Wow! We’re almost through the alphabet plan for the Here to the New Year in Good Cheer challenge. The letter “W” can wait no longer to wield its words of wisdom.
To a wellness consultant like me who’s wired to write about such things, today’s tip is well worth the wait.
When you feel the weight of the world is on you, walk in a winter wonderland. If you live where it’s warm, then waste no time wearing all the cold weather warranted gear, just get out and wander around until you wake up, witness, and welcome the opportunities whispering to you.
Whimpering, whining, and worrying about what might go wrong wages war on the peace you’ve cultivated throughout the challenge.
Forget about willpower and tap into your wellpower – that wonderous well of power that comes from wooing your inner wonder woman or superman out of hiding and into action working wonders.
This can be the most wonderful time of the year if you want it to be. Or it can be the worst. You get to decide.
Watch what you wish for. Knowing why you want what you want – whether it’s whimsical or whatever – will widen your chances of feeling satisfied when get it.
I want to hear about your winter walks in the comments below. Do you whistle and go wild when you get to be the first woman (man or child) to make tracks in the snow ? Do your dogs wiggle and wag their tails at warp speed and whoop it up when they hear the word “walk”? Especially when the walk is in the wet, white stuff? How much do you want to wager that they won’t let you wipe their paws when they return? Oh, well…
No Matter What Game …. find out how you can play below post.
G: Your mentioned in your last post “I currently have 5 books begging to be birthed”. Give us a taste of each book.
P: The theme that runs throughout all my books is the idea of “Lost & Found“. I believe we need to get lost before we can truly find ourselves, our sidekicks, and our way in the world.
As cliché as it sounds, it really is the journey, the climb, the adventure that makes the man or woman. We need to set out on our grand adventures with the best of intentions so when we discover the road from here to there is under construction, we can see these detours for what they really are. Divinely orchestrated and unexpected side trips where we encounter the people, places, and experiences we need for our character (and stories) to emerge. Joseph Campbell called this the hero’s journey.
One of my favorite phrases is part of a longer quote by J.R.R. Tolkien, “Not all who wander are lost.” That would be the title of choice for my stories about Santa Fe and why it attracts so many people who feel exiled from other places.
Another book about living the creative life in the Land of Enchantment would be The Dog, The Desert, and the Days that Define a Life. My dog Malcolm and I had the most extraordinary adventures involving red racers, bulls, javelinas, hawks and a wide variety of other dogs as we hiked/housesat/dogsat our way through Santa Fe.
I particularly like stories of pilgrimages and hikes; works that explore inner as well as outer journeys. I was thrilled to see Cheryl Strayed’s book “Wild” and Bill Bryson’s book, “A Walk in the Woods” become movies. I also love books and movies about the Camino De Santiago. I especially enjoyed The Way with Martin Sheen.
At the same time I’m concerned the market will be saturated with these walking stories before I have the chance to write mine.
The Lost Ladies of Cumbria is about a week long hiking trip with poet David Whyte through the Lake District told from the perspective of seven middle-aged women. The circumstances that brought each of us to that place and that time are themes I think many women at midlife can relate to.
We often hear about men’s midlife crises, but women’s stories have largely been left untold. (Except for Stella.) This book gives those stories a voice while weaving in the incredible poetry and wisdom of a gifted poet.
I’d love to create a day book called A Penny for Your Thoughts which could be a compilation of blog posts and the Midlife Manifesto I crafted a few years ago.
And last but not least, I plan to turn a class I designed and taught 11 years ago called Read It & Leap! into an ebook that ideally you will be able to download on February 29, 2016. Yes, approximately three Leap Days after I originally conceived of the idea, I’d like to finally birth this baby. Long labor, yes?
So, there you have it. The books demanding I write them into existence. Which one would you like to read first? Let me know in the comments below.
Follow along or play the No Matter What Game weekdays at www.midlifemacgyver.com. The world’s best coach Gillian sends me a prompt each weekday and I post a response no matter what. You are welcome to use the same prompt and record your answers in a private journal, share with a group, or even better, share in the comments below! If you’d prefer to have your own prompts sent just to you, contact Gillian at https://www.facebook.com/gillianpearcecoach.