Every Monday Cee posts four questions part of the sharing your (my) world. Click here for this week’s one, which fell on January 1st – the first one of the year on the first day of the year.
What one word describes you best?
Determined maybe. Focused perhaps. Ambitious? I’ll go with all three. Empathetic. Compassionate. Soft-hearted. If I answer this question tomorrow the word(s) will be different.
What is set as the background on your computer?
The standard Mac wallpaper of waves lapping the beach. I don’t find it particularly useful to have a wallpaper that I never see because of all the apps I have open. I do have a screensaver slideshow of my photos, those that I’ve posted on this blog.
If you have been to a foreign country name those you have been to?
I’m going to Belgium on Thursday for a training course. I’ll be there a few days before to get to know Ghent, the city I’ll be at. I’m travelling via the Netherlands. So Belgium and the Netherlands are two countries I’ve never been to and will, this week, although the Netherlands is just in passing (for now). In July Che and I are going to Thailand. I’ve visited so far:
- Born in Mozambique
- Live in South Africa
I want to get one of those wall maps of the world that you scratch off each country as you visit it, like one of these Scratch Maps.
What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?
Christmas and New Year week and I appreciated time with family, food and the lovely hot weather.
Here is this week’s SYW quote:
“If you always do what you’ve always done you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full and then kept on pouring.
The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”
“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”
Practically, if you want different results you need to think about something in a different way.
Do things differently.
Step out of your comfort zone.
Try something new.
Take a risk, perhaps one you’ve never taken before.
This is key to growing and developing as a person.
It may seem daunting at first…try it on small things like driving a different route to work, wearing a colour you’ve never worn before and trying a dish you’ve in the past sworn never to try.
Different results need the cup to be empty of preconceived ideas, judgement and notions about what you know.
Full of ‘I don’ wanna’ and ‘I wanna stay home‘ I dragged my feet through the revolving door of the gym. Classes are scaled down for the festive season so there was nothing interesting to do. Only boring treadmill and please don’t even mention the bicycle.
So the rowing machine it was and what a great workout I had. I felt great afterwards and this morning even greater which for me means more energy and flexibility. I rowed for 10 minutes, rested for 1, stretched for 2, then started again, this time faster.
I’ll stick to the rowing machine again today and probably until all the classes start up again. It’s a short workout which means that I will do it every day.
I’m looking forward to it today. There’s none of the ‘I don’ wanna’ and ‘I wanna stay home‘, so let’s go!
As 2017 starts transitioning to 2018, I want to thank you for visiting Wide Eyed In Wonder during the past 12 months.
I thought it would be fun to have a look at the year in stats, and see what insights I get, so here goes, according to WordPress:
Number of posts - 165 Number of views - 9043 Best month in terms of views - January with 1,400 views Best month in terms of number of posts - September with 24 posts Most popular day - Tuesday Most popular hour - 7:00PM Number of likes - 2,476 Number of comments - 367
I didn’t blog as prolifically this year, not like 2016 which has been this blog’s best year to date with more than double the amount of posts and views. There’s room for improvement and probably the biggest one I can make is to prepare posts in advance and schedule them because it is still my intention to post at least once a day. Blogging is a proclivity of mine.
It’s more fun when you have to go through Z to get to M…imagine all the learning…and the photo opportunities 🙂But remember to focus on your priorities first…whatever your fuel, remember to always top up…Thank you for following.