Edit, Add & Appreciate Monday

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, so I thought I’d resurrect them again. 

This is what it’s all about, for anybody who’s not familiar with the concept:

Edit one thing–material objects, negative thoughts, bad habits, or activities that don’t reflect who you are as a person. It doesn’t have to be a physical thing; Sometimes bad habits and negative thoughts are more detrimental than physical clutter.

Add something. Bring in something or reinvent one thing in your life–thoughts, habits, activities, clothing, objects…Add something that will help you be a better person; And yes, sometimes a new pair of jeans can help!

Appreciate something or someone already in your life. Hug your children and tell them how special they are. Call your spouse, just because. Be extra polite to the guy who makes your latte. Frame that favorite piece of art.

So, mine for this week are:

Edit – procrastination.  There’s been too much of it around here of late, and I’m going to set myself a ‘to do list’ of ten things each day from now until Friday, and get them all done.

Add – Fruit and veg.  I’ve been eating very badly for the last couple of weeks, so I really want to improve on that, starting today.  At least five a day is what I’m aiming for.

Appreciate – the fact that I’m safe at home with my family.  My heart goes out to all those poor people stranded all over the world because of this hideous volcanic dust cloud.  I have a friend stuck in Tenerife, another stuck in Florida, and yet another stuck in Zagreb (although he’s travelled back through Europe and blagged his way onto a freight ferry back to the UK now).  My parents are out in Spain, due to fly home this Thursday, but that’s not looking likely.  At least they have their own home over there and no desperate urgency to get home, so they’re luckier than most. 

Depending on how long this thing lasts (and selfishly, I would like it to clear up before July, so I can get to Halkidiki, please), it could change the face of air travel forever.  How much longer can the airlines take these losses for?  And indeed the airports?  My (v witty) sis-in-law updated her Facebook status yesterday to say that she’s considering buying a cross channel ferry!


2 thoughts on “Edit, Add & Appreciate Monday

  1. Thought there might be another list about to happen! As for the volcano, just plucked this from an email :

    In June 1783 the Laki volcano in Iceland began to erupt, producing in the months that followed clouds of volcanic gases 80 times greater than in the Mount St Helens eruption of 1980. The impact of the gases on the climate was far-reaching – in the eastern United States the winter of 1783-84 was almost 9 degrees (Fahrenheit) colder than average, and icebergs floated down the Mississippi into the Gulf of Mexico.
    Half of the horses and cattle, and three-quarters of the sheep on Iceland died, but the death and destruction was far more widespread. It has been estimated that 23,000 people died in England as a result of the eruption – in parts there were twice as many deaths as in a normal summer – and some historians believe that as many of 5% of the French population died in a single year.
    Perhaps the next time you’re searching parish registers you’ll look particularly closely at the burials register for the summer of 1783….

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