You will never catch up on laundry anyway!  WHY NOT blog tonight? WHY NOT have a little fun?  Life is short and our days are fraught with challenges.  WHY NOT make the choice to smile and to find the JOY in each day? 


7 comments:

Tara Smith said...

Why not? indeed! So many wonderful things for you to look forward to, so why not?

Tracey Ferreri said...

Why not wish a wonderful couple Happy Anniversary? Love you guys!!

Dana Murphy said...

So many people write about balance, or the lack thereof. This is my struggle in life, too. Always searching for balance. I'm going to take a cue from you, I think, and start asking myself WHY NOT? Why not stop working for the night and go watch TV? Why not?

Ramona said...

Love your TLWs and your graphic! Love the idea of keeping last year's word in your backpack and building on it!

Amy Rudd said...

Your tlws fit you well! Love the serendipitous nature of these words and imagine the possibilities!

Lee Ann Spillane said...

I love your two little words! Why not? sounds like just the refocus I need sometimes too. Sending cheers for happy anniversary week. May time your together only grow richer.

Michelle said...

I think we all need a little more "why not?" in our lives! I love it! Enjoy those why not moments!