What are words for?

Ahhh… I am back from Rejuvenation Day Spa, where I somehow forgot I had scheduled a 90-minute massage – did I mention the extravagance? – and where I spent the entire blissful lavender-orange-tarragon scented time thinking about my blog.  Wacky, I know.  But I have not been able to get the “word thing” off my mind.

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Lightness.  What does that mean to me?  What do I want, in positively-stated terms?  I already decided on some categories, and sort of correlated them with my old “Release” categories:

  1. Lighten My Heart – Health Worries and Stress Released
  2. Lighten My Life – Perfectionism and Procrastination Released
  3. Lighten The Load – Clutter Released
  4. Lighten Myself – Excess Body Fat Released
  5. Lighten Up! – Blog-related content

So, if these categories are what I want, what are the positive ways to think of each one?  Or, to put it another way, what do I want?

I want to use my time well.  I want to live in a beautiful, orderly home.  I want to take good care of myself.  I want to fill my mind with positive thoughts.  I want to live a life that is joyful and relaxing and filled with laughter and good times with people I love.

So, let’s look at those categories again:

  1. Lighten My Heart Health Worries and Stress Released  To live a life that is joyful and relaxing, and to fill my mind with positive thoughts.
  2. Lighten My LifePerfectionism and Procrastination Released  To use my time well and make healthy, realistic choices.
  3. Lighten The LoadClutter Released  To live in a beautiful, orderly, clutter-free home.
  4. Lighten MyselfExcess Body Fat Released  To take good care of myself (Good sleep, good food, good exercise, lots of water).
  5. Lighten Up!Blog-related content  To live a life that is filled with laughter and quality time with people I love.

I think I am going to try these for a while and see if it makes a difference in how I feel about each category.  I think it will. 

Five things I am grateful for today:

  1. My lovely Q making the trek to Baristador’s to get us bagel sandwiches. (She ate the bagel and sausage, I ate the bacon and egg.)
  2. A nice note from a client whom I had called to give an apology.
  3. A lovely dinner cooked by my boy, all ready when I got home late.
  4. Great cancer test results for my mother-in-law!
  5. A main floor that is pretty tidy.
  • {Live in a beautiful, orderly, clutter-free home}: Filed some papers that had been sitting on the office floor, and filed away all the tax papers.
  • {Take good care of myself}: A wonderful massage, and another no flour, no sugar day.  I am also going to go to sleep at 10:30 (in other words, right now!)
  • {Spend quality time with people I love}: Spoke to David’s mom tonight, and her PET scan showed her cancer is gone!

2 thoughts on “What are words for?

  1. Hallelujah on the PET scan results! I’m so glad to read this and know Grammaly-Groo is cancer free. Good news for all of you!


  2. Isn’t it exciting? She was so thrilled to see the PET scan from May side-by-side with yesterday’s scan and see that the radition and chemo had gotten everything. They’ll check again in January, but they feel pretty confident. Praise the Lord!


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