Does anyone still do New Year’s resolutions? I do, sort of, each year. But I don’t consider them the usual resolutions, one for last year was to have the following “my house is a home to which people love to come and feel that they can just drop into” which is quite interesting since we didn’t own a home on the 1st January 2014. However, it seems to be something that we are well on our way to doing, we’ve had lots of visits this year along with creating this house into our home. This nicely links to the next item; some of you may have noticed that just under the header banner on my blog is a line with calendar written on the right hand side. If you click on “calendar” you will see a 2015 calendar and in this calendar are the dates when people are coming to visit. We thought this would help people who have to travel to see us, so that you can get an idea of when there isn’t someone else here. It does look like 2015 is going to be a busy year – which I am really pleased about.
One of our other New Year’s resolutions was something I’ve decided to add to our lives. Which is Pat and Delia (P&D) day, what is P&D day? Well it is a day that occurs once a month and it is a day that we do whatever we like. Basically on the morning of P&D day we decide what we would like to do. We have created a list of things so that we can at least choose from that list (rather than spending time trying to figure out what to do). The list is wide and varied, from making a lasagne from scratch – including making the pasta to visiting a chateau or visiting a nearby plus beaux village. Plus beaux villages are villages that have been deemed to be the most beautiful in France. This is the website if you are interested. http://www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org/en
So each month one of us will choose something off the list and off we go. I’m looking forward to these days. Will be interesting to see how it works.
A quote attributed to Socrates is “an unexamined life is not worth living”. This week I came to the conclusion that an over examined life is also not worth living. Perhaps it is too strong a statement, but I think you get the gist of what I am saying. What I discovered while looking through all the letters I had left at my mums, was that I spent an inordinately large amount of time as a teenager worrying and analysing things that I did or didn’t do, what others did or didn’t do. Unfortunately this is a behaviour that continued into my adult hood. Why do I do this? Why do I do that? Why can’t I (insert relevant action). Basically all the analysing meant that I wasn’t living and just enjoying what was happening at that point in time.
I decided to google the over examined life today, and guess what, I’m far from alone on this. For me personally I think the examining of life made me look internally for faults that weren’t there and/or made me look at others and do that horrible comparison thing. What I have realised though, is that over the past year, I haven’t been doing much of the examining thing. Which I’ve decided it a good thing, because while there have been some tough times over the past few years, I am fortunate to finally feel contented with life. It also means that there is more money in my pocket as I avoid buying yet another self-help book. Well I guess it would mean more money in my pocket if I hadn’t gone shopping in the sales 🙂
No new pictures this week, so I will leave you with one of my favourite shots that I took while on holiday.