Making Change Happen In Our Lives

Daily Prompt: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

You need to make a major change in your life. Do you make it all at once, cold turkey style, or incrementally?

It can take awhile to make a significant change in ones life.  Because a new habit needs to be formed.  And that takes time.

I suppose there are odd cases where someone changes instantaneously.  For example, Sidney Carton, a main character in Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens comes to mind.  Sidney  does an about face and sacrifices himself so that another man may live.   A selfish man by all accounts he changes places with a prisoner of the French Revolution, Charles Darnay,  and is guillotined for his trouble.

This is a fictional work, of course, but it suggests that such a thing is possible.  And it is inspiring to think that we can make dramatic changes in the way we think and act.  And so this book has been read and made into at least one movie over the years even though it is not an easy read.

In most cases we do not have the opportunity to change so dramatically in a short time.  We are given many opportunities to fall back if we decide to give up a bad habit.  Try to lose weight, for example, and someone is offering you apple pie and ice cream at least twice a week.

I did manage to lose 60 pounds in the past 18 months just by walking on a daily basis.  I have walked across the United States if you add up all the miles and a habit has definitely been formed that will (hopefully) prevent me from going the other way again.  I suppose if someone had chopped off my head I could have done the same thing in an afternoon.  But what would have been the fun of that?

For most of us the daily struggle is more important as an avenue towards becoming a better person.   There is too much drama all around us.  Books, television and the movies make us feel it is the most important thing.

It’s not.  Dickens was great author and his works are remembered by the world.   But we write the book about our own situation and few will read it.  Not enough drama!  Thankfully!

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A Room With A View

Daily Prompt: Writing Room

A genie has granted your wish to build your perfect space for reading and writing. What’s it like?

It’s pretty amazing!  Who knew that genie’s actually even existed!

Oh, wait.  What’s the ROOM like?  You need to have a conversation with the genie and plan the room!

Well, first of all, why would anyone in this position worry about a little room for reading and writing.  Don’t squander your genie wishes!   Ask him for a house!  Or, an island with lots of houses!  Or, your own country with an air force that’s got jets very much faster than any other country.  And beautiful women.  You’re the king, of course.  Or the queen.

But, no, that’s no good.  Imagine all the headaches.  Your people would have all sorts of problems and they would protest.  Genie, of course, would be gone somewhere and you would be taken prisoner by your own subjects and then they would chop off your head.

Better just stick with a room for writing and reading in a modest bungalow.  Although it could have a retractable roof and a garden.  And a money tree!  That’s better.  Every morning there would be fresh 100 dollar bills lying around on the carpet.  You wouldn’t even need to have a job.  You could focus on your writing!

But how do you keep such a thing secret?  Because word would get out.  All the C notes would have serial numbers on them.  And the government would arrest you!

It seems like the genie is here to get you into trouble.  So let me tell you what I would do.  “Hey there, Mr. Genie, I have a wish.  I wish you would go away!”

Now, if you would excuse me, I must go clean up my room and try to write.  Have a wonderful day.

Sleeping Outdoors In 15 Degree Weather

 Daily Prompt: Think Global, Act Local

“Think global, act local.” Write a post connecting a global issue to a personal one.

When I read this it left me cold, at first, although that is at least in part due to the fact it was 15 degrees F last night. My wife was amused by my reaction to our weather. Because I told her I was going to sleep in the back yard.

Why would you do such a silly thing on such a cold night (she might have asked).

Well, I wanted to try out my new sleeping bag. It just arrived a few days ago and I prefer to see how my camping equipment will perform when I’m only a hop, skip or jump away from the warmth, comfort and security of our home. And it performed well! It’s a great sleeping bag. Here’s the link to it. Around here (Virginia USA) a 30 degree bag covers most of your needs. It was 15 degrees last night and I had to wear a few extra clothes.

This company apparently did some testing on real, live people and discovered that many do not sleep if they cannot move their feet and legs freely. Mummy bags, of course, prevent this. But these bags do not.

And so I have stumbled on my global issue, sleep loss, and my own problems with it. And now I must go take a nap.

Honing Writing Skills. . .If not now, when?