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Image Roving Reporter: What Will The New Year Bring?
By Nancy Polanski on January 30, 2012

It's January 2012. A fresh new year begins. I've asked some of our members to consider what that means to them. "What do you think will be different for you this year, as compared to 2011? Will this year bring changes in your life?"

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ImageSharon
Jan 29, 2012 11:07 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
A very nice article, an excellent topic choice and some thought provoking answers, Nancy.
Thank you for all of it. *Blush*
ImageLance
Jan 30, 2012 7:36 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Thank you for including me again Nancy, I do appreciate you thinking of me. I may not be able to answer for all of the times I am asked, but I do when I can.
Sharon, how wonderful you are working towards the goal of your mountains again. You have said many times how you miss those mountains so; I hope you make it back sooner than later. And when you do, let me know - a housewarming visit may be in order! A full day's drive for me to the mountains where you grew up, but much closer than where you are now. If you find any paintings, writings or anything else you have made over the years that you no longer seem to have room for, I would consider it an honor to give something of yours a home!
I hope all of our aspirations come to fruition and with minimal complications. At least for me, I have had enough for a while.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
Dogs; Family Fun Unplugged; Perennials, Annuals, Veggies; Happy Birthday Wishes
Imagenap
Jan 30, 2012 8:29 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Lance, I knew you would be a good person to respond to this topic. Thank you for taking the time to answer. I do know how consumed your time is.

I hope all remains well with your PhD, and that you and your son get to spend much happy time together this year.

Thank you, Sharon. I loved your response to the question. And, like Lance, I do plan to come see your mountains with you one day. So please don't wait until I am too old to hike through them. Smiling
ImageSharon
Jan 30, 2012 9:40 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Lance, I liked your comment on the other thread about what Skye said: his teacher playing drums in the tree. And I enjoyed the thoughts that roamed through my mind when I read Aloha's comment as well as the others. I think what we are all striving for is that higher plane of existence. We all know it's there, we just have to realize that's where we need to be and then go for it. And along the way, we shed those superficial layers that we don't need. It's a little like going back to our roots, a little like being Skye's age again and seeing the world through unclouded eyes.

Challenges. We all need challenges.

And yes. I'll make sure I have room for visitors! *Blush*
ImageAguane
Jan 30, 2012 7:15 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
Thanks, nap and all who generously offered their thoughts and plans. I think it's pretty evident that all who responded have a pretty good understanding of who they are and what they're doing here ... or want to do here, in this life. Not one of of us has mastered the art of living well but this group is sure on it's way to a liberated life. I LOVED being 40 and it just gets better from there - with the help of some good decision-making. Caveat - we also learn from our mistakes!

Wondering. Do any of you do the "drama-queen" thingy? Or "drama-king"? I've always wondered about folks that do that. Like if they are not met with tumultuous change and challenge (thank you, Sharon) they create havoc and chaos in their own life. I could never understand that? Can you imagine being a 90 year old Drama-Queen/King?
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein
~ All Things Plants, SOUTHWEST GARDENING ~Cubits.org ENERGY & POWER
ImageSharon
Jan 30, 2012 7:29 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Interesting, Susie. I don't tolerate drama queens or whiners very well. I guess it was because I was never allowed to do or be either. So I don't have any tolerance for those who do or are.

I'm not sure about this statement, though: "Not one of of us has mastered the art of living well but this group is sure on it's way to a liberated life."

I'm not sure what you mean by 'living well', maybe it's a matter of perspective. And I guess if we all 'lived well', then where's the challenge? My life is totally rich when the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming and I am right outside in the middle of it. It's also pretty rich when the snow's on the ground and I'm snuggled up with a good book and a warm quilt my mom made for me. So maybe it's a matter of perspective.

Life is interesting, I'll say that about it.
(I'm still laughing about the 90 year old drama queen!!)
ImageAguane
Jan 30, 2012 7:50 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
I think what I'm trying to say is that there is always room for more happiness, more richness, more hope, maybe some letdowns and mistakes.... change will see to it that we are always learning and engaged with our own lives... so we continue to learn to master our life (well?)

Thanks for the question! I knew it sounded a little clique-ish.
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein
~ All Things Plants, SOUTHWEST GARDENING ~Cubits.org ENERGY & POWER
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ImageSharon
Jan 30, 2012 8:11 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I think you are right and I agree.

AlohaHoya
Jan 30, 2012 11:14 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
OH, I read "living well" and think it means 'living as close to the way we want to live as possible ...living fully, thoroughly, deeply, sincerely'. I would not think of Michael Jackson as living well (in spite of his version of'well') but I think of Paul Newman as living well = following his truths and speaking up...following his dream which hurt NO ONE. Many others like him. That, to me, is living well. Lovey dubby
Leap. The net will appear.
ImageSharon
Jan 31, 2012 12:03 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
And I think you're right, too, my dear!
ImageAguane
Jan 31, 2012 12:36 AM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
Me 2.
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein
~ All Things Plants, SOUTHWEST GARDENING ~Cubits.org ENERGY & POWER
ImageSharon
Jan 31, 2012 12:48 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I love the quote in your signature line, Susie.
Been meaning to say that for a long time.
ImageTwinLakesChef
Jan 31, 2012 7:17 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Thanks for the inspiring article. I really enjoyed it!
Yum Yum Divas ~ ~ "Most recipes are not invention . . . but evolutions"
Imagenap
Jan 31, 2012 8:22 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
So glad, Arlene! Thank you! I tip my hat to you.
ImageLance
Feb 1, 2012 9:26 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Here is an interesting article that ties in with 'living well'.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2012/01/30/146108888/science-a...
It seems to be saying essentially that your life should have meaning to at least yourself and those around you.
Who has time for perpetual whining when there is so much to do, learn, experience and enjoy? I know too many people like this, yelling too much instead of slowing down to consider if it is really important. My current challenges shall pass and life moves on, I just need to make sure I keep going in a positive direction.
Incredibly warm here this week, again. Has winter been milder for most others as well?
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
Dogs; Family Fun Unplugged; Perennials, Annuals, Veggies; Happy Birthday Wishes
ImageSharon
Feb 1, 2012 10:39 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Incredibly warm here, too, Lance!! I have many many green things showing their faces way too early.

I'll read your link, but you are right. There is no time in my life for negativity. But you know, we can't change others, we can only change ourselves and the way we react to those who are negative or are perpetual whiners.

ImageLance
Feb 2, 2012 7:55 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
For those that may be interested, here is a follow-up article from yesterday's. I think the following paragraph was an interesting summation:
Haque's focus on meaningfulness seems to rely on legacy. At the risk of oversimplifying his remarks, his point is that people spend too much of their lives in trivialities and thus feel trapped in an empty existence when, instead, they should be investing their time in generating something that "stands the test of time," "the test of excellence," and the "test of you."
From: http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2012/02/01/146157261/the-mayan...
The other intriguing aspect of both of these articles is that they are by physicists, the type of scientist that is often into some very serious theoretical mathematics.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
Dogs; Family Fun Unplugged; Perennials, Annuals, Veggies; Happy Birthday Wishes
Imagewildflowers
Feb 3, 2012 10:02 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Nancy, I really enjoyed this read, nice choice of topic!

And a big "Thank you" to all who contributed, you had my full attention as I read your words of wisdom and inspiration!

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AlohaHoya
Feb 3, 2012 11:19 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
When I asked a very close and long time friend (whom I hadn't seen years), "What are you involved with now in your life..?" She answered, "Working on becoming a human BEING rather than a human DOING.

I like that. I agree
Leap. The net will appear.
ImageSharon
Feb 3, 2012 11:40 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I like that, Carol!

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