Prompt: Ordinary joy. Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?
I don't believe I have a single ordinary moment where joy was involved. Finding joy in the ordinary, no longer makes the moment oridinary!
It sounds trite, but when I see my Daughter happy, proud of herself, truly and genuinely excited about something, it brings me joy.
When my Husband goes out of his way to do something special for me -- even if it's helping around the house, it brings me joy.
I find joy in doing for them as they do for me.
Prompt: Soul food. What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth and touched your soul?
I'm going to have to pass on the true meaning of this prompt. I don't look at food in the same way I once did. It's not a source of entertainment, although I do enjoy it. I just enjoy the "experience" of it more now than I did before. I mean, there are things that taste good, but truly I can't think of a food that touched my soul.
Wait, well, maybe bacon, but that's a given. :) Kidding.
Seriously, when it comes to food the thing, it's not so much the eating of the food I love, but rather the cooking for others. Sharing a meal that was thoughtfully planned and prepared makes me happy. It's an opportunity to friends/family gratitude and appreciation. I love the actual sit-down with everyone and getting caught up. It happens all too infrequently anymore.
In the coming year I would like to make more attempts at getting together with friends and loved ones and sharing the "experience" of a meal together.
Prompt: Photo - a present to yourself. Sift through all the photos of you from the past year. Choose one that best captures you; either who you are, or who you strive to be. Find the shot of you that is worth a thousand words. Share the image, who shot it, where, and what it best reveals about you.
This is a picture of me going down a slide with my Daughter at Dewberry Farm. It captures both complete joy and fright! It speaks loudly of how I live my life, by facing challenges and turning fears into nothing while having fun along the way. It is important for me to teach my Daughter not to be afraid of what scares you and instead, tackle it head on.
Once tackled it is never half as scary as you thought it would be to begin with.
Prompt: Everything's OK. What was the best moment that could serve as proof that everything is going to be alright? And how will you incorporate that discovery into the year ahead?
We've had some discussion about finances and how we're not yet where we want to be. We look at the less than our desired optimum numbers, but what we tend to forget is all the things we are doing right. That's not to say we should stop making changes to continually improve our situation, but that we should feel better than we usually do because we're doing more right than we realized. Hubs and I recently had a conversation wherein we talked about the postive changes we made, and still not really using any credit. That's a great thing! We see the light at the end of the tunnel. We still have a way to go, but reflecting back on all that we've done right so far, I know with the right plan and our teamwork, we'll reach our goals. It just takes a few steps at a time.
For the coming year I'd like to see us come up with a plan to bring us closer to our financial goal and finally get closer to that light at the end of the tunnel, instead of having it elude us!