Spring Cleaning

“My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.”
Erma Bombeck

Spring Cleaning

Today I took advantage of the gloomy weather and decided to do some cleaning out of the closets. I found lots of clothes and items to take to Goodwill to be repurposed.

I don’t have a lot of items that I hang on to, because about every six months, I go through and clean out my closets. But, I did have a lot of old paper work that needed to be trashed and also shredded.

It’s such a great feeling to get rid of all this excess baggage that I’ve been hanging on to. However, my back and sides are suffering a bit from all this spring cleaning.

Shine On

Truly Living

“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
Lao Tzu

My Perfect NYC Apartment 2015

I love this NYC apartment with its clean uncluttered design.

Some people’s lives are cluttered with possessions to the point where their possessions are taking over their life.

I’m a minimalist, so I don’t have lots of knickknacks, magazines, books and papers in my home. I’ve been a minimalist since sixteen years of age.

At sixteen years old, a friend of my grandmother’s died. He didn’t have any family or friends, except for my grandmother and my family. There was no one to contact about his death, so my older brother and I were elected to dispose of his belongings. This was my first experience with losing someone I knew.

As I sat there looking through his photo albums, clothing, books and knickknacks he had collected over the years, I felt very sad. All of these precious items he had for over eighty years. All of his belongings and items he treasured, were left behind with no one to continue his memories. Sadly, we emptied item after item into the trash. Furniture, clothing, books, kitchen items, and electronics went to the Salvation Army.

Since that day, I stopped hanging on to items that I felt were nonessential possessions in my life. This allows me to simplify my life and also allows me to live in the present. When it comes right down to it, the only important moment is the present moment.

If you can only live one moment at a time, you might as well make it the present. Because choosing to live in the past or the future not only robs you of enjoyment of today, it robs you of truly living.

Shine On

Beginnings are The Best

“Nature is infinitely creative.
It is always producing
the possibility of
new beginnings.”
Marianne Williamson

Beginnings are the Best

Sailing away on the beginning of daylight savings time.

Everyone loves something new. Something untouched, innocent and beautiful. Who doesn’t love baby animals or a human baby or even new car smell. No one.

Beginnings of new relationships are magical. That sensation of giddiness when you talk or walk with a new lover. The beginning of a book you’ve been wanting to read for months. The beginning of that vacation or long holiday weekend you’ve been looking forward to for years. Beginnings always add excitement, a sense of adventure and magic to ones otherwise humdrum life.

Beginnings are about allowing yourself to start over. It’s about looking, listening, and learning from what you hear and see.

That’s why, beginnings are the best.

Shine On

Day to Day

“If you don’t like something, change it.
If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
                                                            Maya Angelou

2015Happy New Year.

Day one of  The 2015 Chronicles. Beginning an article or a story has always been difficult for me. Mostly because where and how you begin something is, I believe, critical to its success. However, New Years Day has always been a springboard for most of my life changing new beginnings.

When it comes to New Years, resolutions are how most people begin their New Year. From simple resolutions to more challenging ones, resolutions are usually made to make a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something nice, such as helping an elderly person across the street.

Your New Years resolution
Resolve to renew
All your old resolves.
And add a few
That are new.
Resolve to keep them
As long as you can.
What more can a
Poor man do.

Every year I start with my ritual “Goals for the Year” list. It looks similar to my grocery list, but with fewer items checked off.  After reviewing the 2014 list, I made a mental note that not one of my goals for 2014 was accomplished. So my 2015 Goal list was simply a cut and past job.

What can be learned from this? Maybe my goals are too overwhelming. Maybe my goals need to be shrunk, just like my ever increasing waistline. Maybe I need just one simple resolution. But how is that possible? What am I missing from my goals each year?

After looking closely and analyzing my list, I discovered that there is one resolution that has never graced my list. A resolution to have a positive attitude toward my fellow man and my own goals. I believe this one simple resolution will give me a powerful sense of regeneration and allow me more success with all my 2015 goals.

Could it be that simple? That by adjusting my attitude it could be the secret to the success or failure of my yearly resolutions? It’s worth a try. And maybe this one simple resolution will help me to live up to my highest hopes day to day.

Shine On