Finding Answers

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I’m on day nine of my 21 Days of Getting to Know Myself Project via Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project site. This has been an interesting journey thus far, some of the tasks have included naming my patron saints (not necessarily Catholic saints) but people past and present who’ve influenced me in someway. There where the “tough questions” to answer such as: Whom do I envy? What do I regret? I had to identify my “Broken Windows” (things that signify I’m not right in my skin) and my Spiritual guide. These are just a small sampling of my journey inward and my subsequent journaling.

Im finding this challenge or exercise intriguing and a wonderful way to reveal things that I may never thought of or wanted to admit to. Here is a brief summary of some of my answers; Patron Saints include, St. Francis of Assisi He embodied Humility and Acceptance. Ansel Adams, his work and passion for photography inspired me to find beauty and art through a view finder. Miyamoto Musashi, the legendary Samurai and author of the Book of Five Rings, (which I’ve read at least five times) inspires me with the noble truths of the art I practice and teach. Henry Beston, author of The Outermost House, a  naturalist who spent a year on Cape Cod’s outer shores living alone and documenting nature. This work influenced me to seek answers in the world around me to be quiet in nature ( another book I’ve read many times). Lucille Ball and Erma Bombeck, both these woman were strong influences on my humor and how I live my life. Lucy took on the television establishment and ran her own company – Erma started writing a folksy newspaper column on suburban life which eventually lead to being carried by over 900 newspapers, and appearances on Good Morning America.

Identifying my “Broken Windows” got me to delve into some of my “tells” eating only peanut butter, not working out, sleeping past 8am, avoiding phone calls, procrastinating, buying stuff I don’t need. This was great because it gave me some insight on when I might be slipping into the abyss, oddly enough November is when it usually starts.

The difficult questions and their answers are written in my journal, I haven’t learned enough about myself to share these answers, but I’m working on it…

Before I go please look into Gretchen’s site its up lifting and you do learn something!

G

On Second Thought…

Waking less than motivated this morning, I moved some books to make room for my coffee mug. These books were set aside to be donated. As I was moving one of them trying to recall if I’d read it and who might have given it to me, I opened it. I didn’t recall reading but did remember it was a gift from a friend. As I perused the introduction and part of the first chapter I became immediately engrossed…

First the book is about keeping a journal for a year, much like Walden or Henry Beston’s Outermost House. Two of my all time favorite reads and re-reads… So needless to say I’ve had second thoughts about donating this book at least for now…

Funny, life is often a treasure hunt – We find hidden gold even among our supposed castoffs… Check your book shelves!

Ginnie