Shift #47

My word for 2021 is shift. Like everyone I know, I’ve learned a lot, since this time last year. One of the biggest things I’ve learned is that change and uncertainty just are. Since I’m not in control of much more than which yoga pants, Zoom-appropriate top, and slippers I’ll wear each day, I needed to figure out how I could deal with all the change and uncertainty. That’s where shifting comes in.

For me, shifts involve acceptance and adjustment. I know I don’t have much control, but I have unlimited choices. I can shift

Some of my recent shifts have been pretty significant. Some have been tiny. Some haven’t happened, yet. And I’m sure I’ll make a lot of shifts I can’t even imagine.

OK, I admit it, in addition to classic Christmas movies, I watch Hallmark Christmas movies. Not all of them, but enough to prove that my friend Flo is right.

She’s right about many things, but relative to Hallmark movies, she’s right about their timing. She has long told me that, 17 minutes before the movie’s end is when the The Conflict happens. She finds out He originally only came to town to shut down her family’s Christmas Ornament Factory. He finds our She only (again, originally) pretended to love Him because she wanted to write an article about why He stopped being a world famous rock star. And.so.on…

Flo’s little 17 Minutes Before… tip has been a huge shift or me, this year. We all know there are few absolutes in life. This is one though. I know there’s somewhere that after investing an hour and a half, or so, I’m going to get A Happy Ending. And that’s a shift that working for me.

What kind of shifts have you experienced or witnessed lately?

2 thoughts on “Shift #47

  1. Lisa!!! Ever observant and oh, so wise-I think you have just given me my “word for the year” for 2022! We live according to formulas as well as we entertain ourselves with formulas. Here’s mine: I make do and put up with things that are less than satisfactory for a long time. Then I work mightily and invest great effort in fixing one aspect of my life-only to feel “that’s done, then” and allow the slow slide to begin all over-financial management, weight loss and fitness, home renovation: a big effort goes to waste slowly because I do not keep at it. So, MAINTENANCE, that boring and endless word, is going to be my word for 2022. As I learned in my Corps of Engineers career, “breakdown maintenance” is the alternative. Thank you!!!

  2. How cool, Penny! It’s only Dec 12 and you already have your word for 2022! Yay YOU! And I so get why MAINTENANCE rings so true for you. I look forward to hearing how it shows up for you!

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