2009-12-28 05:07 pm (UTC)
May I quote you, with or without credit?
"2010 is going to be My Year of Living Graciously. To me, gracious living is not about some kind of Martha Stewart perfection. It's about embracing the grace in day-to-day living. It's about appreciating my friends and loved ones. It's about making good decisions for the use of my time. It's about beauty and art and respecting and appreciating the senses. This is less Martha Stewart and more Anthony Bourdain. Less Julie and Julia and more Siddhartha.
I will fail some days. I'll get sick or tired or miserable for one reason or other. That's okay. I will record the failures as well as the successes. At the end of the year, I'm hopeful that I will have some fascinating insights on life.
My only New Year's Resolution? Learn to juggle. The rest of it is simply living better."
2009-12-28 05:09 pm (UTC)
Re: beautifully said
Yes, with credit, dear.
2009-12-28 05:37 pm (UTC)
2009-12-28 05:42 pm (UTC)
just read that the average lifespan of a US citizen has reached 78. That number resonated with me. You see, I will turn 52 this year. 78 divided by 3 is 26 - half of 52. I am therefore on the threshold of the final third of my life.
Gini, you are an above average awesome individual. What if you planned to live to be 104 instead of looking at things coming to their conclusion in the next 26 years? Then you'd only be entering your third quarter of life with at least another quarter of bravado and glee awaiting you after you reached the average age of 78?!
It's good to reach a point in life, at whatever age, to embrace and enjoy the self that you have worked hard to become. Live long and prosper... gracefully, gleefully, and well.
I apparently said something wise in another friend's journal a while back - there's just so much to learn/do/explore and we all get only 24 hours in a day and an unknown number of them
... so please don't concern yourself with what other average people are doing... keep being awesome instead :)
2009-12-28 05:56 pm (UTC)
If I was going to live to 105, I would still be in the second, waning half. So I would still embrace life in the same way. I am not aiming at dying when I'm 78, if just gave me an interesting perspective.
I intend to be increasingly awesome over the coming years!
The years seem to stream by faster and faster the older I get. I am profoundly grateful that I have also been given the gifts of serenity, appreciation, and joy with which to savor however many I have left.
They are great gifts. Living consciously is a lovely thing to do.
2009-12-28 06:06 pm (UTC)
2009-12-28 06:07 pm (UTC)
2009-12-28 07:20 pm (UTC)
Juggling for the complete klutz is wonderful. It made me laugh and took me from, well, klutz to juggler, over the course of a weekend.
a friend who knows how to juggle just gave me this tip: when you are learning, you know how you tend to over-toss, and then you have to run forward after the balls?
KathyEllen said, practice standing in front of a blank wall, bounce the balls/bags/whatever off the wall so you don't have to chase them, then you can practice on learning control instead of on chasing the balls/bags/whatever.
That said, however, I'm adding that book to my amazon wish list!
I'll just stop being sick and be awesome
Honey, you have always been awesome :)
What a wonderful idea! I look forward to reading it.
And I hope we all have a better 2010 than our 2009.
I'm hoping it will be a good year.
My grandmother reached 94, so I'm aiming for that! Thirty more years of loving my family and enjoying people who come into my life, whether in LJ, my work, church or just in the supermarket! I hope to keep reading your journal entries that long!
My aim is for this to be the beginning of the second half of my life. And making my life awesome is part of that goal!
To me, gracious living is not about some kind of Martha Stewart perfection.
If you felt it was related to Martha Stewart, then I would seriously have to consider some form of bodily harm.
Good For you.
Males in my family live to about 72-82, so I'm at about the same point.
Good Luck in your Quest! ;)
2009-12-29 05:49 am (UTC)
2009-12-29 11:34 am (UTC)