I believe that when you slow down and savor the small things, you don’t have to wish for a different life; you can discover beauty in the life you already have.
And in this spirit I want to finish up this year.
:: aquiring a new skill. i have not decided what, but i will take steps to aquire some thing new. along
the lines of crafting or writing or photography, maybe some where else... though i will
remind myself, as i look at this list!
-- not done, but there is a need of a lot of new things to learn next year! (more to be written, later
:: become might be an over used word, right now. though i want to focus on becoming a better
listener. learning to be more empathic and understanding.
-- YES, i even have fun writing this in capital letters. as i have done a 10 day seminar in counceling.
:: craft is the art of making. creative reuse of all kinds of things. i want to utilize what i have and
own. and also keep in mind that some times there needs to be thinking out of the box.
-- there have been many moments of crafting and upcycling, the out of the box thinking is still to be
trained and practiced more frequently.
:: elate (to make happy) in what my days are bringing. it is the teaching at home and in school, that
brings joy to me and is carrying me into new experiences.
-- it has been bringing me much joy and happyness to teach the katechism. riding my new bicycle is
also elating, and well running the 10k under 50min made me very happy!
:: fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. ecclesiastes 12:13
this the vers i want to cling to and find out what the meaning of it is and can be for me. there
is not a focus on fear, but i wanted to put it on my list and the k was already taken. though
there is that common theme of keeping...
-- one thing about keeping, not fearing, is. eating breakfast and reading scripture together as a family.
:: guard the space we as a family need. within our community, at dinner tables and sticking with
what we learned worked for us. make room for adventures just with one of the kids.
mind thespace, the teenagers and young adults need.
-- i'm learning and i have been doing well in many regards. one of them is; don't talk and ask about
school with n. and yes it definitely improved our relationship. an other is, not to worry about
the tests and papers the boys have to get done. it's their life and their priority, not mine.
:: hold on to physical exercise. keep running as it is a good mesure for my mental well being. the 25k
a week are attainable and some strengthening exercises should be added twice a week.
-- not perfect, but good enough and the 25k a week was attained.
:: irish music, there has been a wonderful house concert last year at st.patricks day. lets do it again.
-- and we did it again, very successful on april 5th
:: keep praying at the core of my evening routine.
simply stick with the compline at the end of the day.
-- i keep praying, not a perfect every evening routine, i want to keep on trying.
:: laugh a lot and in good companie. it helps to overcome the ernest and serious battle of the daily
grind. and i want to get better at it and learn to see and enjoy the sunny side of life, even
when it sucks.
:: mend what is broken and needs tending. mending socks and pants and all kinds of clothes is a good
thing and i will keep the pile of clothes near the sewing machine low.
-- 6 pairs of jeans, some broken bottoms, some knees and some torn belt latches
2 kitchen towles and 3 dishwash rags
yes i do mend underwear and quiet a many pairs, it does safe us a lot of money, as biking
takes it's toll at "wearing out" pants of all sorts.
stitching together little holes in e's sweaters as well as my cardigan, which is coming into
the years (finished in february 2012)
some friends working pants and yes loads more!
:: notice and pay attention to the little and unnoticable things in my every day life. especially while
teaching, i want to support and strengthen the kids.
-- yes this is a good intention and i will keep a little note on my desk.
:: photography is a means of going through life more careful. keep on taking pictures.
-- i'm not bloging frequently anymore, i still take photos and post them once a week. that's fine
and keeps me on my toes in regards to "walking careful" thorugh my days.
:: quasimodogeniti is reminding me of the chruch year. it is the first sunday after easter. i want to
keep the rhythm of the round of a year. the simplicity and the enjoyment of celebrating,
drives the every day, into the wonderful ongoings of expectation and celebration.
-- good reminder and every scripture reading, is pointing me further in the year.
:: reading i have to keep reading and i want to read. it also is rewarding to look at the list of writen
books. and that's why i keep the r going as last year.
- Das evangelische Pfarrhaus, by Cord Aschenbrenner
- Becoming, by Michelle Obama
- Die spinnen, die Jungen! by Steffi Burkhart
- Männer Gefühle, by Stephan Bartels and Till Raether
- Jan Hus, by Arnd Brummer
:: simplicity is a focus word. making life and work and and projects simpler. focus on simple matters
should be shaping my thinking and doing more. make what you use, borrow what you need.
-- i want to keep this on my radar and little by little, my life is getting simpler (but it also takes
courage and builds character).
:: take a second look at situations which trouble me. and try to jot down the sources and possibilities
causing the trouble.
:: velocity what a cool word, not that i understand the realm of "getting faster"....
-- i got a new VELO, that's what we swiss call a bicycle and it is a wonderful vehicle. the same
frame as i had for the past 9 years, a bmc alpenchallenge!
:: wanderlust is what i'm thinking already about, it notches me to the "outdoor activity" area at the
library and made me buy new boots last summer. there should be a few hikes with thea as
well as some higher and more challenging ones with joel.
-- a week in the dolomites with the whole family. three days in november, all out doors, fun and the
boots served me well.
:: relax a bit more, i want to be calm and relaxed and it should be internalized and become second
nature for me. especially in situations when things or people explode around me
-- i worked on this one for breakfast. a little change and still practicing, putting a plate and cup on
the table for me too. this makes me sit down with everyone else, instead of serving and just
sitting down for scripture reading.
:: yellow there is something about the glow and lightness of this color. there should be more, i want ot
dedicate some time and doing for a series on it.
-- not done, and carrying this one over for next year.
:: zoo the zurich zoo has some fantastic elephant park, it is i want to see. it has been opened in 2014
and i have not seen it yet...
-- yes i was there today, a vacation outing with amos and thea. it was exciting and not just the
elephant park is great, i absolutely enjoyed the masoala rainforest too.