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  1. S
    Shosh

    I played tennis for the first time this past April. It was exhilarating to be doing something new. I had been feeling like I was stuck in such a rut and it felt good to move.

    3 years ago
  2. Elaine

    I am energized by novelty. Since acquiring an electric bike, my partner and I regularly discover new parts of our city and region.
    On an interior level, in this early autumn season of life I feel like everything I encounter is for the first time. “Always we begin again” as the Benedictines say. Come to everything with a ”beginner’s mind” as the meditators say.

    3 years ago
  3. M
    Mihika Pal

    This is my first hour on this page and this was the first question that I read and it was so on point.

    At first, I couldn’t think of anything new I did in a long long time but then I realized it was just yesterday that I designed something, (I am terrible with designing so always avoided it). I finally did it yesterday for a job I applied to and even though I might not get selected, I was quite happy with the way it turned out!

    3 years ago
  4. SK

    Funny you should ask. I just returned from a “first” Cottey student tour in Nevada, MO taking Heidi and her mother there to see campus, the programs, etc. in anticipation of Heidi going there in another year. I went to Branson for the first time. I ate at a Panda express for the first time. I went to Kansas for the first time.

    3 years ago
  5. Malag

    Just this week was fortunate to get the covid vaccine in a mass vaccination centre. I felt I was walking through a moment of history, and of course I was. 

    3 years ago
  6. O.Christina

    Happy weekend, you all who share here, and thank you for your lovely replies! May all beings be happy.

    3 years ago
  7. Erica

    Wow – this question really stumped me. I’ve been stewing over this and going back and forth over how to approach it. In one respect, every day is new, so it’s the first time I’ve had the experience of this day, this moment, this breath. But then, life is such a routine sometimes, that it can be hard to think of times when something material has pushed me into that place of discomfort so that I have an awareness of a “first”. In listening to Brother David’s talk about the sky, I took the time to look up, clear my mind, and think about the sky, the clouds, and the idea that this moment, the arrangement of the clouds, the feeling of the wind, and sun, were all a single moment that would never happen again the same way. That was the first time that I had ever thought about the sky in that way. I feel like I am missing something that I did, experienced, or felt and that as soon as I hit “submit” that it will hit me, but for now, I think I’ll look at the sky again.

    3 years ago
  8. Sarah

    hmm, I can’t think of anything….so boring i am.

    3 years ago
  9. Debra

    Yesterday, I was a witness testifying at a trial. It was all done via Zoom. That’s a first for me!

    Another first 2 years ago, that was absolutely exhilarating, was river rafting level 4 rapids.

    3 years ago
  10. S
    Shannon

    As a recovering drug addict with over 8 years clean I can attest to those first few years being loaded with firsts. Since then it has been sometime since I’ve had a first in something.
    I am often reminded when I go to 12 step meetings how difficult those firsts in that first year can seem. People new to recovery often share about those things that were so scary in my own first year clean.

    Soon I will be going on vacation to Yellowstone National park. This is a huge first for me given most of my youth was misspent on drugs and alcohol. I am becoming more excited as the days go by.

    At over 8 years clean I am reminded this is a first for me, mainly because I have never been clean this long in my entire life, making today a first for me.

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      Congrats on your sobriety, enjoy your upcoming vacation:)

      3 years ago
  11. Anna

    Congratulations to some younger colleagues, to whom I teach my work.
    My retirement is far, but closer than theirs. I’m a “senior”, it’s time to say something good, they deserve it and maybe they need it, as we’ve been working a lot lately, but our boss is allergic to acknowledgments.

    3 years ago
  12. s
    sb

    I do agree with Chester – every day is new and filled with potential possibilities but I have been making an effort this year to proactively seek out new things to do so I have had quite a lot of firsts this year – new food, new skills, new learning, new books, growing my own veg, finding new music etc.
    Specifically this week, I am a teacher and on Tuesday I took myself out of my comfort zone and taught a new subject to a different age group – and enjoyed it! So I was glad I pushed myself to do it.

    3 years ago
  13. d
    dcdeb

    I really can’t remember. But now as i’m sitting in this restaurant, i realize that i’ve never been here before. I don’t know if this qualifies but right now i can’t think of anything else. These questions can sometimes require a lot of reflection.

    3 years ago
  14. Don Jones

    Yes it is all new, the gentle moment by moment unfolding.

    3 years ago
  15. Javier Visionquest

    Great question! A lot of what I’ve done for the first time, lately, either has to do with aging (colonoscopy, anyone?) or with the simple pleasure of finally enjoying some modicum of success at endeavors that I’ve been at for years already, if not decades. Maybe Rupert Sheldrake is onto something with this “M-fields” nonsense. Where others might say, “good luck!”, I wish all of you “Skill and Persistence”!

    3 years ago
  16. Chester

    Today. With daily maturation, I am renewed and new every day. The day also with its infinite complexities is also new every day – new challenges and new opportunities with each passing moment. Today, I am acting on today’s opportunities and challenges for the first time.

    3 years ago
  17. Mica

    The closest I’m coming up with is practices from the book, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself – practicing letting go of the words in my head to experience the consciousness that lies at the root of my being –
    Oops! When? This week –

    3 years ago
    1. Debra

      Mica~~~One of my favorite books of all times.

      3 years ago
      1. Mica

        Wow – it’s quite new to me. Thanks, Debra

        3 years ago
  18. L
    Lauryn

    It will be today – I’m flying somewhere I’ve never been.

    3 years ago
    1. d
      dcdeb

      Have a great time!!

      3 years ago
  19. J
    JDS

    A small gesture but none the less ….
    When I go to the grocery store to do my weekly shopping I stop for a moment & look around in wonder & gratitude of all the choices of food available to me .I celebrate this by picking up some type of food I have never eaten before .
    Pure enjoyment to try something new !

    3 years ago
  20. sunnypatti48317

    After our wedding this past March, my husband marked a plot of land in our yard, and I started my very 1st in-ground garden. I have played with container gardening in the past, but have never had a garden like the one I am working on now. Additionally, as we created lots of yard projects for ourselves, I uprooted not just one, but two bushes! It was such hard work, but so satisfying when I finished. I could do yard work and gardening every day, all day. Although not today since my 2nd vaccine yesterday really kicked my butt. Sometimes we are forced to rest and repair!

    3 years ago
  21. A
    AwesomelyHolly

    I went up a mountain in Colorado, it was terrifying haha but cool! I plan on going hiking by myself Saturday or Sunday morning for the first time 🙂

    3 years ago
  22. Cathie

    Ha! I just started playing Pickleball for the first time a few weeks ago. Very fun and great exercise.

    3 years ago
  23. Pilgrim

    Using Zoom a couple of times has been new and quite helpful for a couple of medical appointments and a wonderful chat with my daughter on Mother’s Day. Also, sort of new is growing succulents indoors. At the moment they don’t take up a ton of space (which I don’t have) and I am learning by doing. Or not doing, as they mostly make their own way.

    3 years ago
  24. Drew Blanton

    Every time I have a birthday I turn that age for the first time.

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      good one!

      3 years ago
    2. Mica

      Thank you, Drew!

      3 years ago
  25. Carol

    Firsts are never easy for me. I like being in my comfort zone. I have always feared failure. That said, my move from Louisiana to Kansas in the spring of 2019 has presented me with many firsts. Starting over in the winter of one’s life is challenging and the acceptance of the medical necessity to do so was difficult. But as a dear friend reminded me not to long ago, the only thing permanent in life is change. As I write this I realize that changing my attitude, accepting what is instead of lamenting it is the biggest change I have made. I find myself more willing to go with the flow, trusting myself more, letting myself just BE.

    3 years ago
  26. DeVonna

    The last two years have been full of “new” for my husband and me. We moved from Michigan to Florida in June of 2019 so we’ve had to establish ourselves in our new neighborhood. Visiting new stores, restaurants, churches, doctor’s offices… you get the idea. Then Covid hit. We have been stretched almost beyond bearing by being away from our family in the pandemic.

    3 years ago
  27. Katrina

    My recent firsts happened because of COVID – Facetime, Zoom, producing worship from home via recording/YouTube, wearing a mask for extended periods of time (but not as long as frontline workers). Now I’m going to try some firsts that have nothing to do with COVID. I’ll let you know…

    3 years ago
  28. Holly in Ohio

    I can’t think of anything big, but I can think of lots of little things. This spring I am using cardboard to cut weed-suppressing “collars” around my berry bushes and small trees, and then (watering down the cardboard of course and…) laying free mulch from our city on top. Already the garden is neater and easier to mow! Hopefully it will save me time this year. And i was soooo tempted to buy one of those rubbery plastic collars instead, so I’m quite glad this turned out!
    And I’m working on a needlepoint… never have before. Yesterday I played “taxi” to help people get to their covid vaccinations. I picked Kung Pao Tofu when we ordered in instead of Kung Pao Chicken or any meat… Kung Pao chicken has been my favorite since I was 20. Must say, the Kung Pao was a bit disappointing but not because of the tofu… it had no chili peppers!!!!

    This is a fabulous reminder to do, learn, eat new things, go to new places… on purpose! I will find something today.

    3 years ago
    1. Trish

      You have a beautiful, adventurous spirit!!

      3 years ago
    2. Javier Visionquest

      I use the mulch and cardboard method extensively throughout my little half acre, making trails and reclaiming areas from rampant weeds, gradually whittling down the amount of space that requires mowing. I reclaim cardboard boxes from my retail grocery job after the truck calling my haul “weapons of grass destruction”

      3 years ago
  29. Trish

    Over the last year I’ve become familiar with several spiritual authors. I’ve read, listened to podcasts and learned a lot from them. Favorites: Mirabai Starr, Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, Rabbi Amy-Jill Levine, Elizabeth Lesser, & Jan Richardson.

    3 years ago
    1. Katrina

      Amy-Jill Levine, Elizabeth Lesser and Jan Richardson are some of my favs.

      3 years ago
      1. Trish

        It’s been wonderful to learn from the wisdom of these women!

        3 years ago
  30. devy

    It’s been a long time since I’ve done anything new. Part of it because of the pandemic that limits my personal exposure. I suppose the last thing is about a year and a half ago I decided to learn how to play the guitar and so last May I signed up for on line lessons.

    3 years ago
  31. G
    Gregoire

    Today the Catholic tradition celebrates two great events. It is the annual celebration of the first of 13 appearances of our Lady of Fatima and today is also the Feast of the Assumption. The Assumption was our belief that Mary was taken up into heaven Body and Soul. Last night I decided to forego my workout this morning and spend an hour in quiet solitude before Mass. That Holy hour is a first to me. I will offer a prayer up for all of those who have contributed this morning. May God bless you and keep you and have mercy upon all of you.

    3 years ago
  32. C
    Cliff

    I work in sales, and yesterday met.a customer that I have always wanted to meet but who has been inaccessible. Nice first time experience

    3 years ago
    1. Howie Geib

      Love putting a face to a long-familiar voice!

      3 years ago
  33. Howie Geib

    Day before yesterday I rowed for 4 hours and 41 minutes without getting up from the rowing machine…the longest I have gone in one straight length of time (all as part of a training I am in for a long distance rowing event). It is not the longest I have rowed but I have periodically stood up to stretch for a few seconds which makes the rowing bearable. Also without music. As I won’t have music on the water.

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      play that number! Congrats on your PR:)

      3 years ago
    2. Katrina

      Geeze, Louise! I can’t even imagine. Can’t wait to hear about the actual event.

      3 years ago
      1. Howie Geib

        Well it is called the Crossing for Cystic Fibrosis and takes place in late June. Most of the participants are on paddle boards, a few kayaks as well apparently. I will be the only open water scull….the event is from Bimini in the Bahamas to Lake Worth on the east coast of Florida. 80 miles. Open ocean (actually crossing the Gulf Stream!) …. kinda nuts…no strike that. INSANE

        The coolest thing is we start at 1230 AM…yes…AM…so the middle of the night!….

        3 years ago
        1. Toni

          Wow!!!!

          3 years ago
    3. Patricia

      That is WAY impressive!

      3 years ago
    4. Trish

      Awesome!

      3 years ago
    5. devy

      Wow Howie.. that’s determination!

      3 years ago
      1. Howie Geib

        Thank you! It was obstinance in the face of mind numbing tediousness! I know from experience there is no comparison to being on the water and it will make it much more bearable, dealing with the swells the wind and the occasional diversions of light and sky. The sound of the water going past her hull as the boat does the work that really matters.

        3 years ago
    6. C
      Cliff

      Wow! That is impressive.

      3 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        Wow is right!

        3 years ago
  34. Michele

    Good question:) Nothing is coming to mind at the moment. I did order something different from one of my favorite restaurants last week. This is a nice reminder to try new things.

    3 years ago
    1. Trish

      Hi Michele! I did that this week too~fun!!

      3 years ago
  35. Kevin

    It’s been way, way, too long ago, when I did something for the first time. How sad is that? Thanks for the depressing reminder! 😊

    3 years ago
    1. Christine

      Kevin, not long ago you did something special. Over the ocean, in the Netherlands, having a flower placed on my husband’s grave. For me that was a very nice gesture. The flower is still very beautiful. I think you did this for the first time, and it was by no means small.

      3 years ago
      1. Kevin

        Thank you, Christine, for your kind comments here. It does my heart good to be reminded from time to time about things like this that just happen, hopefully by and through God’s grace.

        3 years ago
  36. Christine

    Yesterday, looking at, and filming the microworld with my brand new LCD microscoop. Fascinating. Creation is so mysterious and beautifull. You see the smallest of the smallest busy with surviving. I saw the most beautifull structures.

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      Liquid Crystal Display – thanks, Christine – I got one at a show some years ago and have been thinking it would be fun to get the microscope out and use it again. Enjoy! Microscopes are such fun. It’s fun to have a microscope you can take pictures with.

      3 years ago
    2. Howie Geib

      I love the resilience of life!

      3 years ago

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