Tuesday, December 10, 2013
“You're never too old to do goofy stuff.” ~ From the television show Leave it to Beaver, spoken by the character Ward Cleaver.
“A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.” ~Rachel Carson
I don’t know about you, but one of the things that has a really strong association for me with Christmas is candy canes. We had a chocolate making shop near where I grew up. I think that’s one of the reasons I’m such a chocoholic. I grew up with handmade, luscious chocolate. One of the things I remember during the Christmas season was going to the shoppe and finding about 8 -10 different varieties of handmade candy canes, and they were bigger and thicker than the candy canes you buy today. I remember flavors like butterscotch, peppermint, cherry, root beer, chocolate, and more. My parents and I would each pick out a couple each, and I could buy one for my best friend, too. Then we’d go home and hang them on the tree. Once Christmas came, I was allowed to eat them one by one – bit by bit. Today’s challenge is associated with those very happy and wonderful feelings, and the kid who still comes out to play in me every so often.
Today’s challenge is really fun, and one that will play out over the next few days, but won’t be cumbersome or a burden in addition to those that will be introduced in the next few days.
Here’s your Day 9 Challenge:
Buy a box of miniature candy canes, and distribute them along with a "Merry Christmas" to those who you come in contact with today, and until they are gone – strangers – not family or friends; teller at the bank, postal clerk, salesclerk, person at the drive-thru window, librarian, etc. Have fun!
I’m really enjoying your feedback on your experiences with the daily challenges. Your comments have been so positive, and heart-warming, and it is apparent that you are also really excited about them. Thanks for following me and continuing into our second week.
I just want to add too that I have really surprised myself. I’ve set aside $6.57 in spare change for the Spare the Change Challenge since we started. How are the rest of you doing with your spare change?
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Monday, December 09, 2013
“Sometimes our stop-doing list needs to be bigger than our 'to do' list.” ― Patti Digh
Let’s face it – everyone seems to be in an “extra” hurry these last couple of weeks before Christmas.
This is the beginning of the second week of our challenge, and I hope that each of you is feeling more peace and contentment. I know, that for me, this past week has really helped me focus on what is important rather than feeling frantic about what I still need to do. It is helping me to direct my focus outward rather than staying in my head, and feeling frantic about what I still have to do.
I had a very nice chat with my "roomie" yesterday, and I hope each of you did, too. We always say we are going to be better about staying in touch, but you know how that goes - life just seems to take over and before we know it, months have gone by.
Today's challenge is to help you feel less hurried. Your Challenge for today is to let anyone who seems to be in a hurry, or is waiting to go ahead of you. This means on the road, in a parking lot, in line at the store or bank – wherever your life takes you today.
Remember, no matter how frantic life seems to be around you, you have the ability to pause, take a deep breath, and slow down.
Have an awesome day!
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Sunday, December 08, 2013
During the holiday rush we all need to remember to take a little breather and just sit, relax, recoup, and chill. Today's challenge is designed to help you do that. Most of us are so busy with our everyday lives that we just don't take a break to pick up the phone and call our friends or family to chat. I have some longtime close friends that I would probably never talk to if I didn't call them.
Today's challenge is:
Day: 7: Call a friend or relative you haven’t talked to in a very long time to catch up and chat. There’s no time like the present to reach out and touch a friend or a loved one.
For me today, I’m calling my best friend, Jean, who you see with me in my current picture on my Spark page. We have been friends for over 42 years. She had a birthday a couple of weeks ago, and I sent her a card and a present, but we haven’t talked in awhile. Even though we may go for months without even expressing an attempt to communicate, we’re still delighted to hear from each other when one of us calls, and we can always pick up and chat just as if we were sitting on the front porch talking.
This doesn’t have to be a long call, but they will definitely appreciate the fact that you care enough to call, and say hello to see how they're doing. If both of you have the time, perhaps you can suggest a get-together; anything from going shopping to visiting that coffee shop you both love can rebuild your bond. In addition, you will be giving someone you care about a wonderful holiday gift - a chance to remember that you love them, and that's the best gift of all!
Here's a little humor to make you smile and help you get into the right frame of mind:
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Saturday, December 07, 2013
“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.”
~ Anthony Robbins
I just love that quote from Anthony Robbins. Are you thinking a little clearer today now that you have gotten rid of some of the things you’ve been thinking about, but just haven’t seemed to found the time to do? Think of all those who will read our magazines and books and find something there that whisks them away from their life even for just a few moments.
JMARIES51 passed on her idea to keep from accumulating the excess magazines and books:
“Got it. This is easy for me. No magazines and all used books I take to our local St Vincent De Paul. I started a rule this year that I couldn't bring any new books into the house without taking the same amount away at the same time.
KATHYJO 56 added, “Mine are going straight up the street to the hospital. They are always looking for nice things for people to read and I have enough for a large library. What an awesome idea! I think about doing this so often, but never get around to it. Today is the day and it will take such a short amount of time to put a smile on somebody's face who needs it or help them forget their problems for a few minutes.”
KITT52 added this idea, “Wow what a great idea; I also have a lot of good puzzles I am going to call and see if someone might want them or i will take to the Salvation Army.”
LJCANNON wrote, “This will be an easy Challenge. We are pretty well "Snowed In" today so I will have more time than usual to go through things at the house and get a Book Bag ready for Donation. The "Hard" Part will be figuring out where to Donate it. There are 3 Nursing Homes and a Library within 2 Miles of my house, LOL!!”
We donated several boxes of books to the library nearest our house for their next book sale. I don’t get many magazines anymore so I didn’t have to worry about sorting through them.
So in addition to sharing our books and magazines with others to enjoy we are also getting our spaces cleared out for the holidays.
Here’s today’s challenge:
Leave a little something sweet in your mailbox for your mail carrier. Here are a few inexpensive ideas:
M&M’s – “Have a Merry and Most wonderful Holiday Season”
Jolly Ranchers – Have a “Jolly” Christmas!
Hershey Hugs – A friend always knows when you need a little hug.
Candle – May your days be happy, your heart be light, your Christmas merry and your New Year bright.
Popcorn or Caramel Corn – Just popping by with some Holiday cheer!
A Bag of Chips – Keep Chipping Away at that Pile of Packages! Happy Holidays!
Or you can leave anything else you desire. You get the idea. . .
Here’s a little mailman humor to get you motivated:
Don’t forget to keep saving your change! Enjoy the day!
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