Sunday, January 19, 2014

Lying Fallow.....

.....I haven't posted for a while because I've been thinking. Don't laugh :) I often have to have my mind go blank, quite empty, totally unproductive, like a field lying fallow. Having a blank landscape, gives me time to look for signs on the horizon or to follow the growth of a seed here or there, that may be missed in a busy crop of daily to-ings and fro-ings.

I have decided to look at long term goals. You know, planning now, for where I want to be in 10 years time. I haven't quite formulated a goal and definitely have no plan, as yet, for how to get there, but I am working on it.

In fact, today, I have some help. Fortune, being for the most part a kind mistress, directed me to an article in the newspaper about setting goals and writing "to do and not to do" lists. Oh, how I love a list!! and now I can have two.

I have read books and articles on life planning before. Because of the exercises in these books, I left teaching, married, raised a family, started a business etc. I know that these are very basic things and most people don't need to read volumes to reach them. However, at one point in my life, I wanted to join CUSO (Canadian University Services Overseas). I might have lead a very unconventional life as a result.

Ironically, life has a way of following you around and making what ought to have been, be. Because I didn't go abroad with CUSO, it, in a rather convoluted way, came to me. I have three children, all adopted. My two youngest are from a third world country.

But, I digress, I'll work on the lists in the newspaper article and share in another post. In the meantime, here is a passage that has served me well over the years. "Pretend that this is the day before the day that you are going to die. Make a list of all the things that you wanted to achieve in your life. If there are a few tasks still to do, get busy on them right now!!"

The pictures - goals achieved, dreams come true.

Have a great day!!

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