Many moons ago, when I was a college student, we were given an assignment to describe what we didn’t want our work life to be like. Not an overall picture, but just what type of typical workday would be like a nightmare to have to endure in order to make a living. I completed the assignment, and once it was graded and returned, unlike most of my other papers that were tossed without a second glance, I tucked it away for my future self to enjoy.
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I’ve written a few love letters in my life, but could never muster up the courage to deliver them. I would hold on to them for awhile, hidden away from prying eyes, eventually to dispose of them in an appropriate manner once the romance had fizzled. Maybe if I had sent one, things would have turned out differently. Maybe not. Either way, it will remain a mystery.
Perhaps the quintessential love letter is the realm of the brave, a method of communication only for those confident enough to bare their soul on paper and deliver it to the object of their affection, not knowing how it will be received. That type of declaration is beyond my capabilities. I’m just too guarded, I’ve been told.
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Wants versus needs…..
Choose one thing, right now, that you want. Be honest, then be reasonable and boil it down to what will satisfy the need behind the want. Take the flights of fancy and the steps that will have to happen to achieve them, then rework it with a strong dose of reality. For example: in a currently unfeasible turn of events, I could languish under a far-off palm tree, sipping some concoction with a tiny umbrella for a two-week stretch in order to recharge my zapped internal batteries. BUT, in order to do so, I would definitely have to a) take a two-week vacation and come back to an Everest-sized pile of work which would immediately undo all of the stress-relief said vacation was supposed to achieve, b) kennel my cats for two weeks at an alarming cost, and c) budget enough money for months in advance in order to afford such a luxurious vacation. Or, I could get real and be fully satisfied by a) getting organized at work so I could plot out a few long weekends within a two-hour drive from my home, b) make sure someone is going to be around to feed the cats for three days, and c) stop going out to dinner so much so I could put some extra cash away to maybe enjoy a few umbrella-festooned concoctions on my long weekends. Does this, basically, give me a similar result? Will a long, lazy weekend away allow me to relax, unwind, and come back ready to face the daily challenges of life with refreshed fortitude? Yes, and with much less stress, planning and funds. Yay!
Being honest and real makes an agreeable existence attainable
When you get down to what you actually need, you can get honest and real about finding a way to get it. Write it down, work it out and make it happen!
I would love to hear your results; please feel free to comment!
In 2001, the U.S. Postal Service decided to expand on their week-long celebration of the written letter by designating April as National Card and Letter Writing Month, noting that, “unlike other communications, card and letter writing is timeless, personal, and immediately tangible”. While the everyday reliance on texts and emails may leave our penmanship a little rusty, this month is a perfect opportunity to break out some stationery and put our thoughts, affections, thanks and well wishes on paper. Whether you indulge in lovely monogrammed notes, opt for a blank birthday card and tap your muse for the perfect sentiment or just slip a whimsical postcard in the mail to a friend, take the time this month to put pen to paper.
And, don’t forget to buy stamps!
The Blank Page
I have always had a love affair with notebooks. Every project I’ve ever started, every class I’ve ever taken, at the beginning of every new year, there has been some sort of blank page waiting to be christened with new ideas.
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