In January of last year, my WomenHeart Group had a fun Vision Board Party.
Better than a resolution, a Vision Board is a reminder of what’s essential in your life. We gathered stacks of old magazines, pictures, postcards, quotations, scissors, glue, and used our imaginations to create individual Vision Boards. We had an hour and a half to create a vision of how we wished our lives to be. Here is what my board looks like.
The inspiration for my Vision Board started with two books. Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, by Sarah Ban Breathnach, is a book I read years ago and decided to revisit. The second book by Jennifer Ashton, M.D, is titled, “The Self-Care Solution.” These books dived into how to better care for me physically, emotionally, and even spiritually.
A Wakeup Call: Make Plans – Then Life Happens
I was speaking with a friend the other day. He and his wife do an annual holiday letter each year (as do I). So, I said, “Bob, what are you going to write about?”
His response, “Not much.”
We’ve been self-isolating, or at least social distancing. When Merriam Webster’s Word of the Year is PANDEMIC, you know we’ve done little to write home about. We’ve been isolating or, at the very least, self-distancing. We are exhausted. It looks as if more than one vaccine is ready for distribution, and we hope the light we see at the end of the tunnel isn’t a bullet train.
My brother, Harlley, passed away on March 22. Later that evening, as I headed for my bedroom Ted (my cat) decided to head me off. His preferred direction was towards the kitchen where there is FOOD. Weighing in at 20 pounds, Ted is a formidable force to be reckoned with. I’m not sure how it happened, but I tripped and hit the wall. The doctor explained later I had a skull fracture and I’d have to stay in the hospital for at least a day.
Most of the spring was a blur. Covid was spiking in South Florida. Miami-Dade was becoming the southern epicenter. I concluded that listening to the news was depressing and decided one evening to watch The Lion King (not the animated feature, but the one with what appeared to be live animals). Ted has never been one to have an interest in TV. I don’t know if it was the sound effects of wild animals running or lions growling. Ted jumped up on the credenza and started watching the show. He was absolutely mesmerized.
Craving social interaction, many have moved on to Zoom Calls. My Toastmaster Club meets weekly. I set up my computer in the kitchen, where I have fairly good lighting. Once all is set up, Gabrielle (my other cat) comes in and starts talking to me (kitchen equals FOOD). What she wants is what she refers to as a snackeroo (since the pandemic, this is another word that’s been added to my vocabulary). She starts off subtly but builds up to what can only be described as caterwauling – VERY LOUD CATERWAULING. While Gaby has not really participated in our meetings, she did opt to be in one of our weekly pictures (she’s behind me).
The weather in Florida is splendid. We’ve finally entered the winter season, which for us means less humidity and cooler temperatures. I went for a walk yesterday around 4 pm. It was delightful and necessary. Unfortunately, I caught something called the Covid-fifteen — those unwanted pounds added because my refrigerator has been calling out to me. It’s a hushed, haunting sound whispering, “come to me, see what I have for you, it’s wonderful, it’s delicious. You’ll love it.” Again, the kitchen equals FOOD.
It’s Time for a Do-Over
I think we can all agree that 2020 has been and continues to be horrendous. However, putting together my little letter gave me pause (no, Ted and Gaby, not paws). My Vision Board from last year is still on my wall, and I still have the books that gave me inspiration — so I’m setting my sites on building my best self, enjoying life, and moving forward. On my Vision Board, if you look closely, the line after Enjoy Life is, “it has an expiration date.” Take heed.
To All My Friends and Family:
Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and a Happier New Year!