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Thursday, July 21st, 2016
11:01 am
2016 Resolution. Part ... um... I forget. Resolve to keep better track of resolutions.
[from a distance... the sound of approaching footsteps.. purposeful, but muffled by dust]
[the sound of keys jingling, followed by the sound of lock tumblers twirling into place with a satisfying click]



Ahem. me me me me meeeeee. Is this thing on? tap tap

I resolve to stop giving advice to people who don't want it. I acknowledge that it is annoying and presumptuous on my part.

Further, I resolve to stop giving advice to people who claim to want it, but repeatedly refuse to act on it, choosing instead to keep repeating the same unsatisfactory behaviors and complaining about the results.
..did I mention "repeatedly repeating"?

So far my early attempts at enacting this resolution - when I remember that I have this resolution - have been fairly satisfying. If only because it's much less of a drain on my own physical and mental resources to stop trying and fix other people's business.
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
8:28 pm
Things finally accomplished.
Nothing major, just things that have been on my mind (but not written down *shame!*) for far too long:

1. Deposit checks from craft show.
2. Mail sympathy card to Terry.
3. Deposit refund from PMI.
4. Assemble and hang holiday decoration on our building's front door.

…hm. Well that's not as impressive as it felt. But I suspect the weight of at least three of the tasks came from the awareness that they affected other people.

Anyway, a minor list of accomplishments.
Sunday, July 21st, 2013
9:35 pm
Still here.
*dust dust*
Sunday, December 30th, 2012
11:58 am
So here we stand, fellow Cosmiclisters, breathless with anticipation, on the precipice of a new year. Now, perhaps you think "precipice" is too negative a term, suggesting, as it does, a high place from which to fall. But I offer you this... in the early days of man's attempts to fly, he did not stand on the ground and flap his arms, hoping to take off.

... okay, maybe he did, but early man might have been a bit of an idiot in that regard.

No! He built a sort of gliding mechanism and jumped off the roof of the barn!

You get my point. Sometimes, in order to see if we can fly, we need to be willing to take a chance on falling.

Sometimes we fall. Sometimes we fall just a bit ...before the wind of success catches us and lifts us to our dreams.

Okay, maybe it's just me that gets giddy with anticipation on the barn roof of the new year.

So to make my point another way, let me pilfer shamelessly from the great Will Rogers:

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

Have a goal, people. Write it down. Make a plan. You're alive, but are you living? You're alive, but do you have a life? Do you wake up each day and think "yay! Another chance!"? Do you wake up each day and think "ah, another day to work on my dream of....."? And by the way, simply enjoying the day and all its riches, is a goal. I'm not saying your goal has to be to cure something, or publish something, or invent a new cultivar, or have your work installed in a public square. But I am saying you should aspire to something, even if it's just to live intensely in the present. To contribute to the collective consciousness an appreciation of what Thich Nhat Hanh calls Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, or what Thomas Moore refers to as the Re-enchantment of Everyday Life.

In these waning hours of 2012, I would like to fail to be original, but perhaps gain some credibility by offering one more stolen suggestion. In 2013:

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
-Henry David Thoreau
Saturday, February 25th, 2012
12:36 pm
Good news, Cosmiclisters! While it has been too long since I last posted here (like any of you care) I did... in fact... buy the button maker.

Cross that off your cosmic list, baby!

The year is still new enough, I believe, to say Happy New Year! And in any event, as you all know, I think it's never too late in the year to write up a new cosmic list.

So here goes:

1. Stop working late every night just because there is work that can be done. Only work late on work that must be done that day.
Note: I've done quite well on that resolution/list item so far in 2012.

2. Actually make a button with the button maker.

Saturday, June 20th, 2009
9:01 am
Another day another list...
Good morning, Cosmiclisters, (such as you are)!

I just felt like writing up a list, which I do on paper all over the place, and remembered that while I stop in here often, I don't often see much activity so I might as well put my less grandiose lists here, too.

Hm. Now I forgot what I was going to say.

1. Buy button maker.


Well, today I could 2. Wash dishes
3. Organize linen closet
4. Do laundry
5. Fill box with things to donate to church rummage sale
6. Fill two bags with either garbage or recycling and, this is key:
7. Take the garbage and recycling downstairs to the garage!

I'd also like to 8. Research box wines and see if there are any decent ones for around $15. For the record, BoHo and Black Box are very nice everyday wines. They are the equivalent of three bottles of wine for about $22. Frankly, if I want to save money I should just drink less wine, but there's no dealing with my brain when it wants to research something.

9. Fill a box with books to sell to Half Price
10. Organize craft supplies (this will take days or weeks, but it sounds so daunting to say "put a dent in task of organizing craft supplies")


Did I mention the button maker?
Sunday, January 11th, 2009
8:17 am
Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2009, fellow Cosmiclisters!
I'm not an advocate of posting quiz results in communities, but

A) as I'm just about the only one posting in this community and

B) this book is everything this community is about, I'll make an exception:

I took the 43 Things Personality Quiz and found out I'm a
Healthy Spiritual Money Manager

This is real, folks. I have the attention span of a two-year-old and even I have managed to retain this and take it seriously: Write it down.

And now, to quote myself, I'd like to reiterate something I said here in 2003, which, sadly, is still visible on this page (although this post might actually push it to "previous 20").

Somebody once asked me what, in my view, was the biggest problem facing the human race right now?

I think the biggest problem facing the human race is this bizarre policy of keeping our wishes secret. From our earliest birthdays we're told to "make a wish, but don't tell anyone or it won't come true!" How weird is that? I'm telling you, if you DON'T tell people what you want, you REALLY won't get it. Get it?
Wish big.
Write it down. Create your cosmic shopping list.
Own it. It's your dream.

Write down what you want. Right where you're sitting, right now, as you're reading this, grab a grocery receipt, a magazine cover, a napkin... and a pen, a crayon, a burnt match stub and write it down. There is unimaginable power in this, I promise. They say that making the words real, in ink, on paper, is the first step to making the dream real in the world. Start to make it real. Don't dream little. Don't say "pay this month's rent", instead say "buy own home" or "have $1,000 in the bank". Write down ten things.

But first, write it down.
Thursday, November 6th, 2008
8:36 pm
*poke* *poke* *poke*

... just checking.
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
1:40 pm
2k7 list
1. pay off credit card.
2. write finish short story
3. lose 14lb
4. stop buying things online (see #1)
Saturday, September 23rd, 2006
11:44 am
Things To Do:

#487 #1: Stop being neurotic.
Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
9:46 pm
*stubbornly sweeping, dusting, and tidying up*
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
11:59 am
Good morning, Cosmiclisters!

It's August 22, how are we all doing on our New Year's Resolutions? Does anyone really do those anymore?

I certainly hope people don't feel limited to that one day or week for their resolution-making.

Your new year starts now!
Make your list and go for it!

Meanwhile, I have, in fact, sent at least one fun package out, and have another one being compiled on my dining room table.

The credit card is, as you might imagine, an ongoing task, but I do not carry it with me anymore, so it is, in fact, being paid off at all times.

I called Nys, in lieu of the note, and we had a long lovely conversation.

My resume is updated, although not formatted.

Hm, classes are on hold, for now, and.. er.. the Short Story Anthology is ...well, it's still August! I'm not late!

Slow, but sure.

Your turn!
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
8:44 pm
1. Make list of people to mail fun stuff to. (Actually write out list, as opposed to constantly thinking "oh, I should mail this to so-and-so" and then promptly forgetting what and who.)

2. Compile short stories for book.

3. Pay off credit card.

4. Write note to Nys.

5. Update resume.

6. Look into classes on technical writing and training, as well as pre-approved software classes.
Saturday, June 17th, 2006
7:04 pm
Hello Cosmic Shopping List and fellow shoppers (I know you're out there, even if you don't)!

Today on our program, I'd like to share some very helpful goal-setting and goal-achieving products.

Note: These are links to great descriptions of the product. You should certainly shop around and see where you can get the best price.

1. Brian Tracy's Psychology of Achievement
I admit this is the one that started it all for me. One day I was feeling antsy to go estate-saling, but the only estate sale that sounded at all interesting was over 35 miles away. Still, it was a beautiful summer Saturday afternoon and I told myself "just get out and drive. It's a beautiful day for driving. Just go in that direction. You don't have to go to the sale, and you can turn around at any time and come back home."

See what I have to do to motivate myself? Trickery! Sort of. Anyway, I got in my car and started driving, telling myself for the first 25 miles that I could turn around and go home any time I wanted to.

When I got to the sale, which was in a posh lakeside community, there was little I could afford. Single pieces of jewelry, each over $1000. Pieces of art at much more than that. But it was a lovely home, and beautiful to tour. Then I wandered into a little neglected office-type room. It was piled high with books and papers and .. well, it was a little junky looking. Just like home!

I noticed boxes of audio cassettes all over the place and there were quite a few "programs" or sets of tapes. The signs said audio tapes were 50 cents a piece and, as it turned out, this price applied to the sets, too, so I walked out with several audio programs on success for about $15.

I listened to, and very much enjoyed, the tapes until I literally wore some of them out.

When I got a new car that didn't have a tape player, I splurged at bought the CDs.
I did not get the Achievement CDs, which I see are now on sale, so I just might. Instead I opted for
Brian Tracy's Ultimate Goals Program
which I also like. It's very similar to Achievement, but I vaguely remember elements of Achievement that I really enjoyed, so I'll probably get that so I can have both.

2. Jim Rohn's the Art of Exceptional Living
A joy to listen to. Really gives you some great perspectives on life and the importance of the little daily things that go on in it.

3. Anne Klauser's Write it Down, Make it Happen
crepedelbebe has already mentioned this book here, but it bears repeating. As a person with a short attention span, and years and years out of college-- when I used to have to focus, I find it hard to sit down and just read a book, even a motivational book (ha!), but this one always has something new to inspire me. I admit I have, a couple times, thought about selling it at a local used book store because I haven't read it, but then I flip it open and am so impressed with whatever I land on that I decide to keep it. Then I carry it back and forth to work for a while, but never get time to read it (which is why those motivational tapes in the car are such a hit with me). Still, as I said, the book has enough to keep me wanting to read it, and its reviews are exceptional.

Okay, that's my brief offering for today. Both Brian Tracy and Jim Rohn also have books available (which, it probably goes without saying, I also own). These are great an inspiring people. If you're looking for something to spark your spirit and excite you about your own possibilities, please take the time to check them out.
Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
9:23 pm
It was some famous person like Aristotle or Socrates who said that "man is a teleological being", meaning that we are goal-oriented. We automatically orient towards a goal, rather than sitting around like plants.

It's also been said that when we set a goal, it is as though the brain receives an order from the office manager and it starts working on the goal, whatever it is.

If we aim for small goals, we achieve small goals, and if we aim for big goals, we are biologically programmed to do what it takes to achieve big goals.

The example given was that if it is our goal to go home and watch TV every night, we shall certainly achieve it, and if that's what we look forward to, we're probably not going to be inspired to achieve much else.

So it is with some guilt that I sat watching American Idol and Unan1mous tonight, and I can't help but be struck by the irony of the phrase "couch potato", relevant to my first paragraph.

Meanwhile, little community, I visit you again because I still believe in the importance of goals and goal-setting.

1. Have first draft of book completed by August 2006.
2. Pay off credit card.
3. Have a soul-satisfying job by December 2006.
4. Make $1000 selling my crafts in 2006.
Tuesday, October 18th, 2005
11:52 pm
Pay off credit card. That's the big one right now. Funny, I didn't anticipate that two things on my list would conflict. I 1) paid off my credit cards, which allowed me to 2) buy a house. Now I'm so broke I'm running up my credit card.

So. Things To Do:
Pay off credit card.
Tuesday, February 1st, 2005
9:30 pm
dear God, we need help
good night's sleep
money to make ends meet
money for the car repair bill
relationship needs being met
church home
spiritual growth and fulfillment

Current Mood: depressed
Wednesday, January 26th, 2005
8:33 pm
needs being fulfilled

Current Mood: melancholy
Friday, January 21st, 2005
10:30 pm
more steady finances
good weddings for my cousin and friend
good results with the triv marathon
safe driving for everyone in the winter weather

Current Mood: okay
Sunday, January 16th, 2005
2:26 pm
God, are you listening?
church home
financial security
steady work
spiritual growth
relationship growth
shaking these regrets
knowing why it's better that things are this way

Current Mood: depressed
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