Friday, October 23, 2009

The Book of Possibilities Replaced with a Plan

The movie "Last Holiday" with Queen Latifa is one of my favorite "feel good" movies and I just loved the character's "book of possibilities". She made the book scrapbook-like and put in it, things she wanted to do, places she wanted to go and recipes she wanted to try.

There is a scene in the movie where she is looking at her book and crying because she hadn't implemented any of her possibilities, that is, until she thinks she only has a few weeks to live.

Only when she thinks she is dying, does she begin to live out her possibilities.

I don't want that to happen to me.

Debbi has a great Friday quote post today that got me thinking about this possibility/dream /action/plan thing.

For instance, the other morning when I was taking 13 to school, we were listening to the radio and the dj (Kidd Kraddick) was talking about single parents. According to some research he quoted, 1 in 5 single parents never dates again. Then he went on and described that single parent . . . sweat pants (I was wearing blue jean shorts), tee shirt (check!) flip flops (check!), no make-up (I prefer fresh faced but . . . check!) and so on and so on . . .

13 just looked at me like I was from outer space because, I was saying "check!" with each description.

Now the dating thing, I'm currently not interested in as we all know why (thank you vileman for making me currently not trust males) but I think right now, it's okay that I shy away from that part until I'm ready.

But I don't want to look like I have given up on myself either.

Right now my biggest "dream" is to find a good job. This job will be the most important job of my working career because it has to be something that I am satisfied with, that pays the bills and allows the kids and I to move into chapter two of this journey.

I haven't really written down a plan to find this great job. Oh, I've dreamed about the possibilities of finding great job and cashing my paycheck. I have been job hunting on the internet, large company websites, and the newspaper but I haven't sat down and decided what it is that I want to do, or at least narrowed it down. Instead, I have been applying for things I think I could do, even if it isn't something that might interest me.

I need a well thought out plan.

Exercising is another dream/possibility without a plan.

Sometimes, I daydream about doing yoga every morning and then walking after the kids get home from school or riding the exercise bike in the shop should it be raining. I need an exercise schedule stat! But more importantly, I need to implement the exercise schedule . . . STAT!

So, over the next few days, I will be making doable plans.


Jill said...

Cool idea! I like the idea of a book like that. If you make one, you should take a picture of it.

Vickie said...

My therapist had collages hanging in her office - similar idea - positive images/goals. These were all from past patients - and they were cool beyond cool - images - words. [Did someone write about them on AFG or another blog?]

how goes the temperature?

altopower said...

I love that movie, too, and her Book of Possibilities made me stop and reflect, as well as wanting to go the spa.

It's hard to accomplish goals and dreams without writing them down and breaking them down into doable bits that build to the desired goal. I think of them as Action Items - practical specific things that can actually be done. Sounds as tho you're on track with that.

Vickie, I think Jen wrote on AFG about her Treasure Map to visualize where she was going, using images and words. It's pretty therapeutic to do one, since the act of cutting out and pasting the content cements the reality of the treasure at the end of the journey.

Hanlie said...

Well done for taking the next step!

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