Lori Carlson over at AS THE FATES WOULD HAVE IT did a post this past Sunday called Self-Discovery Sunday — Important. The instructions were: List 10, yes 10 important things in your life and why they are important…
I loved it! And it made me curious about what I’d put on that list. So I grabbed a pen this morning and wrote the first ten things that came to mind. A couple of them surprised me!
1. Family — Seems like a no-brainer that family would end up being the first thing on my list. Hubby, kids, grandkids, extended family, family of origin, I’m lumping them all in this category. We’ve had our share of ups and downs like any family, but even with my extended family back in Ohio, I still feel those bonds. Family gives me a sense of not only history, but, more importantly, who I am.
2. Friends — Of course the second slot would have to be friends. To an even greater extent than family sometimes, friends are my most important support system. I’ve made a lot of NEW friends blogging here at Word Press and from other sites I’ve been on for years. My oldest online acquaintance (in terms of how long I’ve known her), is Kim from Australia. Kim has been over to visit us TWICE! (And she’s STILL waiting for us to return the favor! Hopefully when we get our finances squared away that’s a trip we’ll be able to look forward to.)
On the other hand, our circle of friends here at home are long-long-time friends. And actually, they probably belong on a line by themselves somewhere between Family and Friends. As the saying goes, Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.
3. Faith — As much as I struggle with the workings of faith in my life, spirituality is something I simply can’t turn and walk away from. For me, it’s not something I’ve learned in life so much as it is who I am. The French philosopher, paleontologist, and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” That’s the way I understand it, too. No matter what faith practice or lack of you subscribe to, just breathing every second is an act of faith.
4. Moodlings — I already mentioned in a post this morning my personal journal Moodlings. This journal, more than anything else in my life, has been my confidant and my traveling companion. It’s true I was sort of stuck in it emotionally when I began blogging in October 2014, but for the most part that journal has allowed me to look at my life in stark honesty. And that is a very precious thing.
5. Vidalia Chop Wizard — 😀 I will unashamedly admit I LOVE this little hand-powered kitchen gadget. There is nothing I can’t chop or dice with the little sucker. I am so in love with the way it takes the seeds out of tomatoes. You name it, you can probably chop it on here! Even Spam! 😮 $20 at Bed, Bath & Beyond. One of the best $20 bills I ever parted with!
6. Chromebook — When we got ready to go meet our new granddaughter in Maryland last September I was in the middle of doing Word Press’s Writing 101: Finding Everyday Inspiration. My laptop was just too bulky for me to want to haul along, but I didn’t want to miss assignments. (Though I just finished the LAST one up a week or so ago: What do a REALLY late blogging assignment and an OVERDUE blog response have in common? Christina Ochs!) So the night before we left, off I went to Best Buy to see what I could find. I ended up buying this little Chromebook. Now there’s no room to add programs on this little beggar, but that’s not what it’s for. It’s for getting on the internet. And since it’s NOT loaded with programs, this little hummer is FAST! And it’s small enough I can even stick it in my purse. I LOVE it and highly recommend it for anyone who is on the go a lot but still wants to keep in touch.
7. Glencara’s Bane Manuscript — Though it’s sitting there by my desk waiting for a second draft, these 90,000 words are proof positive to me that I CAN write a book if I set my mind to it. And that was an important milestone for me. I had to prove that to myself. (When my sister gets on my case about finishing it and publishing it, I just smile and say I only wanted to prove to myself that I could actually WRITE it. But maybe one of these days I’ll pick it up and start playing with it again. In the meantime I’m off on an adventure in Sea Jade. 😀 )
8. Wit’s End Cottage — Our little house may not be a mansion, but we’ve lived here for 44 years. moved in as soon as it was finished after being crammed in an apartment for a year. Research shows that most families these days move a minimum of eight times in their lives. But we have always been happy here in our humble little hovel. In fact, Fimnora and I have joked about starting an online magazine called Hovel & Home for those who hate housework! 😀 But seriously, all of our memories are here. And baring any physical ailments in the future, I don’t see us ever moving from our little bit of heaven.
9. Buckeye Haven — Buckeye Haven is the name of the family cabin my dad built in 1967. Like Wit’s End Cottage, that place is filled with so many precious memories for me. We recently had a trust done for our extended family stating that ALL family members had to be in agreement in order for it to be sold. That pretty well guarantees it’ll be in the family forever. I’m glad we did that. This is more than a cabin to me, it’s a legacy to my kids and their kids and their kids…
10. Books — My books are the doorway to other lives, other worlds, other realms, and my life would have been so stagnant without them. They aren’t just “things” to me, they’re “friends” with whom I’ve traveled. Without them I’d feel like I live in a room with no door and no windows and my life would be stifled right out of me. They are my ticket to places unknown and amazing adventures, and my Way Back Machine with Mr. Peabody and Sherman!
So there you go, Lori. Ten very important things in my life…
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