Reflections

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    Alexis Valerie Arriaga

    Valuing my physical and mental health, and making it a priority in my life instead of pushing myself to the side.

    3 years ago
  2. Lisa w.

    Honesty. I desire to be honest with self so I then can be honest with all that is.

    3 years ago
  3. d
    db82258

    Balance cherished solitude with being there for others
    Sharing the love with gal pals messaging
    Laughter and being silly
    Balancing trust with accountability
    Streamline to do list
    Staying calm but firm
    Live Kindness
    Sharing memories with loved ones, some are struggling
    Simplify my life
    You are not alone, NurtureGrace
    Laughing with my brother for not following his own advice to me.

    3 years ago
  4. M
    MemoPC

    Mercy is a value that encompasses so much – compassion and forgiveness and generosity of spirit. All things I need to remember to extend to myself . I find that as I remember to be gentle with myself, I can be gentle with others.

    3 years ago
  5. Mica

    Here’s my email from the 30 days of bentlily: Day 20: Do something a little bit absurd
    I think I do that sometimes, but I can’t remember when, and I haven’t figured out what to do today.

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      ok, this made me laugh out loud and made me remember a game I used to play with my kids when they were little. (I know you have grandchildren). It’s called meatloaf. If you can, get down on your hands and knees and chase after them saying ‘meatloaf, meatloaf’. hahahaa ridiculous but fun and a little bit absurd.

      3 years ago
      1. Mica

        What fun, Michele – maybe I’ll do that when I see them this afternoon, tho they are now 11 and 14. This morning I stayed out in the rain a little longer than needed to move my poinsettia to a more sheltered location in the storm. But it was a rather serious bit of absurdity that didn’t quite have the lightheartedness I’d have liked. Many thanks!๐Ÿ™ƒ

        3 years ago
  6. Don Jones

    Generosity (of Spirit), because it is not about me.

    3 years ago
  7. pkr

    Well, it is not really a โ€œvalueโ€, but I need a lot of self care today. It is raining, cold & damp & I need to hibernate. I have given myself permission to not do much today. I have permission to be lazy! I will listen to Christmas music, stay in my sweats & not do much nor think about much. I am tired, tired of all the BSโ€ฆ.๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ

    3 years ago
  8. Linda

    Patience! Lately I have been feeling very impatient with people, and it causes me to say or do things I later regret. It is a trait of mine that I have always struggled with. I must learn to take a breath before talking…

    3 years ago
  9. Marnie Jackson

    The value of connecting….with the season – I tend to keep adding to my to do list – when really the important thing is to connect – slow down, enjoy each other

    3 years ago
  10. Mary Pat

    Self reflection, a kind of examination of where I am right now and what I want my values to be in the future. I know what some are, but I need to solidify them instead of feeling like they are distant planets orbiting too far away from me…..

    3 years ago
  11. Holly in Ohio

    Industry, (which yes, is a value for me), because I’ve not been doing much other than knitting the last couple of days. I’ve been feeling a little discouraged and getting myself moving will pull me out of that.

    And kindness. I need to talk to my brother and I’m not certain what to say. He carries with him a lot of specters of his childhood and sometimes that leads him to not behaving very well towards others. So I don’t know quite how much to say about it but I do know that kindness always helps.

    I also need kindness for myself. Our family is in an awkward situation at the moment and I’m feeling weight on my shoulders. I’m also a bit worried about one of my children. Sometimes there aren’t perfect answers. But I can be kind to myself and others, gentle.

    And I can bake cookies today because, you know, it can’t hurt.

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      I made a pumpkin butter cake last night to bring into work for our luncheon today…. haven’t made it in years. Hang in there Holly, it’s ok to slow down:)

      3 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        Thank you, Michele!
        Your pie sounds yummy!

        3 years ago
    2. Mica

      Cookies! Yum! You usually seem so so energetic, so it makes sense for you to slow down sometimes, but it would be more fun to do it without feeling discouraged, wouldn’t it? Warm wishes to you and all – ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿค—

      3 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        Thank you, Mica, and yes it would. I guess I’m just feeling stressed this week, and I didn’t expect that. I haven’t gotten to baking cookies today, but I did bake a lovely loaf of bread and I made some of the gift bags today (which I posted in the Gratitude Lounge).and I will look at Christmas cookie recipes tonight to bake tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you, friend, for helping me to feel better.

        3 years ago
        1. Mica

          You are so welcome!

          3 years ago
    3. Linda

      I wish you the best in your situation, Holly. I can relate.

      3 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        Thank you, Linda, and I wish you the best in yours! โค Family, eh? lol.
        Thank you for reaching out, Linda. It means a lot to me to be reminded that I’m not alone in this experience. And you aren’t either. Now if I can just figure out which key will send cookies through the internet… ๐Ÿ˜„

        3 years ago
  12. Nelson

    Taking breaks throughout the day. Iโ€™ve been working a lot and keep forgetting to recharge. I end up falling asleep during my afternoon calls. Though I set up some reminders to get me to stand up and walk away from my desk, I need to actually do it.

    3 years ago
  13. shajixx

    All of myself in general, I need to stop procrastinating and start working hard and think about my future self.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      It’s a good time of year to review and think about the direction you wish the new year to have. I am doing that, too. Sometimes if I’m procrastinating, it is because I feel overwhelmed or uncertain, but breaking it down into little, simple steps helps me to get moving again… “trying not to bite off more than I can chew.” I know change has very much been on your mind. I believe in you! ๐ŸŒท

      3 years ago
  14. EJP

    Trust….I need to hold it close to my heart and believe in it fully during this holiday season and always.

    3 years ago
  15. Kevin

    All of my values need tending to today. And there in lies the challenge.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Do you ever feel like one of those vaudeville entertainers that balance the plates on twirling sticks? I feel like I’m in training. ๐Ÿ™‚

      3 years ago
      1. Kevin

        Oh for sure, Holly! Reminds me of a time in my counseling work with young clients many years ago ago…when I too was young in my work, and someone found out that I used to take some teens to the landfill (called “dump” in the old days…) and we would line up and break all kinds of old chipped and cracked dinner plates as a way for teens to process their anger issues. It worked fabulous, until we ran out of plates, until the media covered my practice and then many boxes of plates began to arrive from all over! True story. Back then though, I never considered “twirling sticks” as an approach to useful therapy!

        I have held in my heart your note in the Lounge from the other day. Thank you for getting in touch my friend. Your memory serves you well, as “Gracie,” our blink dog, is still very much with us and loved greatly!!! As for my site at “Rise This Day,” I have taken it offline for now feeling the time was right to consider which way the Spirit might lead me into the future. Right now, I am a student of waiting and being patient! The back issues that I have are still with me and controlled in better ways though, and more on that in due time. Wonderful to hear from you again dear friend. Do take care, and happy holidays to you in whatever way they may unfold for you that are true to the Spirit.

        3 years ago
  16. sunnypatti48317

    Family life. My husband and I have both been working a lot, which is not a bad thing, but we haven’t seen much of each other for the past week. But I can’t tend to that today because I leave for work soon, and his job will have him out until at least 9 tonight. Then we’re at it again the next two days. I’m grateful we’re off together this weekend. We’ll be with my parents and a few other family members on Saturday and then Sunday we finally get to relax. I see a nice walk on the beach with our dog coming!

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      Walk on the beach with your dog! ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿฆฎ[options here for on leash or off leash!] I’m remembering a photo of my dog rolling on her back with delight in a dead sea animal on the beach.

      3 years ago
  17. Michele

    I am so tired, I’ve been working with Daphne, the stray cat, for over two months now. She has a vet appt tomorrow afternoon. Not getting decent sleep. I’m looking forward to being off Friday. Self-love/care definitely needs tending to.

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      ‘Sounds like time for some work on yourself, too, Michele? ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜˜

      3 years ago
  18. Dusty Su

    FAITH…

    I need to act on what I envision my future to look like and step out on the water and not look at the ever changing waves of Covid restrictions. Clearing the way to do the walking is better than sinking into enaction through despair. Said to myself as a healthy reminder.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      I hear you! ๐ŸŒป

      3 years ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Walking with shaking knees. But, walking nonetheless. Have a good walk too dear Holly in Ohio. ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒทโš˜

        3 years ago
        1. Holly in Ohio

          Thank you, Dusty Su! Warm wishes.

          3 years ago
          1. Dusty Su

            Cheers.

            3 years ago
  19. Christine

    I think I don’t quite understand the question. the translation into Dutch did not help me. But I do want to be connected with you today. Maybe that’s the answer. Perhaps that is a value that needs attention today. Like to be connected with hearts dear to me. Especially in Christmas time.๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’–

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      It’s fun to think about how ‘values need tending’ might look in Dutch. ‘Sending you warm wishes – ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ™ƒ
      ps – google says, waarden hebben aandacht nodig – but you probably already know that

      3 years ago
      1. Christine

        Thank you Mica, I misunderstood the question. In Dutch we know the word self-esteem or self-worth. I couldn’t think of any other values. Now I looked it up in English and found some wonderful values.

        “Human values โ€‹โ€‹are the virtues that guide us to take into account the human element when we interact with other human beings. Human values โ€‹โ€‹are, for example, respect, acceptance, consideration, appreciation, listening, openness, affection, empathy and love towards other human beings.”
        In Dutch we would call this human qualities. Slowly my English will get better I hope.
        Have a nice day ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒนโ˜€๏ธ

        3 years ago
        1. Mica

          Yes – supposedly the first syllable of our ‘sma name is Dutch for Johan ๐Ÿ™‚
          More warm wishes to you –

          3 years ago
        2. Mica

          Thank you, dear Christine – that makes sense, to read the English definitions. I have a fond place in my heart for the Netherlands, because my 2 kids are half Dutch, in a sense – both grandparents on their Dad’s side are more-or-less Dutch; children if immigrants to Michigan in the US, though there is a US-born ancestor not too far back, and one of the relatives told me that the Friesland Dutch were actually Germans.. The name ends in “-sma”
          Warm wishes to you in this season -๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜Š

          3 years ago
          1. Christine

            Hello Mica,
            A lot of people in Friesland have sma at the end of there name. The suffix -ma comes from monna, which means ‘man’ or ‘human being’. For instance Bruinsma then means ‘a (person) of Bruin’, which indicates to which group or family this person belongs.
            Also for you warm wishes ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’›โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท

            3 years ago
    2. Holly in Ohio

      That works, Christine. And I think for you, ‘connection’ fits. ๐Ÿ™‚

      3 years ago
      1. Christine

        Often you give me a big smile, Holly ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—.

        3 years ago
        1. Holly in Ohio

          Thank you, Christine! ๐Ÿค—

          3 years ago

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