New Schedule, The Adreniline is … I cannot stand it. The Thrill of …

So excited your heart is racing, you cannot focus, the anticipation of it all is driving you up the …   When you have hopes, dreams, ideas, plans, projects, need I say more.  You cannot focus on what your loved ones are talking about, your thinking about it while doing other things, even television cannot take it off your mind.

This is how the Architectural mind works.  The mind of a designer, or a creative person is picturing all the details in their mind.  Do not interrupt my thoughts.  The mind of an engineer or mechanic plotting, analyzing, figuring, assessing, estimating, resolving, all takes mental energy, drive, and enthusiasm.

Applying these traits in our personal life to resolve our stagnation or problems can give us hope while turning our situation upside down like newly tilled soil.  Just as soil needs a good turnover, so doesn’t our life.  While minding our morality and principles we can consider great changes.

How can we assess our life?  Are we lonely?  Are we frustrated?  Are we bored?  Are we fat? Are we tired?  Is the routine predictable?  Is there stagnation with the old hum drum routine?

Some things take time to change, whether it is our financial situation, relationships, esteem, domestic situation, and the list goes on.

Example:  A person that is fat, out of shape, lonely, not treated as respectfully as one would like, that feels opportunities are not offered to them as they are others. This guy can feel quite trapped.  The routine of eating, computer games, and hours of television leaves them frustrated and unfulfilled.  One day this person sees the blog and is inspired to make a couple adjustments.  Replacing unhealthy drinks with more water his skin is clearing up and he is not feeling so sluggish, seems less bloated.  Because he is shutting off the television after the evening news he is getting a few things done in the evening and he is getting to bed earlier.  He has started a thirty minute walk in the early a.m. daily before work.  With the habit of a healthy breakfast each day he has more energy and less cravings.  Just being alert and energetic in the morning it seems he is getting so much more done at work.   He cannot believe how he now has to wear a belt because he really needs to buy a size smaller in pants.  Others notice the change in him and seem to enjoy conversation with him because he seems more happy.  The boss is responding as if he has greater confidence in him now.

You see what I am getting at, just a few little changes in habits and routines can enrich our lives.  It is very thrilling to contemplate.

My goal is to go to bed earlier, to get up earlier, and to spend the time in the morning doing what I usually view as a treat to do, do that until noon before I need to get my daily responsibilities done.  I realize I have been doing it wrong, like dangling a treat, that I never will get, only to be disappointed day after day.  As if that would be my reward just if I …you know how it goes, we do it to ourselves, to our kids, to our loved ones.  The promised incentive that never comes.

Doing an abrupt face is exciting, addressing the problem completely differently.  Thinking of our children, when we practice the method of  going to the park after you finish your homework it causes frustration, anger, and sadness.  The homework session drags out hopelessly until it is too late to go to the park.  Real punishment.  Instead, ask the child how long it will take to do the homework, then go to the park with that in mind.  Have a great time.  As soon as you get home and the child washes their face and hands, drinks some water, then right away get to the homework.  Set the timer with that much time and add a buffer of fifteen minutes for the encouragement.  A few days of the park first may prove to be stimulating for the child.  Whom wants to go to school all day and sit in front of the homework for an hour or two.  Instead of resentment, it will be refreshment, accomplishment and joy.

What my sons have done to enrich their life is they have a bowling league now on Wednesdays, and they have a great time.  One evening a week going to a bible meeting is rewarding.  An evening at the Library or local book store.  Whom is lonely now.  We can be alone enjoying any of these activities and not feel lonely.  We have an activity to look forward to.  My husband took me to the bookstore tonight.  After days of being sick and unable to go anywhere I was thrilled when he suggested going to my favorite store.  I love the “how to” section, how to cook, sew, or knit, etc.  I know how to do all these things but I just love projects and I feel like an crazy nut about all I want to do.  In reality it is not possible to do all I want to do, but I will think about that tomorrow…

Your whole family will benefit from a few adjustments in your life.  The whole family and loved ones may not at first cooperate with the hoped for changes.  It may be us alone making the adjustments while not forcing change on others.  Include your family in these changes invitingly an see joy restored.   Just as an Architect, Engineer or Mechanic address a problem.  We can assess our life an redesign it with optimism.  Is your Adrenaline pumping and is your heart racing?

Can You Finish …in three an 1/2 days?

Here we are nearing the end of October.  How are you doing on your punch list?  Are you getting into some good habits?  Are you taking walks, and exercising regularly?  How is drinking plenty of water going?  Are you taking time to express love and care for those in your family?  Is there things you are trying to wrap up as fall turns into winter very shortly?

Habits, something we have to keep doing for positive results.  Keeping our cars cleaned out, putting things away when we are finished, drinking water and exercising, these are a few habits I have been practicing.  I am pleased with the results and expect even better results over time.  I always ended up with piles and I never knew how all these surfaces got so messy.  There are people whom make very neat piles, I am not one of them.  You could find something from everywhere in just one pile.  I do not understand, but I am striving to catch myself before I stack another thing.  It is a matter of prayer for me, that I become aware of my actions.  Being responsible for the messes in our life is the best way to clean them up.  I have to pray daily, or I am oblivious.  It helps a lot.  Now I see a lot of improvement.  I watched a video on the Art of Tidying up, and I am hoping to order the book on Amazon.  A brilliant young oriental woman, I feel her theories are worth applying and experimenting with.  It is already helping.  Over a few months, there has been nominal improvement and what has been organized is staying organized.  I am delighted about that.  Timeframes to consider, how long do I want it to take?  What is reasonable?

The exercise, I do a form of exercise almost everyday, it keeps the sugar down.  My husband tries to go at least twice a week to work out with me at a local gym.  Sadly, I have been craving sugar, the wrong thing, and I have apparently not resisted enough.  It seems to be such an endearing source of comfort to bandage my wounded heart.  That supposedly is hogwash and it is the same mentality that gets any addict into serious trouble.  Talking about this with you, I want to cut back.  When I am so exhausted which is a battle due to this lymphatic infection, I crave sugar and coffee for energy.  I doubt that it accomplishes that.  It is discouraging gaining a couple pounds, what can I expect.

I have been getting a few things completed that were on my mind to do.  My list of things would keep a large group of women employed almost full time if I could afford it.  No wonder I get so overwhelmed.  This week and next week I am just striving to finish a few old projects and get them off my list. It feels so good to get things done.  We must do some painting on the exterior of the house in the next week or so.  It will be too cold for paint to cure if we wait too long.

It is not too late to create your punch list.  This list is essential in the field of construction.  It keeps contractors and subcontractors on track to complete a job.  It is purposeful efficiency, and it is something we could all employ in our life.  This was a part of my career when I worked in the field of architecture and construction.  It is not too late to employ some of those skills into my personal life.  How about you?  Make your list, domestic, work, family, spiritual, fitness and health.  Just put a couple goals under each category and prayerfully consider it.