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If I could steal time…

30 Nov

Topic: If you needed more time, where would you take it from? If you needed more time, where would you take from? Let’s say you had an emergency this week that required you to spend an hour, every day, taking care of something you don’t currently do.  Where would that time come from? What would you drop first?

Hmm interesting question. My first thought is work. I could easily give up work, as long as my paycheck didn’t have to change as a result. (Realistic, right?) But of course, that’s not possible…I have to work my 40 hours each week. A lot of people would say that dancing would be a place to give up time, but it’s also the place that I get the most enjoyment from.

To me, the bigger issue is that this question is what I have been facing in my life. I want to do more working out, reading, writing, blogging etc. But I have trouble finding the time to do these things. So far, I’ve been doing it by sacrificing sleep. (As I write this at 11pm when I have to get up at 5am.) I really need to sit down at the beginning of each week and figure out the blocks of time I have to do these things and how to fit them in. It’s important because doing these things feed me, and so I should be paying attention to that.

So I guess I can’t answer the topic question today. Because if I could, I would be doing more of the things I enjoy and get fed by. And part of this blog is to figure out what those things are and how to fit them in my life.

So true.

If you could make anyone stop talking…

2 Nov

Who would it be?

When I first saw this topic, my mind went to things like my mother when she’s criticizing, my inner thinky place voice, and the like. Then my friend at wasdthroughlife wrote on the same topic, and included things like Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman. Obviously NA has a bigger view of the world than I do. For me, it’s all about me apparently. Not really, but you know what I mean.

So then I started thinking. Yes, it’d be nice to shut off my mom when she’s being critical. And it’d be great to stop the doubtful/anxiety voices in myself. But I think for me, it would be great to just stop all critical and super negative voices. Mine, my mom’s, politicians’, hurtful people’s…all of those. Criticism is good when it’s constructive as that is how change happens. But hateful, mean, spiteful criticism is just wrong and hurts too many people. So those are the voices that should stop.

Post a week 2011, week #3: What is freedom?

7 Oct

(Oops! Forgot to do the post-a-week post on Wednesday, so here it is. Better late than never, right?)

Prompt question: What is freedom? When do you feel most free in your job? In your day? Least free? When is it better to not be free?

Dictionary definition of freedom:
1. the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint: He won his freedom after a retrial.
2. exemption from external control interference, regulation, etc.
3. the power to determine action without restraint.
4. political or national independence.
5. personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery: a slave who bought his freedom.

Interesting topic. In American, freedom is an important idea on which our country was based. But what is freedom in everyday life? I think freedom is the opportunity to make choices within a broad structure. I mean I can choose to go to this restaurant for lunch, I can choose to go see this friend tonight, but there are some common things we can’t choose like murder. Well, actually, we can choose to commit murder; society has just determined that this is a bad choice. So really, I guess I have the freedom to do what I want. Luckily, I live in a country where I can choose how to worship whatever god I choose, if I choose one at all. I can choose to work and have a job and not be at home because someone has decided that women shouldn’t work. I can vote as a woman.

(I’m going to ignore the job part of the question. My job is tough right now, and I don’t know if I can accurately and fairly answer this today. So there. See? I get to make that choice.)

When do I feel most free in my day? When I’m at the dance studio of course. That is the place I feel most free to be who I truly am – no judgments, just acceptance and appreciation of who I am. And of course, while dancing…I just feel free from my daily stresses and issues and angst. Dancing allows me to be free in the moment and just enjoy. Simply enjoy. And I allow it to lift me and rejuvenate me. I choose to allow dancing to fill me.

I guess to me, freedom means the existence of choices and the luxury of being able to choose without someone telling you what to choose, in the grand scheme of things.

Post a week 2011, week 2: Is there anything you wouldn’t share…

28 Sep

Today’s topic: Is there anything you wouldn’t share with your best friend?

Interesting question. First of all, I don’t have one best friend. I have lots of really great, close friends. Different friends for different situations.

So absolutely, there are very few people in this world with whom I share everything. It totally depends on how I know them, what role they have in my life, and how I think they’d react to whatever the item is. For instance, I can talk to my friend NJ about anything – except emotions. He just doesn’t deal well with emotions. I can talk to my friend AL about emotions but not about money concerns. I don’t share everything with SR and NA, because although they’re close friends, I sometimes feel like they’re at different places in life because they’re 23.

I guess I think it’s risky to share everything with one person. I kinda like that in my world, those secrets and private things are spread out among a few people. There’s really only…let’s see…2 people who know everything about me? If one person knew everything, there’s a risk in that. It’s very vulnerable. But I also know that if I was in a strong, healthy, happy relationship, I would definitely share with that guy.

The biggest thing I don’t share is my thought process. I let very few people see the extent of my thoughts, my thinky place, my downward spirals, my insecurities, my anxieties. You all know that I have them, but you don’t see how they really affect me and what they actually look like in my life.

So if you’re one of the few who has seen that, consider yourself a very close friend of mine.

Post a week 2011: Week #1

21 Sep

Today’s prompt: Do I believe peace in the Middle East is possible?

Oh man. What a topic to start with. I really am not up on politics or political situations. Obviously, I know the basics of the Middle East situation. But I’m not very knowledgeable, I’m somewhat ashamed to admit. I certainly couldn’t debate the topic.

I don’t know if peace in the Middle East is possible. Peace requires compromise, give-and-take, and an understanding that the other side might have a valid point of view: things that we as humans in today’s world are not very good at. I see mankind having less skills in these areas than they used to. And I don’t know if I see the Middle East being able to compromise.

But the hopeful part of me has to believe that peace is possible. Because we certainly have to keep trying to achieve peace, and not just in the Middle East. And if we don’t believe it’s possible, why would we work towards it? I think we have an obligation to try to bring peace to our world, whatever piece of it we affect. Every day, every moment, we should be trying to bring peace and justice to the world.

Justice and peace often seem contradictory terms. Most of the time, justice is seen in conjunction with violence. But to me, justice is simply treating everyone fairly. Not necessarily equally – you have to acknowledge that there are differences between people. But FAIRLY. In a way that is respectful. And loving. If everyone is treated with respect, feels respected and loved, and feels listened to, peace will follow.

The realist in me knows that there will always be people who prefer violence, who believe in might over right, and who will always want to bully and beat down the other man. But I also think that if there were enough people who strove for peace, the bullies wouldn’t be able to find many people to side with them. One thought: see the face of God in everyone you meet, and therefore treat and care for everyone like you would as if he/she were God. (God, Buddha, Allah…to a certain extent, all paths to the same place.)

Bottom line: LOVE each other. Be respectful. Know that the other person may have a different perspective or opinion that you may not understand or even begin to comprehend. Try to bring peace and justice to your corner of the world each and every day.

That’s a drawing by Picasso. I love this drawing so much, and the idea of peace/love/justice, that I have it as a tattoo on my lower back. (Bet none of you knew THAT, did you?)

“Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.” -Emerson

I’m posting every week on WordPress ideas

20 Sep

I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a week for the rest of 2011 using the suggested idea sent to me by wordpress. The day I get my first reminder from them will the day each week I blog on those suggestions.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way!

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