Confession Thursday

  1. Confession Every year my sister and my nephew call me to sing “Happy Birthday.” Every year I legitimately miss the call. Even if I heard the phone ring, I wouldn’t pick up because having that voice mail on my phone for months is a little gift that keeps giving. This year my niece joined in by screeching in the background. So cute!
  2. I’ve been working on slowing down lately. Walking slower, driving (well, accelerating off the line, to be exact) slower, spending more time completing tasks, talking slower, etc. All in an effort to be more mindful about how I move through life as I’ve usually done things way too fast.
  3. I’m trying to talk less and listen more. This is hard for me, but I’m trying to take to heart something I’ve heard my dad say: “If you’re talking, you’re not learning.”
  4. As much as I can be an open book, there are things about me that I’m not forthcoming about at all. There are things I hold very close to me and don’t really ever talk about.
  5. I used to over-plan everything, thinking weeks in advance about how things needed to play out and orchestrating everything. For the past year or so, I’ve been more spontaneous. The result is less worry and stress. It’s kinda great.
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  1. I think these are great lessons: slow down, talk less, listen more, don’t try to plan everything. I need to try to doing all of those!

    • I’m really enjoying doing these things. Some have come more naturally for me over the past year (slowing down, not planning) but the talking less and listening more is a hard one for me!

  2. Maggie Ogilvie

     /  October 10, 2013

    I’ve missed a few of these–things really BUSY in my life now, but this is a wise message that I’ve also tried to learn from my Navajo friends and students: try to balance your life!! It’s hard to live that. I’ve always tended to overdo. People have always told me they wonder what I’d be like if I didn’t “push the waters” (but I never could just “go with the flow”–it’s still hard to mellow out.) But I figure it’s now or never! (never too late to try?) Keep writing–good stuff!! (:


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