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During the past couple of months, I’ve worked on being verbally clear about what I want. I sometimes expect others to be mind readers, which is not fair. When my husband and I went to Iceland recently, I got better at stating, not hinting and hedging. (“I’d like to drive out somewhere and try to see the Northern Lights.”) It seems so simple, but sometimes I’m quite bad at it! (Pics from our trip to Iceland and Paris here. Paris was fine, though seeing Maddie there was amazing! And Iceland was incredible!)
One other way I’ve been very clear for myself recently is in limiting my exposure to political news. I admire everyone fighting for justice and join in in my small ways. But I am overwhelmed by the constant presence of it in my social media, which is where I used to go for bits of poetry and little escapes from life. So for National Poetry Month, I’m doing a project of focusing on small wonders in my daily life. Join me if you’d like! It’s my way of being very clear that I can not let what is bad about the world right now overshadow all that is incredible about it. I need to do that for my own well-being:>)
I love your declaration of the word clear. It should be a goal of mine as well. Looking forward to April.
Buffy Silverman says
Yes to not letting negativity overshadow joy–something I definitely need to focus on!