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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ten on Tuesday & Ruby Tuesday

Make Time for Small Reflections
This week's prompt is
10 Things I'm Good At
1. Smiling & engaging others in conversation ... usually getting folks to smile back. I suppose this is one reason I shared yesterday's video even though it's longer than usual. The 'love story' it tells resonates with my own life experiences & points to the power of choice.

2. Seeing the good in everyone & everything. Folks tell me I'm an incurable optimist ... who when faced with a pile of poop will ask for a shovel and dig for the pony.

3. Keeping a journal ... writing fluently to access what I don't realize I know until it appears on the page, then using that information creatively as I live my life.

4. Living in the moment ... savoring everything life presents ... even when it's not what I think I want at the time, while taking into account the potential consequences of my actions BEFORE I do something ... using as a guideline whether or not I'd be comfortable with my choices showing up as headlines in tomorrow's newspaper.

5. I've been an avid reader of books all of my life and (when I allow myself the freedom to do so) can easily read an entire book in a single day. Of course not much else gets done on such a day, so I don't indulge myself as often as I did ... so it takes me a while longer to finish a book these days ... especially when I spend lots of time in the Blogosphere.

6. Learning new things ... like I've done during the past year with Blogging (using a bit of HTML in the process), creating collages with Photoshop Elements, and taking better photographs so I don't need to 'tweak' them after the fact.

7. Facilitating the learning of others ... (I could write many books on this, but won't elaborate here because once I get started it would be hard to stop).

8. 'Reframing' situations & events in innovative ways that open up possibilities rather than staying 'stuck' in limiting thoughts, negativity, or frustration.

9. Procrastinating endlessly ... generating clutter & messes around me that I barely noticed until others pointed them out. I've made it a priority the past few years to turn this around and am making steady (if slow) progress toward a simplified life.

10. Living frugally within my income ... never spending money I don't have, but rather saving ahead of time so I can pay cash & avoid interest ... something I learned from my Dutch mom.
Did you realize that yesterday was International Delurking Day!
Ya KNOW you want to come out into the open
and leave a comment, right???
Just DO it ;--)

Hmmm ... It seems I was mistaken because
I thought Mary had asked us to
share red signs this week.
This type of sign is common
in my neighborhood on most weekends.
but when I signed in at Work of the Poet
I realized this week is 'macro' shots
so here's what I found to share.
Hopefully I'll be more organized next week
and when I get a close-up lens
I'll have better macros.

Small Reflections ... Smile Back

Thought for Today
"The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere."
Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Linnea said...

That will catch people's eye! Happy RT.

Joyce said...

Good Morning, Virginia. Hooray! You did a 10 on Tuesday! I've done this particular prompt already, so am planning to do a Simply Kind Tuesday post later on today.

The smiling video yesterday was amazing. I read somewhere that in a typical day, most parents have more negative than positive things to say to their children. Very sad.

Izzy, Emmy 'N Alexander said...

Great photos for RT! I too am always confused as to the theme. I did neither a sign or a macro. LOL!

Happy Delurking Day!

ellen b. said...

Good morning, in reading your 10 for Tuesday it sounds like you'd be a great person to encounter on any day :0)
Love the red flowers you added with the garage sale sign :0)
Have a wonderful week...

Robin said...

What lovely red flowers. I like the things you chose to highlight about yourself, what fun it would be to sit down with you over a cup of coffee someday.

George said...

I think you do a great job on macros even without a closeup lens.

Gattina said...

The garage sale is funny ! You know here in Waterloo there are quite a few english speaking people. Otherwise it's french of course. So when the Belgians saw this sign for the first time they were surprise because "sale" means dirty in french and they couldn't understand why people put "dirty garage" in front of their house !
The flower pictures are beautiful !

Carletta said...

Loved Gattina's comment!
I was confused about this week's RT too!
Your macro flowers are gorgeous. You're getting a lens - I'm envious.
I think it is macro next week so take some more.

Michelle said...

You have so many lovely talents. I try to be an optimist too. Love the beautiful red flowers.

P.S. My hubby is Dutch too. 100%.

Ivanhoe said...

I almost never follow the suggestions for RT as I'm happy to find & capture something red at all. We are under a foot of snow for crying out loud :o)

Anonymous said...

Ooops, I didn't realize it was macro shots today. Ah well...I've posted a red shirt, well sort of. Nice shots!

Sandee said...

I love you 10 things I'm good at. No wonder I like you so much.

Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)

Anonymous said...

I loved your answer on #2! You sound like a wonderful person :) Thanks for visiting my blog :)

Kath said...

not everyone can see goodness in other people.=)

i love your answers. it inspires me.

happy blogging!

Akelamalu said...

I enjoyed reading the 10 things you're good at - you should be proud! :)

Debbie@Like a Rose said...

Beautiful flowers.

Unknown said...

Wonderful answers...I need to learn from you for #10. Seems like we do have some things in common...

Linnea said...

I've come back to look at your macro shots. Wow! They look three dimensional and the colors are oh so ruby! Lovely additions.

Dianne said...

great closeups!!

Anonymous said...

Your photos are lovely!

Eve said...

I love your 10 things. It's good that you recognize your strengths. And your RT photos are always a source of joy.

RW said...

♦Awesome Ruby Tuesday♦

You got that red "Rock'en"!!!

Have a great day!

Pamela said...

#5 I can do that too. Sometimes I think I read whole paragraphs at once. I think I miss quite a bit. ha ha

9. oh ya.

Felisol said...

Beautiful, fragile flower pictures.
Could have needed the garage sale sign for my own.
Norway is not the place for garage sales, alas. Fleemarkets come in plenty though.
From Felisol

me ann my camera said...

Garage sales, I love them!! Great reds in your pics.

Patti said...

I didn't do a macro shot for Ruby Tuesday, because I didn't have one ;-D

I love the flower closeups you posted. They look so pretty with the tiny snow flurries passing over them as I type.

Happy Belated Ruby Tuesday ~ thanks for visiting me.

Patti said...

P.S. I liked your 10 answers. I'm not sure I would be able to do that.

Also I didn't know that Monday was Delurking Day. I don't lurk!

Karen said...

It's an excellent list--even the procrastination (often times, when I procrastinate, I find that it didn't really need doing anyway). Isn't it fun to be indulgent and read an entire book in one day? I used to do that all the time, before Nathan was born. Reading is such a comforting/comfortable activity, isn't it? Yourself, a cup of something, a snoozing pet nearby...heaven!

Unknown said...

I always love Pansies and the color of those is great! :)

Carole Burant said...

I so enjoyed reading your 10 things you're good at...you're my kind of person:-) Like you I'm an incurable optimist and I don't plan on ever changing!!! hehe Love your macro shots, that's something I'm learning with my new camera:-) xoxo

La Tejedora said...

Great 10. I need to make more time for reading. I start with good intentions and get distracted with something else. Once I finally get around to reading, I realize how much I always enjoy it. I'd like to keep a journal as well. It's a great form of expression.

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