I wasn't going to do the Friday Five today, but the title captivated me. I have been extremely busy lately, and maybe a little grumpy too. So here, straight from Sally at Revgalblogpals, is the Friday 5:
I am writing in my official capacity of grump!!! No seriously, with the shops and stores around us filling with Christmas gifts and decorations, the holiday season moving up on us quickly for many the time from Thanksgiving onwards will be spent in a headlong rush towards Christmas with hardly a time to breathe.... I am looking at the possibility of finding little gaps in the day or the week to spend in extravagant unbusyness ( a wonderful phrase coined by a fellow revgal)...So given those little gaps, name 5 things you would do to;
1.to care for your body
bundle up and take more walks with the dog; get back into my stretching exercises to care for my back; learn some yoga; learn a couple new "healthy" recipes; go to Good Earth Restaurant for good food and tea.
2. to care for your spirit
Light a candle; breath more deeply; practice receiving a gift and not just giving all the time (see picture above); focus on strenghs and not just "what I need to work on" all the time; think of "what I need to work on" in the light of my strengths. .
And, finally, sing. Loudly. With or without accompaniment.
3. to care for your mind
take time for deep conversations; use my voice; give myself permission to be right -- and to be wrong; finish reading a book which intrigues me, like Reading the Bible with the Damned; write the essay "Theological Themes in Children's Literature".
4. to bring a sparkle to your eye
Listen to a joke; tell a joke; laugh; watch children playing; play with them; jump in the leaves (without hurting back). Tear open a present instead of opening it daintily.
5. to place a spring in your step
play with the dog. Throw the ball, play "tug", teach her tricks, chase her around the house. anything playful and not goal-oriented. take a short trip to someplace beautiful and/or exciting.
make sure the place has a whirlpool for relaxing.
And finally, to repeat the most important ones: Sing. Loudly. With or without accompaniment. Play. with dog. with children. with friends. with husband. And Laugh. at self.
"Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly." --G.K. Chesterton
.... and then for a bonus which one on the list are you determined to put into action?
the short trip to someplace beautiful and/or relaxing is on my mind right now.