Look what I did!


Roses - by me

Roses – by me

Okay, technically, it’s “look what God did and what I haven’t killed yet”. Aren’t they pretty! I planted them a month ago and they are still alive. And blooming.

But “Look what I did” is far more than flowers.

I like July 1st, not only because it is Canada Day, which means barbecues and beer and fireworks are mandatory. It is also the first day of the second half of the year and a good time to review what I did in the last six months and reassess my goals for the remaining pages on the calendar.

I usually make a bucket list – this is the first time in five years I didn’t put one together for January 1 and I’m regretting the decision now. It is a great way to look back and see what I’ve done with my life. I recommend the exercise to everyone. I usually get about 4 things of 40 dreams, goals and activities completed. A lot of them aren’t huge in the scheme of things and none will keep the world turning but they are important to me, which is all that really matters since it is my list.

I did a modified one with my “Summer of Finishing Things List” which covers four months of the year. So far, my personal list is up to 42 items and 6 have been taken off. That’s pretty significant – 6 nagging tasks that I no longer have to worry about. If I can get 20 off the list by Thanksgiving, I will be a happy camper with a lot less stress in my life.

My writing list had 15 items on it, and two will be completed but midnight tonight. This list is different. It has concrete goals and is income oriented rather than concentrating on personal growth. It doesn’t make it better or worse but the results are a lot more measurable.

So go out today and have a good time. If you’ve fallen off on your goals, think about them and start in the morning with a clean slate.   “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” ― L.M. Montgomery (Anne Shirley – Anne of Green Gables)