Anyone noticed?…it’s getting dark earlier and earlier!
I LOVE being outdoors……when it’s light!
But now…it’s dark!
Now WHAT am I going to DO?
well….I suppose maybe….
The problem is…
I don’t enjoy doing random activities…
I like being engaged in activities that feel
engaging, reasonably challenging, using skills, creating…
And activities that also feel
“important” or “meaningful”
that tie in with my personal values or ways of contributing.
I’ve been reading a book full of excellent ideas…“My Next Phase, A Personality Based Guide to your Best Retirement” by Eric Sundstrom PhD, Randy Burnham PhD and Michael Burnham. The book is full of insightful ideas about transitions, including “retirement” but the ideas can apply to ANY stage of life or ANY transition including transitioning from summer to winter! I’ve included their ideas about “fulfillment” in my brainstorming!
Shifting into a more linear mode,
a brainstorming, organizing ideas and planning mode
ideas about what to do now that it’s not light outside in the evening
(I do love creating charts!)
to help my own thinking get more proactive, specific and solution oriented
Here you go…sharing charts I’m creating and starting to use
Brainstorming ideas for the longer winter evenings ahead,
finding satisfying and meaningful activities and opportunities
creating a sense of “fulfillment”
(click on any charts to enlarge, for easier reading)
There seem to be a variety of good movies around,
but I seem to lose track of what they are…
so… a page to keep at the kitchen table…instead of on little notes that get lost.
Now, I can jot down names of movies when I read about them
and the reality of longer, darker evenings
is that we tend to watch more tv in our home…
more than in the summertime…
(it’s nice to spend time together on the couch with pillows and warm blankets)
I don’t watch much tv…but like to know what might be on…
it’s a matter of finding and keep track of the MANY old and new, potentially good shows
(and remembering to record them to avoid ads)
In spite of all those tv charts,
TV and movies are only a small part of my own life..
more important to me are other activities…
…it comes back to finding “satisfying” activities and opportunities
those that feel “meaningful” and “important”
creating fulfilling days and evenings,
summertime, wintertime, anytime