Charts and discoveries

Friday, Nov 08

Kathy Cauley and Darcy–congratulations, ladies!   You are this week’s winners.  (If you’re not Kathy or Darcy, not to worry.  A whole new round starts on Monday.)
Today’s weather is uncannily spring-like–sunny, brisk but not cold, bright as a blue-green gemstone polished to a high shine.  🙂  (Yes, I definitely have gemstones on my mind.  The more I learn about them, the more fascinated I become.)  How I love a discovery–no matter how small!  I am planning some experiments and if anything exciting comes of it, I’ll be sure to tell you all about it.
I seem to be undergoing some kind of profound transformation; it’s hard to define.  At first, it was rocky, and I felt about as overwhelmed as a bronc-buster at the rodeo, trying to stay on for 80 seconds instead of the customary 8.  After a while, though, things began to level out, and I could see that the process is a good one–I believe it began, at least in part, when I began having acupuncture treatments a few months back.  Of course prayer is also an element, and healthy eating definitely makes a difference, too.  The Weight Watchers plan is so nutritious that I begin to feel better within a few days, which begs the question, why did I ever stop in the first place? 
Because I thought I could do it on my own, that’s why.  Ha.  So much for that theory.  I am a very disciplined person, in most respects, but I do need structure–a plan to follow, small goals to meet, that sort of thing.  And I need to be accountable–as in the weekly weigh in at my meeting.  Without these aids, afflicted with ADD and Firefly Syndrome as I am, I sometimes get so scattered that I can’t sit still, let alone concentrate on one project until it’s finished–not without great difficulty, anyhow.  When I make charts and to-do lists, it’s much easier to get everything done.  (I was one of those little kids who would do practically anything to earn a gold star at Sunday School.)
So I’m making charts. 
A chart for meeting my daily writing quota, for instance.
One for exercise.
One for my Italiano lessons.  (Ciao, baby)
Doubtless, other ideas will occur to me as well.  🙂  Because I also have a tendency to overload myself, these three will be enough for now.  🙂
I’m excited about this idea, for sure.
Someone asked about EMDR–that’s Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  Briefly, this is a physical technique for releasing old emotions, etc.  I haven’t had my first actual session yet, so that’s about all the description I can give for now.  🙂  I know it’s very successful, acknowledged by Medicare and the Veteran’s Administration, and is especially helpful for soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  It’s not talk therapy, which is, in my opinion, another point in its favor.  (While therapy of that sort certainly has its place, and can be very beneficial, I think it can also keep a person stuck, telling their same old story over and over again, dwelling on, as my mom would put it, the ‘gory details’, and essentially re-enforcing the problem.)  It also involves tapping, a process of tapping certain points on the body repeatedly.  You can find some examples on Youtube, if you’re interested.
Guess I knew more about it than I thought I did.  🙂
Time to wrap this up, my friends.  Have a terrific weekend. 
And remember to be kind–to yourself as well as others.

About Linda

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West.

Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a horse property outside Spokane.

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