Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Challenge!


This is my eldest grandson swinging on a tree...

Today's challenge is...uh...I'm empty. I just maddly potted on a zillion basil plants and tomatoes and sunflowers and ran around with dirt and stones and containers I made out of yogurt pots and old boxes and plastic fish boxes and then clean it all up because it is on our dining room table - our only eating table as we don't have that sort of house with two tables. And then Hoagy needed to go out for a ramble before it rained and I have to leave in twenty minutes to go to work - four clients and won't be back because Babes are having a gatilly at the clubhouse (Debra's)so...and I want to do my thousand words.
My challenge today is to feel good no matter where on my imaginary ladder I find myself. Where are you on that ladder of 'doing', of 'achievement' and 'goals met'? Can we dissolve the ladder and realize that we are exactly where we are meant to be? Right smack-dab in the centre of the action or inaction or mulling or planting or walking or being hmmmm...? Will our inner critics rise up and call us lazybones, layabout,good-for-nothing OR will we be kind to ourselves and say we did what we needed to - we did our best for today and our goals were bigger than the day?
Maybe I'll take a notebook and write in it between clients or perhaps I'll go look at shoes, who knows?

13 comments:

Mason Canyon said...

I like your challenge. There are days when that imaginary ladder seems to sway just a little (like today). Focus will do it. Thanks. Have a great day and I hope you take some time for yourself.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Stacy Post said...

I'm deep into revising my first novel. And I realize that I'm definitely where I'm supposed to be. Two years ago, I didn't have the tools and skills I have now. I feel blessed to have a second chance. Namaste!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

After this weekend, I'll focus on that ladder.

Talli Roland said...

Happy Friday! Hope all is well and that you have a great weekend!

Watery Tart said...

Very nice challenge--has a Buddhism feel to it... acceptance... I think it's a very good idea, and a good one to incorporate as a life philosophy...

*ladder dissolving*

Faith Pray said...

It's so easy take on massive goals and then feel their pressure cracking the psyche. I have a miserable cold today, so instead of my great ambitions, I think I am going to go have a nap, thanks to your challenge!

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm pretty wiped out at this time of year - it's just crazy at school with provincial testing and all the spring sports. I'm envious you can plant this early - we can't for another 5 or 6 weeks! Enjoy the weekend :)

Jan Morrison said...

Hi all! Mason - focussing huh? Maybe...for me, I think it is that I need to be more satisfied with what I do instead of always thinking I need to do more.
Stacy - how delightful to find yourself where you want to be!
Talli - what's on this weekend, girl? Hope it is pleasure and not just work. You've gotten a big confirmation of where you are on the ladder! Good on ya!
Tartlet - yep, dissolving the ladder - how did it work for me - well today I will do two thousand to catch up. Not a problem - it is Saturday and I've decided no to the market as my back is crummy and driving makes it worse. Also have to get several years of paperwork ready for something - so yikes! And want to hang out in garden. It is a practice though so will try and work with what is instead of what I want it to be.
Faith - oh, I'm a big promoter of the restorative nap especially for us creative types. Hope you're feeling better.
Jemi - Oh, the school year crunch - yikes. I've only planted out peas, parsley, lettuce and garlic - all that can germinate in the cold wet of spring. All the potting on I was doing was inside - windowsill gardening - my first attempt to beat the clock. Next year I want to do it with grow lights because I think I mostly have seedlings that are far too leggy and probably won't make it in the real world - however I is learning!

Gardeningbren said...

I thought you weren't posting for awhile, then you left a comment on my blog (many thanks and bicky would have been very nice))). So I was missing out when you posted!! Darn...only one thing to do...Follow. Like the idea of dissolving the ladder)).

Ann said...

I hope your Friday was a lovely day of accomplishments for you. I seem to always be a day late or two or three even! Hope you had a wonderful weekend and Monday is cheery.

Jan Morrison said...

Brenda - oh, I've slowed it down a great deal but I'll for sure still do my Friday Challenges! I have to go on your site this time of year because I'm obsessed with gardening. I got dirt today - a nice yard of triple threat. Yummy - the chickens love it but it isn't for them...
Ann - there are no time limits on the challenges so no need to worry. I had a good weekend and Monday has been cheery enough! Thanks for coming by.

Helen Ginger said...

Aaak! I did that today. I went and looked at shoes. Had to buy a pair for an upcoming trip. And amazingly enough, I found a pair!

Helen
Straight From Hel

Jan Morrison said...

good! You sound like me - 'had to buy a pair for an upcoming trip'. I actually hate buying shoes - I only want my old wrecked ones...