A small thing …

Believe it or not, as you age you find that you need less … perhaps because you have collected so much … but mostly because you really need less. You likely don’t NEED everything you have. You WANT it – so you have it.

Sometimes, though, the smallest things bring the biggest benefit. With winter here – which means coats, scarves, and gloves, an oxygen line, pockets that are too small for my phone and assorted medical devices, I am always having to struggle to carry what I need. So I improvised and did what I do – knit.

I made a holder for my phone (and medical cards,, etc.) to hang around my neck. It only took a couple hours but it already has proven very useful. The bonus – I always know where my phone is. It’s not in the bottom of a bag or falling out of my pocket or in my hand. It is in the holder around my neck.

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This small project made a world of difference to me. Is there a small project that you can do that would make a big difference to another? Can you help carry in groceries? Can you shovel a sidewalk? Can you call to say Hello? Remember, something small may be considered something big by others.

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My personal 2018 vision …

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I’m sure  you’ve heard others comment that time speeds up as you get older. It is true – it does! Maybe it’s that it takes more time to take care of yourself – medical needs,etc – or maybe it’s because the number of opportunities to attend events for grandkids, friends, family members, etc. has grown exponentially, or maybe it just seems like it is speeding up. In any case, some of us oldsters – who used to think we had all the time in the world to get things done – now realize that our time is limited.

As many know, I always have many projects going at once; many of them remain undone. In the past few months, I was so sick that it took a conscious effort for each task – standing up, eating, walking, etc.,  During that time, I had a lot of time to think about what I wanted to get done and how I need to adjust to my new reality (and that is, that I can’t do everything I used to be able to do). I quickly realized – given how much effort it took to do simple tasks – that my some of my current plans were a bit unrealistic. That doesn’t mean I am giving up on many of those goals.

People have been using vision boards for many years. Some people use it to bring about change in their life – to focus what they’d like their life to be, what they want to do and how they want to feel. I’ve adapted mine just a bit to be more about what I want to accomplish in 2018. Even if I even only accomplish part of the plan, it will  affect how I feel (for the better).

My vision board is still a pretty ambitious but … The most beneficial part of creating the vision board, at least for me, is that it makes  you think through your ideas and helps you choose those that are most important to you.

My vision board was created using  the computer version of ‘cut and paste.’  First, I found photos that easily remind me of each project. Then I created a photo collage – where all of the photos are combined into one photo. You can also do it by cutting and pasting photos from magazines or other documents onto a thick piece of paper. The purpose is to be able to display it so it is a daily reminder.  I printed my photo and taped it up in an area I will see daily – the side of my computer.

Here’s a quick look at my vision board –

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Here is a very brief explanation of my board: knit a sweater for myself; paint rocks; knit lots of spa cloths; finish my fiction book (the picture with the trees); learn to use by scan’n cut machine for various craft projects, and complete various work projects. So, I will need to find some rocks. Completing the vision board will be dependent on how much time it takes me to heal and improve my health.

Perhaps  you want to try creating your own vision board? Even just thinking about may help you in the coming year.

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