Friday, April 22, 2011

Spring Renewal 2011

This year, in fact, for the first time in my recollection, I am energized with an urge to renew and change.

The impulse has spilled over into various aspects of my life. Utilizing the muscle of my 6'5" son, I have moved furniture around in my living and dining rooms, giving the spaces a much more open feel. The fireplace mantle is adorned with a steady supply of fresh roses from my garden, and their fragrance is the best form of aromatherapy.

In the kitchen, I'm rethinking what's on my counter-top and in the cupboards. If it's not going to be used, off it goes to charity or to my daughter-in-law. As I do this purge, I recall to mind Dr. David Whyte's concept of "radical simplification," and it's so freeing!

And I'm boycotting my TV for awhile. While I've never considered myself a hard-core couch potato, there are some reruns that, as beloved as they are, need to be put to the side. Instead, I've bumped up my personal reading time, which is as essential to my cognitive health as my professional journal-reading is to my career.

Here's what I've got going on, concurrently, by my bedside:

Passages in Caregiving, by Gail Sheehy. This book will join her other work in my bookcase.

Take the Stress out of Your Life by Jay Winner, M.D. This comes with two CD's, to which I have already begun listening.

The Art of Non-Conformity:Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World, by Chris Guillebeau. This looks like a blueprint for my continued midlife journey.

And, to prepare for viewing the movie, I've resumed reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.

Last, I recommend to my readers some of the work of David Whyte:

This promises to be a season of renewal on many levels for me...
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