I had a pretty terrific weekend. Caught up on sleep, had a great time with friends, laughed enthusiastically at the Pittsburgh Cabaret Theater’s production of Triple Espresso, and worked on my first layout for my Yesterday & Today scrapbooking class. I’m really looking forward to another great week in English. Definitely an abundant weekend.
Category Archives: One Little Word
The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement. Yet, almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow to their full potential. If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond our wildest dreams.
We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other. To meet, to love, to share. It is a precious moment, but it is transient. It is a little parentheses in eternity. If we share with caring, lightheartedness, and love, we will create abundance and joy for each other, and this moment will have been worthwhile.”
I complained a lot today. I did a lot of things without a good attitude today. I didn’t focus on living my life with abundance. I let other people bother me. And I recognize that it was my choice to remain mentally in that place all day. I’m voicing my disappointment with how I acted today in words because I want the words to haunt me tomorrow. I want to remember the bad day so I can try to redirect tomorrow.
Tonight I focused on re-aligning my priorities. I did a few things I didn’t want to do, but really needed to complete. Welcome satisfaction! I had a conversation with a friend and tried to moderate my approach and response when I realized I was pushing his buttons. Welcome giving attitude and friendship! I read and watched a few things around the internet that gave me a mini spark. Welcome creativity!
I think I have a voice in my head that asks me for perfection everyday. I’m so, so very far from perfect, but yet it asks me daily. I think I’d like to retrain it this year to ask for abundance. I want that positive One Little Word that I chose to resonate on days like this. Maybe after a few weeks or months of focusing on abundance, I’ll have the power to shift a day like this mid course, to really adjust my attitude and take the day in a more positive and abundant direction mid stream. That’s what I want from #olw this year.
And now, the first in a series of photographs of my paper whites. They were a lovely gift from a wonderful friend. When they came here on Monday, they were very small bulbs, with almost no green peeking out. In just 4 days they’ve really started to grow. Apparently the bulbs will flower and smell very good. I’m looking forward to that little ray of sunshine in these very grey Pittsburgh days.
There are a lot of simple pleasures in life. For me, one of the greatest is coming home from a long, challenging day to a simple, easy going evening. Tonight was relaxing and beautiful. A simple dinner, some good wine, and some great company.
I really can’t express how good it is to be able to laugh and talk with someone about non-important things. No life or death. Just easy conversation, funny stories, and an understanding that serious discussion really isn’t necessary. There’s no pressure to make insightful chatter. That’s refreshing, especially after a long day stuffed full of “important.”
I think that living a life of abundance means recognizing and appreciating nights like these. The important things of the day can be put aside and the focus can shift to just enjoying a low-key evening. My mind slowed down and wasn’t racing with thoughts. I didn’t check my work email, and I didn’t worry for a single moment whether I had missed a text or phone call. The focus was just on companionship, de-stressing, and simplicity. Abundance for today was all about enjoying this simple evening.
Abundance took me on quite a journey over the past 24 hours. And while I’m still gathering my thoughts on what happened and what was said, I know that I was honest, told the best truth I know, and loved as openly as I could. And that’s exactly what I hope for. And maybe tomorrow I’ll know how it all turns out, but probably not. This life’s a journey and I’m all about going along for this ride.
So for now, Eryn Says. . . enjoy a little bit of reading and inspiration.
15 Surfire Ways to Impress Others | via Becoming Minimalist
I Am | via the amazing Kelly Hampton of Enjoying the Small Things
The Expectations Trap | via Psychology Today
I love the show In Plain Sight. I don’t know who writes the closing monologue that character Mary Shannon delivers, but they are brilliant. Here are two of my favorites from Season 3 Episode 10 called “Her Days are Numbered.”
“I need you to trust me. I know it’s not easy, it’s a gamble, everything is. I think you should gamble on me. . . I might not be the best person, but I’m a good bet.”
“Trust anything, your family, your instincts, the dim witted anger on the 10:00 news, it’s all a gamble with plenty of promises and no guarentees. But I’m finding the longer I live, no matter how often I fall on my face, that folding’s for losers; winners take hits. Call it going all in. Call it rolling the dice. Screw hedging your bets. Bluff, raise, call, stand. Again and again and again.”
And then one from Ali Edwards, taken from her first video in her Yesterday & Today course.
“Our lives are imperfect.
Our pasts are imperfect.
Our handwriting is imperfect.
Our glue is imperfect.
Our photos and memoires are imperfect.
Everything about our lives is imperfect. And that is perfectly ok.
It’s something we all share that makes us human, allows us to support one another, thereby enriching the totality of life experience.”