Taking Action Celebrating 9 Years – Treasure Your Life Now – V9-12

by Sheila Finkelstein on December 3, 2013

biker silhouette agains sky in Costa Rica

I want to acknowledge and thank all the subscribers who have been faithfully opening/reading and, perhaps, pondering Picture to Ponder/Treasure Your Life now for these past nine years!! In addition, of course, thanks to all who have joined us during this time.

Sharing with you over the years, having you with me through my highs and my lows, as I worked my way through them, has made a huge difference in my life.

The first issue of Picture to Ponder was delivered on December 9, 2004. So we will be entering the 10th year! I am not certain if/or for how long I will be continuing and I did not want this milestone to go unmarked!

I thought it was the time spent writing that’s been the thorn. Then as I labored over selecting the “right” photos, I realized that that’s part of my stuckness.

I handled the writing part today, by suggesting/requesting to the others in my weekly writing group that we write to the thought I had awakened with this morning:

“When you don’t know what to do, or where to start, simply take some action, any action.”

and, I wrote, for this 4-minute prompt:

“OK…. what will come of this?  Can I do an ezine/blog post in 4 minutes. Certainly worth standing in that it’s possible.

You see, with only four minutes, there IS no time for story.  It’s simply allowing for the words to come.  No justification. No explanation.  Simply allow them to be, to land however they land, for whomever, however.

I have no control anyway and do people REALLY care about my story?  Theirs are the most important and the ones that will surface or not.

So… writing to this quote is a strong reminder to me that taking action, any action, does work and has its form of release.   In fact, in less than 3 minutes I was complete and feeling better.

Wonder if I set the timer for all my blog posts, can I simply start, write AND be complete in LESS tan 4 minutes. Wow! Well I do need a bit more time to correct the typing AND I’ll leave the words as they are.”

And so I did!!

Within the context of what I wrote, you can find “Self-Reflecting Queries”, if you so choose, as well as Tips for “Treasuring Your Life NOW.” And, I will leave those for you to create, if you so choose.

Today’s Featured Photos
are all from my trip to Costa Rica in August, when I went to have major dental work done.

Court Yard in

Gated windows and doors in Costa Rica

I spent quite a while reviewing and selecting AND there are probably reasons that I ultimately selected and stopped with these three. For now, it’s the mood of the first silhouette photo and the lines and textures, openings and closures in the bottom two.

If you wish to ponder, make up stories, want to get into dialogue about them, I’d be glad to respond in the comment section on the blog.

Self-Reflecting Queries
What will you create from this issue?

Relationship Tip
And are there any tips you can take away from it?

Other Things Going On –
As I’ve written in previous issues, throughout this year, my focus is currently on Technology for Seniors Made Easy. I am planning a 4-session Interactive Video Course on Using the iPad for Having Fun, Communicating and Connecting.

There are a few spots available in Thursday night, December 5th’s session, the second in a Free exploratory 2-Session class on using the iPad. See iPad Beta Pre-Course.

And, I would very much appreciate your input on best times to be offering the course. I’ve prepared a very short, 5 question survey on iPad usage and best course times. For a Free 20-minute, one-on-one Tech coaching session with me on any topic, simply respond to include your contact information in the otherwise anonymous survey. See iPad Use Survey.

Gifts –
A Reminder…. If you have been appreciating Picture to Ponder/TYLN photos, and photo/drawings, over the years many of them are available in prints and on decorative products. See Nature Art Gifts.

As always, have fun, and please share on the blog your experiences with what comes up for you with these questions and your resultant actions.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Peggy Kemp December 5, 2013 at 1:31 pm

“do people REALLY care about my story?”

Sheila, it’s your story that I do care about, your story as revealed in your self-questioning and photographs.


Sheila Finkelstein December 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Thanks so much, Peggy.

Actually, it was somewhat of a rhetorical, pondering question. I wasn’t even thinking of it as an actual question for which I was looking for answers. And, I very much appreciate your thoughtful and acknowledging response.


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