Mindful Moment

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I had a doctor’s appointment today, so I decided to put into practice a few things that I have been reading in the book I just started.  I will be writing my review on the book soon.  The book was suggested to me by my kid’s counselor, “One Minute Mindfulness.”  Did you know you could change your life in 60 seconds? Yeah… Me either. I have been trying to get a lot of things accomplished at home and Summer baseball is in full swing (pun intended.)  Organizing and such before school starts back for the kids & I in August.  That is correct, you heard me right.  I will still be working as a teacher.  Assignment pending, but most likely not with elementary students.  Praise the good and gracious LORD! He has been with me through some of the darkest times.

MINDFUL MOMENT

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The wind & small leaves work together, creating a small symphony.

Starting at the tip top of the surrounding trees, feel that breeze.

They create a sound similar to that of great applause.

They show their joy for this moment I took to pause.

I am present in this moment, I am aware

I hear the birds all around me, their beautiful song

And a greater presence joins, or maybe it’s been here all along.

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I feel the birds know that I envy their existence.

boasting their worry-free life, allowing me but a glimpse.

They swoop down for a quick breakfast on my lawn

As the glistening dew reflects the dawn.

The way they can see into each tiny hiding place

Makes me give a moment to this creature’s natural grace

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To fly above the world, a glorious view

warm rays of sunshine, brilliant skies of blue

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The working bird, yields a nest

picking up remnants of a forgotten mess

A small bundle of twigs, a few pieces of string

patiently waiting for the new life it will bring

The moment of listening to the leaves today

takes me to a place of gratitude, and I pray

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I pray for my family and for my friends

I hope they know the love I have for each of them.

Life is full of beautiful moments such as this,

Don’t let them pass you by, an always fleeting bliss.

Hold dear to those you love and tell them everyday

Sweet friends, in this moment I learned to never forget the importance of play.1040564_10200707385820949_648089819_o

Play relieves the pain and sadness of this world

maybe tomorrow I will take a moment to pretend I’m a bird.

Written by: Michelle C

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Literature Updates… “Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?”

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First off, if genius is not book smarts, but defined as a person’s creativity; I could work here.  However, the more I read this book the more I realize the loads of information that is out in the world, that I have yet to learn.  Should I worry about all that I don’t know?  I do, a little!  I want to be an intelligent person, and something that stops me from going after more lofty goals, is the thought that I don’t know enough.  But then I turn my thoughts to appreciate the things that I do know.  I also appreciate the new things I am learning each day.  The thing I should remind myself is that I can still learn all that I will ever need to know.  Right?

I have made it to Chapter 6,  this chapter involves information about logic puzzles, and well since using logic to make decisions isn’t my strength… this might be why I am having difficulty finishing the chapter.  It is more difficult for me to understand.  It could also be that I started reading another book; and so that has caused me to put this book on hold at the moment.  I do like reading it though.  It makes you consider greater possibilities.  It makes me dream of working at a place that appreciates the quality minds that they have working for them.  I pushed my way through chapter 6.  I am glad I did.  It gave me a new way to organize my closet.  This information is vital for someone like me.  I have been working to change my habits though.  I know that I do not like living in disarray.  I am working to get everything just as I need it.

In the book they are still discussing the types of questions one could encounter during an interview with Google.  This type of question about closet organization is considered an algorithm question.  It says, “you have a closet full of shirts, and its very hard to find the one you want.  How would you organize the shirts for easy retrieval?”  The answers vary ranging from setting up a system similar to a dry cleaner’s retrieval system to just labeling and establishing storage bins. Arranging clothes from least popular on the bottom of the bin to most popular on top.  This will decrease the amount of time you waste rummaging through your clothes.  I want to do this now. Now, I just need to find the appropriate bins.

Maybe these…

Storage ideas… AMAZON

The other book I am reading “Choose The Life You Want” I have made it to Chapter 15.  The chapters are much shorter in this book and the messages much more concise.  This book has already helped me confront procrastination.  I know that I still have that tendency, but at least I know that I can take 5 minutes to just get the project started and I am more likely to finish.  I love the outcome of my newly painted living room.  The gray really feels nice, clean and welcoming.  I am excited to tackle other projects now.  I have several chapters to go, there are 101 chapters to the book.

This book is very helpful for someone suffering from depression, anxiety, and of course BPD.  Here is a list of contents.9187928B-D3EF-49E0-BEED-BDA58550800B

Tomorrow I will be posting my weekly podcast.  I will be including my personal story, what led me to being diagnosed.  What that did to me emotionally. How it has affected my kids and my husband.  I hope that everyone can check it out.  My hope is that I can bring insight to others who struggle with this disorder.  Pray that I  stick with my schedule of producing one per week.  I always hope to have a new podcast added by Wednesday.

Have a terrific Tuesday!